Service for Vernon S. Hergert Sr. 67, of E. Locust will be 11 a.m. Monday November 24,1976 in the Henninger-Allen Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. John J. Bennitt officiating. Hergert died Friday evening. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Born in Grant County near Pond Creek. Hergert lived in several states before coming to Enid where he made his home several years. He was employed by a furniture company and, Peerless Ice Company. He married the former Florence Cecil in Perry on June 13,1955. Survivors include his wife, Florence, of the home; one son Vernon Jr. Enid; one daughter, Mrs. Joseph (Shirley Mae)Ortega, Omaha, Neb.; his mother, Mrs. Anna Mae Hergert, Enid; four step-sons Ralph Ray Cecil, AR; Monroe Cecil, Oklahoma City; Melvin Cecil & William W. Hunt both of Enid; one brother Garland G. Hergert, Cunningham Kan.; three sisters Mrs, Irvin (Juanita) Blood, Moses Lake Wash.; Mrs. Glenn ( Thelma) Stevens, Laverne, and Mrs. Hasken (Lela) Tennent, Wichita Kan., 13 grandchildren and two great- grandchildren
From: A History Of Oklahoma 1908 - pages 521 and 522
W. M. JARVIS is prominently known throughout the southwest as an agriculturist and stock raiser and as the proprietor of The Heliker & Jarvis Seminole Company, one of the largest ranches in Seminole county, Oklahoma. This valuable tract contains ten thousand acres, eight thousand acres of which are under cultivation, and the land is very rich and especially well adapted to the raising of cotton, corn and alfalfa. Seventy-four tenant houses have been built on this farm, as well as a blacksmith shop and a good store. On the Indian lease land there is also a school house with an attendance of eighty-four pupils, superintended by a capable and efficient teacher, and church services are held in this school house once a month and Sunday-school every Sunday. The farm is under the management of Heliker & Jarvis, and these gentlemen are just and liberal in their dealings with their tenants and are numbered among the most prominent business men in this part of the state.
W. M. Jarvis came to the Indian Territory in 1880, and in 1890 to Pottawatomie county, Oklahoma, first locating near McLoud, from whence in 1900 he came to his present large estate. He has thus been a resident of what is now the state of Oklahoma for twenty-eight years, one of its earliest pioneers and now one of its leading business men. He was born in Shelbyville, Shelby county, Illinois, August 12, 1863, and is a representative of an old Virginian family. His father, Samuel Jarvis, was a Civil war soldier and died in Pottawatomie county, Oklahoma, when sixty-six years of age, a life-long farmer and a member of the Christian church. His mother, Sarah Foltz, was born in Pennsylvania and is of Pennsylvania Dutch descent. She is now living in this county, the mother of six children.
Their son W. M. Jarvis was fourteen years of age when he went to Iowa and from there he came to the Indian Territory and rode the range for years.
In Coles county, Illinois, he was united in marriage to Nettie Horsley, who was the first white child born in the Osage Nation of Indian Territory. The Indian chief of the nation some time later wished to adopt her, and being refused the parents were notified to leave that country. Her father, Theodore Horsley, died in Logan county, Oklahoma, a well known cattleman. Mrs. Jarvis was educated in the Osage Mission school, and her marriage has been blessed by the birth of seven children: Ethel, Pearl, Floyd, Lois, Henry, Gladys and Elaine. Mr. Jarvis is an active Republican worker, and has served as a delegate to the state conventions. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and a charter member of McLoud Lodge No. 157, which was organized at Dale. He is a man of excellent business qualifications, fair and honorable in his dealings, and he is one of the best known men of Pottawatomie county. Mrs. Jarvis is a member of the Christian church. I have it from a daughter of William and Nettie that the middle name was Jackson. I think the writer of the story above must have made two initials out of the abbreviation for William When William first came to the Indian Territory he worked on Joshua Theodore Horsley's ranch in the Cherokee Outlet.
Bible, John, ca. 1777 Bible, Elizabeth, ca. 1778 Bible, Mary, ca. 1779 Bible, Christian, ca. Bible, George, ca. 1783 Bible, Adam, ca.
Marriage: 1787-1788 in Va
Bible, Abraham, ca. Bible, Catherine, ca. Bible, Lewis, ca. Bible, Jacob, ca. Bible, Sarah, ca. Bible, Isaac, ca.
CHRISTIAN BIBLE DIED Monday, 22d Oct, 1833 [followed by Min. 17,p.76]
The execution of the Last Will and Testament of Christian Bible Dec'd, was duly proven in open court by the oath of George Easterly and Lewis Stolz, the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to berecorded.
and is as follows:
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN.
I, Christian Bible, of the county of Greene, and the State ofTennessee, being in a state of good health and perfect mind and memory, but calling to mind the mortality of mankind that it is appointed for all men once to die, I therefore make this instrument of writing to be my last will and testament in the manner and form as followeth:
Viz. 1, I will that all my lawful debts shall first be paid out of my estate. Secondly, I give and bequeath unto my dear beloved wife,Margareth, the dwelling house, the well and milk house, the garden and as much fruit as she is in need of, likewise five bushels of wheat, five bushels of rye, and two bushels of corn, one hundred weight of pork, fifty weight of beef, one bushel of salt, one quarter of an acre of flax, two pairs of shoes annually, one cow and two sheep, the same shall be kept for her own use and purpose in the summer pasture and in the winter they shall be feed for her as long as she keeps my name and be my widow, further it is my will that my wife Margareth, shall have all the household furniture the same or such as she brought into my house when I married her, for her own self.
I give and bequeath unto my oldest son, John Bible, one hundred acres of land, the same plantation whereon he now dwells. And unto my son, George Bible, I give and bequeath a certain tract or parcel of land, the same whereon he now lives, the number of acres not known, it being a tract I bought of George Reitzel with an addition of apart of my old tract beginning at a sugar tree to divide the part of the old tract before mentioned between George and Adam, then to a Branch, thence with the same to its mouth into the creek to a pin oak stump, thence to abuckeye, thence to a box elder on the line of the aforesaid Reitzel tract. And to my son, Adam Bible, I give and bequeath a certain tract or parcel of land beginning at the mouth of the aforesaid branch, the division between my sons George and Adam, the same whereon he now lives, thence running to a cedar stake on the line between him and Abraham, thence north and with the lines of said tract to close with George's tract. And to my son, Lewis Bible, I give and bequeath a certain tract or parcel of land containing one hundred acres the same whereon he now lives. And to my son, Jacob Bible, I give and bequeath a certain tract or parcel of land containing eighty-three acres, the same more or less adjoining John Bible's land and the old place. And to my son Abraham Bible, I give and bequeath a certain tract or parcel of land, the number of acres not know, be it begins on John Bible's upper corner, a hackberry tree from thence north to a cedar stake corner to Adam's, thence with Adam's line to Daniel Coffman's line, Thence with said Coffman's line west to the creek, thence up and with said Creek to the beginning. And to my son Isaac Bible, I give and bequeath the old plantation and all appurtenance thereunto belonging, except what is herein willed aforesaid unto my wife, Margareth, during her life or widowhood. And my will and desire is that every part of the land herein bequeathed to my sons John, George, Adam, Lewis, Jacob, Abraham and Isaac Bible shall be valued by three good and sensible freeholders what every part of land may be worth, and that one whose land is valued higher shall and must give to the other whos land is not worth so much, that they may all be equal in sharing of the land, they may pay other a swell as they can agree together.
And my son John Bible shall receive of my moveable estate the just and full sum whatever he has paid to John Nehs Senior up to the present time for the land which I bought from Michael Dettemore. The plantation of one hundred acres lying and being on Wolfs Creek shall (if I do not sell it before my decease), and equally divided amongst all my children and likewise my moveable Estate shall be sold and divided amongst all my children namely, John, George, Adam, Lewis, Jacob, Abraham and Isaac Bible, Elizabeth, Catherine and Sarah Bible.
And it is my will and desire that every one of my daughters(Mary excepted)shall receive after my decease twelve months the sum of fifty pounds in good trade at cash price.
And to my two Grand Children, daughters of my son, Christian Bible deceased, I give and bequeath five dollars to the eldest,Elizabeth, and to the youngest, Anny, one dollar.
My daughter Elizabeth, the wife of Isaac Crezilies, shall receive the sum of fifty-pounds as aforesaid, and Mary, the wife of Jacob Easterly, one dollar, and Catherine, the wife of Phillip Easterly, the sum of fifty pounds as aforesaid, and to Sarah, the wife of Jacob Bortle, the sum of fifty pounds as aforesaid, and those payments equally paid by my sons agreeable to the valuation of their lands as aforesaid.
And it is my will and desire that my two youngest sons, Abraham and Isaac Bible shall receive first out of moveable estate each of them a good horse saddle and bridle and a good home made rifle gun.
And further it is my will and desire that my daughter, Sarah shall receive out of my estate the same furniture as one of her sisters has received.
And it is my will and desire that whatever I have herein bequeathed unto my wife Margareth, shall be delivered unto her annually by my sons agreeable to the valuation of their lands, except the flax, wintering and pasturing of the aforesaid stock which my son isaac shall do and also to find her in firewood, do her milking, to prevent her from that which would be unfit for her to do.
And I do appoint and constitute my two trusty friends and sons John Bible and Philip Easterly, Executors of this my last Will and Testament in order that this and no other instrument of writing is but this my last Will and Testament. I renounce and revoke all others and do certify that this and no other to be my last Will and Testament.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have herunto set my hand and seal this thirteenth day of July in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty Four.
Signed and sealed in the presence of:
Christian Bible X his mark
And thereupon came John Bible and Philip Easterly, The Executors named in said will and entered into bond with Adam Bible and Jacob Bible Securities in the sum of four thousand dollars with conditions as the law direct and having taken an oath to execute said will, it is ordered that letters testamentary issue to them accordingly.
* The birth date of Christian is recorded in the New Hanover Lutheran Church record book of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. This record also indicates he was baptised February 9, 1752, sponsored by Christian Kurtz and Elizabeth Borchart and the parents were listed as Adam and Eva Margaretha Biebel (Pennsylvania German Church Records, Vol. II,Page 157, Genealogical Publishing Company) Montgomery Co did not exist at the time of his birth, the county was actually Philadelphia Co., PA.Montgomery Co., PA was formed in 1770.
Christian wrote his Will on July 13, 1824 and it was probated in Greene Co., TN on October 22, 1833. The inventory of his estate was recorded on January 28, 1833 (Greene Co., TN Inventory of Estates, volume January 1828 to June 1843, page 305 dated January 28, 1833). Christian's Will mentions his children by name including Christian Jr. who had died in 1806 and also his second wife Margareth. The death date of Christian is recorded in the family Bible belonging to his youngest son Isaac(Greene Co., TN Pioneer May 1990issue).
Christian and Margareth are buried in the Gum Springs cemetery located down the Warrensburg Highway from Christian's homestead. A worn and weathered stone marks their final resting place and because of the nature of the tombstone selected, any inscriptions on the rock have long since disappeared. The late D. T. Jones, great-great grandson of Christian Bible, learned from his mother Ellen Smith Bible Jones the location of Christian's tombstone in the Gum Springs cemetery and he showed Dorothy Ballard who showed Ralph Cansler.
Baptized on February 9, 1752 at New Hanover Lutheran Church, sponsored by Christian Kurtz and Elizabeth Borchart.