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Vol. 4 No. 11 - September 2001

As everyone knows, America faced one of her most darkest days in history, the 11th of this month, from a terrorist attack on the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon. This also includes United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked and crashed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. This day will live as much in infamy as the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.

As thousands of innocent lives were taken that day, the long period of uncertainty and recover awaits us all. America has wiped her eyes, dug for the dead, bound the bloody wounds --- and will continue to say prayers as we carry on more determined than ever before. It is our ancestors that came to America that laid the foundation for our way of live. It is important that all of us continue with those ways and remember, "candles of hope" will always burn bright across our great nation.

We must all now stand behind our president as he has stated, "Make no mistake, the United States will hunt down and punish those responsible for these cowardly acts. We're at war, but because of our freedom, because of our American way of life, the United States will prevail."

If anybody is aware of or knows of anyone of the Van Bibber family who may have been a direct victim of these cowardly acts, please let us know.

God Bless America!

Your Editor,

Gary R. Hawpe


  1. New Subscribers -- Address Changes -- Invalid Addresses
  2. The Boone Family Emigrants of 1846
  3. City Police Officer Dead in Early Morning Gunfight
  4. Family of George W. Crawford and Mary E. Van Bibber
  5. The Van Bibber Family
  6. Family of Louisa Hutts Davis
  7. West - Humphrey
  8. Obituaries
  9. Recent Deaths
  10. Military News
  11. Wedding Anniversary
  12. Recent Births
  13. Reunions
  14. Unidentified Van Bibbers
  15. Queries
  16. Sound Off


For the second month in a row we have eighteen new subscribers to the newsletter. Unfortunately I had to delete eleven of our subscribers for invalid addresses. There are now 520 subscribers to the Van Bibber Pioneers newsletter. Leading the way this month is four new cousins that descend from the family of Nathan Boone and Olive Van Bibber. Closely right behind them is three new cousins subscribing each from the families of Thomas Fulfer and Olive Van Bibber, and Ezekial Van Bibber and Susan Rice.

  1. Belinda Jolly -- [email protected] -- George VanBeber and Mary Tinsley
  2. Christy Slater -- [email protected] -- Nathan Boone and Olive Van Bibber
  3. Cinda Paris -- [email protected] -- Nathan Boone and Olive Van Bibber
  4. Gary Simmons -- [email protected] -- John Van Bibber and Mary Collier
  5. Georgetta Dollar -- [email protected] -- James Van Bebber and Ruth Hooker
  6. Hank Napier -- [email protected] -- Ezekial Van Bibber and Susan Rice
  7. Jack Leedom -- [email protected] -- Nathan Boone and Olive Van Bibber
  8. Jamie Franks -- [email protected] -- William Van Bebber and Elizabeth Barbee
  9. Jim Fulfer -- [email protected] -- Thomas Fulfer and Olive Van Bibber
  10. Katrina Harris -- [email protected] -- Moses Haney and Nancy Van Bibber
  11. Larry Whelchel -- [email protected] -- Henry Bellville and Martha Van Bibber
  12. Lynn Rodgers -- [email protected] -- Nathan Boone and Olive Van Bibber
  13. Marcy Lewis -- [email protected] -- Thomas Fulfer and Olive Van Bibber
  14. Michelle Haden -- [email protected] -- Thomas Fulfer and Olive Van Bibber
  15. Paula White -- [email protected] -- William Van Bibber and Mary Williams
  16. Sandra Moore -- [email protected] -- Ezekial Van Bibber and Susan Rice
  17. Sharon Brown -- [email protected] -- Ezekial Van Bibber and Susan Rice
  18. Sharon Dutro -- [email protected] -- Isaac Van Bebber and Mary Martin


  1. Gayle Davis -- [email protected]
  2. Jean Morford -- [email protected]
  3. Jean Murphy -- [email protected]
  4. Lee Estep -- [email protected]
  5. Marty Grant -- [email protected]
  6. Pamela Sayre -- [email protected]
  7. Stacey Avanzino -- [email protected]


Anyone knowing of or in contact with the below subscribers please have them contact me with their new e-mail address. They have been currently removed as subscribers to the newsletter until I get a valid address on them.

  1. Billie Swartz -- [email protected] -- User unknown.
  2. Cathy Kellough -- [email protected] -- User unknown.
  3. Gary & Gale McKiddy -- [email protected] -- User unknown.
  4. Hazel Van Bibber -- [email protected] -- User unknown.
  5. Joel Watson -- [email protected] -- Recipient exceeded email quota three months in a row.
  6. Linda Gaultney -- [email protected] -- User unknown.
  7. Marie Bourell -- [email protected] -- Mailbox has been suspended.
  8. Micheal Knue -- [email protected] -- Mail quota exceeded, service unavailable.
  9. Nora Kirstein -- [email protected] -- User unknown.
  10. Rex Van Bibber -- [email protected] -- User unknown.
  11. Sue Woods -- [email protected] -- User unknown.

John VanBibber and Chloe Standiford
  Chloe VanBibber and Jesse Bryan Boone
    Alphonso D. Boone and Nancy Linville Boone


Pioneer Family of the Month
February, 1998

Alphonso Boone

Boones Ferry Road is one of the busiest roads in the Portland area, but not many modern residents are aware that there once actually was a ferry on Boones Ferry Road -- and fewer still know that the Boone in question was a descendant of the one and only Daniel Boone.

The branch of the Boone family that emigrated to Oregon was led by Daniel's grandson, Alphonso Boone. Moving west seems to have run in the family, as Alphonso "westered" at least three times in his life. In 1841, he set up shop in Independence, Missouri, outfitting fur traders and caravans on the Santa Fe Trail. From 1843 to '45, Alphonso cashed in on a new source of business: emigrants bound for Oregon and California. In 1846, Alphonso headed west with seven of his children, his sister Panthea Boone Boggs, and her husband Lilburn W. Boggs, former governor of Missouri.

The Boones jumped off from Westport, Missouri, where Alphonso's brother, Albert Gallatin Boone, ran his own a general store catering to the overland trade. The Boones with their eleven wagons joined a California-bound wagon train which they expected to stay with to Fort Hall or thereabouts. Traveling in the same train were several people whose names are still known to historians, including Edwin Bryant, J. Quinn Thornton, T. H. Jefferson, George Law Curry, and George Donner and family.

Alphonso Boone's brother-in-law, Lilburn Boggs, wanted to be captain of the train, but he lost the election by a landslide to one William H. Russell. Dissatisfaction with the leadership of Captain Russell was widespread, however, and he complained that:

My duties as commandant are troublesome beyond anything I could conceive of. I am annoyed with all manner of complaints, one will not do this, and another has done something that must be atoned for, and occasionally, through variety, we have a fight among ourselves... I sometimes get out of patience myself, and once I threw up my commission, but to my surprise...I was again unanimously re-elected...

- William H. Russell, June 13, 1846

A week or two later at Ash Hollow, Russell resigned again, and the wagon train broke up into small groups for the remainder of the journey. These parties, including the Boones, remained loosely associated with one another, often exchanging members, banding together, and splitting up again as the days wore on.

The Boones reached South Pass on July 18, and two days later they encountered a lone horseman from the west urging emigrants to try a new, shorter route to California being promoted by Lansford W. Hastings. Led by George Donner, about twenty wagons from the Russell train turned off to follow this new route into the history books.

On August 8, at Fort Hall, the Boones met a man promoting another new route, this one leading to Oregon's Willamette Valley instead of California. Panthea Boone Boggs and her husband struck out for California, while Alphonso Boone decided to take a chance on the new road to Oregon, known as the Southern Route or the Applegate Trail.

This proved to be a mistake. The Applegate Trail was a hard road through difficult terrain with limited access to water. To make matters worse, the Indians of southern Oregon and northern California were extremely hostile to the overlanders. While they didn't stage a full-blown attack on the emigrants, they frequently harassed them by shooting arrows at their livestock and stealing from their wagons. Indians opportunistically attacked and killed two overlanders who got separated from the groups they were traveling with.

As winter weather set in and threatened to strand the travelers on the Applegate Trail, the emigrants began throwing away everything they could in order to lighten the load for their exhausted, footsore oxen. They cached their valuables in hope of being able to return for them later, but the Indians dug up and stole all but a few items of clothing. The Boones lost everything that they couldn't carry out of the mountains on their backs, including a compass and surveying instruments that had once belonged to Daniel Boone himself.

It was Christmastime when the Boones finally reached the settlements in the Willamette Valley. In the spring of 1847, Alphonso moved his family upriver and claimed 1000 acres across the Willamette from present-day Wilsonville. The Boones established a ferry on an old Indian trail running from Salem and the French Prairie area to the newly established city of Portland, offering a more direct route than going by way of Oregon City. They improved the trail by laying down a "corduroy road" of split tree trunks to get wagons through the muddiest stretches, and it grew into a major thoroughfare. Legend has it that their road was a hotbed for moonshiners, who operated stills hidden in hollows and glens nearby and used the road to transport their product to town. Alphonso made a point of operating his ferry 24 hours a day for the convenience of his customers, which may have had something to do with the number of illegal distilleries operating along his road...

One of the Boones' neighbors was George Law Curry, who knew the family from the Oregon Trail and had taken a shine to Alphonso's eldest daughter, Chloe. George courted Chloe by canoe, paddling up and down the river to pay regular visits until she consented to marry him. He later became the third and last governor of the Oregon Territory, in office from 1854-59.

When word of the gold strikes in California reached Oregon in 1848, Alphonso and his boys headed south to make their fortune. On February 1, 1850, Alphonso died at Long's Bar of an illness contracted in the gold fields. Though they lost their father, the Boone brothers did well in the mines, and Alphonso's sons gradually dispersed across the Northwest with their fortunes assured: Jesse returned to Oregon and ran the ferry for 26 years, until he was murdered by a neighbor in a dispute over access to the river; Alphonso (junior) briefly ran the ferry before selling it to Jesse and going into the steamboat business; Joshua settled in Benton County, Oregon; and James moved to Idaho and ran the Morning Star Silver Mine.

The only son of Alphonso Boone who didn't accompany him to Oregon was George Luther Boone. Many years later, he told his story to fellow Oregon Trail emigrant Eva Emery Dye:

When I was twelve years old, my mother died; and Father, Col. Alphonso Boone, named for an old Spanish friend of his Grandfather Daniel, moved us up to Jefferson City, where he opened a trading post to outfit caravans for the Oregon Trail. My father's sister, Aunt Panthea, the wife of Governor Boggs, lived in a fine house next to the Missouri state capitol. ... When Father moved to Independence near Kansas City I struck out on the plains as a trapper working for my Uncle Albert Gallatin Boone, agent for the Kaw and Cheyenne Indians. ...

In the early Spring of 1846 when my Father, Colonel Alphonso Boons, with his large family of boys and girls set out on the Oregon Trail, I was absent on a trading trip to the Arapahoes and Cherry Creek where Denver was yet to be. With my mouse-colored mules I was carrying trading goods for Uncle Albert into the farther Rocky Mountain wilds.

By midsummer, with goods sold out and three wagon-loads of furs for Uncle Albert, I returned to Westport to find my folks gone and Colonel Doniphan there recruiting for the Mexican War. ... Selling my mules to the government I was mustered in at Fort Leavenworth and was soon on the march for Santa Fe.

- George L. Boone

George was honorably discharged in 1847 and led a wagon train across the plains the following spring to join his family in Oregon. In 1849, he went to find his father and brothers in California, made some money shipping freight, and returned to Oregon to settle down in 1852.

The ferry established by Alphonso Boone in 1847 operated continuously for 107 years. It was finally shut down in 1954 after the completion of a highway bridge adjacent to the ferry crossing.

End of the Oregon Trail

Isaac VanBibber and Sarah Davis
  Martha VanBebber and George Yoakum, Sr.
    Isaac Yoakum and Mary Davis
      Thomas H. Yoakum and Mary Ann Mitchell
        Moses Yoakum and Louisa Jane Shipley
          Robert Taylor Yoakum and Myrtle Evans
            Eugene Yoakum and Elizabeth Marie Rogers



Fellow Policeman Slay Resident in Wild Exchange

Referring to the fatal shooting of an Alexandria policeman early Sunday morning, Major Russell A. Hawes, Chief of Alexandria Police Department, said yesterday: "The majority of police officers killed in this county are killed on calls similar to the one to which Private Eugene Yoakum responded Sunday morning. He was a dedicated police officer - one of the most dedicated I've had the privilege of working with. He thought only of being a policeman and of doing a good job at it."

Private Yoakum, 34, the father of the three children and a 10-year member of the Alexandria Police Force, lost his life at 1:30 a.m. Sunday when he was shot in the chest by Fred C. Stull, 23, of 2906 Seay Street, who, police said witness told them, had "gone berserk."

The sequent of events leading to Yoakum's death and the death of Stull from shots fired by Privates David Largen and Earl Caknipe began with a "trouble call" to Alexandria Police Headquarters from a man who identified himself as Leroy David Beasley of 2905 Seay Street, and said that Stull had "gone berserk" and beat him unconscious.

The dispatcher at police headquarters alerted Largen who was cruising in the area of Duke Street and Longview Drive.

Largen later said that when he arrived at 2906 Seay Street, Stull, armed with a revolver, was standing in the doorway of the apartment building. When he ordered Stull to drop the weapon, he reported, Stull threatened to shoot and was prevented from doing so by Dennis Perry of 2902 Seay Street, who grabbed his arm and tussled with him.

Largen returned to his cruiser to call for reinforcements, and was joined within minutes by Yoakum and Caknipe. Stull, Largen said, was in the doorway, brandishing a knife which he was holding in his left hand.

He and Yoakum were near the curb, 20 feet from the front of the apartment, Largen said, and Caknipe began to approach Stull, telling him to throw down the knife. Instead of discarding the weapon, the officer said, Stull brought his right hand from behind him and began firing. One of the first shots caught Yoakum in the chest, he said.

Largen and Caknipe returned the fire, and Stull fell dead in the doorway of his home.

Beasley, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, who is stationed at Fort Myers and works at the Pentagon, later told police that he had returned to his apartment about 10 p.m. and found his wife and a woman friend there. The group sat in the living room watching television and drinking beer, he said, and near midnight Stull came in. Beasley told investigating officers that Stull, who had a bottle of liquor with him, insisted that the group join a party at his apartment, which they did.

The group played records and danced and shortly after 1 a.m., Beasley said, "then all hell broke loose." Stull, he told the officer, "went berserk" and grabbed him and beat him, banging his head against the wall until he was unconscious.

When he arrived, Bailey, said, he returned to his own apartment and called for police assistance and protection.

Beasley's call was logged by the dispatcher, Private Jack Logwood, at 1:28 a.m., according to Captain Francis H. Johnson, Chief of the Detective Bureau, yesterday.

Yoakum, a Staff Sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps before he joined the Alexander Police Department in 1954, attracted world-wide attention last year to himself and his K-9 Mucho, when he strapped a receiving set to the dog's harness and trained him to respond to commands via walkie-talkie.

He was the eight police officer in Alexander to die in the performance of duty since 1929 and the first since Private Bobby Padgett was shot to death in 1959.

Born in Speedwell, Claiborne County, Tennessee, in 1932, Yoakum attended grade school in Forkridge, Claiborne County, and spent his high school years at Middlesboro High School, Bell County, Kentucky.

In 1950 Yoakum joined the U.S. Marine Corps and rose to the rank of staff sergeant before leaving the Corps in 1954, and joining the Alexandria Police Department.

A charter member of the K-9 Corps, Yoakum received a citation for excellence in the performance of his duties when he and Caknipe apprehended two men breaking into a store on Duke Street two years ago and only subdued them after gunplay. His fellow officer on that tour of duty was with him again Sunday morning.

Stull, who died with his victim, Johnson said, was wearing a cowboy belt and a holster with a thigh lanyard. He had a 38-cal. revolver and between 50 and 60 rounds of ammunition. Formerly employed by an Alexander bakery, he had left his job two weeks ago and taken one with a bakery concern in the District of Columbia.

As a result of an incident last week, Stull was charged by Fairfax County Police with being drunk in public and with assaulting an officer in the booking room at the Groveton Sub-station. He was due to appear in Fairfax County Court October 22nd.

Funeral services for Private Yoakum will be held on Wednesday, 30 September from the First Baptist Church, 2900 King Street, at 2 p.m. The service will be conducted by the Reverend Harry Clark, and interment will take place in National Memorial Park, Falls Church.

A Masonic service will be held at the Cunningham Funeral Home, Cameron and Alfred Streets, at 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, by members of the Henry Knoxfield Lodge #349, AF&AM.

Private Yoakum is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Marie Yoakum; daughters Marian and Sharon Yoakum; a son Tyron Yoakum; parents Robert T. and Myrtle Yoakum; sisters Mrs. Dorothy Jasinski, Caroline and Wanda Yoakum; brothers, Foster, Bobby and Hadley Gale Yoakum, all of Detroit, Michigan, and Lee Yoakum of Mount Clements, Michigan.

The Alexandria Gazette, Alexandria, Fairfax County, Virginia, Tuesday, September 29, 1964.

Submitted by Earl Quintrell -- Winchester, Tennessee

Peter VanBibber and Marguery Bounds
  Jacob VanBibber and Sarah Miller
      Ezekial VanBibber and Susan Rice
        Mary Elizabeth VanBibber and George W. Crawford

Descendants of George W. Crawford

Generation No. 1

1. George W.2 Crawford (Benjamin Franklin1) was born Abt. 1845 in Little Fork, Carter Co., KY, and died August 16, 1918 in Nemo, Hickory Co., MO. He married Mary Elizabeth VanBibber 1867 in KY\OH, daughter of Ezekial VanBibber and Susan Rice. She was born 1849 in Greenup Co., KY, and died February 28, 1930 in Nemo, Hickory Co., MO.

George and Mary Crawford

Children of George Crawford and Mary VanBibber are:

2 i. Sarah Elizabeth3 Crawford, born 1868 in KY; died Abt. 1940 in Marshall, Saline Co., MO. She married (1) John Robert Carter; born December 16, 1870; died August 08, 1934. She married (2) Benton McNiece Ihrig March 28, 1887 in Nemo, Hickory Co., MO; born March 23, 1870.

3 ii. Ellnora Crawford, born February 28, 1872 in Hickory Co., MO; died January 26, 1914 in Hickory Co., MO. She married Ulysess Grant Dorman October 13, 1891 in Hickory, MO; born November 04, 1867; died January 07, 1937 in Hickory Co., MO.

4 iii. Benjamin Franklin Crawford, born August 24, 1874 in Hickory Co., MO; died July 15, 1950 in Nemo, Hickory Co., MO. He married (1) Martha Samples February 07, 1893 in Hickory Co., MO; born July 22, 1877; died July 15, 1915 in Hickory Co., MO. He married (2) Nancy Thomas September 23, 1915 in MO.

5 iv. William R. Crawford, born May 16, 1878 in Hickory Co., MO; died September 03, 1965 in Marshall, Saline Co., MO. He married (1) Nancy Knight June 11, 1898 in Hickory, MO; born May 16, 1878; died December 30, 1907 in Hickory, MO. He married (2) Dora B. Thomas May 30, 1908 in Marshall, Saline Co., MO; born September 27, 1889 in Hickory Co., MO; died July 1972 in Marshall, Saline Co., MO.

6 v. Emma May Crawford, born March 12, 1884 in Pittsburg, Hickory, MO; died November 15, 1952 in Marshall, Saline, MO. She married Amos Buell Wright June 15, 1897 in Hickory, MO; born January 01, 1879 in Cross Timbers, Hickory, MO; died September 16, 1933.

Photo by Linda Crawford


Among all the names which appear upon the pages of Border Warfare history in Virginia, none is more prominent than that of the Van Bibbers, a name as common upon the early military records of Virginia, as that of the Arbuckles, Clendenins, Lewises, Stewarts, or any other.

The family was of German origin, its ancient seat having been located on the Banks of the Rhine, not far from the famous city of Metz. But one was thought, by his relatives, to have married beneath his station, a serious matter among the titled families of the fatherland, and for that reason he emigrated to America.

One of the descendants found a home in Botetourt County, Virginia. Here he raised a family of several children, and it is his children, and one son, who figure so conspicuously in Virginia history. Among them were Jesse, Joseph, Mathais, commonly called "Tice;" these, together with John, were early upon the frontier. John and Jesse, were with General Andrew Lewis at Point Pleasant, in 1774, and from that time until Wayne's treaty, were by the side of the Arbuckles, Gibbs, Gilmores, Morris, and others defending the settlements of Southwestern Virginia, from the incursions of the savages. John bought his family to Point Pleasant, and reared his cabin on the banks of Crooked Creek, at the base of what is now known as Fisher's Hill, under the walls of old Fort Randolph.

With the coming of permanent peace, Jesse, settled upon Thirteen Mile Creek, now in Mason County. His early life, like the mountainous stream on which he settled, was rough in the extreme, but as it neared its close, it beautifully reflected the Christian character; here he raised a family and died in 1852, aged nearly one hundred years.

John Van Bibber had seven children, of whom Chloe was the eldest, married Jesse, a son of Daniel Boone; Rhoda, the second, was killed by the Indians at Point Pleasant, James was the third; he married Lois Reynolds, and moved to Catlettsburg, Kentucky, where he died. Miriam married John Reynolds, once high sheriff of Kanawha County. Hannah married Goodrich L. Slaughter of Culpepper County, Virginia, with whom she removed to Missouri, in 1827, and died near Palmyra, that State, in 1832. Margery married Colonel Andrew Donnally, a son of Colonel Donnally, who built Donnallys Fort in Greenbrier. All these children were born in Botetourt County, before the removal to Point Pleasant.

History of Kanawha County by Hardesty.

Abstracted and submitted by Anna Lutz -- [email protected]

Peter VanBibber, Jr. and Marguery Bounds
  James VanBibber and Jane Irvine
    Melissa VanBibber and Lorenzo Hutts
      Louisa Hutts and Jesse Lorenzo Davis, Jr.

Descendants of Louisa Hutts

From the files of Terrye Lambert

Generation No. 1

1. Louisa2 Hutts (Lorenzo D.1) was born 1839. She married Jesse Lorenzo Davis, Sr. January 21, 1858 in Callaway Co., MO.

Children of Louisa Hutts and Jesse Davis are:

+ 2 i. Louisa Mellissa Jane Davis, born July 19, 1874 in Eliza, Ripley Co., MO; died December 26, 1940 in AR.

+ 3 ii. Mary E. Davis, born March 1860 in MO; died 1935 in AR.

4 iii. Samantha Josephene Davis, born October 28, 1863. She married (1) George Spencer Hardin October 08, 1882 in Howell Co., MO. She married (2) James M. Strikes February 19, 1912.

5 iv. Jessie Lorenzo Davis, Jr., born December 03, 1869 in Ironton, Iron Co., MO. He married Nancy Alice Foshee January 04, 1891 in Ripley Co., MO; born 1875.

6 v. Etta Davis. She married Mr. Roberts.

7 vi. Willie Davis.

8 vii. Infant Davis.

+ 9 viii. Rachael Ellen Davis.

Generation No. 2

2. Louisa Mellissa Jane Davis (Louisa2 Hutts, Lorenzo D.1) was born July 19, 1874 in Eliza, Ripley Co., MO, and died December 26, 1940 in AR. She married (1) William Franklin Barnes. She married (2) Cleminth Trin Wackerly July 16, 1893 in Independence Co., AR. He was born December 17, 1872 in MO, and died September 13, 1912 in Independence County, AR.

Children of Louisa Davis and Cleminth Wackerly are:

10 i. Ceclie Jane4 Wackery, born April 30, 1894 in Jamestown, Independence Co., AR; died July 06, 1972 in AR. She married Grover C. Garrett March 06, 1913 in Independence Co., AR; died 1968.

11 ii. Clemance Trin Wackery, born January 20, 1896 in Jamestown, Independence Co., AR; died May 04, 1974 in AR. He married Nora Irene Meachum.

12 iii. Josephine Henrietta Wackery, born February 19, 1898 in Jamestown, Independence Co., AR; died June 1947. She married Ernest Jobe.

13 iv. Thomas Luther Theodore Wackery, born June 24, 1900 in Jamestown, Independence Co., AR; died July 29, 1969 in Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO. He married Dorthy May Beel.

14 v. Mary Etta Wackery, born January 13, 1903 in Jamestown, Independence Co., AR. She married Ernest Gray November 05, 1924 in Newport, Jackson Co., AR.

15 vi. William Arthur Wackery, born January 13, 1903 in Jamestown, Independence Co., AR; died November 16, 1987 in Tuckerman, Jackson Co., AR. He married Oma Ray Hawkins March 05, 1927 in Newport, Jackson Co., AR; died 1978.

16 vii. Clarice Elizabeth Wackery, born March 15, 1905 in AR; died July 17, 1977 in Batesville, Independence Co., AR. She married Charles Frank Beel August 24, 1928.

17 viii. Jessie Lee Wackery, born September 08, 1907 in Jamestown, Independence Co., AR; died July 29, 1967 in Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR. He married Claudia Layuna Hankins September 08, 1931 in Jackson Co., AR.

18 ix. Susie Eveleen Wackery, born July 30, 1910 in Jamestown, Independence Co., AR; died July 29, 1976 in Newport, Jackson Co., AR. She married (1) Robert Euin Tucker May 04, 1934 in Jackson Co., AR. She married (2) Thomas Albert Peden August 12, 1944 in Newport, Jackson Co., AR; died 1970.

3. Mary E. Davis (Louisa2 Hutts, Lorenzo D.1) was born March 1860 in MO, and died 1935 in AR. She married James Christopher Foshee January 25, 1880 in Gatewood, Ripley Co., MO, son of Elijah Oliver Foshee. He was born June 1860 in TN, and died July 1923.

Children of Mary Davis and James Foshee are:

19 i. Elijah Walter Foshee, born September 25, 1886 in Gatewood, MO; died May 1981. He married Susie Elizabeth Kyle 1913; born May 1891; died February 1981.

20 ii. John Wesley Foshee, born April 1881. He married (1) Norma Lassiter. He married (2) Ella.

21 iii. Jesse Homer Foshee, born September 1889 in Gatewood, Ripley Co., MO; died February 1969 in Jones, OK. He married Rosa Lee Gynes September 1912.

22 iv. Arettie Jane Foshee, born April 1883. She married Mr. Potts.

23 v. Lurenia Josefene Foshee, born August 1891. She married Charlie McGee.

24 vi. James Abel Foshee, born September 1893.

25 vii. George Hardy Foshee, born August 1896 in AR; died November 1974 in Polk Co., AR. He married Bertha A. Crawford June 1917; born August 1901; died November 1978.

26 viii. Roy Ross Foshee, born March 1900 in Gatewood, Ripley Co., MO; died July 1966 in Stockton, CA. He married (1) Ithra F. Blair 1917. He married (2) Mary Gimbers November 1921 in AR.

9. Rachael Ellen Davis (Louisa2 Hutts, Lorenzo D.1) She married James Kinkannon.

Children of Rachael Davis and James Kinkannon are:

27 i. Amelia Kinkannon.

28 ii. James Perry Kinkannon.

Submitted by Terrye Lambert -- [email protected]

Isaac VanBibber and Mariah Walraven
  Loyal VanBibber and Sarah Elizabeth Robinson
    Susannah VanBibber and Mordecia A. West


Mordecia A. West was born 3 Nov 1844 in Muskingum County, Rich Hill Township, the son of Mortimer (19 Apr 1813 - 30 Aug 1889) and Elizabeth A. Humphrey West (19 Dec 1817 - 17 Jan 1883).

Mordecia West served in the Civil War from 2 May 1864 to 3 Sep 1864, as a private in the 141st Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company H. He was mustered in 11 May 1864 at Gallipolis. He was mustered out on 3 Sep 1864 at Gallipolis.

Mordecia West was married to Susannah VanBibber on 17 Oct 1870 in Vinton County. Susannah VanBibber was born 29 Aug 1853, the daughter of Loyal (17 Sep 1822 - 4 May 1864) and Sarah Elizabeth Robinson VanBibber (19 Aug 1825 - 26 Mar 1904). Mordecai and Susannah VanBibber West had four children: Cora Bell (born 21 Jun 1872, died 28 Jan 1923), who married James Trainer (born 3 May 1867, died 28 Sep 1947); John Wesley (born 16 Dec 1874, died 26 Mar 1965), who married Martha L. "Mattie" Whitlatch (born 28 Sep 1878, died 7 Jun 1964), daughter of Thomas Jefferson (born 21 Aug 1840, died 13 Sep 1897) and Elizabeth "Libby" Fleming Whitlatch (born 7 Mar 1845, died 17 Aug 1897); and twins Calvin L. (born 4 Jun 1878, died 7 Jun 1878) and Callie D. (born 4 Jun 1878, died 20 Jun 1880).

John W. and Mattie Whitlatch West had five children: Lola B. (born 14 May 1897, died 8 Apr 1980), who married Arthur Crow; Mamie E. (born 7 Nov 1898, died 19 Apr 1993), who married Frank M. Wallar; Francis Marion (born 23 Aug 1900, died 31 Jan 1965), who married Theresa F. Collins; Clyde W. (born 5 Aug 1905, died 17 Jan 1977), who married Mabel Andrews; and Susanna E. (born 12 Jun 1909, died 4 Mar 1990), who married John Andrews.

Mordecai A. West died 12 May 1884 in Vinton County, Knox Township. He is buried at Putnam Cemetery. His twin children Calvin and Callie are buried at Town House Cemetery where his parents Mortimer and Elizabeth Humphrey West are buried.

Mordecai West's widow, Susannah, married second John Trainer on 22 Feb 1886 in Vinton County.

Vinton County, Ohio History and Families, Turner Publishing Company, 1996. Page # 142.

Submitted by Juanita Woods


Isaac VanBibber and Sarah Davis
  Martha VanBebber and George Yoakum, Sr.
    Isaac Yoakum and Mary Davis
      Jesse Yoakum, Sr. and Anna Berry
        Isaac Yoakum and Emily Bruce
          George Washington Yoakum and Rebecca Ann Johnston
            Anne Jeanette Yoakum and Thomas Alexis Mack


Mrs. Ann J. Mack, widow of the late Thomas A. Mack, sheriff of Merced county a decade ago, died at Mercy hospital Saturday evening, where she had been confined for three weeks. Her health had been poor for some time, but more recently her illness became more acute.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the Ivers & Alcorn Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. David McMartin officiating. Burial was in the Yoakum family plot in the Masonic cemetery, Pallbearers were C.C. Cribb, Wilmer Cornell, Robert Cothran, J. Emmett McNamara, W.A. Burch and E.G. Adams.

Mrs. Mack was the second daughter of the late George and Rebecca Yoakum, Merced county pioneers, who came here to reside in 1885. Mrs. Mack was born in Cordelia, Solano county and lived with her parents in Alameda, Walnut Creek, and Mariposa county before coming to Merced. She would have been seventy-one years old in June.

She married Mack in 1891. He had a colorful career as an express messenger for Wells Fargo, and as a deputy sheriff and sheriff for sixteen years. He died in 1928.

After her husband’s death, Mrs. Mack lived in Los Angeles with her daughter, Mrs. Rex N. Moss, and about a year ago returned to Merced to reside with Mrs. Mary C. French, her sister. She was a member of Eastern Star lodge, neighbor of Woodcraft, and a member of the Central Presbyterian church.

She is survived by three children Mrs. Moss, George T. Mack and W.A. Mack, Merced; three grandchildren, Mrs. Virginia Smith, Cleveland, Ohio; William Mack Jr., and Mary Ellen Mack, both of Merced; three sisters, Mrs. Emma Cribb, Arcadia; Mrs. French, Merced; Mrs. Forrest Routt, Martinez; two brothers, George F. Yoakum, both of Merced. Her father passed away in 1926 and her mother in 1936.

Merced Express, Merced, California, April 14, 1938

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Peter VanBibber, Jr. and Marguery Bounds
  Olive VanBibber and Nathan Boone
    Jemima Boone and Henry Zumwalt
      Van Zumwalt and Frances Elizabeth Murdock


Mrs. Fannie Elizabeth White was born Feb. 14, 1839, and died at her home, four miles east of Gilliam, December 11, 1923. She joined the Christian church in early girlhood. In 1861 she was married to Van Zumwalt. To this union one daughter was born. In 1871 she was married to James J. White. Three children were born to them. Mr. White died in 1882. She lived a quiet, peaceful life and devoted her whole life to the home and children. She reared four children and two step-children. She was ever ready to help any one in need and was loved by all who knew her.

One sister survives her, Mrs. Wm. Snyder, St. Charles, Mo., one brother, A.J. Murdock, Gilliam; four children, Mrs. Dona Williams, Bakersfield, Calif., Mrs. Brock, Independence, Mo.; Miss Eva and a son, Pearl, at home. One step-son, Earl White, Bozeman, Mont., one step-daughter, Mrs. D.N. Auld, Sibley, Nev., twenty-two grand children, thirty-one great grand children.

J. Edwin Norvell of Gilliam conducted funeral services at the home, his text being used was Acts 6:15. Many were present; beautiful songs were sung. She rests in the family graveyard, very near the house, by the side of her husband. Beautiful flowers adorned the casket. J.E.N.

The Gilliam Globe, Gilliam, Saline County, Missouri, Thursday, December 20, 1923.

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Isaac VanBibber and Sarah Davis
  Martha VanBebber and George Yoakum, Sr.
    Isaac Yoakum and Mary Davis
      Jesse Yoakum, Sr. and Anna Berry
        Isaac Yoakum and Emily Bruce
          George Washington Yoakum and Rebecca Ann Johnston
            Anne Jeanette Yoakum and Thomas Alexis Mack


Thomas A. Mack, For Years a Merced County Official, Is Summoned

Thomas A. Mack, former Sheriff, and one of Merced county’s best known and most highly respected residents, passed away at an early hour, Wednesday morning at the home of his son, George Mack, death being due to an affection of the heart. Although Mr. Mack had been ill for several weeks, his condition was not considered serious and the news of his death came as a severe shock to his numerous friends and acquaintances.

Thomas Alexis Mack was born in Kentucky in 1857. He grew to man hood in his native State and in 1880 went to Iowa, where he was engaged in farming for about three years. He then came to California and for several years was employed on the Montgomery ranch near Snelling in this county. He resided in the Snelling section for about eight years and then came to Merced. A short time after coming to Merced he was appointed Deputy Constable to serve as night watchman. A few years later he was elected Constable for this Township. Serving several terms in this office and usually being re-elected without opposition. Upon voluntarily retiring from the Constable’s office he accepted employment as a Wells Fargo shotgun messenger on the stages running between Merced and Mariposa, and after the completion of the Yosemite Valley railroad he filled a similar position on the trains of that road. In 1911 he was appointed chief deputy under Sheriff S.C. Cornell, and when the latter passed away in 1914, Mr. Mack was appointed as his successor and served as Sheriff until January of last year, when he was succeeded by W.T. White. Since his retirement from the Sheriff’s office he had been making his home near this city.

Surviving relatives are his widow, formerly Miss Nettie Yoakum of Merced; a daughter, Mrs. Maud Munn of Los Angeles, and two sons, George T., and William A. Mack of Merced. He was a charter member of Merced Camp No. 352, Woodmen of the World, and was also a member of Yosemite Lodge No. 30, Knights of Pyth as, and of Merced Lodge No. 1240, B.P.O. Elks.

Merced Express, Merced, California, December 21, 1928

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Isaac VanBibber and Sarah Davis
  John VanBebber and Margaret Chrisman
    Peter VanBebber and Martha Hunt
      Martha E. VanBebber and William Denton Hunt


Mrs. Martha E. Hunt, aged 83 years, one month and eleven days, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.F. Richardson, last Friday evening, February 21st. Death resulting from paralysis following the dislocation of her hip which occurred several weeks ago. Funeral services where held at the home of her daughter last Saturday afternoon conducted by Dr. Rogers, interment was in the Altoona cemetery.

The deceased was born in Camber county, Tennessee and moved to Missouri at the age of ten years. She was married to Joseph Mode in 1843 and to this union was born three children, tow of which are living. She became a widow and was married to William D. Hunt March 7, 1850. Unto this union was born seven children of which six survive. Her husband died in 1876. Six of her children live in this county: Mrs. Williard Street, Mrs. Emma Richardson, Mrs. Jane Schooler, and Henry Hunt, of this city, Mrs. Van Buren, of Lafontaine, and W.D. Hunt, of Fredonia.

The deceased was a true Christian woman, being a member of the Methodist church. Her life was gentle, but like the still waters, it was deep. In her heart of hearts she carried those she loved, and was always ready to lend a helping hand in time of need -- both in acts of kindness and in words. After a long, busy and useful life she died as she had lived -- honored, trusted and loved.

The Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Wilson County, Kansas, Thursday, February 27, 1908, Page #1, Column #4.

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Isaac VanBibber and Sarah Davis
  James VanBebber, Sr. and Hannah Hoover
    Isaac VanBebber and Hannah Long
      George VanBeber and Mary Elizabeth Tinsley
        James VanBever and Mary A. Robbins
          Amanda Jane VanBever and Nathan L. Willeford
            Willeford and Marie Edna Sunderman
              Edward Ray Willeford


Edward Ray Willeford, 66, of 304 Howard St., Union City, Ind., died Tuesday, Feb. 20, at his home.

Born Feb. 24, 1934, in Seven Mile, he was the son of Walter and Mary (Sunderman) Willeford. He attended school in Camden. Mr. Willeford served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and had worked at Conrail as a signal inspector, retiring in 1979.

Survivors include two sisters, Rose Costello of Union City, Ohio, and Berty Elliott of Camden; four brothers, George, James and Fred Willeford, all of Camden, and Carl Willeford of Union City, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers; and two sisters.

Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 23, at Fraze-Brooks & Good Funeral Home, Union City, Ind., with the

Rev. George Hughes officiating. Burial was in Lisbon Cemetery, Union City, Ind.

The Register Herald, Eaton, Ohio – March 3, 2001

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Isaac VanBibber and Sarah Davis
  John VanBebber and Margaret Chrisman
    Isaac VanBebber and Mary Martin
      John M. VanBebber and Nancy Elizabeth Beeler
        David Franklin VanBebber and Martha Emmaline Blackburn
          Maggie Belle VanBebber and Tillman Horace Smith
            Green Berry Smith and Nancy Lorene Cobb


Speedwell, Tenn. -- Green Smith, 68, passed away at his home Monday, Sept. 17, 2001.

Born July 15, 1932, in Claiborne County, Tenn., he was the son of the late Tilmon and Maggie Van Bebber Smith. He was a member of the Speedwell Church of God, and a construction worker.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers: Tip, Grover, Dave and Wesley Smith; sisters: Ethel Helton, Gladys Bray and Zelphie Fields.

Survivors include his wife, Lorene Cobb Smith, Speedwell; sons and daughters-in-law, Sherry and Charlie Lawson, Cumberland Gap, Tenn., and Judy and Dan Paidousis, Maynardville, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today at Reece Valley Chapel with the Revs. Leonard Ellison and Dewayne "Kojak" Graves officiating. Music will be provided by Speedwell Church of God singers and Vic Graves.

Graveside services will be held at noon Wednesday at Hill Cemetery.

His grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Chester Peters, Kern Myers, Ken Ballew, and Dr. Bruce Avery.

Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. today at Reece Funeral Home and Valley Chapel, 869-3651 or 626-4249.

The Daily News, Middlesboro, Kentucky September 18, 2001, Page 5 "Obituaries"

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Isaac VanBibber and Sarah Davis
  James VanBebber, Sr. and Hannah Hoover
    Isaac VanBebber and Hannah Long
      George VanBeber and Mary Elizabeth Tinsley
        James VanBever and Mary A. Robbins
          Amanda Jane VanBever and Nathan L. Willeford
            Walter Willeford and Marie Edna Sunderman
              Mary Anna Willeford and Charles Lee Surguy


Mary Anna Surguy, 65, of 14050 Levee Road, Brookville, Ind., died Friday, Dec. 22, 2000, at her home.

Born May 28, 1935, in Seven Mile, she was the daughter of Walter and Mary Edna (Sunderman) Willeford. She had lived in Franklin County (Ind.) most of her life, and was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Lee Surguy, whom she married Dec. 24, 1951; two sons, Charles LeRoy Surguy Jr. of Brookville, Ind., and Michael James Surguy of Beavercreek; five grandchildren; two sisters, Rose Marie Costello of Union City, Ind., and Bertie Elliot of Camden; five brothers, George, Fred and James Willeford, all of Camden, Edward and Carl Willeford, both of Union City, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, six brothers; a daughter, Rosemary Surguy; and a son, Danny K. Surguy.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 27, at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, Brookville, Ind., with the Rev. Dan McCullough officiating. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

The Register Herald, Eaton, Ohio – January 20, 2001

Submitted by Debra Crumbaker -- [email protected]


James VanBibber and Sarah Margaret Bradburn
  Charles Wesley VanBibber and Emma L. Lowder
    Martha J. VanBibber and Charles Hamilton
      Thelma Jean Hamilton and Charles E. Fisher


Thelma Jean Fisher, 75 of Lucasville, died Saturday, September 22, 2001, at her residence. She was born September 20, 1926 in Greenup County, Ky., and a daughter of the late Charles and Martha Van Bibber Hamilton. She was a beautician, owned and operated Fisher's Beauty Shop, a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Piketon, and was a member of Scioto Valley Grange.

She is survived by a daughter, Debra Baughman of Lucasville; five grandchildren; two great grand-children, four sisters, Mary Chevalley of Arlington, Va., June Walker of Leesburg, Fl., Kay Adair of Leesburg, Fl. and Carol Eichenlaub of Lucasville; and four brothers, Harold Hamilton of Jacksonville, Fl, Herschel Hamilton of West Portsmouth, David "Ernie" Hamilton of West Portsmouth and Don Hamilton of West Portsmouth.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Fisher on December 26, 2000; a daughter, Sharyn Boger and one sister, Ruth Hall.

Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 26, 2001 at Calvary Baptist Church in Piketon with Pastor Jeff Calloway and Pastor Tim Bennett officiating. Burial was in Memorial Burial Park in Wheelersburg. Arrangements were under the direction of the Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Southern Ohio, 1248 Kinneys Lane, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662. The Scioto Voice, Scioto County, Ohio, September 27, 2001

Submitted by Jean Van Bibber Murphy -- [email protected]


Isaac VanBibber and Sarah Davis
  Isaac VanBibber, Jr. and Elizabeth Hays
    Matilda VanBibber and James Estill
      William Kavanaugh Estill and Margaret Ellen Larch
        George Jones Estill and Mary Emma Arnett
          Olive Winifred Estill and William Paul Corbaley
            Paul Estill Corbaley and Ruby Muriel Carter
              Ruby Darlene Corbaley and Lawrence Scott Mann
                Darla Jean Mann and Mr. Smith
                  Abraham Barak Smith

Cadet Staff Sergeant, Abraham B. Smith, age 20, is currently serving in the Air Force Cadet Wing. He is starting his second year at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Abe is the Operations Clerk (#2 in his squad as far as chain of command goes) for the three degrees. He is also a member of the Operations Center, as they control the day to day actions of the Cadet Wing and are the security for their area. He also carries the Unit Colors during Parades.

Abe graduated from Mountain View High School in Mesa, Arizona in May, 2000. He wrestled for his school at 130 lbs. and won first place in his weight for the 5A division schools as a senior. He will be wrestling for the Air Force at 149 pounds this next year.

Abe is a History Major, yet will still have 36 classes that deal with engineering or chemistry of some sort which all-in-all keeps him very busy, which he likes.

Submitted by Darlene Mann -- [email protected]


Isaac VanBibber and Sarah Davis
  Isaac VanBibber, Jr. and Elizabeth Hays
    Matilda VanBibber and James Estill
      William Kavanaugh Estill and Margaret Ellen Larch
        George Jones Estill and Mary Emma Arnett
          Olive Winifred Estill and William Paul Corbaley
            Paul Estill Corbaley and Ruby Muriel Carter
              Ruby Darlene Corbaley and Lawrence Scott Mann
                Lawrence Clare Mann and Shelly Horne
                  David James Mann

Private (E-2) David J. Mann, age 19, shipped off for active duty in the United States Army on June 25, 2001. He graduated from Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina on September 13th. He is currently attending Advance Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Gordon, Georgia for twenty-six weeks where he will obtain his Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of 35E, Comsec Repairer.

David graduated from Sierra High School, Colorado Springs, Colorado, May 28th of this year. He was active in drama and a writer for the school newspaper, and was involved in the Army's delayed entry program since June 2000.

David is following in the foot steps of his dad, Larry Mann, who just retired in June 2000 with twenty years of service in the United States Army.

Submitted by Darlene Mann -- [email protected]


Peter VanBibber, Jr. and Marguery Bounds
  Matthias VanBibber and Margaret Robinson
    David Campbell Robinson VanBibber and Jane Ann Williams
      Margaret Miriam Robinson VanBibber and Thomas Washington Nebergall
        Elizabeth Jane Nebergall and Samuel Vorce Wheeler
          Rhoda Ellen Wheeler and Arthur John Brown
            Mary Anna Elizabeth Brown and Allen Laflen


Allen and Mary Laflen of rural Moundville celebrated their 70th anniversary in June, 2001, at a family gathering. The actual date is in August but as Mary Laflen says, "Who wants to come to Missouri in August?"

Mary Laflen was born in Nebraska, but as a very young infant she was bought by her parents to Rockville, Mo., and later moved to Milo, Missouri. She still has the wicker basket that she was carried in as the family moved to Rockville. She completed her last year of high school in Nevada, in 1931, and very soon she and Allen Laflen were married after having met in the Milo Methodist Church. For five years, they lived in Milo until the house they rented burned down while Mary was cooking dinner. So the couple rented a farm and moved to a house on the acreage. They report that they nearly starved to death that first year. Things improved however, and they continued to live in the Marvin Chapel neighborhood until 1943.

In 1943, they moved to the area where they now live. They later bought their farm and began improving and adding on to the house on the land and have stayed there ever since. Allen Laflen said that his generation of farmers added to their land 80 acres at a time, but the present generation adds land by the thousand acres. However, he adds that he and Mary have always "gone economy" but still enjoyed many of the great things of life. Among these things are numerous trips, including Alaska, Europe, Australia and New Zealand and Russia for 18 days. This year they took a two week bus trip to Eastern Canada, and last year went to the northwest United States. But they say they will not do any more lengthy trips.

The Laflens have 15 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Mary can name each of them and give their birth dates. Each of their children have college educations, several going into masters or doctorate degrees.

Allen says he feels very fortunate that they have had such a good long life together and, in spite of illness, tragedy and hard times, have still enjoyed what they consider a very good life. Mary is proudest of their family, but Allen added with a smile, "I'm proud of my wife." He has reason to be since Mary has been a 4-H leader for 47 years in Moundville, Ellis and Bronaugh 4-H clubs. She still lead a food project class until three years ago. She is a member of the Drywood Community and the Good Cheer clubs, has taught Sunday school and both Laflens have been life-long members of the Methodist Church. Allen aid he has not taken leadership roles in his community because he is a "follow-horse." But most in the community would deem it an honor to follow either of these hard-working, solid citizens.

Nevada Daily Mail, Nevada, Missouri

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Peter VanBibber, Jr. and Marguery Bounds
  Olive VanBibber and Nathan Boone
    Jemima Boone and Henry Zumwalt
      Nancy T. Zumwalt and James M. Jump
        George Washington Jump and Hulda Belle Zumwalt
          Jemima Ellen Jump and C.H. "Chock" Pulliam
            George Henry Pulliam and Bonnie Cleo West
              Maheala Inez Pulliam and Bobbie Lee Hendrix
                Bonnie Jean Hendrix and John Vincent Tumino
                  Ashley Rachele Tumino

Maheala Lyons would like to announce the birth of her granddaughter, "Ashley Rachele Tumino" who was born on August 29, 2001 at 5:52 p.m. She was born at the Saint Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff, California. Ashley weighed in at 6 pounds and 4 ounces at a length of 18 inches. Mother and daughter (6th great granddaughter of Nathan Boone and Olive Van Bibber) are doing fine. Ahsley is actually a double 6th great granddaughter of Nathan and Olive as her 3rd great grandmother, Hulda Belle Zumwalt, was also a granddaughter of Henry Zumwalt and Jemima Boone through their son Benjamin Franklin Zumwalt.

Submitted by Maheala Lyons -- [email protected]


Peter VanBibber, Jr. and Marguery Bounds
  Jacob VanBibber and Sarah Miller
    Nancy VanBibber and Moses Haney


The descendants of Moses Haney and Nancy Van Bibber met for a reunion on Saturday, Sept. 8th at the beautiful Lacy Keosauqua State Park near historic Keosauqua, Van Buren County, Iowa. We would like to thank our Haney cousins from the Scotten line for their generosity in allowing us to join their already established reunion. This greatly facilitated our ability to gather together this year.

Four of Moses and Nancy's ten children were represented at this reunion. The four which had descendants representing them were: Aaron, David, Andrew and Ruth Ann Haney Wix Newport.

The largest family group representation was from Ruth's line.

The oldest person in attendance was Dora Haney Layton (90), daughter of Oscar S. and Della Morrison Haney. Oscar is the son of Aaron. She traveled from Fairfax, VA. Dora also was the one in attendance that is the most closely related to Moses Haney. She is his great granddaughter.

Jennifer Busard Hale came the farthest, travelling from Sorrento, FL. Jennifer> Charles> Rodney> Dorcus> George> Aaron> Moses.

Our youngest attendee was 5 1/2 month old Cheyenne Barker, granddaughter of Marty Barker and descendant of Ruth Haney.

It was interesting to note that only two of our Haney Reunion attendees had the Haney surname: 1) Don Haney of Davenport, Iowa. His line: Don> William Gordon> Oscar S.> Aaron> Moses. 2) Jim Haney of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His line: Jim> Madison> Wallace> Andrew> Moses.

It was wonderful to be able to meet all of the cousins that have been in contact with each other through the internet, sharing family history and developing a bond with each other. We were able to match faces and personalities with the names that we have become familiar with. It was also great fun to hear family stories first hand from the "older" generation that grew up around the Keosauqua and Pittsburg, Van Buren County, Iowa area.

Respectfully Submitted,

Valorie McGaffey Richards> John Albert McGaffey> David Aaron> Olive "Ollie"

Vie Haney McGaffey> Aaron> Moses


Does anyone know who this is?

Cemetery Records of Saline County, Missouri, Volume VII, South Fork Cemetery.

Van Bibber: Eliza Jane, dau. of J. J. & S. J., d. Nov. 4, 1873-aged 3 yr., 2 mo., 4 da.

Cemetery: Vance Laurie

Description: Located east of Gilliam on Highway 240 for 9/10 of a mile, turn right on the Rock Quarry Road; turn left on dirt road 1/10 mile; cemetery on left side of road.

Submitted by Bruce Logan -- [email protected]


Eliza Jane Van Bibber was the infant daughter of Jeffrey James Van Bibber and Sarah Josephine Spurgen. The following is her lineage:

Peter VanBibber, Jr. and Marguery Bounds
  James VanBibber and Jane Irvine
    Irwine VanBibber and Mehala Sitton
      Jeffrey James VanBibber and Sarah Josephine Spurgen
        Eliza Jane VanBibber

Gary R. Hawpe --
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I am looking for the father of Carl VanBevers. The Social Security Death Index (SSDI) list his date-of-birth as December 15, 1886 and date-of-death as August 1973.

Submitted by Wayne VanBevers -- [email protected]


Carl VanBevers was the son of Nicholas and Lena VanBeber. The following is his VB lineage.

Isaac VanBibber and Sarah Davis
  James VanBebber and Hannah Hoover
    Isaac VanBebber and Hannah Long
      Robert VanBeber and Margaret Jane Susong
        Nicholas VanBeber and Lena Caroline __________
          Carl VanBevers

Nicholas, Lena and family show up on the 1900 census of Pierce Co., Washington and the name is spelled VANBEBBER. On the 1920 census, Carl is 33 years old and still living with his parents. On this census the name is spelled VANBEVERS.

Lena was the second wife of Nicholas. His first wife was Matilda McTEE which they had three children, Cora, Robert and Ester. There was at least five children by Lena, they being, Carl, Ethel, Hazel, Howard and Clarence.

Hope this helps.

Gary R. Hawpe -- [email protected]


From Van Bibber Newsletter Vol. 4, No. 10, August 2001.

Rosa Van Bibber died 1938, buried in Maple Hill Cemetery, Plainfield, Indiana.



Here's what I was able to find out about Rosa VanBibber.

She is buried in the Edward O. Seagrave plot at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Plainfield, IN. However, they have her name listed as Rosawther. Her age at death is listed at 71.

There are only 3 people in this plot, Edward O. Seagrave who died September 9, 1914 and Martha E. Seagrave who died November 6, 1914.

There is a notation on Rosawther's documents that she was moved to this cemetery from an unknown cemetery in Kokomo, Indiana. Kokomo is about 30 miles north of where I live in Zionsville (in case a research trip is necessary).

Anyway, this is all the information Maple Hill had.

Marcy Fulfer Lewis...........Zionsville, Indiana -- [email protected]



With the information you provided I was able to identify Rosa Van Bibber. She is Rosaltha O. Seagrave who was the second wife of William Dayton Van Bibber. They were married May 23, 1916 in Howard County, Indiana.

Isaac VanBibber and Mariah Walraven
  Merrit Grant VanBibber Mary Axtell
    William Dayton VanBibber and Rosaltha O. Seagrave

Thanks for the help in identifying her.

Gary R. Hawpe -- [email protected]


I wonder if I'm interpreting the information in this van Bebber thread correctly.

Did Hester op den Graeff (5 Jan 1609-11 Feb 1658) marry Isaac Jacobs van Bebber? Was Hester the sister of Isaac Hermans op den Graeff (father of the three 1683 immigrant brothers)?

1683 immigrant Herman Isaacs op den Graeff was first married to Lisbet Isaacs van Bebber (ca 1640 - bef 1683 /or 1684). He married second (ca. 1685) Debora Isaacs? van Bebber (1645/1655 - aft 1708).

Lisbet and Debora were thought to be sisters of immigrants Isaac Jacobs van Bebber and Mathias Jacobs van Bebber (of van Bebbers/Skippack twp.). Now it sounds more likely that Isaac and Mathias were sons of Jacob Isaacs van Bebber who also came to Germantown and died there in 1705. And that this Jacob was a brother of Lisbet and Debora - not their father!

I hope someone can help straighten this out and point us to the evidence. I have almost nothing beyond James Heckler in his History of Skippack. Hull's William Penn and the Dutch Quaker Migration is the principal source, right? I'm aware of several other sources such as the article in the PA Genealogical Magazine in 1980 on the original 13. Some of the best sources are surely in the German or Dutch languages.

If the relationships are in fact as set forth here, it is clear that Herman op den Graeff and his wives were first cousins. What is the evidence that they were sisters - only onomastic?

What is the evidence that Lisbet (van Bebber) op den Graeff accompanied her husband (and two daughters?) to Germantown on the Concord and that she died in 1684? Did Debora van Bebber arrive in 1684/85 with Isaac Jacobs van Bebber? According to the facts hypothesized above she would have been

traveling with her nephew. Alternatively, might she have been a daughter of Jacob Isaacs van Bebber, a sister of the man she traveled with to America and a niece of Lisbet rather than her sister?


Kenneth V. Leasa -- [email protected] -- Descendant of Herman op den Graeff and Debora van Bebber.


I am trying to locate the parents of Catherine Ridenour, born December, 7 1805 and died July 1896 in Hunt County, Texas. She was the wife of Peter VanBebber Jr; and the mother of Olive, John, Mary Ellen, Jacob, Landa, Nancy, Elizabeth and Martha VanBebber. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Submitted by Anita Bartel -- [email protected]


Does anyone have a picture of Sarah Margaret Bradburn the first wife of James VanBibber? Sarah was born about 1850 in Kentucky the daughter of Michael Bradburn and Elizabeth Alexander. Sarah died on March 4, 1887. I have pictures of James and would very much like a picture of Sarah.

Submitted by Kathy Miron -- [email protected]


I am researching the family of William Harrison Morrison and Susan Songer. They had a son, John Morrison, who married Sarah Van Bibber the daughter of Ezekial Van Bibber and Susan Rice. I would like to correspond with anyone who may descend or have information on the family of John Morrison and Sarah Van Bibber.

Submitted by Stan Champer -- [email protected]


I am searching for the parents of Hester Van Bibber, wife of Tidence Lane, who were in Baltimore, MD area. Tidance Lane became a Methodist minister and they migrated first to Pittsylvania Co.VA and then to Rowan Co.NC (now Randolph Co. NC). Tidance and Hester later migrated to Dandridge, Jefferson (Hamblen Co.) TN. They had the following children: Richard Lane (went to TN); Joseph Lane (stayed

in Randolph Co.NC), John Lane (stayed in Randolph Co.NC), Elizabeth Lane m. John Condley; Aquilla Lane m. Agnes Fitzgerald in Washington Co. TN; Isaac Lane m. Sarah Russell; d in McMinn Co. TN; Dutton Lane went to TN; Tidence Lane, Jr. m. Mary Cude; went to TN; Sarah Lane (twin of Tidence, Jr.) m. Thomas Nelson Horner; William Lane m. Josephine Epps; Seneca Lane; Samuel Lane, went to TN.

I descend through John Lane who stayed in Randolph Co. NC and his son Isaac Lane. The Van Bibbers are in Maryland and I feel Hester's father was Isaac. Since most of this Lane family went to Tennessee, I am hoping some of the descendents could help me with Hester VanBibber Lane's family.

I shall be happy to share my Lane research, if needed.

Submitted by Dot McKenney -- [email protected]


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Hi Gary,

Just a note to let you know I had no trouble downloading the letter with pictures. Sure enjoyed seeing what some of the rest of the family looked like. Keep up the good work. Kathy Miron

[email protected] (AC Hickox)
[email protected] (Gary Hawpe)

Dear Gary,

Thanks for your excellent and diligent work on the newsletter. Some day I hope to contribute, but in the meantime, it's a pleasure to read. While my parents are away from their computer (all summer) I've been

passing along the hard copies to them. The images are a fascinating inclusion to the newsletter, but you're

right, the download (even with DSL internet access) very slow. Would you consider "zipping" (compressing) your newsletter? A zip utility such as WinZip is available free on the internet.

All the best,

AC Hickox

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[email protected] (Gary Hawpe)

Thanks a bunch and thank you for the nice job that you are doing. I know that it is a lot of work and I for one appreciate it all the work and time that you put forth.

Have a great day!- Cheryl

[email protected] (Earl Taylor)
[email protected] (Gary Hawpe)

Gary, I don't really have any news but my constant amazement at history through you and the newsletter I have found that my ancestors and my wife's (Van Bibber) lived in Augusta Co., Va. at the same time in the 1700s and fought together in the battles of Kings Mountain and Point Pleasant! Three hundred years later I met her in the next town (at a dance in 1940) and we were married 58 years until she died of Alzheimers. It really is a small world!!!! Earl H. Taylor

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Hi Gary!

I got the newsletter with the photos - downloaded it & loved it! I think the pictures are great! I'll bet you got a lot more that could download it than couldn't...?? Anyway, you're doing a great job!

Thanks! Linda Jones

[email protected] (Barbara Molencupp)
[email protected] (Gary R. Hawpe)

I must have been one of the lucky ones because I got the one with the pictures and it was wonderful . It took almost 30 minutes to receive it, but finally it got here. My husband called the internet service we use and they told him what it was and to be patient, and it was worth it. Thanks a lot for all your hard work.

Barbara Molencupp

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Editor of the Van Bibber Pioneers Electronic Newsletter:

Gary R. Hawpe -- [email protected]

(Owner of the Van Bibber FTM database - 40,132 names)