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Re: Teegarden of Ind.- My own beginnings
Posted by: Mark Teegardin Date: February 08, 2002 at 20:19:04
In Reply to: Re: Teegarden of Ind.- My own beginnings by C Days of 255

Aaron Teegardin
b. in 1754 in Conococheage Settlement, Fred. Co., Md.
m. 1781 to Margaret Diebel in Westm. Co., Pa. (b. 1750; d. 4-21-1818 in Ohio)
d. 3-21-1823 both bur. Teegardin gr'yd. now Conklin Cemetary in Sec. 23, Madison
Twp., Pickaway Co., Ohio.


Aaron lived in Franklin Township on land in the Proprietary Manor of Denmark where
the family of William I settled in 1769. Their seven children were all born there and
after Aaron and Margaret had migrated to Ohio, they sold a tract in January 1816 to their
son George who had purchased:

... for $724.44 .. 65 acres of land to be taken out of a tract to include a
proportioned part of the timber .. being part of 149 ac. from Alexander
Coburn - the intention was that the said George would be entitled to as
much of the land at $11 per ac. as he paid for. It now appears that the
said Georg Teegarden dec'd. paid (the above amount) which will entitle
the heirs to 65 ac. of timber and clear land.

The above rather involved deed was signed by both Aaron and Margaret "with their mark"
and the wording suggests that the Westmoreland land was probably purchased in large part
for it's valuable stand of timber. The section that William I sold to John Shryock was
logged off by John and some of the lumber was made into laths for the Hagerstown Lutheran
Church. In the absence of family legend, we can asume that Aaron and other heirs of
William I used the property for years for income. It was not all inherited from William
however, as Aaron purchased 281 ac. in the Manor which was originally granted by John
and Richard Penn and described as having buildings on it also.

The matter of signatures with an "X" in legal documents has raised many doubts as to
the literacy of various early Tegardens. Most of Aaron's papers were signed with an "X"
including his Will, but Westmoreland County records in Deed Book 5 show a deed from Aaron
to Charles Campbell from "Aaron Teagarden of Franklin Twp., Yeoman, for 45# Pa. money
paid by Col. Charles Campbell - do sell a tract this 16th day of March 1799" and it was
signed AARON T. TEAGARDEN. It has been suggested that the "X" may have indicated a signature
by someone acting as attorney for the principal, in this case, Aaron. "HB" did not solve
this legal question for us in his files on the family.

German church records 1772-91 for Westmoreland Co. compiled by Paul Ruff show baptisms
by Johann Wilhelm Weber: George b. 5-27-1785 to Aaron & Margaretta Decart baptized 6-15;
sponsor George Walthour. Westmoreland Co. Ejectment Docket 1773-1830 shows Aaron a
defendant in November Court 1810 and Margaret in May Court 1814 concerning both an
ejectment and a partition of land on Brush Run. Margaret was a defendant represented by
the sheriff in 1816. In August 1811 Wm. Hess and wife Jude (Waldouer) together with Aaron
and wife Margaret (Waldouer) and Moses and wife Mary (Waldouer) vs. Jacob Waldouer for
partition of 150 ac. on Brush Run.

Gilbert Aaron Teegarden of Circleville proved the Revolutionary service of Aaron. He
is listed in Pennsylvania Archives as a Pvt. in the Westmoreland County Militia in Capt.
James Leech's Company and received Depreciation Pay in the Continental Line.

While immersed in working out details of this line, Jeanette Teegarden Jones made some
pungent remarks concerning the legend that Aaron had served seven years during the
American Revolution, enlisting at Annapolis, Maryland and took part in the Battle of
Yorktown, serving under General Washington: We do know the source and as none of the
Teegardens were Revolutionary pensioners, not being destitute, we lost alot of source
material in this way . but he is not listed as with Maryland troops. Jeanette found it
helpful in her years of working on these lines, to make up maps showing the migrations
of the various branches. "It seemed essential to locate some of these people for even
when travel was hard and slow, they scattered all around. Their proximity is such that
it is no wonder we find it difficult to straighten out all of the Abrahams, Georges and
Williams. They seem to have been a close knit family with repetition of the given name."

For the record, in 1916 the Pennsylvania State Library certified the Revolutionary
service of Aaron as a Pvt. from Westmoreland County.

Biographical sketches of Aaron Teegardin are included in many of the local histories
of Pickaway County.

... came from Westmoreland County with his wife and children in April 1811.
He has previously visited the country and selected his land. On his
arrival he purchased 3/4 of a section from John Ritter and made a
settlement.

Although son William had remained in 1810, there must have been quite a group for him
to greet when Aaron and the other sons with all their belongings arrived on the banks of
the Scioto only one year after the founding of Circleville which was laid out on the old
circular Indian forts. They all settled nearby in various sections of Madison Township
and became successful farmers.

The Will of Aaron Teegarden is recorded in Old Book Vol. 1 and grants a quarter-section
to each of his children and to the heirs of his son George: It is my will that my land
in the State of Pennsylvania shall be sold except the plantation I formerly lived on
and that shall continue to be rented out and the proceeds divided - (if sold they should)
purchase land with the money arising from the sale ... all my personal property shall be
equally divided except two horse creatures.. as a administration took place on the estate
of my said son George too long after his death to make it altogether legal, notwithstanding
it just, should the children of said son attempt to take the advantage of said untimely
but just administration, they shall be disinherited... for sundry good causes, my son
Jacob Teegarden is to have one hundred and fifty dollars more... The Will was signed and
acknowledged by Peter Miller, William and Jacob Teegarden and Jacob and Daniel were
appointed executors.

Their children of the 4th gen. are:

George b.1782
William b. 1785
Elizabeth b.1787
Jacob b.1790
Daniel b. 1793
Anna b. ca. 1796; m. 7-4-1821 to Daniel Knouse
Solomon b.1799


Son: William:

William Teegardin
b. 4-26-1785
m. to Elizabeth Shook (b. 12-21-1777 dau. of George and Susannah Shook; d. 6-13-1845)
d. 10-11-1871 at 86 yrs. both bur. Old Conklin Cem.

There are two marriages recorded in Pickaway County that seem to relate to William:
William Teegardin m. Elizabeth Walters 7-11-1850 - William Teegardin m. Susan Walters
3-20-1860. In the absence of any family or historical references to any wives other than
Elizabeth Shook, any possible 2nd or 3rd marriages are not shown.

William and Elizabeth and their first three children left their home in Westmoreland
County in 1810 and settled in the SW quarter of Sec. 23 of Pickaway County. His father
came out at the same time to choose the land to which he and the other sons moved the
following year. They moved west by wagon along the historic wagon trail which became
Hwy. 40 - the National Road. Wolves were very troublesome and at night often fought the
dogs under the wagon until William drove them away.

The nearest neighbor lived 8 miles distant through a dense stand of timber. Elizabeth
was crippled with rheumatism and beside clearing his land, William had most of the raising
of the twelve children, although Elizabeth's own large family had emigrated from Pennsylvania
to Madison Township along with the Teegardins. During the War of 1812 they must have helped
care for the children as William served at Sandusky as a Pvt. in the Ohio Militia under
Capt. George Gibson from July 28 to September 6, 1813 with a second period of service in
late 1814. During the building of the Ohio Canal 1825-30, William operated a Mill and
Copper Still. He was one of the best informed citizens of Madison Township on the early
history of the region and in spite of some 60 years of land-clearing and farming, his
health remained good until very shortly before he died. He was a member and attended
regularly at the St. Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Church, a Justice of the Peace and charter
member of the Lithopolis Masonic Lodge #169, which was instituted January 21, 1848.

The 1850 and 1860 census for Madison Township would appear to bear out that he was married
at least a second time for in 1850 his household included Elizabeth 49 and Allen Walter 16;
in 1860 Elizabeth is listed as 59 and Elizabeth Shook died in 1845.


Their children of the 5th generation are:

Margaret b.1806
John b.1807
Joseph b.1809
Henry b.1810
Aaron b.1812
Daniel b.1813
Catherine b.1814
Abraham b.1815
Peter b.1817
Susanna b.1819
Huldah b.1821
Elizabeth b. ca.1823; m. Elisha Decker; had Elisha, Jr.



Son ----- Daniel



Daniel W. Teegardin
b.3-30-1813 in Pickaway Co., Ohio
m. to Mary Yates (b. ca.1822)
d. both bur. North Otsego Cem., Steuben Co., Ind. "their spirits probably 'visiting around".


The above remark is appropriate in the light of family tales which recounted:

Uncle Dan and Aunt Polly, as they were known, were great visitors. Having someone
in their home to take care of the farm and small chores, they spent considerable time
'visiting around' in the homes of relatives in Allen, Putnam, Paulding and Pickaway
Counties in Ohio and also in their own neighborhood in Steuben Co., Indiana.

Before the days of newscasters, they were envoys who made the rounds periodically,
keeping those in each of the family settlements well informed of the happenings and
goings-on of others. They made visiting an art, staying until they 'got their visit out'
- which generally took more than a day, often staying over night even though only
a short distance from home. When they were older, not wishing to bother with a horse,
they walked around - sometimes gone for a week or more at a time.

Mary was left an orphan very young and lived with various families (which may have
started her visitings0 so that her surname became clouded and she was known as
Polly McCain, foster sister to George and Daniel McCain. In fact, Steuben Co. records
show "Daniel Teegardin m. Polly McCain". Birth and baptism records for some of their
children were found "on small slips of paper, economically cut from unused portions
of old letters .. some written in German" among the original records of St. Peter's.


Their Children were:

Mary Ann Teegardin
b.5-2-1847 Allen Co., Ohio
bp. at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church 7-11-1847


Elizabeth Ann Teegardin
b.8-28-1848 - bp. 10-28-1848 at St. Peter's
m. to George W. Cory
m. 2nd to Albert Snyder of Ohio
d. 1902


Hope this was helpful!
Regards, Mark A.Teegardin


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