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Wintersteen, Ebner, Kisner, et al bio
Posted by: Bill Strickland (ID *****3892) Date: February 24, 2003 at 23:52:43
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includes surnames: Hann, Blue, Campbell, Gingles, Sidler, Wilson, Ebner, Wertman, Carr, Bennett, Crossley, Yeager, Moser, Blee, Roat, Cooper, Robbins, Kisner, Baylor, Evart, Stout, and DeMott.

I am seeking information on Daniel Ebner, d 1878 Mercer County IL, and his wife Elizabeth Welliver, probably married Columbia County about 1837 -- relocated to IL about 1844.

Information on any of these folks appreciated,

Thank you,

Bill Strickland
Oregon City, OR


!SOURCE: transcribed from biography of Henry Wintersteen b 1841, "Historical and Biographical Annals of Columbia and Montour Counties" [J. H. Beers & Co : Chicago, IL, 1915] pg 702-703

HENRY WINTERSTEEN belongs to a family which has been established in Valley township, in what is now Montour county, for about a century, and which has intermarried with other old families of this section, the ancestors, like the present-day representatives of this stock, being thrifty, substantial and most respected people.

William Wintersteen, the grandfather of Henry Wintersteen, lived and died in the State of New Jersey, and he and his wife are buried there. They had children as follows: Jane married James Hann, of Scott township, Columbia Co., Pa.; Hannah married John Blue, of Valley township; Mary married John Campbell, of Bradford county, Pa.; Elizabeth died unmarried; Dr. William moved to Ohio; Henry is mentioned below.

Henry Wintersteen, son of William, was born Sept. 10, 1798, in New Jersey, and was reared and educated there, though he was still a boy when he came to Valley township in what is now Montour county, Pa. The country was then covered with forests, and he assisted in clearing away the timber, built log houses and barns, and engaged in other occupations typical of the times. In the wintertime, being earnest in his desire to obtain an education, he walked to Mausdale to school, and often saw wolves on his way. As he grew older he bought about six hundred acres of land, and as he cleared it of timber started to till the soil, following farming up to within two years of his death. His brother William, being a cripple, could not do hard manual work, so he studied medicine and became a doctor, in time settling in the State of Ohio.

Henry Wintersteen first married Mary Gingles, of Jerseytown, Columbia county, and they had two children: William, who married Mary Sidler, and Ruben, who married Phoebe Wilson. The mother died in Valley township, and was buried at Jerseytown.

Mr. Wintersteen's second marriage was to Lydia Ebner, who was born March 15, 1810, in Northampton County, Pa., daughter of Conrad and Catherine (Wertman) Ebner, the latter from Lehigh County, Pa. Ten children were born to this union, namely: Harriet, wife of Alexander Carr; Rachel, wife of Nathaniel Bennett; James, who died in infancy; John W., who married Catherine Crossley; Elizabeth, wife of Joseph Yeager; Henry, mentioned below; David, who married Catherine Moser; Jacob, who married Martha Blee; Lydia Jane, who married Levi Moser; and Dr. George, who married Hannah Roat. Henry Wintersteen, the father, died at the age of sixty-eight years, Dec. 24, 1866, and his wife died Aug. 29, 1886. They are buried in Straub's cemetery in Valley Township, and were members of Straub's Lutheran Church, of the General Council, in whose work he was very active. He was a lifelong Democrat, and held all the township offices, giving satisfaction in the discharge of every responsibility intrusted (sic) to him. He was a member of the Danville Cavalry Company.

Mrs. Lydia (Ebner) Wintersteen, mother of Henry Wintersteen, was a daughter of Conrad Ebner, a farmer, who came to Montour County from Lehigh County, Pa., and settled in Derry Township, where he died. He and his wife, whose maiden name was Wertman, are buried at Strawberry Ridge, Montour County. On political questions Mr. Ebner was a Democrat. His children, besides Mrs. Wintersteen, were as follows: John, who married Rebecca Bennett and lived in Lycoming County, Pa.; George, who went to New York State; Jacob, who married Lydia Cooper; David, who was twice married; a daughter who married George Cooper; Mary, who married William Robbins; and Daniel, who married Leah Crossley.

Henry Wintersteen was born May 2, 1841, in Valley township, and obtained his education there and in Hendrickson and Sidler schools. Thereafter he worked on his father's farm until his enlistment in the Union army, Oct. 21, 1862, joining at Danville and being mustered in at Harrisburg as a member of Company F, 178th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, which was assigned to the 4th Brigade, Army of the Potomac. The regiment was not full, and though it saw continous service was never engaged in any of the hotly contested battles, being assigned principally to secret, picket and provost duty, mostly on the peninsula between the James and York rivers. At the time of the battle of Gettysburg the regiment was twelve miles south of Richmond, Va. Mr. Wintersteen was mustered out at Harrisburg the latter part of July, 1863. His officers were Capt. John A. Wimmer and Col. James Johnson, and they were under the command of General Keyes.

Returning to Valley township at the close of his army service, Mr. Wintersteen continued to help his father on the farm until the fall of 1863, when he found work in a stone quarry where he was employed until spring. Then he married and commenced farming on his own account in Valley township, after his father's death, which occurred in 1866, buying sixty-five acres of the homestead place, thirty acres of this tract being cleared land. For over forty years he continued farming there very successfully, in 1908 selling that property and moving to the Ephriam Bowers farm near Mooresburg, which he rented and cultivated for a few years. His health failing in 1913 he gave up active labor, selling his farm machinery and stock and retiring to enjoy the fruits of his industrious life.

There are few citizens of Valley township more generally known than Mr. Wintersteen, and none is held in higher regard. His long service in public office has shown him to be a citizen who can be trusted to safeguard the interests of his community so far as his influence and example are concerned, and he has been repeatedly chosen to positions of trust, having served as school director for ten years, as overseer of the poor ten years, as tax receiver six years and as constable one year. Politically he has always been associated with the Democratic party. As a member of St. John's Reformed Church at Mausdale he has done much for the support of religion in his neighborhood, was formerly deacon of the church and is serving at the present time as elder; he is also a teacher in the Sunday school, of which he was superintendent one year. As a veteran of the Civil War he is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, belonging to Goodrich Post, No. 22, of Danville.

Mr. Wintersteen married Catherine Kisner, who was born May 23, 1839, in Madison township, Columbia county, daughter of Samuel Kisner, and died Aug. 6, 1909, the mother of the following children: (1) Laura P., born Dec. 8, 1864, received her education in Valley township, and has always lived here with her parents. She is an active worker in the Reformed Church at Mausdale. (2) Samuel Henry, born April 29, 1868, received his education in Valley township, and when a young man spent some time in the west, running a sawmill there for two years. For four years he was employed as fireman at the State hospital at Danville, and is now engaged in farming as a tenant on the farm of Stewart Curry, in Valley township, where he has resided for the last eleven years. He married Mary Baylor, and they have four children, born as follows: Emma Catherine, March 8, 1904; Henry Edwin, Aug. 13, 1907; Laura Edith, July 22, 1909; and Samuel Arthur, Feb. 19, 1912. Mr. Wintersteen has been auditor of Valley township for three years, is a Democrat in politics, and holds membership in the Reformed Church at Mausdale. (3) Robert Victor, born Aug. 20, 1875, and received his education in Valley township and at the Danville Academy, and has been engaged in farming ever since he began work. He is a member of the Reformed Church at Mausdale.

Samuel Kisner, father of Mrs. Henry Wintersteen, was born April 2, 1803, and came of German stock. He was educated in Madison township, Columbia county, and learned the trade of wheelwright, following it up almost to the time of his death, for twenty-five years having a shop near Jerseytown, Columbia county. About 1858 he moved to Millville, that county, where he had a shop until shortly before his death, which was caused by dropsy, when he was sixty-five years old. For many years he was one of the most respected citizens of Madison township, where he held office of justice of the peace for fourteen years. He was a Democrat and active in politics, and his religious connection was with the Dutch Hill Reformed Church. His wife, Catherine (Evart), died Aug 17, 1858, aged forty-nine years, one month, thirteen days, and they are buried at the Dutch Hill Church. Their children were: Joseph Patten, who died when four years old; Eustena, who married Robert Stout; Rebecca, who married Wesley DeMott; and Catherine, Mrs. Henry Wintersteen. Transcribed Feb 2003, Bill Strickland. (biography of Henry Wintersteen, "Historical and Biographical Annals of Columbia and Montour Counties" J. H. Beers & Co., Chicago, IL - 1915)


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