Gravemarker of
Gravemarker for Abraham Stoner 1788 - 1863

Abraham Stoner - Family Index
Son of Christian Stoner and Barbara Shank

b. 1 Nov 1788 Ayr Twp., Bedford Co., PA
d. 24 Jun 1863 East Huntingdon Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA

m.
Mary Sherrick
b. 14 Dec 1791 in Tyrone Twp., Blair Co., PA
d. 11 Oct 1851 in East Huntingdon Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA
Daughter of: Joseph Sherrick and Anna Musser

Children:
1. Christian Stoner (1811 - 1892)
2. Anna Stoner (1813 - 1878)
3. Jacob Stoner (1814 - 1862)
4. Joseph S. Stoner (1816 - 1891)
5. Catherine Stoner (1817 - 1818)
6. Abraham Stoner (1818 - 1891)
7. Mary Stoner (1820 - 1891)
8. Barbara Stoner (1821 - 1865)
9. Henry Samuel Stoner (1823 - 1900)
10. David Sherrick Stoner (1825 - 1903)
11. Susannah Stoner (1827 - 1835)
12. Sarah Stoner (1830 - 1905)
13. Magdalena Stoner (1831 - 1914)

Gravemarker of Mary Sherrick StonerAbraham Stoner was born 1 Nov 1788 in Ayr Twp., Bedford Co., PA, and died 24 Jun 1863 in East Huntingdon Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA. He was the son of Christian Stoner and Barbara Shank. His wife, Mary Sherrick was born 14 Dec 1791 in Tyrone Twp., Blair Co., PA and died 11 Oct 1851 in East Huntingdon Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA. She was the daughter of Joseph Sherrick and Anna Musser.

Abraham's father, Christian Stoner, came to East Huntington Township, Westmoreland County with his family in 1799 from Bedford Countywhere he purchased 500 acres of land1. Christian was a farmer and a cabinet maker.

Abraham Stoner married Mary Sherrick, daughter of Joseph Sherrick, a Mennonite Preacher of the area. Joseph Sherrick was born in Switzerland, December 25, 1757. He was the eldest of five sons, who came to America with their father (a widower) in 1765. He first located in Lancaster county, and in 1790 moved to Westmoreland county. His death occurred December 21, 1811. Among the first Mennonite people in this area were the Stauffers and Sherricks, who came here from Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, in 1790. The Louckses and Frettses followed in 1800, from Bucks county. Other families who came with these and later on are the Tinsmans, Overholts, Stoners, Funks, Rists, Rosenbergers, Strohms, Dillingers, Foxes, Shellenbergers, Basslers, Stricklers, Ruths, Myers, Durstines, Lanes, Shupes, Mumaws, Shellys, Bares, Landises, and Bachtels.

Of the early congregational worship of these settlers, little is known. During the first few years they evidently held their services in the homes. Just when the congregation was organized cannot be learned. The first meeting house, a log structure, was built near Pennsville, Fayette county, about the year 1800. A few years later a log meeting house was built near Stonerville (now Alverton), Westmoreland county. The Stonerville church was replaced by a brick building in 1841, and also the Pennsville church in 1852. Neither of these buildings are now standing. Though there were two places of worship, the church existed as a single congregation, services being held every two weeks at each place. The first ministers of this congregation were Abram Stauffer, Joseph Sherrick, and David Funk.1

Abraham died without having a written will, so upon his death the court determined how his property should be divided amongst his descendants.

November Term A D 1863

To the Honorable the Judges of the Orphans Court of the County of Westmoreland

The petition of Joseph Stoner of East Huntingdon Township in the County of Westmoreland one of children and lineal descendants of Abraham Stoner late of East Huntingdon Township deceased. Respectfully Represents that Abraham Stoner died on the 24th day of June A D 1863 intestate leaving issue as follows 1 Christian who resides in Westmoreland County 2 Anna married to Peter Freed who resides in Fayette County 3 Jacob being now dead having died on the 31st day of November A D 1862 leaving the following children 1 Hannah 2 Mary 3 Susan 4 Abraham 5 Jonas 6 Peter 7 George 8 Nancy 9 John 10 Christian 11 Martin of whom the last named are minors and have no Guardian all of whom reside in Williams County Ohio 4 Joseph who resides in Westmoreland County 5 Abraham who resides in Wayne County Ohio 6 Mary married to Abraham O Overholt who resides in Westmoreland County 7 Barbara married to Joseph Hixon who reside in Westmoreland County 8 Henry S who resides in Westmoreland County 9 David who resides in Westmoreland County 10 Sarah who resides in Westmoreland County 11 Magdalena married to David Love who resides in Westmoreland County.

That said Decedent Abraham Stoner died [owning] a certain tract of land situate in East Huntingdon Township said County adjoining lands of John Stoner, Henry Fox, Abraham Ruth, and Christian Funk containing one hundred and twelve acres and three perches strict measure having a two story stone house and large bank barn with other out buildings thereon erected. Also a tenant house with other out buildings.

Abraham Stoner is buried along with his wife, Mary at the Alverton Cemetery in Alverton Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA
Gravemarker plaque of  Abraham Stoner
Plaque for Abraham's gravemarker that reads,
"Abraham Stoner
Nov. 1, 1788
June 24, 1863
JHS 1979"
Gravemarker plaque of Mary Sherrick Stoner
Plaque for Mary's gravemarker that reads,
"Mary Sherrick Stoner
Nov. 1791
Oct. 11, 1857
Wife of Abraham"
JHS 1979"

Abraham & Mary Stoner's Daughters:

Anna Stoner

b. 16 Jan 1813 E. Huntington Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA
d. 18 Oct 1878 Fayette Co., PA
Married:
Peter Freed
b. 1812 Fayette Co., PA
d. 27 Jun 1861 PA
Son of: Henry Freed and Barbara Newcomer

Children:
1. Henry S Freed
2. Martha Freed
3. Mary Freed
4. Elizabeth Freed
5. Joseph Freed

 

Catherine Stoner

b. Dec 1817 Westmoreland Co., PA
d. Jan 1818 Westmoreland Co., PA

 

 

Mary Stoner

b. 25 Mar 1820 E. Huntingdon Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA
d. 6 Sep 1891 E. Huntingdon Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA
m. 25 Mar 1847 Westmoreland Co., PA
Abraham O. Overholt
b. 12 Jul 1811
d. 24 Apr 1893 E. Huntingdon Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA
Son of:
Martin Overholt and Catherine _____

Children:
1. Annie S. Overholt
2. John S. (Jacob) Overholt
3. Susanna S. Overholt b. abt 1849 Westmoreland Co., PA

 

Abraham "Abram" O. Overholt (1811-1893) was the son of weaver Martin Overholt (1772-1835) [son of Henry Oberholtzer (1739-1813) and Anna Beitler(1745-1835)] and Catherine Overholt (1781-1866). His mother, Catherine Overholt, was from eastern Pennsylvania, and not closely related to the branch in West Overton. Abram's wife, Mary Stoner (1820-1891), was the daughter of Abraham Stoner (1788-1863) and Mary Sherrick (1791-1851).

Abram was described as "a faithful supporter of the Mennonite congregation and active as a song leader. He died the year the church in Scottdale was built and his daughter was a charter member there." When she died, Mary was 71 years old. Less than two years later, Abram was buried by her side; he was 81. Abram and Mary had three children.2

Abraham and Mary (Stoner) Overholt are buried at the Alverton Cemetery in Alverton Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA

Gravemarker of Mary Stoner Overholt
"Our Mother"
Mary Overholt
Gravemarker Abraham Overholt
"Our Father"
Abraham O. Overholt

Barbara Stoner

b. 7 Oct 1821 E. Huntingdon Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA
d. 29 Jun 1865 Westmoreland Co., PA
m. 1 Jun 1857 E. Huntingdon Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA
Joseph M. Hixson
b. 15 Mar 1825 S. Huntington Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA
d. 15 Oct 1911 Scottdale, Westmoreland Co., PA
Son of: Moses Hixson (1793-1878) and Bridget Dugan (1802-1885)

Children:
1. Amanda Hixson
2. James Hixson
3. George Stoner Hixson b. 17 Oct 1858 PA

Joseph Hixson, was married first to Anna Dillinger (daughter of Samuel Dillinger 1810-1889 and Sarah Loucks 1808-1898), whose marriage ended upon her death a little more than a year after they were married. Joseph and Anna had no children. A. J. Fretz mistakenly misspells his surname, so that Joseph is listed as "Hecksor" and his younger borther Moses is listed as "Hickson."2

After the death of his first wife, he married Barbara Stoner and had three children.

Upon Barbara's death in 1865, Joseph then married Barbara's younger sister, Sarah Stoner and had two daughters.

Gravemarker for Barbara (Stoner) Hixson

Joseph Hixson is buried with his wives in the Alverton Cemetery, Alverton Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA

Susannah Stoner

b. 20 Jan 1827 E. Huntington Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA
d. 16 Mar 1835 PA
Susannah Stoner passed away at the young age of 8 years old.

Sarah Stoner

b. 18 Feb 1830 E. Huntington Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA
d. 13 Sep 1905 Westmoreland Co., PA
m. abt. 1866
Joseph M. Hixson
b. 15 Mar 1825 S. Huntington Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA
d. 15 Oct 1911 Scottdale, Westmoreland Co., PA
Son of: Moses Hixson (1793-1878) and Bridget Dugan (1802-1885)

Children:
1. Effie Hixson
2. Emma Hixson b. Jan 1867

Joseph M. Hixson marrried Sarah Stoner after her sister, Barbara's death in 1865. They had two daughters together. Joseph Hixson is buried with his wives in the Alverton Cemetery, Alverton Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA

Gravemarker forJoseph Hixson, Annie (Dillinger), Barbara (Stoner) and Sarah (Stoner)

Magdalena Stoner

b. 9 Nov 1831 E. Huntington Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA
d. 15 Nov 1914
m. 27 Jan 1859
David S. Love
b. 1836
d. 1916
Son of:
 

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Source Documents and Photos

- 1790 US Federal Census, Pennsylvania

- Alverton Cemetery, Alverton, PA by K. R. Overholt Critchfield 2006
- History of the County of Westmoreland, Pennsylvania 1882

- Transcription of Probate Documents of Abraham Stoner provided by Jane Spencer

Footnotes

1. History of the County of Westmoreland, Pennsylvania 1882
2. From the Alverton Cemetery, Alverton, PA by K. R. Overholt Critchfield 2006


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