I really want to thank you for your replies. For some reason it has spurred me on to get busy on this family again. Actually I have now found so much more than I had before, but I still don't know the parents to Shepherd John Noggle. I have found so much information that I need to find a site to upload cemetery inscriptions, land record transactions I have transcribed, and etc. I now even know that there were nine people that sold shares in a undivided piece of property in 1853. Of course I haven't found at this time who owned that one piece of property. Wouldn't you know that there was a fire that destroyed the early abstract records. I was going to track the abstract forward from the original entry. There was so much buying and selling between Ezra, David, and other family members of different tracts of land that I would have to be an abstractor to figure all of it out now.
The nine people in Van Buren County dividing up this land are the same nine people that Ezra's estate in Jefferson County was given to. Except that Ransom J. Noggle received half of the estate of Ezra, but an equal share of the piece of land that was divided up 9 ways. Two of these 9 individuals had sons they named Ezra and David. No partialiaty there. Some of the others may have named sons Ezra and David too, but I don't have access to all the later census records, so I don't know.
The division of the nine pieces of land helped so much because they all contained the first name of the spouse. I was then able to trace all the marriages of these nine individuals through various sources and have looked up the ones in the censuses that I have access to those records for.
There is no Ezra or David in the 1840 or 1850 census index in Iowa. Of course David is deceased by 1850 according to the tombstone. No tombstone for Ezra and I can't find him in the 1850 census if he is still alive, so I have no idea of the age of this individual. He is definitely Ezra B. Noggle on all the documents.
If David is the father of Shepherd John Noggle, then he is probably born in Pennsylvania. Shepherd said his father born in Pennsylvania and mother in Ohio. It is quite possible that David is a direct descendant of this Ezra Barnhart Noggle you mentioned. Maybe his grandfather. David was born in Pennsylvania, moved to and was married in Wayne Ohio. You mention a Joseph Noggle being on the 1820 Wayne County Census Index. It makes me wonder if Joseph and David could be brothers. Maybe Ezra B. is another brother, or the thought has occurred to me that he may be a son of David. Whoever he is he doesn't seem to have been caught in a census. I assumed he died in 1855 because of the estate packet in Jefferson County, but perhaps he died years sooner and the estate just wasn't filed until 1855. It would be hard for me to believe that the Ezra B. Noggle that moved to Van Buren County Iowa is the same Ezra Barnhart Noggle because of the age problem. The last land transaction I have for him is in June 1850. But he's not in the 1850 census, nor does he appear to be living with any of the children except possibly Mary in Ohio. I haven't been able to check that census record.
One of the land transcations told me that David and wife Nancy (2nd wife I assume - I have considered there are two Davids, but I can't find any indication of that) were living in Hancock County Illinois in 1846, but the tombstone here in Jefferson County says he died in 1848. They sold property while living in Hancock County and before moving to Hancock County. I think it was a permanent move for them. Looks like they were selling off before leaving. The real shocker was to find that in 1844 in Pike County Illinois that one of his supposed children was married. If she is not his child she is a close relative as she inherited money and land. It kind of destroys the fact that Shepherd John's parents were supposed to have moved to Van Buren County in 1839.
For anyone that is interested and maybe I should have made a separate post for this, but I've talked about these people so much in this post, I'll continue here.
Mary Noggle (no date of birth for her) married James Neal/Neil in Wayne County Ohio September 13, 1838. She was living in Richland County Ohio in August 1853.
Charlotte Noggle born 1819-1820 married John Winsell on May 25, 1840 in Jefferson County Ohio. She was still there in the late 1860s, and according to a descendant moved to Kansas.
Hannah Noggle born about 1823 married Alexander Wells April 30, 1844 in Pike County Illinois. They were living in Schuyler County Missouri in August 1853 and appears to have lived out her life there.
Clarissa Noggle born about 1825 married Joseph Gardner May 21, 1845 in Iowaville, Van Buren County Iowa. She was living in Wapello County Iowa in August 1853.
Ransom J. Noggle born about 1827 married Sylvia Smith August 5, 1851 in Clark County Missouri. In 1850 census Catherine and Rhoda were living with him. He was living in Van Buren County in August 1853.
Phoebe Noggle born about 1829 married John Warner May 8, 1849 in Van Buren County Iowa. Ezra Noggle swore to the marriage and they were married in the home of Mr. Noggle. I presume that it was Ezra's home. Phoebe was in the 1850 Keokuk County Census and was still living there in August 1853. I don't know where she was in 1860.
Shepherd John Noggle born May 1830 married Sarah McGee February 16, 1850 in Wapello County Iowa. He was living there in 1850 and listed right next to Joseph and Clarissa Gardner. He was still living there in August 1853. Of course I know quite a bit about him as he is my husband's ancestor.
Rhoda Noggle was born March 24, 1832 and married David Nichol Henderson on January 23, 1853 in Keokuk County Iowa. I think she spent her entire life there.
Catherine C. Noggle was born about 1834 and married Nathan L. Milburn August 5, 1851 in Clark County Missouri, evidently the same marriage date as her brother according to the LDS records of the county. She personally appeared in Van Buren County in August 1853. I don't know if this meant she was living there, or if it just meant she traveled there from neighboring Clark County.
I hope this helps someone else in their research.
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