William P. & Jenny Franklin
Newkirk, Oklahoma ca 1893

children Roy, Elmer (Pearl born later)

Dugout home is same construction as Ben's in Beaver County.


Ben Franklin family ca 1912
Beulah is the little girl with a black eye.


Glencoe, Oklahoma, Jan. 1914
(postcard from Albert to his grandpa Tom Nimrod
reference Beulah's account
Ben Franklin & Sons store is somewhere in this mess.


This is a Verbatim account taken from a letter from Beulah May (Franklin) Greider to Angela Belew
Aug. 25, 1982.
Why my parents left Kansas for Okla.

        It was because of my mother's health - she had asthma and the Dr. said a change of climate is all that would help.  They made a bed in the covered wagon and carried her to it - also 3 children and their furniture and their belongings in another covered wagon.  The children were Albert Ralph and Iva.
        When they got as far west as Liberal Kans. she slept all night for the first time in a long time with her breathing problems.
        They continued on until they were in Beaver County Okla. and settled there.  It was 3 miles from the Texas line and called "No Man's land" Indian territory.  Their home was a sod house and that is where Paul was born, the year 1905.  In 1908 I was born but Uncle Perry had come and built onto the sod house so it was really part sod house at that time.
        Papa homesteaded that place then later traded it for a grocery store at Speermore, Okla. which was near there.  We lived there until I was around 4 yrs. old maybe between 4 and 5 yrs., then Papa traded the store for a farm not maybe 2 miles north of Perry Okla.
        The move was on again in 2 covered wagons plus 5 children and a shepherd dog following behind.  Albert and Ralph were driving the first wagon and Albert made music playing the old organ  I can remember the trip of a few things, what it all looked like and the camping at night and my mother cooking on a campfire but I don't remember eating!
        They had to cross the Cimarron River on some sort of a makeshift wooden deal and had to be careful because it was quicksand.  Anyhow we made it to the farm.  I have no idea how long it took and have always wondered.
        It was a nice place with lots of fruit trees but I don't think we stayed 2 yrs. and it was time to move on  Papa again traded that for another grocery store in Glencoe, Okla.
        I would have thought my mother would have died from it all, but her health was good then.  We must not have stayed in Glencoe not quite 2 years because I went my first year to school there and my second one was in Burden, Kans.  The time spent in Glencoe was something else.  One night a fire broke out in one of the stores and burned out one whole side of the main street business places and our store was one of them  no insurance!  But several towns around took up a collection and helped them all rebuild.
        So much for Okla. and now we're on the move again to Burden, Kans. only this time we left by train  Mama  Papa  Paul and Iva and me.  Ralph and Albert had gone to Lamar Colo. and filed on some government land there.
        We stayed in Burden until I believe it was 1927 and it was way past time for another move which was Wichita, Ks. and a hamburger stand this time.  He kept it about 6 yrs.  My mother passed away (60 yrs. old).  Then he moved back to Burden and married Lizzie Triplett.  After she passed away Papa moved back to Wichita and lived with me the last 5 yrs. he lived.
        What is strange about all this moving half of Papa's relatives all went too  We were as I've often said like a tribe of gypsies  There was his sister Aunt Mattie and her husband and their daughter Maggie and her husband  their son Forrest and his Wife and daughter (her name is Beulah too) then one of Papa's nieces and boy came and stayed a short time.  Her name was Mamie Crabb.
        As you well know the size of Burden, Ks. Papa moved his store 5 times  on the west side of Main Street he had been on the north and south corners and 2 different buildings in the middle.  On the east side of Main Street it was the large building at the north end.  When Ralph and Albert were small he had a restaurant on the east side somewhere in the middle of the block.
        Papa was a good hearted and good natured person  Irish and Scotch and believed in not meddling in other peoples business and every one liked him.  My mother was a good woman  good natured and got along with most people and every one I knew loved her  she was a lot of fun.  This about covers the life of your grandparents, to my cousins it was Uncle Ben and Aunt Cass.
        I might add that at the time my mother passed away she didn't have Asthma.  Her death was from surgery for ruptured appendix.  She was in St. Francis Hospital 3 times that year because of the complications of the surgery.  died at 60 yrs. old.  Papa had nothing wrong with him except his heart attacks which was 3.  Died at 87 yrs. old.

Moved from Ohio to Winfield Kans. - 1880.






Mathew Franklin  Eliza Hoyland
B: Feb. 22, 1824 B: Aug. 14, 1826
D: Jan. 10, 1900 D: Feb. 24, 1903

      Their children were

Martha Franklin B: 1849 D: 1932
Mary Franklin B: D:
Sadie Franklin B: Jan.7, 1855 D: April 18, 1904
John Franklin B: D:
 Irvin Franklin B: D:
Edd Franklin B: D: 1892
Benjamin Franklin B: Mar.8,1867 D: Nov. 12, 1954


      They are all buried in the Burden Cemetery (Kans.) except Mary and John:  Mary was buried in the state of Washington  John in Ohio.  He had fought in the war and was in his 30's when he died  not married.




Martha was known as Aunt Mattie
Sadie was known as Aunt Sally
There were twins born but died at birth

Their families were



Aunt Mattie Margaret (Maggie) Forrest Watsonberger
Aunt Mary  Mattie Edd,  Arthur (F)unk
Aunt Sally Anna, Mamie Doug Wilson
Uncle Irvin Nettie John
Uncle Edd Lewis
Benjamin Beulah,  Iva Albert, Ralph
John, Paul
also twins miscarriage


Thomas Aaron Nimrod B: Jan.12 1844 D: Jan.11-1921
  M: Oct.3-1868  
Nancy Crawn B: Jan.29-1846 D: Jan.18-1928

          Their Children were       

Daniel Albert Nimrod  B: July 23-1869           D:
Catherine Elizabeth Nimrod   B: June 23-1871          D:
Matilda Artnesia Nimrod B: Aug. 28-1873           D:
Eli Nimrod  B: April 05-1875           D:
Perry Putman Nimrod  B:  Aug. 27-1877          D:


Benjamin Franklin
Dec. 25 - 1890
Catherine Nimrod
William Driggs
 Sept 25 - 1892
Matilda Nimrod
Daniel Nimrod
Dec.  8 - 1897
Ada Tucker
Eli Nimrod 
Dec. 14 - 1898
Ida Higgenbottom
Perry Nimrod 
Nov. 30 - 1899
Ollie G. Dyer

Thomas Nimrod was in the Civil War
Was a member of the G. A. R. at Burden Kans.

The following was taken from notes prepared by Angela Ann Belew.


BORN October 9, 1935
PLACE: Herford, Texas
OCCUPATIONS:  Gas Station Attendant, Boeing
MARRIAGE: January 14, 1954
  Burden, Kansas
DEATH DATE: August 10, 1957
BURIAL PLACE:  Burden, Kansas
FATHER'S NAME:    Shaw Ralph Belew
MOTHER'S NAME: Alla Mae Christian
SPOUSE:  Annette Jane Franklin
BORN: October 5, 1936
PLACE: Winfield, Kansas
OCCUPATIONS: Bank Teller, Soda Jerk,
Housewife, PA I
Dental Assistant,
Drug Clerk in Pharmacy
FATHER'S NAME: Albert William Franklin
MOTHER'S NAME: Hilda Charlotta Rumbaugh

Children of Eldon Bruce Belew

 and Annette Jane Franklin
Angela Ann Belew
B:  Aug. 09, 1954
M: Dwaine Weathers
D: July 11, 2001
Susan Camille Belew
B: Jan. 19, 1956
M: Dale Phillips

Children of  Glenn Paul Wheat and Annette Jane Franklin

William Paul Wheat
B:  Oct 25 1959
M:  Paula Jamison
Melanie Jo Wheat
B: Aug. 22 1963
M: Gerald Haury




    Joined the Navy at the age of 17 with his parent's permission, and the condition that he would return to school if it didn't work out. 

    He met Annette Jane Franklin at the Burden High School which he attended following his medical discharge, which he received because of an old wound reopening while jumping off of a diving board. The story behind the wound is that while Eldon was a boy, he was smoking next to a barrel of gasoline, when his parent's and his visiting aunt and uncle came out or the house. Not wishing to be caught smoking, he threw the lit cigarette behind him, into the barrel, resulting in an explosion that sent him into the air, splittine, his leg open.  Needless to say , he was caught. 

    Eldon also had arthritis. After his marriage, he was employed at a gas station, but working in the damp weather affected his arthritis so badly that he had to quit, which is when he went to work at the Boeing Aircraft plant in Wichita, though they didn't move there.

    According to his mother, his littlest sister Kathy was his  baby.  He looked after her and helped take care of her.  I'm told he loved babies. He was about 12 at the time she was born.



BORN:  August 9, 1954
PLACE: Alb., New Mexico
OCCUPATIONS:  Checker, Waitress, Dishwasher
  PA Trainee, Housewife, Hobbyist
MARRIAGE DATE:  Nov. 10, 1973
PLACE: Coffeyville,  Kansas
FATHER'S NAME: Eldon Bruce Belew
MOTH ER'S NAME: Annette Jane Franklin


BORN: Apri17, 1954
PLACE:   Winfield, Kansas
OCCUPATIONS: Carpenter, Stone Mason,
  Oil Field hand, Pumper,
  Steel Worker, Mill Hand
FATHER'S NAME: Everett Weathers
MOTHER'S NAME: June Irene Weathers

Children of Angela Ann Belew

  and Everett Dewaine   Weathers
Laura Ann Weathers B: Dec  27  1975 Winfield, Kansas
Christie June Weathers B: Mar  19   1979 Winfield, Kansas
Jennifer Lynn Weathers B: Jun  04  1981 Winfield, Kansas
Jason Dwaine Weathers B: Nov 21  1984  Kiowa, Kansas
BORN: January 19, 1956
PLACE:  Albuquerque,  New Mexico
OCCUPATIONS: Teachers Aid, Nurse's Aide
  Housewife, Hobbyist
MARRIAGE DATE: Feb. 12, 1974
 PLACE: Wichita, Kansas
FATHER'S NAME: Eldon Bruce Belew
MOTHER'S NAME: Annette Jane Franklin
BORN: October 5, 1954
PLACE: Winfield, Kansas
OCCUPATIONS: Plumber, Salvage Yard man,
  0il Field Driller
FATHER'S NAME:  Phillips
MOTHER'S NAME: Marilyn Harris


Freedom Camille Phillips B: Oct. 16, 1974 Winfield, Kansas
Amy Annette Phillips B: Oct. 20, 1978 Winfield, Kansas
Elizabeth Marilyn B: Aug. 24, 1980 Winfield, Kansas
BORN: Oct 25, 1959
PLACE: Winfield, Kansas
OCCUPATIONS: Railroad, Packing Plant
  Steel Worker , Oil
  Field Hand, Misc.
FATHER'S NAME: Glenn Paul Wheat
MOTHER'S NAME: Annette Jane Franklin

Children of William Paul Wheat and Paula

Steven (Paula's) B: Sep 06 19 Winfield Kansas
Amber Rae Wheat B: May 05 1982 Winfield, Kansas


BORN:                                            Aug 22, 1963 PLACE:  Winfield, Kansas
OCCUPATIONS: Nurse's Aide, Checker, Housewife
MARRIAGE DATE:                        Nov 12, 1982 PLACE:  Cherokee, Oklahoma
FATHER'S NAME: Glenn Paul Wheat
MOTHER'S NAME: Annette Jane Franklin
BORN:                                            Dec 19, 1960  PLACE:  Thomas, Oklahoma
OCCUPATIONS: Manager of United Supermarket
FATHER'S NAME:    Herman Gerald Haury  
MOTHER'S NAME:  Margaret Esther Woodworth  


Holly Nicole Haury BORN:  May 19, 1983     Kiowa, Kansas
John Haury  
BORN:   Oct 05, 1891             Pastor's Office PLACE: Tisdale, Kansas

                Police Judge,

OCCUPATIONS:  Pumper,  ran Theatre and Cafe  in Burden, Farmer,  Electrician,  Auctioneer,
                              Foreman at Strother Field WW11.
MILITARY SERVICE: Navy. Radioman on U. S. S. Mayflower, President,   Wilson's yacht, WW I.
MARRIAGE DATE:   May 25, 1920                               PLACE:   Coffeyville, Kansas
DEATH DATE: June 25, 1963   Veteran's Hospital    PLACE: Wichita, Kansas
BURIAL DATE: PLACE: Burden, Kansas
BORN: January 31, 1898 PLACE: Washington, Pennsylvania
OCCUPATIONS:               Housewife, Coffee Shop, Secretary in Washington, D.C. during W.W. I
DEATH DATE: July 8, 1986 PLACE: Alamagordo, New Mexico
BURIAL DATE: July 11, 1986 PLACE: Burden, Kansas


Jack Franklin    B: Dec 26  19 Coffeyville, Kansas
  M. Eddie
  M:  (Katherine Kane)  Kittie
William Albert B: July 5, 19  
  M: Rita Catlin
  M: Betty Jean Ramirez
Annette Jane B: Oct. 5, 1936 Winfield, Kansas
  M: Jan. 14, 1954 Eldon Belew
  M: Paul Wheat
  M: George Reynolds

     Albert liked to write poetry.  He was also an electrician and built probably the first radio in Kansas while living in Tyro,  Kansas where they lived after their marriage. He was the chief engineer on the U.S.S. Mayflower during W. W. I, which was later destroyed by fire.

    He was elected Police Judge in Burden Kansas on April 7, 1953 and sworn in on April 13.

    He had a homestead claim at Lamar, Colorado, allowed on May 14, 1915, serial number 017479, receipt #1575339, north half section 24 Township 25 S Range 46 W Meridian, containing 320 acres.

    He enlisted in the Navy April 26, 1917 at Las Animas, Colorado for four years. He was an expert rifleman, score 152,  had a very good ability to lead men,  sobriety and obedience were excellent.

    He was discharged June 5, 1919 at the Navy Recruiting Station at Denver, Colorado, #151-45-46.  He was Electrician, 2nd class.  The character of his discharge was good.

     He served on the following ships and stations:


U.S. Naval Hospital, Las Animas Colorado
N. T. Station, Great Lakes, Illinois
R. S. Station, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
U. S. S. Mayfiower
Navy Recruiting Station, Denver, Colorado


Service from April 26, 1917 to June 5, 1919

    He was elected by the Republican Party on November 4, 19__ for the office of Justice of the Peace of Silver Creek Township.  Certificate signed by  J. O. Campbell, County Clerk.




Gosh, Sweet Heart, please let me go
Bass are striking now you know
And if you' ll let me go today
Next time you can have your way
Please don't get mad and scold me so
Gosh! Oh! Gosh! I want to go
You remember late last faIl
The time I went with brother Paul
Down to the hole with all the Springs
Rocks, roots, logs, and other things
There's Where I hooked that big old Bass
Out by those lilies - but alas
That fish he sure went on the prod
Broke my leader and cracked my rod
Please  my Dearie may I go now
Those Hildies will get him sure, and how
And Gee! Oh! Boy! That new Shakespeare
Will hold him tight -Thank you my dear
I'll bring him home that old Bronze back
For the leader will hold and my rod won't crack.
BORN: March 8, l867 PLACE: Portsmouth, Ohio
OCCUPATIONS: Bellboy; Railroad; Farmer; Storekeeper
MARRIAGE DATE: December 25, 1890 PLACE: Eaton, Kansas
DEATH DATE: November 12, 1954 PLACE: Wichita, Kansas
BORN :   Jun 23, 1871 PLACE: Kentland, Indiana
OCCUPATIONS:   House Wife  
DEATH DATE:      Nov 07, 1931 PLACE: Wichita, Kansas
BURIAL DATE: PLACE: Burden, Kansas


Albert William Franklin B: Oct   05,  1891 Eaton, Kansas
  M: May 25, 1920 Hilda Rumbaugh
  D: Jun  23, 1963 B: Burden, Kansas
Ralph Earl Franklin B: Aug  02, Burden, Kansas
  D: Wichita, Kansas
Johnny Franklin B: Mar 11,1897 Burden, Kansas
  D: Sep 2, 1897 Burden, Kansas
Iva Pearl Franklin B: Apr 10,1899 Burden, Kansas
  D: Jul 17, 1917 Burden, Kansas
Paul Irvin: B: Oct Beaver County, Oklahoma
  D: Wichita, Kansas
Beulah May: B: Apr 22,1908 Beaver County, Oklahoma
  M: Burt Greider  

    Ben and Cassie were married on Christmas Day, 1890 at Eaton, Kansas. About 10 months later Albert was born, also at Eaton according to Hilda, although his birth certificate says Salem, in the Pastor's office.   While still living in the area of Burden, they also had Ralph, Johnny , and Iva.   Johnny died at the age of 6 months.  Because of Cassie's asthma, they loaded up their belongings and Case in her bed into two covered wagons, and along with some relatives they set out for Beaver County, Oklahoma. Beulah thinks it was at Liberal, Kansas that her mother could breath well enough to sleep all night for the first time in a long time.

    The house in Beaver County was made of sod, and later Perry Nimrod came out and built on to it.  Paul and Beulah were born there. Cass also had a twin miscarriage there, thought to be a boy and a girl, not named. They are buried there.   They lived 3 miles from the Texas line.

    Eventually Ben traded that place for a grocery store in Speermore, Oklahoma and the family lived in the back of it.  The relatives went back to Burden when they left Beaver County.

    From Speermore, Ben traded his store for a farm at Perry, Oklahoma, and Beulah remembers the move.  She says that Albert and Ralph were in one wagon, and Albert played the old organ, in the back of the wagon.  She also remembers a pot of beans that never got done because of hard  water,  though they were put back on a fire every time they stopped.

    Ben traded the farm at Perry for another store at Glencoe, Oklahoma.  One night the town caught fire, and the whole side of the block that their store was on burned to the ground.  Beulah says they all rebuilt, and her first year of school was there.

    Then they all went back to Burden, this time by train.  Ben had another grocery store there, which he moved 4 or 5 times before he moved his family to Wichita in 1927. In Wichita he ran a hamburger stand for 12 years. Cass's asthma was all but cured.

    Ben and Cass were members of the Burden Baptist Church.  The children were all baptized in the old Silver Creek west of Burden, and rode back to town in all those wet clothes in the back of a wagon, and nobody caught cold.

    Iva died of Typhoid at the age of 18, in Burden.  At the time Albert had been in the Navy for a little less than 3 months.

    Ben and Cassie are buried in the Burden Cemetery.  Baby John is buried with his grandparents,  Mathew and Eliza Franklin.  Iva is with her parents.

    Ben and brother William were in the Cherokee Strip Land run or l893. William's claim was half mile west of Newkirk, and Ben got two claims one for himself and one for sister (widowed) Sallie.  While settling Sallie's claim, his own was taken by claim jumpers.

    Benjamin and Cassie were Baptists. She had a twin miscarriage.  Ben also had twin brothers who died at birth, Iva died very young, age 18, of typhoid.

    Ben moved with his family when he was a boy from Portsmouth, Ohio to Chillicothia, and from there to Winfield, Kansas in 1878.

    Ralph, Esther, and Paul are buried in the Wichita, Kansas Park Cemetery.

    Catherine's twin miscarriage was before Beulah's birth, but thought to be a boy and a girl, lost in the early stages, not named. They are buried in Beaver County, Oklahoma.

    Beaver County was Indian Territory, called "No Man's Land".  They lived three miles from the Texas line, Beulah believes that Ben (her father) was the youngest of eight children.

    Beulah said, we were all baptized in the Old Silver Creek west of Burden in November,  rode back to town in all those wet clothes and no one caught cold (She thinks about 1920)

    Ben and Case were members of the Burden Baptist Church.

   Cass had asthma, and they moved around a lot. (See Beulah's letter of April 22, 1980).

    They had a sod house in Beaver County, Oklahoma.  They traded it for a grocery store in Speermore, Oklahoma, and lived in the back of it. They traded this for a farm at Perry, Oklahoma, which they traded for a store in Glencoe, Oklahoma. It burned to the ground along with a large part of the block, no insurance, so they went back to Burden. They ran another grocery store there, and moved it 4 or 5 times.  They moved to Wichita, Kansas in 1927 and ran a hamburger stand for 12 years.


Letter from Beulah (Franklin) Greider describing moves:

    Papa's folks moved from Ohio to Winfield in 1880.  Papa said there were two stores there and the railroad was put through and he got a job working on that (about 15 years old).  He also worked as a bellboy at the old Britton Hotel (no longer there).  They lived east of Winfield on the way to Burden-they later moved to Burden west of the old High School. They both passed away there.

    The move from Burden to Oklahoma was because of my mother's health she had asthma and was carried from bed in a covered wagon or rather put in the covered wagon.

    I believe it was Liberal, Kansas she said she slept all night for the first time in a long time (able to breath) they kept going until they got to the place in Beaver County and settled.  It was a sod house and later Uncle Perry came out and added on to it.  When they made the move it was Albert, Ralph, Iva, then later Paul and I were born.  Anyhow they traded that place for a grocery store at Speermore. Oklahoma and we lived in the back of the store.

    I guess I was about 4 or 5 years old when they left there and started again  in 2 covered wagons for Perry, and Ralph and Albert played the old organ.  Imagine!  And I remember Mama trying to cook Navy beans in a big iron kettle and every time we stopped the beans were put on a bon fire again!  I asked Ralph one time if those beans ever got done because I don't remember eating them.  He said it was gyp water (hard water).  Anyhow, we finally got to Perry, Oklahoma.  Don't remember how long it took we had to cross the Cimarron River on a make shift ferry of some kind that river was quick sand and I guess they sure had to be careful not getting in that.

    Papa had traded the store in Speermore for a farm at Perry-well we lived there for a year-about then he traded that farm for another store in Glencoe, Oklahoma so on we moved again there-everything you own in 2 covered wagon's!  Then this was an experience there;  the town caught fire one night and the whole side of the street our store was on went up in flames-no insurance.  They all rebuilt and I went my first year of school in Glencoe.  Well it was time to move on again!  So we moved to Burden again- I don't know what year it was but I think my second year of School was in Burden.  We stopped in Ark City stayed in a hotel-Mama got me a new coat and shoes and I had never rode in an elevator before and I got real sick.  The folks were going to take Paul and I to circus that was in town but I got too sick and we didn't get to go Anyhow we landed in Burden and it was a grocery store again and on top of that Papa moved his store 4 maybe 5 times while there-then the move here to Wichita in 1927 to a Hamburger stand!  He stayed 12 years in it so that was a record- I always said we were like a tribe of gypsies  and more so because relatives went with us to Oklahoma-Papa's sister Mattie and husband Wilbur, their daughter Maggie Mount-husband George and their son Forrest and wife Lizzie and their daughter Beulah then Papa had a niece Mamie Crabb and she came-then they all left and went back to Burden when we left for Perry, Oklahoma.

    But the climate all but cured Mama's asthma she had a few spells after going back to Burden but not bad.



BORN: February 22, 1824 PLACE: Ohio
DEATH DATE: January 10, 1900 PLACE: Burden, Kansas
BURIAL DATE: PLACE: Burden, Kansas
BORN: August 14, 1826 PLACE:
DEATH DATE: February 14, 1903 PLACE: Burden, Kansas
BURIAL DATE: PLACE: Burden, Kansas


Martha Franklin B:  
(Mattie) M: Wilbur Watsonburger
Mary B:  
  M: Funk
Sadie B:  
(Sallie) M: Wilson
William B:  
  M: Jenny
  D: Burden, Kansas
Edd B:    1859  
  D: Dec. 18, 189 Burden, Kansas
  D: Ohio
Irvin D, Franklin B:    1852  
  M:1 Mo11y
  M:2 Mary T .
  D:    1942 Burden,  Kansas
Benjamin Lucas B: Mar 08, 1867 Portsmouth, Ohio
  M: Dec. 25, 1890 Catherine Nimrod
  D:Nov. 12, 1954 Burden, Kansas
Matthew and Eliza moved from Ohio to Winfield in 1878.  Had
win sons that died at birth.
Mattie's daughter was Maggie Mounts. (Died in Winfield, Kansas)
Mattie and Wilbur Watsonburger
child - Maggie Watsonburger married George Mount
     child -  Forrest Mount married Lizzie
          child -Lizzie Mount
From tombstone at Burden, Kansas Cemetery



Mary T.        Irvin D .

1961-1940     1852-1942

BORN:                   Jan 10, 1845
MILITARY SERVICE: Union soldier in Civil War
MARRIAGE DATE:    Oct 3, 1868 PLACE: Kentland, Indiana
DEATH DATE: January 11, 1921 PLACE: Burden, Kansas
BURIAL DATE :  PLACE: Burden, Kansas
DEATH DATE: Jan. 18, 1928 PLACE: Wichita, Kansas


Catherine Elizabeth Nimrod B:  Jun 23, 1871 Kentland, Indiana
  M:  Dec 25, 1890 Benjamin L. Franklin
  D:   Nov. 17, 1931 Burden, Kansas
Matilda Artnesia B:  Aug. 28, 1873  
(Till)  M:  Sep 25, 1892 Bert Driggs
Daniel Albert B:  Jul 23, 1869  
  M:  Dec. 8, 1897 Ada M. Tucker
Eli B:  Apr 5, 1875  
  M:  Dec. 14, 1898 Ida J.  Higginbottom
Perry Putnam B:  Aug 27, 1877  
  M:  Nov. 30, 1899 Ollie G. Dyer
  D:  Jul 19, 1961 Burden, Kansas


Which Rumbaugh Ayr Ye!
Descendants of Asemus Rambach

     We find in the book, Thirty Thousand Names by Daniel Rupp, the passenger list of a ship called "Pink Mary". Mary is actually the name of the ship, Pink refers to The class or design. The Mary arrived in Philadelphia, Pa. on September 29, 1733. She would have sailed from Rotterdam sometime in June by way of Plymouth England where she received a clearance to transport immigrants to America. Captain James Benn was the master of the Pink Mary and she carried a total of one hundred and seventy persons of whom represented thirty-four Palatine families. Asemus Rambach's family was one of the thirty-four which included his wife Catherine, a ten year old daughter Anna Elizabeth, eight year old son David, four year old Sibylla, and two year old Hans Jacob. When the family disembarked from the ship they were taken to the court house and asked to pledge allegiance to the King of England. No records of the family had been found until David shows up in New Germantown, New Jersey. The church records of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of New Germantown, New Jersey (now Old wick) shows that David Rambach signed a petition to call a minister (Reverend Weygandt) to that congregation in 1747. Later in 1754 he is listed as a Foxenburger or a person from the Fox Hill area which is said to be Fairmont, N.J. today. In 1767 John and William Rambach signed the church charter as members of this congregation.  (John and William are sons of Asemus, born after the family arrived in America) Baptismal records and probate wills of Lancaster Co., Pa. show David's son George was born in 1753. John's son David and his sister were born in 1766. By this time all four men would probably have started families in New Jersey. David would have been forty one, Jacob Thirty four, William thirty-one, and John around twenty-seven years old.

     Some clues to the family history are found in unusual places.  Records indicate that David moved to Elizabethtown, Lancaster Co., Pa. where he died in 1776 or 1777 .Court records of probate will names his heirs which include his wife Eva, his eldest son George and two daughters. George served in the Revolution. An extensive account of the Perry County, Pa. Rumbaughs documents that George was born in 1753. This helps to substantiate that he was born in New Jersey.

     The courthouse records of Berkley County, Commonwealth of Virginia (now West Virginia) has a document, signed by William giving a lawyer, James Irwin, his Power of Attorney. The letter states that William was formerly a Sergeant in the Company of Amos Ogden under General Arnherst Life Guard Independent Company of Rangers. Irwin was to recover and receive any moneys or tracts of land he (William & David) were entitled to for their services in the above military organization. This would be referring to the French and Indian War. Ogden formed his company in 1760 so any campaign would have taken place after that date. There is one exception where Ogden led a force of men into Wyoming Valley, Pa. in 1771. This is referred to as the Yankee and Pennamite War which was a land dispute between Connecticut and Pennsylvania. This group was organized in Easton, Pa. marched north to Wyoming Valley where they ran the Connecticut settlers out of the valley. This conflict seesawed back and forth until after the Revolutionary War. An agreement by the Continental Congress allowed the Connecticut people to retain their land but would become part of Pennsylvania. Those from Pennsylvania who lost their land were to be compensated by land elsewhere. This may be the land Irwin was trying to obtain for William. Later William moved to Greene Co. Ohio where a history of the family indicates he was originally from New Jersey.

     According to court records Jacob witnessed a will in Amwell, N.J. 1758. Later we discovered in a book titled " United Empire Loyalists" by Alexander Fraser, a report written in Montreal on February 16, 1788, a new claim, Jacob Rambough, late of Tryon County New York Province," says he was at Oswego and Cataragua in 1783 on duty as a soldier in the Second Battalion New York Regiment. He is a native of New Jersey" In 1775 he lived in Tryon County New Your and says that he was always friendly to Great Britain and that he never joined the Rebels. In 1776 he was taken prisoner but broke jail. He afterwards attempted to go to Canada and was taken and tried for his life. He came to Canada in 1781 and enlisted in Sir John Johnson's 2nd Battalion. He said he had 3 sons in the same regiment, Asemus (Amos), John and David. There may have been a fourth son named William, who served in a different regiment, but is listed in the same document United Empire Loyalists. Jacob is listed as having lived in New Johnstown, Ontario Canada. Asemus later moved his family to Canada and received 200 acres of land for his services in Sir Johnson's Regiment. His name Asemus was anglicized to Amos and Rambach became Rambough. The family of Jacob, his children and grandchildren are well documented in Canadian records since each child received 200 acres when they came of age or when they married. His son-in-law, James Hannah, was given possession of Jacob's land and this fact is documented by a reference to James Hannah in "Book of Names" by Mac Wethy. He is listed as a private in Col. Fishers Regiment of Tryon County Militia in 1777-81. Also listed in this same document is Jacob Bunn and Asemus Rambach. Church records of Jerseybush, Tryon Co., kept by Rev. James Dempsey, shows Baptism records of Jacob Bunn and Margaret Rambach's children. There is also reference to the children of Asemus Rambach. Two of Asemus's children listed were Jacob and William. Note: Asemus (Amos) could claim to have served both sides in the Revolutionary War.

     We have covered a short history of David, William, and Jacob. Note that we haven't any information on Elizabeth, Sibylla, or any other daughters of Asemus and Catherine. They would have married and changed their names. We may in the future find a will or other records that may shed some light on what has happened to them and their mother and father .There is a possibility that they may have returned to Germany.  The last son, Johannis or John, was probably born in New Jersey around 1740. He signed the church charter in 1767 and 15 years later in 1782 he was paying taxes in Easton, Pa. We know William and David were in the independent Rangers.  There is nothing to indicate that John served with them except he later reached the rank of Captain in the Northampton County Militia (Pennsylvania). He must have had some military experience to be given officer status. John is a veteran of the Revolutionary War. John's eldest son David and daughter Christina received Catechism in 1784 at the age of 18. His daughter, Marie Catherine, was listed as 17 years old. these three and perhaps more were born in New Jersey around 1766-67 about the time John signed the Charter. John is well documented in Pennsylvania archives and a book of Easton Pa. church records called "Forb of the Delaware" referring to the Delaware River. John moved to Westmoreland County, Pa. in 1795 leaving John and Jacob in Northampton. John had a total of 16 children and all were named in his will recorded in Greenburgh, Pa. Court records. David married Maria Hartzell, daughter of Adam Hertzell, in Northampton Co., Pa. His first son, John was born there prior to moving to Westmoreland County near Greensburg. After a couple of years in Westmoreland County he moved north to Armstrong County near Brady's Bend. His will named his children as beneficiaries with the farm going to Solomon. David's fifth son, David left Armstrong and Butler Counties around 1849 with his family, except Solomon, William and Nancy Jane, he moved Fulton County, Indiana near Rochester. he died in testate but court records name all of his heirs in a property dispute. William remained in Armstrong County and married Catherine Wick. Later on July 4, 1861, he enlisted in D Company, 62nd Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers. On April 30, 1862 he was wounded in battle at Yorktown Virginia. Wounded by a cannon ball he lost his leg fighting for the preservation of the Union.

     After the War between the States, William moved his family to Putnam County, West Virginia where my grandfather Solomon Lauffer was born. Solomon married Myrtle Launa Wise.


C. K. Rumbaugh
3520 East Dudley Ave.
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46227
June 1994