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Adam Harpold

Male 1790 - 1869  (79 years)

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  • Name Adam Harpold 
    Born 9 Oct 1790  Harrison County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Oct 1869  Meigs County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Meigs County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • John House: Adam moved to Meigs Co, OH

      U.S., Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900 Name: Adam Harpole
      Application Year: 1852
      Application State: Virginia
      Applicant Designation: Rejected Pension Application File
      Archive Publication Number: M804
      Archive Roll Number: 1194
      Total Pages in Packet: 33

      Adam Harpold
      Birth: Oct. 9, 1790, Germany
      Death: Oct. 24, 1869
      Meigs County
      Ohio, USA
      79 years old
      Family links:
      Dorothy Roush Harpold (1794 - 1865)*
      Christenia Harpold Wolfe (1813 - 1892)*
      Henry Harpold (1817 - 1869)*
      Peter Harpold (1819 - 1905)*
      Philip Harpold (1822 - 1891)*
      Mary Virginia Harpold Bentz (1823 - 1912)*
      William Harpold (1825 - 1869)*
      Theodore Harpold (1846 - 1919)*
      *Calculated relationship
      Plants Cemetery
      Meigs County
      Ohio, USA
      Created by: Judy Erickson
      Record added: Jan 26, 2002
      Find A Grave Memorial# 6127061
    Person ID I5619  WVPioneers
    Last Modified 11 Nov 2014 

    Father Adam Harpold,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Margaret Dunkle,   d. Yes, date unknown 

    • From an article in the Jackson Herald:

      Marker at Harpold Grave Unveiled by Daughters of 1812

      The following are excerpts from a notes prepared by a son-in-law:
      Adam Harpold, the father of the subject of the notice, came to this country from Germany in "Colonial Times" and after bearing an honorable part in the struggle for American Independence, removed to the South Branch of the Potomac, where on the 6th day of January, 1796, Solomon, his youngest son, was born. The German language was spoken in the family until after the decease of the father and the inter-marriage of the mother to a Mr Cunningham, when the mother tongue was abandoned and a more popular one was adopted.

      John House "Pioneers of Jackson County"

      John Harpold bought 100 acres of land of William Bonnet adjoining the ford where the Charleston trail crossed the creek.

      It was here and is said to be about this time that the unfortunate young minister for whom the town of Ripley is named, met death in the swirling flood. It seems probable to me, however, tht that sad event was of earlier occurrnece.

      When Harpold first moved to the ford, there are said to have been but six houses on Mill Creek. This must be a mistake, as there were several families settled along the creek before that.

      When he first went to housekeeping on Parchment may be what is meant.

      There would have been Benjamin Wright, Thomas Flowers, Daniel Sayre, Abram Staats, William Evans, Captain W L Parsons.

      David Harpold, a son of John, married Mary, a daughter of Jacob Hyre, who lived about two miles farther up Mill creek, an account of whom will be given later.

      He bought land and built a cabin in the woods, and moved on it, working at the Douglasses at the mouth of Mill Creek, to get money to pay out on his farm, going down on Monday and returning Saturday night. In this way, after many a weary tramp, he earned money to secure his home.

      When he first moved in the midst of the unbroken forest, his furniture was all of the most premitive kind, bedsteads were made by hewing out a post, and standing it on the puncheons of the floor at the proper distance from the walls, into holes bored in this post and in the logs of the cabin were inserted the ends of round poles, properly fashioned, split boards were laid with one end on the side rail, and the other end on a cleat pinned to the wall with wooden pegs, or in a crack between the logs, if the height were right. This completed the bedstead. The table was a wide poplar slab, hewed out and legs inserted. Chairs were made on the same plan, either long benches or three legged stools. A large sugar trough was utilized as a cradle when that article of furniture became necessary. The cupboard was made by laying boards on pins in the wall, next one corner. With all these disadvantages (which were more imagined than real) the young couple prospered and raised a large family, some of whom are yet living near the place of their birth, among them John A and Sandusky Harpold, and Mrs David Latimer, of Roane Co.

      Mrs Mary Harpold died in 190? at the age of 84, the husband passed away several years earlier. Though a very old woman at the time of her death, Mrs Harpold was born and raised and lived all her life on upper Mill Creek.

      Hannah Staats, probably the last surviving member of John Harpold's family, died at her home in Ripley last August (1905). Had she lived until the 9th of August, she would have been 79 years old. She was in very poor health for several years before her death, and every time I called on her, was confined to her bed. She loved, however, to talk of the days of her girlhood.

      Hannah Harpold was born in 1826. In 1848, she married Mark Staats, son of Elijah Staats, of Evans. They lived together for 57 years. How lonely the frail old man must feel as he totters on down to the grave without her.

      Mark Staats had a Seth Thomas clock for which he paid $12, fifty one years before my visit in 1904, which was still running and keeping good time. Mrs Staats fateher had an old wooden wheeled Yankee clock when she was a girl, for which he traded a cow and which was always called by the family "the cow clock."

      The first preacher she remembers was an evangelist, or wandering missionary preacher of the UB Church, named Moses Michael.

      Her first school was one taught by John Riley in a vacant house of the Riley farm, as it was afterward called, in 1832. This was an old cabin which stood out close the base of the island or hill which stands out in the bottom just above Ripley. She and a sister learned their ABCs. The teacher promised a primer to the one that first got to "baker" in the spelling. She got the primer, which she had until a few years ago. When he gave her the primer, he told her it was for both she and her sister, but when she was generously beginning to divide the book, he interfered and prevented her from tearing it in two. She also had an 'elementary' spelling book up to a recent date, but it was some earlier kind she took to school her first term. Her next school wasin a little log school house built by the neighbors on Charles Carney's
      farm. The teacher was Lewis Acree.

      Solomon Harpold married Malinda Shinn, and purchased a large tract of land on Parchment, on which he raised his family.

      About the year 1808 or 1809, three brothers, John, Solomon and Adam Harpold came to Mason county (now Jackson) to the Mill creek settlement. After a time, two of them married and settled in the then wilderness of Parchment Valley. These were John and Solomon. Adam, the third brother, located in Meigs Co, OH. There are said to be two other brothers, Lemuel and Peter, neither of whom figure in Jackson County history. An older sister married William Bonnet and moved to Mason county (now Wood) about the same time the Harpold brothers came.

      John Harpold was born Sept 1st, 1788, and died March 28th, 1871. He married Rachel Sayre. She was born jan 12th, 1791. Both are buried in the Harpold grave yard. Their children were:

      John Armstrong harpold married Caroline, daughter of James Chancey. He died in 1901 and his wife in 1902. She was born in 1840.

      David Harpold married Mary Hyre

      Hannah Harpold married Mark Staats.

      Henrietta Harpold marrie dWilliam Rogers, a newcomer. They went to Mississippi.

      Adam Harpold was a teacher, but never married.

      Absalom Harpold married Madeline, daughter of Ben Bord.

      Sarah Harpold married Thomas, a son of Patrick Bord.

      Margaret Harpold married Aaron Pfost and went to Missouri.

      Judge Brown, in his Centennial address, mentions a Nicholas Harpold on Mill creek, in 1811. Perhaps he means Solomon Harpold.

      Solomon Harpold married Malinda Shinn. Their children:

      Henry Harpold married a daughter of robert Lowthr,

      Charles Harpold lives in Ravenswood.

      Val Harpold lives on Grasslick.

      Samuel Harpold (now dead)

      Wesley Harpold (now dead)

      William Harpold married Nancy (past name not learned). Their children were:

      James H harpold who was Assessor of Jackson county, and a hardware merchant of Cottageville. Their children:

      John M Harpold
      Charles L Harpold
      A daughter married M Gillespie
      A daughter married D D Park
      Rena married a Hughes.
    Family ID F1945  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Dorothy Roush,   b. 24 May 1794, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1865  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 23 Jan 1812  Gallia County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4

    • Gallia Co, OH, Marriage Record
      Adam Harpole to Dolly Roush

      1820 Letart, Meigs, OH
      Aam Harpole
      3m 0-10 [Henry 1817, Peter 1818, Spencer 1815]
      1m 26-45
      2f 0-10 [Christenia 1813]
      1f 26-45

      1830 Sutton, Meigs, OH
      Adam Harpole
      1m 0-5 [Phillip 1822]
      1m 5-10 [William 1825]
      3m 10-15
      1m 30-40
      2f 0-5 [Mary Virginia 1823]
      1f 5-9
      1f 10-15
      1f 30-40

      1840 Letart, Meigs, OH
      Adam Harpold
      1m 0-5 [John]
      2m 5-10
      1m 10-15
      1m 15-20
      1m 20-30
      1m 40-50
      f 0-5 [Lydia]
      1f 5-10
      2f 10-15
      1f 15-20
      1f 40-50

      1850 Letart, Meigs, OH
      Adam Harpold 59 VA
      Dorothy 56 VA
      John 14 OH
      Lydia 13 OH
      Barbara Ann 9 OH

      1860 Letart, Meigs, OH # 1735-1688
      Adam Harpole 69 VA
      Dorothy 66 VA
      Margaret Hester 7 OH

      Pioneer Histor of Meigs County (Ohio)
      page 157
      Adam Harpold was born October 9, 1790, and came to Letart, O., in 1812, where he married Dorothy Roush in August, 1812. They settled on a farm, and Mr. Harpold conducted a store, the first one for dry goods and groceries in Letart township. After the county of Meigs was organized and Courts of Common Pleas were held in the meeting-house in Salisbury township - in the July term of 1819, among the jurors impaneled is the name of Adam Harpold. He was prominent in township offices and a patron of education, strictly honest in business transactions, and maintained the respect and confidence of the community. Mrs. Harpold was a woman of strong character of wonderful physical power and vitality. They had a family of sixteen children, and all save one child, who was drowned at seven years - seven sons and eight daughters - grew up and married, each making a new home of thrift and industry. The sons were mostly farmers and have been identified with the material prosperity of Meigs county for more than sixty years. Henry Harpold, Spencer Harpold, Peter Harpold, Philip Harpold, William Harpold, George B. Harpold, John Harpold. The daughters, Mes. Pickens, widow, later Mrs. Wolf; Mrs William Hester, widow, Mrs. Jacob Baker; Mrs. Michael Bentz, nee Polly Harpold; Mrs Eben sayre, Mrs. Augustus Justice, Mrs. Hezekiah Quillen, Mrs Bradford Roush, Mrs Barbara Ann McDade.
      The greater number of the Harpold sons and daughter had large families, so that the descedant in the third and fourth generations were notably numerous. Mr Adam Harpold died in October, 1869, and his wife, Mrs Dorothy Harpold, died in December, 1865, having lived in their Letart home for more than fifty years.
     1. Christenia Harpold,   b. 20 Aug 1813, Meigs County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1892, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     2. Spencer Harpold,   b. 24 Aug 1815, Meigs County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1897  (Age 81 years)
     3. Henry Harpold,   b. 10 Jan 1817,   d. 17 Aug 1869  (Age 52 years)
     4. Peter Harpold,   b. 29 Dec 1819,   d. 18 Dec 1905  (Age 85 years)
     5. Philip Harpold,   b. 15 Jan 1822, Meigs County, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Dec 1891, Christian County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     6. Mary Virginia Harpold,   b. 29 Nov 1823,   d. 22 Mar 1912  (Age 88 years)
     7. William Harpold,   b. 9 Jan 1825, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1869, Mason County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     8. John Harpold,   b. CA 1836, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Lydia Harpold,   b. 1837, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1879, Mason County, West Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years)
     10. Barbara Ann Harpold,   b. Abt 1841, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1900  (Age ~ 58 years)
     11. Theodore Harpold,   b. 1846,   d. 1919  (Age 73 years)
    Family ID F27244  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S1205] Census.

    2. [S796] Family Data Collection - Births.

    3. [S898] Gravestone or Memorial posted on Findagrave.com.

    4. [S61] Marriage Records, Gallia Co, OH.