Early Statlers of Monongalia County, (West) Virginia

Statler Family Historical Documents

"Early Statlers of Monongalia County, (West) Virginia"
By Rick Toothman, Copyright 1992

The purpose of this sketch is not to provide a comprehensive genealogy of the Statler (1) family of Dunkard Creek, but rather to clarify some points that have been discussed incorrectly or misleadingly in print. The only extended coverage of this family, that of B.F. Wilson, seems to make some serious errors of date and fact but has been followed by most subsequent writers.

The family came to Monongalia from Hampshire County, VA, whose early records are sparse, their nature conditioned by the Fairfax Proprietary. Most of the pre-1796 records of Monongalia were burned. Nearly all the Statlers moved west, particularly to the Licking County, Ohio, whose early records were also destroyed. Reconstruction of this family depends to a large extent upon squeezing clues from documents that are not particularly genealogical in their own right. Family and neighborhood traditions can sometimes be of assistance, though with the same caveat that always applies.

STEPHEN STATLER, alias STRADLER, is the earliest identified ancestor (2). He was of German heritage and may have been of German birth. Prior to 1758 he settled on the upper South Branch of the Potomac, probably in present Hardy County WV. His name appears on the roll of Captain Thomas Speak's company of Frederick [and Hampshire?] County militia paid in September 1758 for prior service (3). About 1774 he moved to Dunkard Creek, just south of the later Pennsylvania-Virginia borderline, in what is now Clay District, Monongalia County, WV. Statler's Fort, well known in local history, was built upon his settlement claim (4). Near the fort, a few years later, enemy Indians killed [] one [perhaps two] of Stephen's sons. The settlement on Dunkard Creek, much exposed to the Indians, was virtually abandoned during the latter part of the Revolution and for a few years afterward. Many of the settlers moved into nearby parts of Pennsylvania [whose boundary with Virginia was, at the time, not yet determined]. Among these was Stephen Statler, who was a resident of Springhill Township, Westmoreland [now Fayette] County, Pennsylvania, at the time he dictated his will 9 January 1783. It was presented for probate in Fayette County 5 March 1784 (5) Five children are named in the will. There is good evidence of a sixth child, not mentioned, and the possibility of a seventh. John shoemaker and John Artman were nominated executors. Nothing is known of a relationship between either of them and Stephen Statler. There is no reference to a wife, but a power of attorney by Stephen's son and heir George Stateler names Susanna as the wife of Stephen (6).

The children of Stephen Statler and an unknown wife [or wives], order of birth undetermined, were:

1. John Statler, m. Eve [Bryerly] Thorn
2. Stephen Stateler, m. Rhoda Pigman
3. Michael Stateler, m. Sarah --.
4. George Statler
5. Catherine Statler, m. -- Hiley.
6. Jacob Statler, m.--------.
7. [?] Joseph Statler, probably unmarried

(1) The spelling "Stradler" is also found in early records, Outside WV, the more common spelling seems to be "Stateler," and this is also the preferred pronunciation in WV. Members of the family are styled below, is faithfully as possible, in the version of the name used by them.

(2) Ross B. Johnson, WEST VIRGINIA ESTATE SETTLEMENTS (Baltimore, MD, 1977,reprint), 26, shows a 12 March 1765 inventory of "Step Straddlers" estate in Hampshire County. Johnston's book is based upon abstracts of county records made by the Historic Records Survey. I was unable to locate such an entry in the HRS files at West Virginia University. It is conceivable that this man might have been the father of Stephen (d. 1784), but there seems to be no other trace of him.

(3) Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, VIRGINIA'S COLONIAL SOLDIERS [Baltimore, MD, 1988], 211; William A. Crozier, VIRGINIA COLONIAL MILITIA [Baltimore, MD, 1965, reprint], 71-72.

(4) Earl L. Core, THE MONONGALIA STORY [Parsons, WV, 1974], 1:273, citing certificate to George Stradler, heir of Stephen, for 200 acres "known as Stradlers Fort." "[Learner B.] Stateler's grandfather had a fort at the mouth [sic] of Dunkard Creek, where [his son Stephen] was born and reared, and at a time when the country was new and wild and the Indians were troublesome." Rev. E. J. Stanley, LIFE OF REV. L. B. STATELER: A STORY OF LIFE ON THE WILD FRONTIER [Nashville, TN, 1916], 1. Among others, the pensions of Henry Batten (S31542) and William Wilson 2nd (S7907) refer to militia service at Statlers Fort. For a useful map of early surveys in the neighborhood, see WENDEL BROWN & DESCENDANTS 2 [1983]: 230-231.

(5) Fayette Co., PA Willbook 1:11-12, as Stradler," Witnesses, of no known relationship, were John Griffeth, Eleanor Griffeth, and Robert Richey.

(6) Daviess Co., KY, Deeds A: 50-51.

1. JOHN STATLER, probably the oldest son of Stephen, was born about 1740/45 and died after 24 August 1816, perhaps in Licking County, Ohio. He received a bequest of 5 shillings in Stephen's will. Although there is no explicit documentation of identities, it appears that Stephen's son is the elder John Statler, who was married about 1765 to Eve (nee Bryerly), the widow of Tobias Thorn of Hampshire County, Virginia, and who settled about 1770 at Dunkard Creek, Monongalia County (7). He was in service During Dunmore's War, in the militia company of Zackquill Morgan (8) and claimed land as an assignee under the act of 1779, although his early arrival in the area is noted elsewhere (9). John Statler appears to have moved to the state of Ohio sometime around the year 1800, though he returned to Monongalia on several occasions. His wife may have died prior to 1815 (10).   It has been written that John Statler was killed by Indians during the Revolutionary War, but this is incorrect. Repetitive given names have probably led to some confusion of identities, as have the efforts earlier in this century to discover the origins of Christina (Statler) Brown, of Monongalia (11). By her first husband, Tobias Thorn, Eve Bryerly was the mother of one child: i. Michael Thorn, before August 1764-after 28 November 1804, m Catherine----(12)

Only one child of John and Eve Statler is positively identified to date, but there is reason to believe there were several others. As known and as speculated, the children of John probably include:

i. Christina Statler, m. Adam Brown.
ii. (?) Eve Catherine Statler, m. Joseph Parrish.
iii. (?) John Stateler, m. Mary -----.
iv. (?) Jacob Statler
v. (?) Joseph Statler, m. (?) Margaret Miller.
vi. (?) others

(7) Craigen vs Thorn, OS 73; NS 25, Circuit Court, Augusta Co., VA. This case, from files of the old District Court, is abstracted in Lyman C. Chalkley, CHRONICLES OF THE SCOTCH-IRISH SETTLEMENT IN VIRGINIA (Baltimore, MD, 1980, reprint) 2:9. At issue was land formerly belonging to Mrs. Statler's first husband. Marriage of John Statler to Widow Thorn is recited in the case papers. Date of Tobias Thorn's death is variously given by witnesses, but it appears that he died prior to 13 August 1764, when Eve Thorn gave bond as guardian for her son Michael. HISTORIC RECORDS SURVEY (Hampshire Co., VA), reel 44. Numerous bonds, inventories, and other loose papers, whose present whereabouts seem to be unknown, are described in the HRS abstracts. Chalkley's description of Craigen vs Thorn is a generally faithful, though abridged, treatment of the original papers.

(8) Bockstruck, op cit, 144.

(9) Statler took up land as assignee of David McMahon, whose settlement was made in 1770. Monongalia Surveys, 3:357. His early arrival is mentioned in passing in John Downer vs John White, Monongalia Court Records, WVU Library [hereafter cited as MCR], env 55.

(10) John Bills vs Alexander Clegg, Joseph Parrish, and John Statler, MCR env 118-A, includes statement that Statler was a non-resident in 1801. Similarly, Samuel Minor vs Michael Thorn and Jon Statler, MCR env 122-B, includes summons which identify both defendants as "no inhabitants", June, August, and November 1802. By his own testimony, Statler was in Monongalia in August or September 1815 but returned to Ohio shortly afterward. It appears that his wife was not with him. He was again in Monongalia 24 August 1816, when he made a deposition regarding certain events of the previous year, and he was at that time about to remove from the commonwealth once again. Sarah Jenkins vs John Brown, MCR env 182-A

(11)"John Statler and James Piles were tow of the four men killed" [in the Dolls Run ambush]. Samuel T. Wiley, HISTORY OF MONONGALIA COUNTY, WV [Kingwood, WV, 1883), 66. All other authorities agree that it was JACOB Statler, not John, who was killed at this time. "John Statler was killed by Indians in 1780 near the mouth of Dolls Creek." B. F. Wilson, GENEALOGY OF THE MITTONG FAMILY AND CONNECTION [np, 1927], 73, with no authority cited.

(12) Craigen vs Thorn, supra, names Michael as the only child of his parents. Although Minor vs Thorn and Statler identifies both men as non-residents during most of 1802, on 6 September of that year Michael and Catherine Thorn conveyed to Samuel Minor 100 acres on Dunkard Creek, part of a larger tract granted to John Statler. Monongalia Deeds, OS 2:554. There is no recorded conveyance from Statler to his stepson thorn. N. N. Hill, Jr., HISTORY OF LICKING COUNTY, OH (Newark, Oh, 1881), 250, 401 reports that Michael Thorn, from the Monongahela, settled in Licking (then Fairfield) in 1802. Thorn's response to the Craigen suit was prepared in Fairfield Co., 28 November 1804. The response says that he was taken over the Alleghenies when about a year old, though it seems likely he was not quite so young as this when his stepfather moved from the Potomac to the Monongahela.

STEPHEN STATLER, Son of Stephen, was perhaps born about 1755/60, probably on the South Branch, and died 9 June 1856 in Ohio County, Kentucky. His father's will called for the real estate to be appraised and one third of its estimated value paid to sons Stephen and Michael, with son George to inherit the land. Stephen Jr. left Monongalia early, bound for New Orleans, but a series of mishaps stranded him in southwestern Kentucky, where he remained. He married, in Kentucky, Rhoda Pigman, daughter of Rev. Ignatius Pigman. The were parents of six children, including (13):

i. Eliza Statler, m. Nicholas C. Taylor, 13 March 1817, Ohio Co. KY
ii. Ignatius Pigman Statler, m. Siney Stevens, 19 December 1825, Ohio Co., KY
iii. Susannah L. Statler, m. Henry Stevens, 21 November 1831, Ohio Co., KY
iv-v. Unidentified
vi. Learner Blackman Stateler, m. Melinda Purdom.

MICHAEL STATELER, son of Stephen. Probably born before 1760. He married Sarah---and moved to Licking Co., Ohio, before 1805 (14). Only one of his children is identified at present:

i. Hannah Stateler, m. James Cunningham
ii. Others

GEORGE STATLER, son of Stephen. Under terms of his father's will, George inherited the land on Dunkard Creek. He was a resident of Monongalia in 1793, when his property was levied by John Troy, constable, for his failure to appear as witness in George Snider's magistrate court, and again in 1796 when he sued and lost, regarding this attachment (15). The 1798 delinquent land tax list shows his residence as unknown, and it appears that he did not return to Monongalia (16). Living in Daviess County, KY, as of c1816 when he gave power of attorney to his nephew George Statelor, of Ohio, regarding real estate on Potamac River inherited under his father's will [sic; no Potomac real estate mentioned in the will] (17). Marital status and later history remain unknown at this time.

(13) Stanley, op cit., 1-14, 346, describes Stephen's adventures and gives some personal information. during the winter of 1836-7, Rev. L B Stateler visited his parents in KY; no further data on them appears in Stanley's biography, nor does Stanley identify the rest of Stephen's family. Lewis Collins, HISTORY OF KENTUCKY, (Covington, 1878, revised edition; originally published 1848) 2:vi, 666, credits Stephen Stateler Esq., of Hartford, "a pioneer and venerable and esteemed citizen of Ohio county," as his source for stories of early history. Children i-iii from IGI marriage entries.

(14) A. J. Baughman, CENTENNIAL BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY OF RICHLAND CO., OH (Chicago, 1901), 608-609, names Michael and Sarah Stateler as the grandparents of Elisabeth Cunningham Baughman, the author's mother, and specifies that she was raised in their home after her mother's death. See also George Statler vs John Troy and George Snider, MCR env 29, which recites that Troy "put in fear" the wife and children of Statler's (unnamed) brother, who were at George's residence when Troy appeared there on constable's duty. Sarah Statler, probably the wife of Michael, was summoned as witness. George Statelor, nephew, of the state of Ohio, named in a power of attorney by George son of Stephen, 1816, is probably a son of Michael. Betty Lee Turner, "DESCENDANTS OF MARY STATELER AND THOMAS SOWARD," np, 1918, cites a Michael Stateler c1762-15 April 1842, who died in Madison Co., Ohio and who had served in the German army before coming to America. [Unsigned] HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY, OH, (Chicago, 1883), 814, notes the death of Michael Statler, "a native of Virginia," who was killed by a falling tree in 1842. Statler's wife survived him about 30 years, Ibid. 1116-1117 , is a sketch of James W. D. Stateler, born 28 June 1818 in Licking Co., Ohio, son of Michael and Mary (Dunlap), natives of Virginia. It remains uncertain whether this man is Michael s/o Stephen or Michael "JR."

(15) Statler vs Troy and Snider, supra. Although he mentions the wife and children of his brother, there is no reference to his own wife or child, by which I presume he was not married at this time.

(16) Delinquent tax lists, MCR env 44. Monongalia Land Books carry George Statler as a property owner from 1796-1810, inclusive. However, cf Monongalia Surveys, 7:120, a 1785 survey for George Statler, heir of Stephen, 180 acres on Dunkard Creek, with Monongalia Deeds OS 3:4, Adam and Christina Shriver to Abraham Shriver, 10 March 1803. One call is missed, and there is a discrepancy in one line (215 poles with the meanders of Dunkard Creek in the survey, 311 poles with the meanders in the deed), but the land conveyed by the Shrivers appears to be the same tract formerly owned by George Statler. There is no conveyance by Statler, and none to Shriver, no is there a survey for Shriver, whose deed gives no provenance of title or tract history. Witnesses to the Shriver deed were Adam Brown, the son-in-law of John Statler, and John Stateler, probably son of Jacob.

(17) Daviess Co., KY, Deeds A: 50-51, cited in Michael L. Cole, "Daviess County Kentucky Abstract of Deed Book A," KY GENEALOGIST, 19, (1977) 112-113

CATHERINE STATLER, daughter of Stephen. The will refers to daughter Catherine, to share in personally, as well as daughter Catherine Highly, elsewhere bequeathed five shillings. I take them to be the same person. She has not been positively identified, but it would appear that she was the wife of George Hiley of Monongalia. In 1758, George Hiley was fined for missing a private muster in Captain Thomas Speak's company, Frederick Co., VA. (18) Stephen Statler was paid for service in the same company. George Hiley claimed 400 acres on Dunkard Creek, by virtue of a 1770 improvement, and adjoining the 1772 claim of Rudolph Hiley. (19) Rudolph was in service under Captain Zackquill Morgan in 1774, along with John Statler. (20) George Hiley was one of the bondsmen for Mrs. Jacob Statler, administratrix of her husband's estate. John Stateler, the heir of Jacob, described Hiley as having "by his Suretyship and by other means an influence in the family", and further indicates that Hiley acted as his guardian, without appointment, and converted to his own use a portion of the land that was rightfully Stateler's inheritance. George Hiley died sometime between 1788-1790, when Charles Martin made a note payable to Catherine and Abraham Hiley, his administrators (22) Catherine was the widow of George Hiley and retained dower interest in his real estate, title to which had passed by purchase to Adam Brown, son-in-law of John Statler (23) In a lawsuit, Brown states that Catherine Hiley sold her dower to John Bills, who had sold it to Brown; that the purchase called for an annuity of $10 per year, payable to Catherine Hiley and for which John Dent was receiver; "whether sd Chatharine [sic] is dead or alive this Respd knoweth not." It would appear that Catherine Statler, daughter of Stephen, was the wife of George Hiley (d. c1788/90) and that the "other means" by which George gained and influence in the affairs of John Stateler son of Jacob was his in-law relationship. Hiley appears to have had eight children. (24) Whether Catherine Statler was his only wife is undetermined, but some of the following persons are perhaps descendants of Stephen Statler (died c1784).

i. Abraham Hiley, born c1757 in Hampshire County, VA, pensioned 1834 in Perry Co., IN, for Revolutionary War service. Married Mary ---. (25)
ii. Mary Hiley, married James Levingstone. (26)
iii. Catherine Hiley, Married Hezekiah (alias Uz) Marshall (27)
iv. John Hiley, died c1805, married Susannah Downer (28). She remarried to William McCormack and apparently moved to Brooke County, Virginia.
v. Christina Hiley, c1760's-17 June 1849. Married, 1784, Joseph Eichelberger (alias Hackelbander). (29)
vi.-viii. Unidentified.

(18) Bockstruck, op cit., 347.

(19) Core, op cit., 1:182, 209. Rudolph Hiley's claim was assigned to Thomas Day, of Montgomery Co., MD. John Day et al vs Joanna Chipps et al, Monongalia Court Records env 128. A Michael Statler is named as defendant in this suit, but case papers do not indicate what his involvement was.

(20) Bockstruck, op cit., 144.

(21) John Statler vs Michael Core and Abraham Hiley, Monongalia Court Records env 122-C. Statler claimed that part of his land had been left out of the survey and was later entered in the name of Hiley's son Abraham, who conveyed it to Michael Core.

(22) Catherine and Abraham Highly vs Charles Martin's Executors, Monongalia Court Records env 128.

(23) Susannah Hiley and William McCormack vs Adam Brown, Monongalia Court Records env. 211. Susannah was apparently the widow of John Hiley, who died c1806 and who appears to have been a son of George, although relationships are not explicitly stated in the file. She later married McCormack.

(24) Deeds relating to George Hiley's 273-acre tract as it surveyed out indicate that he was survived by eight children, as the shares work out to approximately 43 acres each. Not all the deeds survive however. Manus Brown, the father of Adam, seems to have purchased 205 acres of the tract, which was conveyed to Adam Brown by other sons of Manus in 1799. WENDEL BROWN 2 (1983):232-233. One of these was the share of Christina Hiley Eichelberger, it would appear.

(25) Monongalia Deeds, OS 2:388. Abraham and Mary Hiley, Breckinridge Co., KY to Adam Brown, conveying interest in George Hiley real estate. Hiley is also identified as George's son in Statler vs Core and Hiley. His age cited from Revolutionary pension application in A&M 501, Marian Tapp collection, WVU Library, "Hiley" folder. I have not seen his pension file. Numerous references to this man in abstracted records of BRECKINRIDGE C0. KY GENEALOGIST.

(26) Monongalia Deeds OS 2:388. James and Mary Levingston et al to David Piles, n.d., 1801, conveying 68.25 acres formerly belonging to George Hiley.

(27) Ibid., Uz (signed Hezekiah) and Catherine Marshall et al to David Piles, n.d., 1801, conveying 68.25 acres. Only Hezekiah Marshall signs the conveyance.

(28) Hiley and McCormack vs Adam Brown, loc. cit. MCR env 84-a, Sarah Boyles vs Susannah Hiley, indicates that Susannah was the daughter of John Downer, who had fraudulently entered a number of surveys in his daughter's name. Brown's response in Hiley and McCormack vs Brown states that Susannah was the wife of John Hiley, whom Brown now believes to be dead. The bill is ambiguous regarding her marital history.

(29) Wendel Brown 2:232 cites a land book entry, 1791, showing conveyance of 34 acres from Joseph Ekelberger to Manus Brown, the deed no longer of record in Monongalia. Cf Patrick G. Wardell, VIRGINIA/WEST VIRGINIA GENEALOGICAL DATA FROM REVOLUTIONARY WAS PENSION AND BOUNTY LAND RECORDS (Bowie, MD, 1990), 2:74-75. Joseph Hackelbander applied for pension in 1834 from Clermont Co., OH. His file indicated that he was also known as Eichelberger, among other spellings. He married Christina Heighly in 1784 while living at Beesontown (now Uniontown) PA. She must have been a daughter and heiress of George Hiley of Monongalia. Her husband died in Clermont Co., 10 December 1845, age 98 by his own count.

JACOB STATLER, born about 1750, probably in Hampshire Co., Virginia, and died 1778 at Dolls Run, Monongalia County. Not named in the will of Stephen Statler, but a lawsuit prosecuted by Jacob's son and heir identifies Stephen as plaintiff's grandfather. Jacob's wife is unknown. It appears that she died relatively early, perhaps by 1784 but certainly while her son John was still a minor. (30) Jacob Statler was killed by enemy Indians near the mouth of Dolls Run, probably in the summer of 1778 although the date is not precisely known. A group of men were returning to Statler's Fort from work in a nearby field when Indians opened fire on them. Several were shot dead on the spot. The survivors fled to the fort, venturing out later to find the dead men "scalped and mangled...in a most shocking manner." The number of dead is uncertain, but nearly all accounts agree that Statler was among those killed. (31) Jacob Statler's estate was administered by his widow, whose bondsmen were George Hiley and John Celcir (32) No records of the administration survived the 1796 fire. Only one child of this family is known, but there may have been others. Jacob and [Unknown] were the parents of:

i. John Stateler, "son of Jacob," m Elisabeth [Myers?]
ii. Others?

JOSEPH STATLER, died before 1873?, possible son of Stephen. Not named in Stephen's will, but tradition existed in Monongalia in the 19th century of a Joseph Statler who, with ----Myers, was killed by Indians in a turkey gobble ambush on Jakes Run. (33)

CHRISTINA STATLER, 1767-23 June 1854, daughter of John and Eve (Bryerly) Statler. She married, about 1784 and probably in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, to Adam Brown (c1760/61-22 January 1825), son of Manus Brown. They settled in Monongalia about 1800, taking up most of the George Hiley tract by purchase. After 1850 Christina moved to Bureau County, Illinois, where she died in the home of a daughter. Some older DAR lineage show Christina as the daughter of Rudolph Statler of Lancaster County, PA, but these are based on a confusion of identities. Christina's correct parentage has been established. (34)

EVE CATHERINE STATLER, C1770? -after 1830?, Probable daughter of John and Eve Statler. Circumstantial evidence suggests that there was a daughter of this mane who married, c1790, to Joseph Parrish and who moved first to Licking and then to Sandusky County, Ohio. (35)

JOHN STATELER [Jr.], c1773-22 February 1840, probable son of John and Eve Statler. He married Mary --- (c1765-6 November 1850) and lived in Licking County, Ohio. (36)

JACOB STATLER, probable son of John and Eve Statler. Dates and marital history unknown but found living 1797/1800 in Monongalia County. (37)

(30) Statler vs Core and Hiley, supra. The bill seems to indicate that John Stateler's mother died prior to the 1784 survey made for him by George Hiley, who was then acting as John's guardian.

(31) Alexander Scott Withers, CHRONICLES OF BORDER WARFARE, (Cincinnati, OH, 1896, reprint), 249, is the first and basic printed account. Wiley, op cit., 66-67, offers some variants from local tradition. Wilson, op cit., 73-35, reprints a narrative by L. K. Evans which stems mostly from Withers. Dorothy T. Hennen, 1776-1976: A Time to Remember (Waynesburg, PA, 1977), 70-72, reprints the pension declaration of Hesekiah Wade, an eyewitness. See also Earl L. Core, Chronicles of Core (Parsons, WV, 1975, 3rd edition), 11. The pension declaration of Andrew House says that Statler's Fort was burned and that House and companions pursued the Indians to the Ohio, surprising and killing two of them--information not mentioned in other accounts. Howard L. Leckey, The Ten Mile Country and its Pioneer Families (Waynesburg, PA, 1950), 1:25. Wiley comments: "Still other accounts of this fatal surprise are in existence...Some are mixed with the attack on Ft. Martin, and others bear in their statement the stamp of the impossibility of their correctness, and others again did not stand the test of a careful examination of being probable or even possible" (op cit., 67n). William Wilson 2nd speaks of militia garrison duty at Statler's Fort after the date House alleges it to have been burned. Relatively few incidents of Indian warfare in the upper Monongahela valley are satisfactorily documented. To a very great extent the ultimate source of knowledge is Withers' book, first published in 1831.

(32) This name is very indistinctly written in the bill of complaint. Cf Chalkley, op cit., 2:147, 265, abstract of Lowther vs Keller, a case in Augusta District Court. Reference is made to a John Sulser, who died before 13 April 1795 in Fayette Co., PA, and who had owned land in Monongalia (later Wood) Co., VA. This may be the man involved in administration of Statler's estate. The bill in Statler bs Core and Hiley says of Celcir that he obtained an influence in the family by his suretyship but does not accuse him of any misfeasance, as it does George Hiley, whose influence was by suretyship "and other means".

(33) Wiley, op cit., 67. The turkey gobble ambush is a frequent motif in literature of woodland Indian warfare. Wilson, op cit., 75 assigns this incident to 1780 but seems to derive all knowledge from Wiley.

(34) WENDEL BROWN, 2:144ff, 162ff, for articles on Christina's parentage and descendants, based in part on documents located by this writer. The Brown family had been neighbors of the Statlers on the South Branch. Manus and Adam Brown, the father and uncle of Christina's husband, were to be deposed in re: Craigen vs Thorn, supra, John Statler testified that "I live [at Adam Brown's] as a relation, being the father of Mrs. Adam Brown."

(35) This statement based on research conducted for and extensive correspondence with Irene Parrish Baker, Elk Rapids, MI, who is preparing her materials for publication.

(36) Dates from stones at Hanover Cemetery, Licking Co., Ohio, supplied b to me by Irene Baker. Hill, op cit., 460, has some brief anecdotal material. A John Stateler, probably the same man, was in service from Licking Co. during the War of 1812. Hill, 393. Wilson, op cit., cites tradition that Christina Statler (1767-1854) had brothers John, Jacob, and Joseph. Although Wilson identifies them as men supposedly killed by Indians in the 1770's and 1780's, it nonetheless seems that there were Statlers of these names, not otherwise identifiable, who appear in a context to have been Christina's brothers.

(37) John bills vs Jacob Statler, MCR env 46 (indexed as Joseph Statler), a 1797 attachment. John Hiley vs Jacob Statler, MCR env 114, a March 1800 attachment bond against the "estate" of Jacob Statler, names as garnishees Andrew Myers, Hannah Statler, and John and Eve Statler. Some personal property was levied. MCR env 115, a road petition of c1800, from Miracle Run, is signed by Jacob Stradler, John Statler, and Joseph Parrish. Jacob is not taxed in Monongalia from 1800 onward and may have died or departed.

JOSEPH STATELER, 1770's? -?, probable son of John and Eve Statler. Marital history unknown but perhaps the best candidate for the unidentified husband of Margaret Statler, formerly Miller (infra). This man left Monongalia about 1804, probably to Licking County, Ohio, where a Joseph Stateler is found in 1812 and 1820. (38)

LEARNER BLACKMAN STATELER, 7 July 1811-1 May 1896, son of Stephen and Rhoda Stateler, born in Ohio county, Kentucky. Married, in Kentucky, to Melinda Purdom, 26 January 1836. Pioneer Methodist minister in Kansas and the Rocky Mountains, he died at Corvallis, Montana. (39) No issue.

Hannah Stateler, c1784/88? -c1805, daughter of Michael and Sarah Stateler. She married, about 1804, to James Cunningham of Monongalia, and died in Licking County, Ohio, about six months after the birth of her only child:

i. Elisabeth Cunningham, 8 March 1805-23 November 1894, m Jacob Baughman and lived in Richland County Ohio. (40)

JOHN STATELER, son of Jacob, born before 8 September 1774, died before 28 May 1825 in Monongalia. He married, in January 1800, to Elisabeth, probably Myers. An undocumented family history published in 1927 gives his dates as 8 May 1733-22 February 1826 (41), but this is incorrect on both ends. By his own statement, John was a minor at the time of his father's death in 1778 and continued a minor for many years thereafter, attaining his majority sometime prior to 8 September 1795 (42). He cannot have been significantly over 21 at that time. Estate records indicate that he was dead almost a year earlier than the date shown by Wilson (43).

(38) Michael Core vs John Statler son of Jacob, MCR env 115, includes an April 1801 witness subpoena to Joseph Statler. A man of this name is taxed in 1801, 1802, and 1804; gone 1805 and does not return. MCR env 70-A. Joseph Stateler was in service from Licking Co., Ohio during the War of 1812 (hill, 392-393) and a man of this name appears on 1820 census, aged 45+ and with a household (notes supplied by Irene Baker).

(39) Stanley, op cit., details his career.

(40) A. J. Baughman, op cit., and HISTORY OF RICHLAND CO., OHIO (Chicago, 1908), 1:514ff, with portrait and biographical data.

(41) Wilson, op cit. Followed in Core, CHRONICLES, 109.

(42) Statler vs Core and Hiley. In 1784 a survey of 183 acres was made for John Statler, heir at law of Jacob (Monongalia Surveys 7:121). Stateler claimed that this survey excluded a portion of his rightful property. On 8 September 1795 a new survey, for 400 acres, was made (Monongalia Surveys 4:384).

(43) Monongalia Estates 3:56, 58; inventory, 28 March 1825; sale bill, 9 June 1825, recorded November 1825.



This paper ends abruptly because it was never finished. However, I thought it contained enough new and useful information that I asked Rick Toothman for permission to submit it. My line is John Statler (1774-1825), s/o Jacob (1750-1778), s/o Stephen

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