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1757 Christian Stoner, son of John Stoner and Elizabeth Herr, was born about this time. [1]

1765 Barbara Shank, daughter of Tobias Shank, was born about this time. [2]

Christian Stoner was a Mennonite. [3]

1779 Christian Stoner was taxed in Manor Twp, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania for 200 acres, 4 horses, and 4 cattle. [4]

1779 Christian Stoner was listed on the septennial census for Manor Twp, Lancaster County. [5]

1784 Christian and wife Barbara Steiner of Donegal Twp, Lancaster County, perhaps this couple, sold land on Conay Creek in Donegal Twp to Bartrem Galbraith on June 18. Christian Steiner had purchased the 30 acre tract from Henry Neesley, miller, of Rapho Twp, Lancaster County, on April 5, 1775, with the promise that Henry would supply a proper deed to the land and that Christian would then pay 300 pounds more to Henry. The land description had a date of 3 August 1771. Henry never suppllied a deed. Christian and wife sold their rights to the land to Galbraith. Christian Steiner and Bartrem Galbraith had made an article of agreement dated October 19, 1776, which resulted in this transaction. [6]

1785 "Barbara Stoner, a minor daughter of Tobias Shank late of Conestogoe Township deceased being above the age of fourteen years comes into court and chooses her husband Christian Stoner of Mannor Township guardian." Dated December 6. [7]

1785 Christian Stoner was on the military class list in the district of the 7th company of the 9th battalion of Lancaster County between the age of 18 and 53, by Godfried Klugh. [8]

1787 Christian Stoner and his brother John purchased land in Air Twp, Bedford County, Pennsylvania from Daniel and Agnes McCurdy. Dated April 23.

1789 Christian Stoner (and brother John) was listed as eligible for military duty in Air Twp, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. [9]

1790 Christy Stoner lived in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, in a household with 2 males under age 16, 1 males age 16 and over, and 2 females. John Stoner was listed adjacent. [10]

1793 Christian Stoner was listed on the septennial census for Manor Twp, Lancaster County. [11]

1793 Christian Stoner warranted 100 acres in Ayr Twp, Bedford County on March 9, and 102 acres were returned on 23 Nov 1871 and patented by James Johnston. [12] [13]

1799-1800 Christian Stoner sold his land to John and moved to Huntingdon Twp, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania on 300 acres of good land, which he farmed until his death. "in 1799 Christian Stoner came to East Huntingdon township from Bedford county. His father, Abraham Steiner, was an immigrant from Switzerland to America in 1744. Christian Stoner purchased five hundred acres of land a little southwest of the present site of Alverton.... long known as Stonerville ... Christian Stoner was himself the first person to erect a sawmill and begin other local industries at the site of Stonerville." [14] [15]

1798 Christian Stoner was taxed in South Huntingdon, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Nicholas Swope was listed adjacent. [16]

1810 Christian Stoner lived in East Huntingdon Twp, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in a household with males: 1 (Under 10), 3 (10 thru 15), 3 (16 thru 25), and 1 (45 and over); and females: 1 (10 thru 15), 2 (16 thru 25), and 1 (45 and over). Nicholas Swope was listed nearby. [17]

1814 Christian Stoner died in East Huntington Twp, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. His will, dated March 13, mentioned Wife: Barbara, Children: Barbara Elizabeth, Anney, Christian (under age 21), John, Abraham, Jacob, Daniel (under age 21), David (under age 21, to learn a trade), Rebecca Wertz, Henry (a minor, to learn a trade), Elizabeth Shirey. Mentioned: Lime kiln. Executors: John Stoner and John Wertz. Witnesses: Nicholas Swope and Mathias Tinstman. Proven: December 30, 1814. [18] [19] [20]

1814 Christian Herr Stoner died on December 12 at Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania and was buried at Alverton Cemetery, Alverton, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Christian Herr Stoner was born in 1758. [21] [22]

1815 Widow Barbara Stoner, of East Huntington Twp, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania dated her will on October 8. She gave specific amounts to Barbara wife of John Werts, Elizabeth wife of Christian Hays, Christian, Anna, Henry, and David; with the residue divided among all heirs: John Stoner, Abraham Stoner, Barbara Werts, Elizabeth Hays, Christian Hays, Christian Stoner, Jacob Stoner, Anna Stoner, David Stoner, Henry Stoner, and Daniel Stoner. Executors: My son John and John Werts Jr. Witnesses: Christian Fox and Jacob Tinstman. Proven: February 1, 1816. [23] [24]

1816 Barbara Shank Stoner died in July at Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania and was buried at Alverton Cemetery, Alverton, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Barbara Shank Stoner was born in 1759. [25] [26] [27]

1867 Son Daniel Stoner died in 1867. Daniel Stoner was born in 1792, child of Christian Herr Stoner and Barbara Stoner. [28]

A biosketch of Christian Stoner reports [29] [30]:

(II)Christian Stoner, son of the emigrant, was a farmer of Bedford county until 1799, when he moved to Westmoreland county, settling in East Huntington township, where he secured title to three hundred acres of good land, and followed farming until his death in 1814. Prior to his demise he divided his farm among four of his sons, John, Abraham, Jacob and Daniel. His wife, Barbara Shank, came from Bedford county with him and died in Westmoreland. Children: John, a farmer of Westmoreland county, and a Mennonite, married Magdalena Fox, Abraham; Christian (2), of whom further; Jacob; Daniel; Henry; David; Barbara, married John Wertz; Elizabeth, married Christian Sherrick; Anna, married John Rudabuck.

(III) Christian (2), son of Christian (1) and Barbara (Shank) Stoner, was born in Bedford county, October 10, 1793. When six years old his parents moved to Westmoreland county, settling in East Huntington township near Scottdale, at what is known as "Stoner's Settlement." Here he grew to manhood and resided until his marriage, when he moved to Dunbar township, settling in 1817 on the old Stauffer farm, which he obtained through his wife, Annie, daughter of Christian and Agnes (Overhault) Stauffer. Annie Stauffer was born February 5, 1798, died October 9, 1865. They were both Presbyterians. Children of Christian (2) Stoner: 1. Abraham, married Margaret Mackey; settled in Illinois, going thence to Missouri; served four years in the confederate army; died at Eureka Springs, Arkansas. 2. Christian S., married Mary Shellenbarger, and moved to Illinois, where he died; two of his sons, Caleb R. and Martin S., served in the union army. 3. Mary, married Abraham Galley, and resided in Franklin township, Fayette county. 4. Sarah, married Henry N. Friede, and lived in Bullskin township, Fayette county, where her husband died. 5. Agnes, twin of Sarah, married John Dudley Collins, and lived in Dunbar township. 6. John W., married Margaret Ogleive, and moved to Kansas about 1875; he served in the civil war in the Sixth Regiment, Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery; both deceased, leaving a large family of grown children. 7. Rebecca, married Joseph Ogleive of Dunbar township, a merchant of Vanderbilt. 8. Elizabeth, married Joseph Newcomer, and moved to Kansas, where he was killed by a train. 9. Levi, of whom further. Io. Isaac F., married (first) August 11, 1859, Rachel Ball, who died January 25, 1882; he married (second) March 9, 1884, Mrs. Leah (Sipe) Eicher, widow of Andrew Eicher, a union soldier killed in front of Petersburg, and daughter of Peter and Rebecca Sipe. 11. Annie, born October 4, 1839; married John W. Hair, and lived in Franklin township, Fayette county. 12. Cyrus, born October 6, 1842, died unmarried in Dunbar township, aged thirty-three years. (IV) Levi, ninth child of Christian (2) and Annie (Stauffer) Stoner, was born in East Dunbar township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, about 1836, died in Sistersville, West Virginia, in 1904. He followed farming in early life, then became a teamster. He served two terms as constable, and spent the last fourteen years of his life in Sistersville. He served three years of the civil war in the One Hundred and Forty-second Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and was wounded at the battle of Gettysburg. He was a Republican in politics, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. He married Catherine Shaw, born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, November 5, 1840, who survives him, a resident of Sistersville, a member of the Baptist church. She is a daughter of Nathan Shaw, an early resident of Connellsville and a riverman for many years. Children: William; Cyrus M., of whom further; Charles Bell, deceased; Catherine; Nathan; Lulu; an infant, twin of Lulu; Frederick; Joseph, deceased. (V) Cyrus Millard, second son of Levi and Catherine (Shaw) Stoner, was born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, March 25, 1861.

He attended the public school of Connellsville until he was a lad of twelve years of age. For a time he was connected with the National Locomotive Works, but left there and went to the oil fields in Butler county; returning he entered the employ of the Hazelwood Oil Company as an apprentice to the machinist's trade. He has been with Boyts, Porter & Company since 1882, now thirty years. He has been promoted several times, and is now (1912) superintendent of the Connellsville plant, a position he most capably fills. He is a Republican in politics, and attends the Lutheran church. He married, August 23, 1883, Emma Dawson, born in Connellsville, July 25, 1864, daughter of Robert and Nancy Dawson. They were early Fayette county settlers of Scotch-Irish descent, the American ancestor being John Dawson, who came to the American colonies from Whitehaven, England, early in the eighteenth century. Nicholas Dawson served with Washington in 1764 and during the revolution; he was in Crawford's defeat, and narrowly escaped capture while helping a bewildered soldier. Children of Cyrus Millard and Emma (Dawson) Stoner: I. Edna May, died in infancy. 2. Alberta, born July 27, 1884. 3. Sadie, born June 15, 1887; married Carl W. Foore, of Bedford county, Pennsylvania, and has: Emma Jane, born May 4, 1911.

Christian Stoner, 1754-1814, brother of John. Children: John married Magdalene Fox, Abraham, Christian, Jacob married Sarah Fox, Daniel, Henry, David, Barbara married John Wertz, Elizabeth married Christian Sherrick, and Ann married John Rudabeck. [31]

Research Notes:

Mennonite card file. [32]

These notes are for a different Christian Stoner, of Brother's Valley, who died in 1823:

1783-84 Christian Stoner was taxed as a non-resident in Brother's Valley Twp, Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

1784 Christian Stoner was named, as a non-resident with 112 acres, on the tax list of Brothers Valley, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. [33]

1785 Christian Stoner was named, as a non-resident with 112 acres, on the tax list of Brothers Valley, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. [34]

1786 Christian Stoner was listed on the septennial census for Brothers Valley Twp, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. [35]

1796 Christian Stoner was taxed in Brothers Valley Twp, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. [36]

1823 Christian Stoner, of Brothers Valley, died in 1823.

A biosketch of Christian Stoner, of Brother's Valley, died 1823, reports [37]:

Christian Stoner emigrated from Germany in the latter part of the last century, and settled in Brother's Valley, where he followed the trade of a miller. He died in 1823, at the age of eighty-five. His son Isaac was born in Lancaster county, where the family lived before coming to Somerset county. In migrating to this county they were obliged to ford the Susquehanna, and Isaac, who was then a boy, clung to the coupling of the wagon, and was nearly drowned in crossing. He followed farming and milling in this county. He died in 1842, at the age of seventy-five. He married Elizabeth Shunk, and had eleven children : Abraham, Joseph, Isaac, Tobias, Jacob and Alexander, deceased ; and Charles, Noah, Chauncy, Andrew and Drusilla (Ohley), living. Alexander died in Libby prison, during the rebellion. Andrew J. also served in the army, in Co. D, 2d bat. Penn. and Balt. Inf., from March to May, 1865.


Footnotes:

[1] Samuel S. Wenger, "An Essay on the Stoner/Steiner Families of Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage 11 (January, 1988), 16-36, at 18, person S133.

[2] Samuel S. Wenger, "An Essay on the Stoner/Steiner Families of Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage 11 (January, 1988), 16-36, at 18, person S133.

[3] Samuel S. Wenger, "An Essay on the Stoner/Steiner Families of Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage 11 (January, 1988), 16-36, at 18, person S133.

[4] William Henry Egle, Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, Volume 17 (Lancaster Taxables) (1897), 538, [GoogleBooks], [InternetArchive].

[5] Pennsylvania, Septennial Census, 1779-1863, 1779, [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[6] Recorder of Deeds, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Deed Book CC, 164-166, [164], [165], [166], [FHLCatalog].

[7] Pennsylvania, Will and Probate Records Lancaster County, Miscellaneous Books (Orphans Court) 1782-1791, [AncestryImage].

[8] Thomas Lynch Montgomery, Pennsylvania Archives, Sixth Series, Volume 3 (Muster Rolls Bedford-York) (1907), 598, [GoogleBooks].

[9] Thomas Lynch Montgomery, Pennsylvania Archives, Sixth Series, Volume 3 (Muster Rolls Bedford-York) (1907), 36, right column, [GoogleBooks].

[10] United States Federal Census, 1790, [AncestryImage], [AncestryRecord].

[11] Pennsylvania, Septennial Census, 1779-1863, 1793, persons 209, 276, [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[12] Pennsylvania Land Patent, H70-78, [PAPatentBookLinks].

[13] Pennsylvania Archives Land Office Survey, O-102, [PASurveyBookLinks].

[14] Edward Yoder, "The Mennonites of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania," The Mennonite Quarterly Review 15 (1941), 165.

[15] Samuel S. Wenger, "An Essay on the Stoner/Steiner Families of Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage 11 (January, 1988), 16-36, at 18, person S133.

[16] Pennsylvania, U.S. Direct Tax Lists, 1798, [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[17] United States Federal Census, 1810, [AncestryImage], [AncestryRecord].

[18] Pennsylvania Probate Records, 1683-1994, Westmoreland, Will 1-361, #534, [FamilySearchImage].

[19] Pennsylvania, Will and Probate Records, [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[20] Wills & letters of administrations of Westmoreland County Court House, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, [AncestryImage], [AncestryRecord].

[21] Find A Grave Memorial 56622977, [FindAGrave].

[22] Find A Grave Memorial at Ancestry.com, [AncestryRecord].

[23] Pennsylvania Probate Records, 1683-1994, Westmoreland, Will 1-389, #570, [FamilySearchImage].

[24] Wills & letters of administrations of Westmoreland County Court House, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, [AncestryImage], [AncestryRecord].

[25] Find A Grave Memorial 56622822, [FindAGrave].

[26] Samuel S. Wenger, "An Essay on the Stoner/Steiner Families of Pennsylvania," Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage 11 (January, 1988), 16-36, at 18, person S133.

[27] Find A Grave Memorial at Ancestry.com, [AncestryRecord].

[28] Find A Grave Memorial at Ancestry.com, [AncestryRecord].

[29] John Woolf Jordan, Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette and Greene Counties Pennsylvania, Vol. 2 (New York: Lewis, 1912), 472-473, [GoogleBooks].

[30] John W. Jordan and James Hadden, Genealogical and personal history of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, Vol. 1, [AncestryImage], [AncestryRecord].

[31] "Steiner-Stoner," The Pennsylvania Dutchman 2 (1950).

[32] Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, Genealogical Card File (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[33] William Henry Egle, Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, Volume 22 (Bedford Taxables) (1897), 258, [GoogleBooks], [InternetArchiveCatalog].

[34] William Henry Egle, Pennsylvania Archives, Third Series, Volume 22 (Bedford Taxables) (1897), 316, [GoogleBooks], [InternetArchiveCatalog].

[35] Pennsylvania, Septennial Census, 1779-1863, 1786, Brothers Valley Twp, Bedford County, [AncestryRecord], [AncestryImage].

[36] History of Bedford, Somerset, and Fulton counties, Pennsylvania: with illustrations and biographical sketches (Chicago: Waterman, Watkins, 1884), 474, [HathiTrust].

[37] History of Bedford, Somerset, and Fulton counties, Pennsylvania: with illustrations and biographical sketches (Chicago: Waterman, Watkins, 1884), 588, [HathiTrust].