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How the Foutzes Came to Dover, Ohio | Foutz Family History

Sherman, Grace, and Rebecca Foutz; Rachel Caldwell 1910

In 1910, clockwise from left, Sherman Foutz, daughter Grace Foutz, mother Rebecca Foutz and grandmother Rachel Caldwell pose in happier times.

New Answers to Foutz Genealogy Questions | Part Four

Yesterday, I shared an excerpt from the journal of Sherman Earl Moreland, a first cousin twice removed. More clearly, he’s the third child of my great-grandfather Vance Foutz’s sister, Ida, and his written remembrance of his 99 years has proven a vital key to understanding what befell our ancestors 100 and more years ago.

For starters, Sherman’s memoirs — faithfully transcribed by great-granddaughter Dawn James — have answered the riddle of how my great-great (and Dawn’s great-great-great) grandfather, Jonathan Foutz, died.

Public documents failed to disclose the why and what-after of Jonathan and wife Rebecca’s late 1800s move from Harrison County, Ohio — where two previous generations of Foutzes had settled into farming life following patriarch Michael Pfouts’s emigration from Wuerttemburg, Germany — to Washington D.C.

Jonathan’s death in September 1900, as reported in a biographical sketch of eldest son, Sherman Foutz — led in-the-dark descendants to wonder: was he already ill when he moved wife Rebecca and youngest sons Charles and Vance into Sherman’s budding household? Had the farm been lost, due to poor health or financial straits? Was his illness chronic or sudden?

Sherman Moreland’s journal at least gives the impression the move was voluntary, a product of uncle Sherman Foutz’s fruitful appointment to a U.S. Treasury Post. Uncles John, Charles and Vance had been secured jobs by their big brother, and later in the 1890s  the family returned home to the farm south of Bowerston, Ohio, so the place was apparently secure. Enough so that Sherman Moreland remembers Jonathan continuing to work it, with his young grandson trailing behind, knife in hand, ready to help wherever he might be directed.

So, it’s likely that Jonathan’s illness was sudden Much in the way second son John succumbed to tuberculosis at age 21 in 1899. Just a year and a half later, Jonathan would fall ill with Bright’s Disease — a classification doctors of the day gave to kidney inflammation. He was dead, at 55, in September 1900.

But what became of the family next? How did they come to land in Dover, Ohio in 1910 — where my grandfather, Donald Dale Foutz, and my father, Frederick Charles Foutz were born (not to mention several generations on my mother’s side), and I was raised and graduated high school? How could two youngest sons — Charles at 15, and Vance at 13 — hope to support their widowed mother?

Moreland Sherman Earl 1893-1993

Sherman Earl Moreland, 1893-1993

A Wandering Life — with Family Reconvening

The path of the Foutzes from 1900 through 1910, when the federal census records my great-great grandmother Rebecca in the household of youngest son (my great-grandfather) Vance, is rendered, in part, by the pen of Sherman Earl Moreland, then growing from a 7-year-old into a late teenage factory laborer alongside his father, Thomas.

In his first 17 years, Sherman’s family has moved from south of Bowerston, where he was born in the log cabin of Grandpaw Jonathan and grandfather Thomas Sr. served as four-time mayor; to railroad town Dennison, where Ida acquires a lot in town for the then-relatively-princely sum of $1,000 (maybe due to an inheritance after Thomas Sr.’s death; but why was the lot acquired in her name?); to a farming life outside Carrollton.

The family’s journey takes them through the corners of three Ohio counties — Harrison, Tuscarawas and Carroll — but it is to other points that Sherman’s heart returns in his memoirs, as he takes up the winding course of his extended family following the death of grandfather Jonathan (paragraph breaks are my own):

Grandmaw, Charlie, and Vance then moved to her father’s old home about three miles from Sherrodsville (Robert Caldwell had died in 1890, but mother Rachel would live to 1918, dying at 91 — Colt).  The old Caldwell farm.

Her brother, John Caldwell, lived just across the road.  Another brother George just a short distance away.  Also another sister that married Maxwell Belnap at Sherrodsville.  A sister that married a man named Bartolmia.  Another that married Lonzo Easterdy.  Still another sister I can’t recall her name, she had a boyfriend by the name of Swinehart.

Charley and Vance although quite young secured jobs at the coal shafts.  To help support their widowed mother.  Sherrodsville at that time was quite a boom town.  Wild and rough, seventeen saloons.

They later moved to Phillipsburg, a company owned mining town.  On the banks of the big McGuire Creek.  East of Sherrodsville. (In the 1930s, the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District would dam the creek, forming Leesville Lake and swallowing the site of the old town — Colt) Phillip Beamer’s wife was formerly a member of the Moreland clan.  Grandmaw Foutz lived there for some time.

Then they moved to Canal Dover.  Charley in the mean time married Rose Whilte.  Her folks also lived in Phillipsburgh.  The Whites were natives of West Virginia.  The whole White family also moved to Canal Dover.  The old man rigged up a wagon which he would park on street corners selling popcorn, candy, and what nots.

Uncle Bill and Aunt Rachel Coleman had moved from Levetsville (really, Leavittsville, another town closeby — Colt), to Phillipsburgh.  Uncle Bill, a stationary engineer, worked in one of the several large coal mines.  At that place.  Later the Colemans moved to Canal dover.

It was when these folks lived in Dover that we visited there.  I saw the first and only canal boat in my life on the canal.  The boat was pulled by a mule.  The mule travelled along a toe path beside the canal.  Uncle Bill was employed on the new river bridge that was under construction at that time.  We on that trip attended the first county fair in our lives.  The county fair at Dover.  Also about this time mother took us older children to Ringling Bro. Big Tent show at Urichsville.  We went by train.  And really had a wonderful time.

It’s a cheering thing to read of Sherman’s fond remembrance of this times, since the 1910s would turn dark for the Foutz clan.

In 1915 alone, first Rachel’s son Karl, and then Uncle Sherman Foutz would succumb to the ravages of tuberculosis. “Grandmaw” Rebecca would suffer a stroke and die in May, 1915.

Ida, in 1911, was struck with typhoid fever and suffered as a result of it for many year after, likely succumbing in 1917 from complications due to the flu, as that epidemic began to sweep the country.

In 1918, Charles, by then moved to neighboring New Philadelphia and father of four, would die of pneumonia at just 32. Rosa would remarry and move her clan to Canton.

By the 1920s, just Vance and sister Lila remained. Vance would outlive his sister (who passed away in 1936, at 66), by another 32 years. And the families grew distant, with branches in my father’s and my own generation enough removed to be ignorant entirely of our farming roots in Harrison County, and our German patriarch, Michael.

But Vance was perhaps not so distant as his new life, working the steel mills in then-booming Dover, might suggest. His 1968 funeral registry, kept these many years, first by my grandfather, Don, then by his widow, Erma, and now in the possession of my father, Fred, records the names of these stalwarts, from the old Pfouts/Foutz circle, as in attendance that September day, and signing:

Besse M. Coleman (Ida’s oldest child — Colt)

Mr. and Mrs. Roy V. Moreland (another child of Ida)

S. E. Moreland (known to you and me as… )

Sherman Moreland & Family (who sent flowers)

Stay tuned for more from Sherman E. and that precocious great-granddaughter of his — and about the turn-of-the-century Foutzes.

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Jonathan Foutz Family | Ida (Foutz) Moreland & Descendants

Ida Foutz Moreland

Ida Foutz Moreland | 1873 – 1917

As someone who grew up the oldest of four brothers… whose father was youngest of three… and now has two sons of his own…

It’s always fascinated me to think of female Foutzes out there in the world. Particularly Foutz gals who are family.

Today’s post — part 6 in a series on the family of my great-great grandparents, Jonathan Foutz and Rebecca (Caldwell) Foutz — concerns Ida, the youngest of my great-grandfather Vance Foutz’s older sisters.

What must it have been like, back on the Jonathan Foutz farmstead, to live in a house of three older sisters, three younger brothers and a likely aloof, oldest brother Sherman, a bit above and beyond it all?

Well, now I’m editorializing. But I imagine the girls, just four years apart (two years between each of them), got along. And even doted on brothers who were a good five years younger (in the case of middle siblings Ida and John) to a yawning 18 years younger (in the case of oldest sister Lila to youngest brother Vance).

Still, it seems that after the two summers all three Foutz sisters managed to get married (Lila and Ida first, in 1889, at 20 and 16, respectively; then Rachel, in 1891, also at 20), and they became mothers shortly after, some of the family connections — at least of the type that reverberate down through the generations — seemed to waver.

Too many of the Foutz siblings would die young. And for the last one left, my great-grandfather Vance, barely anyone in his immediate family got to know, and really no one remembered, his siblings or parents.

A happy quirk of modern-day genealogy research is that in the effort to solve family mysteries, you sometimes come into contact with descendants of your distant relatives. Happier still when these latter-day Foutzes have answers to your questions, and a trove of goodies — photographs, documents, stories — to share.

One connection I’ve made is to Dawn James, a descendant of Ida’s and one who is avidly on the trail of Harrison County’s first Foutzes herself. She shared the pictures in this post. And some tidbits from the diary of Sherman Moreland, one of Ida’s sons. By extension, she’s a Foutz gal, and well, to me that’s fascinating.

But now about Ida….

A Healthy Mix of Morelands – From One Big Family into Another

Ida Belle Foutz was born Sept. 27, 1873, probably on the family farm south of Bowerston. I’m not sure where the name Ida came from. Or Belle, which is how my grandma Foutz mistakenly identified Jonathan’s mother (Delilah Ann Jones) for awhile. Rebecca did have a younger sister, Isabel, born in 1862. But… who knows?

Ida was of the first generation of Foutzes in America to receive consistent, and good, schooling. All censuses she appears on record that she could read, write and speak English.

In September 1889 she was married — at 16 — to Thomas Moreland. He was seven years her senior, and fifth of 14 children born to Thomas Moreland Sr., a prominent carpenter, storekeeper and lawyer in Bowerston (and eventual 4-time mayor; from 1885-1891, and from 1894 to his death). Thomas Jr. was the grandson of William Moreland, a soldier in the War of 1812 (Battle of Baltimore) and an early settler of Jefferson and Carroll Counties. (Well, that’s what the book by Fred J. Milligan tells us, anyway….)

Ida and Thomas set about raising a large family of their own. Within 7 months of their marriage, Bessie Marie was born (April 1890). She was followed by Lloyd Charles (1891), Sherman Earl (1893), Clyde Thomas (1895), Lola Belle (1898), Roy Wilfred Vance (1899), Nancy Jane (1893), Ralph Vernon (1905), Ruth Geraldine (1907), Donald Dale (1909), and a premature daughter, Ida, who died a half hour after birth in 1912.

The family first made its home in Union Township in Tuscarawas County, west of Bowerston. The Ohio Democrat of Jan. 17, 1895 records the transfer of the east 1/2 of Lot 3 in Dennison from C.V. McClusky to Ida B. Moreland for $1,000 — a significant sum in those days, brought into significant contrast by the other purchases recorded in that edition, most of which were in the $100 to $400 range.

The 1900 census finds them still living in Union Twp., in a house they rent. Thomas works as a foreman for the railroad. By 1910, they are living in Carroll County, within the Carrollton village limits. They rent this home as well, and Thomas now works as a fireman at a pottery business, along with son Sherman. The census notes that Thomas and Ida have been married 21 years, and that 9 of her 10 children are living, indicating the passing of daughter Ruth just shy of her second birthday in 1909.

Ida Foutz Moreland older

Ida Foutz Moreland, c. 1913

Growing Older, and Ida Gone Too Soon

By 1910, Ida’s oldest son, Lloyd, had gone to live with her youngest brother, Vance, in Dover. This continued a Foutz tradition — and probably a commonplace practice in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and even today — of putting up extended relatives and in-laws and even taking them into the head of household’s profession.

As far back as the 1850 and 1860 censuses, my great-great-great grandfather Gideon Pfouts is shown giving his sister Mary’s brother-in-law (or son) John Hurless a job as laborer on his farm. My great-great grandfather Jonathan got his start farming the land owned by his namesake uncle Jonathan and his aunt Elizabeth, the elder Jonathan’s sister and lifetime companion. And Lloyd, it seems, was working for the same company as his Uncle Vance, who would one day usher each of his three sons into the steel industry in Dover, Ohio.

By 1910, Thomas and Ida’s oldest, Bessie, had married Harry B. Coleman, and had a young son, Robert. I don’t know whether Harry Coleman is related to Bessie’s aunt Rachel (Foutz) Coleman’s husband, William, or if Robert ever got to know his Coleman uncles, Karl and Frank, by way of his grandmother’s sister, Rachel. The photo below, probably taken about 1913,  shows five generations. Clockwise, from left, are Bessie (Moreland) Coleman, Ida (Foutz) Moreland, Rachel (Cramblett) Caldwell, Robert Coleman and Rebecca (Caldwell) Foutz.

By the time of this photo, Ida’s features appear drawn and lined. She looks much older than her 39 or 40 years. She is only a few seasons removed from losing her final child, a daughter named Ida Bell; born at six months term, she lived for just half an hour.

Ida may already have been suffering from the ailments that will kill her. Although she becomes sick with bronchitis in November 1917, her death certificate reports declining health for three years. An autopsy conducted after her death the morning of Nov. 5 indicates the presence of pancreatic cancer, an abscess of the right kidney and gallstones, among other afflictions (the doctor’s notes are barely legible).

Following Ida’s death, Thomas is shown on the 1920 census with their three youngest children, still living in Carrollton. In 1930, Thomas is living with his youngest son, Donald Dale, and his daughter-in-law Margaret and two young grandchildren.

(One interesting side note on the name Donald Dale Moreland — this son of Ida, born 5 years before his cousin of the same name, my grandfather Donald Dale Foutz, was born to Ida’s brother Vance — is so far the only evidence I’ve turned up of this name on this side of the family. There is a Donald D. Johnson, an uncle of my grandpa Don’s eventual wife, Erma Johnson. But that’s a bit too Michael J. Fox in the DeLorean for reality. Could Vance have taken a cue from Ida? And where did Ida get the name?)

By the time of Thomas’s death in March 1949, he and Ida can count nearly 30 grandchildren, and eventually, a few dozen more great-grandchildren and further descendants, who, fortunately, we’re getting to know today. Last summer, the Morelands held their family reunion at Tuscora Park in New Philadelphia, and among the pictures and family artifacts shared were pictures of my great-great grandparents, Jonathan and Rebecca Foutz. Sharing these finds with my father this summer, it was probably the first that generation of Foutzes in my family had seen the faces of their ancestors.

And that’s one good reason why it pays to keep tabs on Foutz gals — past and present.

Five Generations Caldwell Foutz Moreland Coleman

Five generations, about 1913. Clockwise, from left: Bessie (Moreland) Coleman, Ida (Foutz) Moreland, Rachel (Cramblett) Caldwell, Robert Coleman, Rebecca (Caldwell) Foutz.

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Jonathan Foutz Family | Lila (Foutz) Hatheway & Descendants

Delilah Ann Foutz Hatheway

Lila (Foutz) Hatheway | 1869-1936

This is the fourth post in a series exploring the family of my great-great grandparents, Jonathan and Rebecca Foutz.

The first post discussed the life of Jonathan Foutz, including his birth and early life as a farmer in Harrison County, Ohio, and the still-unknown circumstances surrounding his early death in 1900 at age 55.

The second post shared the story of Rebecca Caldwell‘s childhood in Bowerston and Sherrodsville, Ohio, and caught up with her again following her husband’s death as she lived her remaining years in the home of her youngest son, my great-grandfather Vance Cleveland Foutz, in Canal Dover.

Third in this series was an exploration of the prominent life, tragic death and remaining mysteries of Jonathan and Rebecca’s oldest child, my great-great uncle, Sherman S. Foutz, and his descendants, known and unknown.

Now, we pick up the thread again with Jonathan and Rebecca’s oldest daughter, Lila.

Whereas the spelling of my surname would change throughout the 1800s, from Pfouts to Pfoutz to Fouts and, finally, Foutz — my first ancestors liked to keep it simple when it came to the given names they chose for their children. Uncles, nieces, aunts, grandfathers, grandmothers, nephews, sons, daughters — many could be counted on to share the same Michael, Catherine, John, Jacob, Mary, Elizabeth, Tabitha and Jonathan, etc.  But I haven’t uncovered any evidence — so far — of a Sherman Foutz before my great-great grandparents bestowed it upon their oldest, in 1867. Maybe it was an honorific inspired by the exploits of that great (and terrible) Civil War general.

But the origins of the name they chose for their second child are easy. To the baby born July 24, 1869, near Bowerston, Ohio, was given the name Delilah Ann, after Jonathan’s mother, Delilah Ann Jones. But throughout her life, she would go by Lila.

Birth, Marriage & Motherhood Within a Dozen Miles

Unlike previous generations of farming Foutzes, Lila attended school and learned to read and write at an early age. But I don’t know whether she received any of the advanced schooling her older brother Sherman did.

She became a wife at 21, marrying Samuel George Hatheway Aug. 12, 1889. Sam came from another prominent farming family in the area. His mother, Mary Mahala Fisher’s family were among the early settlers of Harrison County and had farmed near Bowerston for 80 years.

The Hatheways settled near Dennison, west of Tunnel Hill and Bowerston. Their first child, Gertie Belle, born on New Year’s Eve, 1889, died before she reached 6 months. But 6 of their 7 succeeding children would live into adulthood:

* Nellie Jane, born March 1891, would marry Jesse Loren Heavlin in August 1909. They had at least one son, Gilbert. She died in Feb. 1961, at 69.

* Twins James Earl and Frank Merle were born Jan. 21, 1894. James died before his 8th birthday. Frank married Edna Mae Smith in 1918. They lived in Loudonville, Ohio, in Ashland County, before Frank (and maybe both of them) were living at home again in Dennison with his father. I haven’t found any record of children. He died June 23, 1963, also at 69.

* Albert Alonzo “Bob” Hatheway, born October 1897. Married Helen Rectanis. Kids include Helen and Richard. Died March 31, 1955 at age 57 in Scio, Ohio.

* Erma Grace, born March 1899. First marriage to Joseph Healea, in 1897 or 1898. They had at least one child, Mary Ruth, who may not have survived past infancy. The two appear to have been divorced by 1930, and Erma later marries Grover Waldo Johnson. They make their home in Columbus, Ohio for a time, but die within a month of each other in 1984, back home in Tuscarawas County; Erma goes first, in October.

* Herbert Ross, born Nov. 1904. Married Edith Lois Host, Feb. 3, 1921. They had at least five children — Helen (Palmer), Merle Gene, Norma (Page), Donna (Quillen) and Richard — and at the time of his death, in January 1980 at 75, his obituary listed 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He lived his entire life in Dennison.

* Mildred May, born March 1907. Married Ray Byron Gibson Oct. 15, 1924. Lived in Scio, Ohio. Had at least two children — Jack and Betty are listed in the 1930 census. Died Nov. 26, 1994 at age 87.

Sam also made his living as a farmer, and survived his wife by 13 years. Lila may have been in Columbus visiting her daughter Erma and son-in-law Waldo Johnson in June 1936, but she had been sick for several weeks prior. According to her death record, she was treated and operated on in Grant Hospital in Columbus. The cause of death was pneumonia, but the doctor’s (illegible) writing reports something uncovered by the operation that was found to be benign, but that Lila had suffered from for almost three weeks.

She was buried in Tunnel Hill Cemetery, just west of Bowerston.

Sam Hatheway Lila Foutz gravestone Tunnel Hill Cemetery

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