Selected Families and Individuals


John Jonas

Many Jonas's lived in Wythe Co VA in the 19th century, acc to the census, consistent with the Messersmith origins.

A John Jonas was christened Nov 19 1809 in St Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wythe, VA, parents Jacob and Margaret --

A John Jonas of Fayette Co Indiana fought with Company H, 36th Indiana Regiment from 23 Oct 1861 to 24 Sept 1864. --, American Civil War Soldiers

Matilda (Martha) Seaver

Matilda Jonas is listed in the Fayette Co In Census of 1840 at Columbia Twp, with one boy and one girl both aged 5-10, and in the Wabash Co Census (as Matilda Williams) in 1860 at LaGro Twp.
Nearby are John Messersmith and Jacob Jonas.
1840 census, Columbia Twp, Fayette Co, IN:
Matilda Jonas age 20-30, with boy 5-10 and girl 5-10
Lewis Blake
Matilda Hardin
William *ilden
John Messersmith age 40-50, wife age 40-50, boys aged <5, 5-10, 15-20, 20-30; girls aged 5-10, 10-15.
Jacob Jonas age 60-70, boy age 15-20, 2 girls aged 10-15, 1 15-20, 1 50-60, 1 60-70.
James Hall
Isaac Cox
George Craig

In the Lagro 1850 census, under John Williams household. Daughter Margaret J. Jonas, age 17.

Last name Seaver from message posted Feb 2003 by Pam Boyer on Seaver message board ( She sent a scan of an email from Linda Thompson who found a
bio of their son Winfield Scott Williams from the 1914 History of Wabash County, Indiana, and it indicated his parents were John Williams and Matilda Seaver. Excerpt copied in notes for John Williams.

Age at death 81 yrs 7 mo 20 da.

William Jonas

One possibility:
William Henry Jonas
Birth: 4 March 1830-- Davidson, Nr Nashville, TN
5 August 1921 -- Cross Timbers, Hickory, MO
Spouse: Alyzannah Ellison
Parents: Jacob Jonas

Samuel F. LEEDY

Samuel F. Leedy is listed in the Jacob Leedy household in the 1880 Polk Twp Huntington Co IN census, as 22 yr old nephew working on the farm.


John H. Leedy is listed as age 72 in the 1920 Huntington Co IN census,Dallas Twp, district 103. Since the LDS file has Stephen born 2 months from him, suspect error. Daughter Nondas Parker and grandchildren Mary & Helen living with him.

Also listed in the 1900 census, with daughters Gertrude and Nondas B, and father Joseph Leedy born 1815 VA, father born MD, mother born VA.. John H. is age 52, born Mar 1847, a grocer.

Daniel Jonas

This is questionable. They are in the 1850 Fayette Co IN Census, on the same page as Jacob and Mary; his firstborn is named Jacob.

Samuel McVicker

Samuel is listed in the 1840 Wabash Co census.

Butler Co rootsweb site has McVicker as an early settler of the town of Hanover in Butler Co Oh.

Selden John Winterrowd

They had the following children:

M i Thomas Walter WINTERROWD
F ii Arimenta Helen WINTERROWD
F v Sarah Elizabeth WINTERROWD
F vi Rachel Ellen WINTERROWD
M viii John Ziegler WINTERROWD

Dorothy J. Rathfon

Dorothy J. Richardson

Posted by Daily Obituary Posting on Sat, 07 Apr 2001


From the Huntington Herald Press Online, April 2, 2001
Dorothy J. Richardson, 73, 8251W-200S, Andrews, died at 8 p.m. Sunday (April 1, 2001) in Huntington County. Mrs. Richardson was a 1945 graduate of Monument City High School and also graduated from Marion Beauty School. She retired in 1987 after 28 years as a hairdresser at the Bud Miller Coiffure Shop. She was a member of Pilcher�s Chapel United Methodist Church and of the Indiana Extension Homemakers Association. She was born June 3, 1927, in Huntington County, to William A. and Iva M. Bare Rathfon. Her marriage was Oct. 2, 1948, in Auburn, to Daryl E. Richardson. He died on July 15, 1995. Survivors include a son, Greg �Jackie� Richardson, Plymouth, and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Lucille Rathfon and Bertha Layman, and a brother, Chester Rathfon. Calling is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Myers Funeral Home, Huntington Chapel. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Pilcher�s Chapel United Methodist Church, with Rev. Russell Buzzard officiating. Interment will be at Monument Cemetery. Preferred memorials are to Pilcher�s Chapel United Methodist Church c/o Myers Funeral Home, 2901 Guilford St., Huntington, IN 46750.

Anne Benzing

Jacob and Christina came to America from Schwenningen with Jacob's sister Anne b. 1829 on the ship "Cotton Planter" from Antwerp and arrived in NY on May 10 1852. -- Wes Benzing.

Arthur Ansorge

Traverse City Record Eagle
Sat., Sept 4, 1954
A.S. Ansorge, Leelanau, Dies
Arthur S. Ansorge, 65, of Rt 2 Cedar, died at Munsen hospital Friday afternoon.
Mr. Ansorge was born Feb 9, 1889, in Solon Township, Leelanau county, and had made his home there his entire life, where he owned and operated a farm. He was a well known and highly respected resident of the community.
Surviving are his widow, Alice, of Rt 2, Cedar; one daughter, Mrs. Ellis Schwartz, of this city; and three grandchildren. One son, a sister, and a brother preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2:00 pm from the Martinson Funeral Home in this city, with burial to be made in the family lot in Oakwood Cemetery.

Alice Mary Hoffine

Traverse City Record Eagle

Mon Oct 16, 1978, p 12

Alice M. Ansorge, 87, of Traverse City, died Sunday at Munson Medical Center.

The daughter of George and Anna (Benzing) Hoffine, she was born at Reed City on Sept 25, 1891.

Mrs. Ansorge was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur, in 1954; a son, Clarence, in 1943; and a brother, Harvey Hoffine. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Ellis (Irma) Schwartz of Cedar; a sister, Mrs. Alta Bare of Holly; a brother, Floyd Hoffine of Flint; 3 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild

A lifelong Traverse City area resident, Mrs. Ansorge lived on a farm in Leelanau County and later moved to Traverse City.

The funeral is scheduled for 1 pm Wednesday at Martinson-Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City with Al Goff and Jim Morehouse officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to Munson Medical Center; envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Clarence Ansorge

Died young-congenital defect.
Traverse City Record Eagle
Sat Aug 7, 1943, p. 3
"C.A. Ansorge is Taken by Death
Clarence Arthur Ansorge, 29, a life long resident of the Grand Traverse region, died this morning at Munson hospital following a brief illness.
Mr. Ansorge was born May 13, 1914, on a farm a few miles west of this city where he has spent his entire life. Surviving are his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Ansorge, a sister, Irma, of this city, and many other relatives and friends.
The body was taken to the Hibbard Funeral Chapel where it will remain until time of services, to be held at this chapel Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 with burial made in the family lot in Oakwood Cemetery.
Wed, Aug 11, 1943, p. 3: "...Rev. Ralph Leisher, pastor of the Asubry Methodist Church officiated..."