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Elizabeth “Betsy” Troxell

Elizabeth “Betsy” Troxell
birth: 6 November 1820 in Montgomery, Ohio to Jacob and Mary Catherine Rauk Troxell
death: 16 December 1901 in Center Township, Delaware, Indiana
burial: Porter Rea Cemetery, St. Joseph, Indiana

marriage: 3 January 1839 in Connersville, Fayette, Indiana
John Anderson Long
birth: 14 November 1813 in Morristown, Jefferson, Tennessee to George Mitchell and Sarah Ford Long
death: 28 June 1874 in St. Joseph, Indiana
burial: Porter Rea Cemetery, St. Joseph County, Indiana

Children of Elizabeth “Betsy” Troxell and John Anderson Long:

  • Jacob John Long 1839-1914 Catharine Mangus
  • Sarah Catherine Long 1842-1925 Jacob Jamison
  • Lucinda Long 1843-1921 Adam Longaker
  • Jonathan Long 1845-1871 Sara Kane
  • George Mitchell Long 1849-1921 1st m. Mary Nancy Chappel 2nd m. Lucinda Waner
  • Thomas G. Long 1851-1852
  • William Long 1853-1916 Margaret Jane Nichols
  • Francis Marion Long 1856-1934 Priscilla Ann Livengood
  • Mary A. Long 1858-1950 1st m. Milton Elisha White 2nd m. Daniel O. Cramer
  • Margaret E. “Maggie” Long 1860-1944 George Frederick Harbaugh
  • Bemjamin A. Long 1868-1954 Effie Allen

Ancestor here lived in:

  • Waterloo, Fayette, Indiana
  • Connersville, Fayette, Indiana
  • Barrens, St. Joseph County, Indiana
  • Liberty Township, St. Joseph, Indiana

Other Information:

Elizabeth “Betsy” Troxell was the oldest of eight children born to Jacob and Mary Catherine Rauk Troxell. Her mother died when she was 14 years old; her father remarried and she gained one step sister when she was 23 years old. Betsy spent her early childhood in Montgomery, Ohio. It is likely she arrived in Indiana with her family about 1829. The family relocated as her father was building a mill race on the west fork of the White River near Waterloo, Fayette, Indiana. It was there she met her husband, George Anderson Long. The couple was married by Elisha Vance on 3 January 1839 in Connersville, Fayette, Indiana. By 1842 the couple and their youngest child had relocated to land that was west and north west of the Barrens, St. Joseph County, Indiana. The family’s deed for the densely forested land was purportedly written on sheepskin. The family became affiliated with the German Baptist Church in Liberty Township, St. Joseph, Indiana in 1859. On 20 February 1862, Betsy found herself as a single mother when her husband, an abolitionist, joined the Union Army at age 48. At the time, nine of her children were still in the household; the youngest was age 2 and the eldest was age 20. Oldest son, Jacob, had married and was residing in his own household. Youngest child, Benjamin, was not born until after the Civil War ended. It is likely that her strong faith helped her through this difficult period. Family members recalled her favorite song was I’m Going Home, a hymn, that she sang as she worked. Betsy’s husband returned from the war but died when their youngest child was only 5 years old. Betsy was very close to her youngest daughter, Margaret “Maggie” Long Harbaugh and resided nearby, though she did travel often to visit her other adult children who were scattered across the state. On 16 March 1885, with her father ailing, Betsy relocated to assist him in Fayette County, Indiana. After his death on 6 April 1885 she returned to reside in Liberty Township, St. Joseph, Indiana with her son William and his family. Sometime after 14 July 1901, Betsy went to visit her son, Francis, in Center Township, Delaware, Indiana. On 16 November 1901, Francis sent his siblings a telegram that Betsy was “at the point of death.” The family gathered around her but returned to their homes by 21 November as Betsy seemed to be recovering. On 23 November, Betsy took a turn for the worse and could only answer yes or no. She died on 15 December 1901 at 4 o’clock in the evening at her son, Francis’ home near Muncie. She had been paralyzed for 4 weeks less a day. Her body was returned to her old home in North Liberty Township, St. Joseph, Indiana on 17 December 1901 at 4 PM. Her daughter, Maggie, brought Maggie’s Aunt-in-law, Mary Ann Orndorf Johnson, to a private viewing as Mary Ann and Betsy had been close friends. A funeral service was held at the Meeting House, preaching by Br. J. Hildebrand and A. M Rupel. Betsy was buried next to her husband; she was 81 years, 1 month and 8 days old.

There is much information about Betsy in a diary written by her friend, Mary Ann Orndorf Johnson. The volumes are held by the Pine Creek Church of the Brethren. Contact the submitter for a transcription.

Submitted by:
Lori Samuelson
Email: genealogyatheart@gmail.com

Mary Catherine Rauk/Rauck/Ronk/Ranck

Mary Catherine Rauk/Rauck/Ronk/Ranck
birth: 10 July 1798 in Somerset, Pennsylvania to John A. Ranck & Unknown
death: 30 March 1841 in Fayette, Indiana
burial: Smoker Family Cemetery, Abington, Wayne, Indiana

marriage: 28 December 1819 Montgomery, Ohio
Jacob Troxell
birth: 2 October 1797 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Abraham and Mary Rohrer Troxell
death: 6 April 1885 in Fayette, Indiana
burial: Robinson Chapel Cemetery, Fayette, Indiana

Children of Mary Catherine Ranck and Jacob Troxell:

  • Elizabeth Troxell 1820-1901 John Anderson Long
  • Joseph Troxell 1823-1845
  • John Troxell 1825-1911 1st m. Louisa Sampson 2nd m. Ann Elizabth Gruwell
  • Abraham Troxell 1827-1908
  • Levi Troxel Abt 1830-1871 Sarah J. Campbell
  • Jonathan Troxell 1833-1871 Eliza Jane Port
  • Jacob Troxell 1835-1906 Malinda Lynn
  • Mary Catherine Troxell 1837-1912 John Calvin Henry

Ancestor here lived in:

  • Waterloo, Fayette County

Other Information: Mary Catherine was born on 10 July 1798 in Somerset, Pennsylvania. The name of her mother is unknown. Mary Catherine and her sister, Elizabeth 1799-1825, were the only two children of her father’s first union. Her father remarried circa 1804 to Elizabeth Dumbaugh. About 1814, the family relocated briefly to Yadkin, North Carolina where Mary Catherine’s 4th step-sibling was born. By December 1819, the family had moved to Montgomery, Ohio where Mary Catherine wed Jacob Troxell. Although family records conflict on when the couple and their young children moved to Indiana, it was likely by 1829 where they lived on the west fork of the White River near Waterloo, Fayette, Indiana. It was there that husband Jacob worked to build a mill race. Mary Catherine died in Fayette, Indiana on 30 March 1841. The youngest of her eight children was four years old at the time of her death.

Mary Catherine’s step mother was Elizabeth Dumbaugh, born about 1812 in Pennsylvania. She was last found in the 1880 US Federal census suffering from rheumatism. She resided with her husband, John, in Buffalo, Union, Pennsylvania. The couple had the following children:
Jonathan D. Ranck 1805-1891 Hannah Saylor
Edmond Ranck 1807-1833
Hiram Amon Ranck 1812-1881 Clarinda
Nancy Ranck 1814-1878 Henry Long
Some family trees list Elhanan Ranck ?-1835 as a fifth child, however, that is unconfirmed. A Elhanan Ranck is found in the 1830 US Federal Census as a head of household in Center, Wayne, Indiana with five others in the household. He may have been the 20-29 year old male or the 15-19 year old male if he was born about 1810. There is a gap in the known siblings ages where he possibly fits. Also in the household was a male 60-69 and three females, 15-19, 20-29 and 60-69. An Indiana will is found for Elhanan probated on 7 October 1835 in Wayne, Indiana. It noted his wife, Elizabeth, and two brothers, Jonathan and Hiram. If Elhanan is in this family, his brother Edmond would have been deceased. There was no mention of his sister, Nancy, who would have been single. It is unknown who the others enumerated in the household were. If Elhanan was a step sibling of Mary Catherine and Eleanor, there was also no mention of them in the will.

Submitted by:
Lori Samuelson
Email: genealogyatheart@gmail.com

Jacob Troxell

Jacob Troxell
birth:  2 October 1797 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Abraham and Mary Rohrer Troxell
death: 6 April 1885 in Fayette, Indiana
burial: Robinson Chapel Cemetery, Fayette, Indiana

marriage: 28 December 1819 in Montgomery, Ohio
Mary Catherine Rauk
birth: 10 July 1798 in Somerset, Pennsylvania to John A. Ranck and Unknown
death: 30 March 1841 in Fayette, Indiana
burial: Smoker Family Cemetery, Abington, Wayne, Indiana

Children of Mary Catherine Rauk and Jacob Troxell:

  • Elizabeth Troxell 1820-1901 John Anderson Long
  • Joseph Troxell 1823-1845
  • John Troxell 1825-1911 1st m. Louisa Sampson 2nd m. Ann Elizabeth Gruwell
  • Abraham Troxell 1827-1908
  • Levi Troxell 1830-1871 Sarah J. Campbell
  • Jonathon Troxell 1833-1871 Eliza Jane Port
  • Jacob Troxell 1835-1906 Malinda Lynn
  • Mary Catherine Troxell 1837-1912 John Calvin Henry

2nd marriage:
Mary Jane Carlton Port
birth: 1805
death: 28 March 1844 in Fayette County, Indiana
burial: Green Cemetery, Waterloo, Fayette, Indiana.

Children of Mary Jane Carlton Port and Jacob Troxell:

  • Sara Ann Troxell 1843-1926 Robert Charles McGraw

Ancestor here lived in:

  • Waterloo, Fayette County

Other Information: Jacob Troxell was born 2 October 1797 in Lancaster Pennsylvania. By 1810, he, along with his family, had relocated to Bear Creek, near Miamisburg, Montgomery, Ohio. It was there, on 28 December 1819 that he married Mary Catherine Rauk. There is conflict in where the couple resided. Some sources note that the first three children were born in Montgomery, Ohio, however, there is a family genealogy that stated they relocated to Indiana in 1822. It is more likely that the couple relocated in 1829 to the west fork of the White River near Waterloo, Fayette, Indiana where they were building a mill race. In 1830, the family is found in Fayette, Indiana. Jacob’s first wife died in 1841; he remarried and continued to live in Waterloo, Fayette, Indiana through his death on 6 April 1885.

Submitted by:
Lori Samuelson
Email: genealogyatheart@gmail.com

John Anderson Long

John Anderson Long
birth: 14 November 1813 in Morristown, Jefferson, Tennessee to George Mitchell and Sarah Ford Long
death: 28 June 1874 in St. Joseph County, Indiana
burial: Porter Rae Cemetery, St. Joseph County, Indiana

marriage: 3 January 1839 in Connersville, Fayette, Indiana
Elizabeth Troxell
birth: 6 November 1820 in Montgomery County, Ohio to Jacob and Mary Catherine Rauk Troxell
death: 16 December 1901 in Center Township, Delaware, Indiana
burial: Porter Rea Cemetery, St. Joseph County, Indiana

Children of Elizabeth Troxell and John Anderson Long:

  • Jacob John Long 1839-1914 Catharine Mangus
  • Sarah Catherine Long 1842-1925 Jacob Jamison
  • Lucinda Long 1842-1921 Adam Longaker
  • Jonathan Long 1845-1871 Sara Kane
  • George Mitchell Long 1849-1921 1st Mary Nancy Chappel 2nd Lucinda Waner
  • Thomas G. Long 1851-1852
  • William Long 1853-1916 Margaret Jane Nichols
  • Francis Marion Long 1856-1934 Priscilla Ann Livengood
  • Mary A. Long 1859-1950 1st Milton Elisha White 2nd Daniel O. Cramer
  • Margaret “Maggie” E. Long 1860-1944 George Frederick Harbaugh
  • Benjamin A. Long 1868-1954 Effie Allen

Ancestor here lived in:

  • Waterloo, Fayette County
  • Connersville, Fayette County
  • Barrens, St. Joseph County
  • Liberty Township, St. Joseph County

Other Information: John Anderson Long was born 14 November 1813 in Morristown, Jefferston, Tennessee. Family stories (unproven) state he drove cattle to market at age 13 and did odd jobs to save for his own horse and saddle. At age 16, he had a falling out with his father over slavery so he took a horse and left, going northwest. Between 1829-1842 he lived in Waterloo, Fayette, Indiana where he helped build a mill race for the Troxell family on the west fork of the White River. Long married Elizabeth Troxell on 3 January 1839 in Connersville, Fayette, Indiana; the couple was married by Elisha Vance. By 1842, the couple and their infant son, Jacob, had moved to land purchased on the west and northwest of the Barrens, St. Joseph County, Indiana which was then dense forest. By 1850, the area became known as Liberty Township. The couples remaining 10 children were all born in St. Joseph County. Long is found there in 1859 as a member of the German Baptist Church. On 20 February 1862 he volunteered to serve as Private in the U.S. Army, Company I, Indiana 9th Infantry Regiment. Records show he worked as a teamster, mustering out 28 September 1865. He remained living in Liberty Township, St. Joseph, Indiana through his death on 28 June 1874.

John Anderson Long’s Civil War military service took him to the following battle locations:
Battle of Perryville, Kentucky
Battle of Stones River, Tennessee
Battle of Chicamauga, southeastern Tennessee/Northwestern Georgia
Battle of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee
Battle of Missionary Ridge, Chatanooga, Tennessee
Battle of Kennesaw Mountain & Siege of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia
The company was known to have traveled to Huntsville, Alabama in early 1865, moved to Nashville, Tennesse, and was then sent to Louisiana and San Antonio and New Barunfels, Texas as part of Sherman’s army of occupation.

Submitted by:
Lori Samuelson
Email: genealogyatheart@gmail.com