Gravemarker of Christian Stoner 1811 - 1892
Gravemarker for Christian Stoner 1811 - 1892

Christian Stoner
Son of Abraham Stoner and Mary Sherrick

b. 15 Sep 1811, East Huntingdon Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA
d. 16 Jan 1892 Stonerville Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA

m.(1) 7 May 1835 Westmoreland Co., PA
Sarah Overholt
b. 9 Jan 1815 Westmoreland Co., PA
d. 30 Jun 1837 Alverton Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA
Daughter of: Christian Overholt and Elizabeth Stauffer

Children:
1. Martin O Stoner (1836 - 1911)
2. Elizabeth Stoner (1837 - 1935)

m.(2) 4 Feb 1838 Westmoreland Co., PA
Sarah Fulkerth
b. 5 Jan 1820 Westmoreland Co., PA
d. 11 Apr 1848
Daughter of: Joseph Fulkerth and Esther Stauffer

3. Esther Stoner (1838 - 1849) 
4. Isaac O. F. Stoner (1842 - 1906)

5. Aaron F. Stoner (1844 - 1931)
6. Sarah Stoner (1846 - unk)
7. Anna Elizabeth Stoner (1847 - 1928)

m.(3) 11 Nov 1849 Westmoreland Co., PA
Margaret Fisher
b. 15 May 1823 Westmoreland Co., PA
d. 27 Mar 1890 Westmoreland Co., PA
Daughter of:

8. Mary Stoner (1849 - 1850)
9. John P Stoner
b. abt 1848 Westmoreland Co., PA m. Mary Ellender Riley
10. Abram Stoner 
b. abt 1849 m. Mary Catherine Weaver
25. Martha Stoner (1857 - 1930)
11. Henry Stoner  b. abt 1853 Westmoreland Co., PA
12. Christian F Stoner b. abt 1855 m. Mary M Aubley
13. Henrietta Stoner (1867 - 1945)
14. James M. Stoner  b. 1859 d. 1926 m. Martha J. Ruth b. 1860 d. 1935

Westmoreland Twp., PA 1867The history of the Stoner family is significant to the town of Alverton. An ancestor of the Stoner family in this county came from Switzerland in the middle of the last century, landed at Philadelphia, and settled in Chester County. He subsequently removed to Morrison's Cove, in Bedford County. His son Christian, [Christian's grandfather - Christian Stoner (1757-1814) and Barbara Shenk (1759-1816)] born in Chester County, came to East Huntingdon township in 1799 from Bedford County, where he had lived several years. Here, near Stonersville, he purchased five hundred acres of land, now in four farms. Tobias Landis now lives on the old Stoner homestead, the other three parts being owned by the grandsons of Christian, viz.: Adam Stoner, Christian Stoner, and Solomon B. Stoner, there being a few small subdivisions besides.1 The area where the Stoner family lived was called the Stoner settlement and Stonerville became the name of the town nearby.

Our person of interest in this family page, Christian Stoner was the first person to erect a sawmill at the site of Stonerville. He also had a cabinet maker's shop, in which craft he was skilled. He is said to have been the first undertaker in the township. Skill in cabinetmaking in those days carried with it the business of constructing coffins and of burying the dead. Stonerville was later renamed Alverton. It is possible that some of the earliest inhabitants of the Alverton Cemetery were fitted in coffins fashioned by Christian Stoner, and then were buried by him.

Christian Stoner was born 15 Sep 1811 in East Huntingdon Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA to Abraham Stoner (1788-1863) and Mary (Sherrick) Stoner (1791-1851). He spent his life in the home where he was born, married, raised many children, was a cabinet maker and undertaker, farmer, and a man involved in his church and community. He was a successful cabinet-maker and coffin maker for 35 years, as well as deacon in the Menonite church for the last thirty years of his life.

Christian Stoner married first, Sarah Overholt on 4 Feb 1838 in Westmoreland Co., PA. Sarah was born in Alverton on 9 Jan 1815 in Westmoreland County, PA to Christian Overholt (1786-1868) and Elizabeth Stauffer (1794-1887). Sarah's father Christian Overholt was the brother of the prominent businessman, Abraham Overholt. The Overholt family first settled in Bucks County, PA, when in 1810 Abraham and his brother Christian Overholt (Sarah's father) purchased the homestead farm, and a couple of years later Abraham bought his brother's (Christian's) interest in the farm comprising 150 acres at $50 per acre, a price then ragrded as high. The purchase included a log distillery having the capacity of 3 or 4 bushels of grain per day. Abraham Overholt became a well-known distiller of rye-whiskey that is still in business today.

Christian Stoner and his wife Sarah had two children, Martin and Elizabeth then Sarah passed away. Christian took for his second wife on 4 Feb 1838, Sarah Fulkreth, daughter of Joseph Fulkreth and Esther Stauffer. Sarah's father, Joseph was was born in Maryland in 1792. By 1850, Joseph along with his wife Esther and five of their thirteen children are living in Westmoreland Co., PA. He was a German Baptist and a farmer. Joseph Fulkerth died in Westmoreland Co., PA 20 Jan 1852 and is buried in Alverton, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

Christian Stoner and his new wife Sarah (Fulkreth) have 5 children: Esther, Isaac, Aaron, Anna, and Sarah and are married for ten years when in 1848, Sarah passes away. She is laid to rest in the Alverton Cemetery in Westmoreland County, PA.

Christian then takes for his third wife, Margaret Fisher. They are married on 11 Nov 1849 in Westmoreland County, PA. They have eight children together: Mary, John P., Abram, Martha, Henry, Christian F., Henrietta, and James F. Stoner. They live together for many years. Margaret then passes away in 1890 at 67 years old. Two years later, Christian passes away at the age of 80 years 4 moths and 1 day old.

On his way to Scottdale one afternoon with his youngest daughter, Henrietta, he had a sleigh accident where the sleigh tipped. He took ill and passed away a few days later on 16 Jan 1892, presumably from his injuries. 15 children, 50 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren survive him. Christian Stoner was laid to rest alongside his wives in Alverton Cemetery in Alverton, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.

Westmoreland Twp., PA 1867Obituary for Christian Stoner
Herald Of Truth , Vol. XXIX, No. 5, March 1, 1892 page 77, 78, 79
STONER.--On the 16th of January, 1892, near Stonerville, Pa., Bro. Christian Stoner, aged 80 years, 4 months and 1 day. Just one week before his death he and his youngest daughter went to Scottsdale in a sleigh, and before reaching the public road the sleigh upset. He said he did not hurt himself, nor felt any worse for it. After arriving at the home of another daughter in Scottsdale, and conversing freely for a little while he attended to some business and then returned home, still not complaining. He retired in the evening as usual; but commenced vomiting before midnight. In the morning he arose, but not making any effort to get ready for breakfast, his daughter asked him why he did not do so, when he answered, "I do not want anything as I have been sick nearly all the night." She urged that he should drink some warm coffee, which he did, and then returned to his bed. They sent for the family physician, who, after making an examination, stated there was serious trouble. On Monday and Tuesday he lay in a semi-conscious condition. On Wednesday morning he appeared brighter and conversed freely during the day, but on Thursday night he fell into a stupor and continued so until the day of his death, when he calmly fell asleep in Jesus. "Blessed sleep from which none ever wake to weep."

He was born and lived in the home where he died. He was married to Sarah Overholt. To them were born two children, who are still living. The mother dying, he married Sara Fulkrath [sic]; to them were born five children, three of whom are still living. The mother being again called away by death, he married Margaret Fisher, with whom he lived happily for nearly 40 years. To them were born eight children, five sons and three daughters, one son dying when young. There were 15 children, 50 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. His last companion preceded him to the better world nearly two years. Bro. Stoner was always and honest and upright man. He united with the Mennonite church in early life and remained a consistent member to the end. He served in the capacity of deacon for the last thirty years or more. He engaged in the undertaking business about 40 years ago and continued in the same about 35 years, laying to rest nearly 1,000 persons of all ages. Buried on the 18th at Stonerville. Services conducted by Pre. Jno. N. Durr, assisted by Pre. Mickley, of the Reformed church, from 2 Tim. 4:6-8.

"Dearest father, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But ëtis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.

Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the days of life are fled;
There in heaven with joy to greet thee
Where no farewell tears are shed.

Christian & Sarah (Overholt) Stoner's Daughter:

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Stoner

b. 11 Jun 1837 Westmoreland Co., PA
d. 11 Aug 1935 North Baltimore Twp., Wood Co., OH
Married: 6 Sep 1860
John Haen
b. 30 Dec 1836 Germany
d. 3 Apr 1915 North Baltimore Twp., Wood Co., OH
Son of:

Children:
1. George S. Haen b. 7 Aug 1861 m. Ada Rodgers
2. Alice S. Haen b. 25 Dec. 1864 m. Charles A. Fry
3. Irvin S. Haen b. 13 May 13 1867 d. 10 Feb 1890

Elizabeth Stoner married John Haen in 1860 and settled in North Baltimore Township, Wood County, Ohio. John was a farmer and active in his community. He was one of the founding members of the IOOF (Independent Order of Odd Fellows) in North Baltimore. Lizzie (ret) and her son, George Haen are listed in the 1916 Farmer's Directory of the Farm Journal and Rural Directory of Wood Co., OH.

"The I. O. O. F.,  Rocky Ford Lodge, No. 647, was the first secret society organized in North Baltimore or Henry township. It was instituted in July, 1870, and on March 29, 1879, was consolidated with Hayward lodge, of Van Buren. The lodge is called Hayward now; its number is 333, and it has seventy-six members. The charter members were: Allen Dorsey, Daniel Frick, John Haen, Lloyd Weisel, Edward Zarbaugh, William Campbell, Henry Campbell, E. W. Poe, J. W. Tarr, F. Goldner, L. D. Arnold, Jeff Richcreek, J. C. Shaffer, J. Salsbury, J. W. Bushong, Jacob Light, Michael Henning, Reuben Shoemaker, E. F. Rogers, G. W. Trout, Joseph Magrum, J. W. Coleman, T. C. Poe. The first noble grand was Jeff Richcreek, and the first permanent secretary, James Porter. In 1895 F. H. Braymer was noble grand."

Christian & Sarah (Fulkerth) Stoner's Daughters:

Esther Stoner

b. 1838
d. 1849

Esther died young, at only 11 years old.

Anna Elizabeth Stoner

b. 5 Feb 1847 Westmoreland Co., PA
d. 27 Jun 1928, Merced Co., CA

Married: 28 Dec 1871, Westmoreland Co., PA
William Luther Weaver
b. 15 Jan 1847 Westmoreland Co., PA

d. 30 Apr 1907, Merced Co., CA
Son of: Henry Weaver and Catherine Pool

Children:
1. Charles Henry Weaver b. 12 Jan 1873 CA d. 1951
2. Elma Weaver b. 19 Aug 1874 CA
3. Sarah "Sadie" Weaver b. 28 Aug 1876 CA
4. Christian S. Weaver b. 28 Oct 1878 CA
5. Robert Stoner Weaver b. 19 Dec 1880 CA d. 1963
6. Mollie Rose Weaver b. 1 Dec 1882 CA
7. Nettie M. Weaver b. 1885 d. 1926
8. Alvin Ellsworth Weaver b. 13 Sep 1891
9. Margaret A. Weaver b. 5 Apr 1889 CA

Weaver Family Genealogy online

William Weaver and Anna (Stoner) familyAnna Elizabeth Stoner and William Luther Weaver married Dec. 28, 1871 in Westmoreland County, PA. They moved to California and settled in Merced County near Livingston in 1875. William engaged in farming and moved to to Merced around 1902. They had 9 children together and were married for 36 years when William was killed by a train at Huffman Ave crossing of the Southern Pacific Railroad. He was buried in Merced Cemetery in Merced, Merced County California. Plot: Masonic Section, Weaver Plot. Twenty-one years later, his widow Anna (Stoner) Weaver passed away. She is buried next to William in the Merced Cemetery.

Sources:
- Information from family bible provided by Norman Stockbridge, descendant of Henry Weaver through Mollie R. Weaver
- William Weaver Obituary
- Merced Cemetery

Gravemarker for William Luther Weaver
Gravemarker for Anna Elizabeth (Stoner) Weaver

Sarah Stoner

b. abt 1846 Westmoreland Co., PA
d.

Married:
Ira Cleaver
b.
d.
Son of:

 

Christian & Margaret (Fisher) Stoner's Daughters:

Mary Stoner

b. 1847
d. 1848

Infant Mary Stoner died at the age of 1.

Martha Stoner

b. 23 Feb 1857 Westmoreland Co., PA
d. 12 May 1930 Scottdale, Westmoreland Co., PA

Married: 10 Oct 1878 in Scottdale, E. Huntingdon Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA
Joseph R. Loucks
b. 10 Jul 1855 Scottdale, E. Huntingdon Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA
d. 19 Oct 1926 Scottdale, E. Huntingdon Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA
Son of: Jacob Stauffer Loucks and Mary Saylor

Children:
1. Homer S. Loucks b: 20 Jul 1879 Scottdale, E. Huntingdon Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA
2. Minnie E. Loucks b: 7 Aug 1881
3. Mary A. Loucks b:8 Jul 1883
4. Maggie C. Loucks (twin) b. 8 Jul 1883
5. Florence M. Loucks b. 22 Jul 1885
6. Lawrence Loucks b. 31 May 1887 d. Sep 1887
7. Christian Jacob Loucks b. 23 Aug 1888
8. Etta E. Loucks b. 18 Nov 1890
9. Cecil P. Loucks b. 1 May 1893
10. Pauline Loucks b. 17 Mar 1895
11. May Loucks 19 May 1898
12. Clara Loucks b. abt 1899
13. Harry Loucks b. abt 1900

Gravemarker for Martha (Stoner) Loucks

SCOTTDALE, May 13 - Mrs. Martha Stoner Loucks, 73 years, two months and 19 days of age, widow of Joseph R. Loucks, died Monday evening at 7:30 o'clock at her home at 304 Sourth Broadway. She had been ill for some time.

Mrs. Loucks was a life-long member of Trinity Reformed Church. She is survived by three sons and eight daughters: Homer, C.J. and Cecil Loucks of Scottdale, Misses Minnie, Florence, Pauline and Mae Loucks at home, Mrs. George E. Brant of Hammond, Ind., Mrs. L.K. Medsgar and Mrs. Charles A. Boyd of Scottdale and Mrs. W.S. Werry of Indiana, Pa.; 22 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. There are also the following brothers ans sisters. John P. Stoner and Aaron Stoner of Scottdale, Christ Stoner of Dacoma, Okla., Mrs Sarah V. Cleaver of Brownsville, Mrs. J.M. Swisher of Hodgekiss, Colo.; and Mrs. Lizzie O. Hains of North Baltimore, Ohio

From "Bill Loucks Family History", Joseph R. Loucks was a baker, a grocer, and a Mennonite. Joseph and his brother Aaron were the only young people to join the Westmoreland congregation at the beginning of the 18?2-1840 revival. In their parents home in Scottdale on Jul 22, 1893 it was decided to build a meetinghouse on the corner of Grove and Market Streets on a site donated by Jacob S. Loucks from his farm and a 34 by 50 foot building was erected where, on Jan 21, 1894 John Loucks, Cora Loucks and Ada Loucks were admitted through baptism, and Aaron Loucks by letter from the United Brethren in Christ.

Gravemarker for Joseph R. Loucks

Loucks.-Joseph R. Loucks, oldest son of Jacob S. and Mary Saylor Loucks, and brother of Aaron Loucks, Gen. Mgr. of the Mennonite Publishing House, was born July 10, 1855; died at his home in Scottdale, Pa., Oct. 19, 1926; aged 71y. 3m. 9d. He was confined to his bed over four months on account of an attack of paralysis. He was married 48 years ago to Martha Stoner, daughter of deacon Christian Stoner. He is survived by his widow, 10 children, 23 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 6 brothers, and 2 sisters. He united with the Mennonite Church in 1880 and was ordained a deacon in May, 1892. He served in this capacity until he was disabled through his affliction. Funeral services were held at his late residence on Oct. 22 at 2:30 P. M., conducted by J. A. Ressler who was assisted by J. A. Brillhart of the Mennonite Church and A. S. Lenhart of the Reformed Church. Interment was made in the Scottdale cemetery.

 

 

 

Sources:
- Bill Loucks Family History
- Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Martin Oberholtzer
- Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Jacob Beidler, 1903
- The Daily Courier, Connellsville, Pa May 13, 1930
- The Daily Courier, Connellsville, Pa October 20, 1926

Henrietta Stoner

b. 12 Feb 1867 Westmoreland Co., PA
d. 25 May 1945 in Hotchkiss, Delta Co., CO

Married: 11 Feb 1896 Scottdale, Westmoreland Co., PA
Joseph McClelland Swisher
b. 4 Jul 1861 Palentine, Marion Co., VA
d. 5 Oct 1931 in Salida, Chaffee Co., CO
Son of: Alpheus Swisher and Elizabeth Abigail Vangilder

Children:
1. Paul Wilbert Swisher b. 8 Sep 1897 PA d. 29 Dec 1971 CO
2. Margaret Catherine Swisher b. 26 Jun 1899 WV d. 23 Jun 1979 CO
3. Edith Swisher b. 23 Oct 1901 WV
4. Carl Abraham Swisher b. 4 Sep 1904 WV
5. Charles Edward Swisher b. 9 Dec 1906 WV

 

Swisher Family Reunion ca. 1955

From "More Swisher History by James Jefferson Swisher"
In 1955 James Jefferson Swisher took a trip to gather data on the Swishers for his history. There were two brothers, First Cousins of J.J. Sam and Maltby Croft. Their grandparents were Joseph and Sarah Morgan Swisher. Their parents were, Thomas and Salinda Swisher Croft. Thomas Croft died and Salinda married Charles Lafferty and moved to Illinois with her two sons Sam and Maltby. Mr. and Mrs. Maltby Croft (both dead) lived at Anderson, Missouri. Mr. and Mrs. Sam Croft (both dead) had a daughter who married Mr. O. E. Gross, and they live at Parsons, Kansas. Her name is Adele Croft GGross. It was the Gross Family that J. J. visited. Then J. J. went on to Hotchkiss, Colorado and visited the descendents of Joseph and Henrietta Stoner Swisher. Dan and Edith Swisher McIntyre had all of the family up at their sheep ranch for a family reunion. Mattie Mae Swisher from Amerilla, Texas was also there.

Henrietta Stoner and Joseph M. Swisher were married in Scottdale, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania where they had their first child, Paul Swisher. By 1899 and the birth of their second child, Margaret, they had moved to Marshall County, West Virginia. They settled in Franks Run, West Virginia through 1906. It was after 1910 that the family moved to finally settle in Hotchkiss, Colorado.

From a recounting of his travels by a relative of James Jefferson Swisher, "Joseph McClelland Swisher seems to be the First in the Family in which the Allergies changed his life. He was a farmer early in life then he worked in the Oil Fields in West Virginia, Doddridge County, for The South Penn Oil Company. He operated the wells himself and was very successful. He also worked in Pennsylvania and in 1896 married Etta Stoner of Scottdale, Pa. Joseph's brother, James Jefferson was Best Man at the Wedding. Joseph and Etta's first child was born in Scottdale, Pa. By 1899, Joseph had moved to Moundsville, West Virginia, USA where Margaret Catherine was born. In 1901, Joseph and his family were living at Franks Run, West Virginia, USA. There were two children born there, Edith and Carl. Sometime after that Joseph moved with his family to Parkersburg, West Virginia, USA. The fifth and last child was born there, Charles Edward.

By 1910 Joseph's asthma had become much worse and the Doctor's said if he wanted to live he had better move West. Joseph and his family moved to Colorado sometime after 1910. He started in the Sheep Ranching business, making his home in Hotchkiss, Colorado. Joseph purchased several hundred acres of land and homesteaded several hundred acres halfway up in the mountains. He rented pasture land from the Government on top of a mountain. He would keep his sheep near Hotchkiss in the lowlands in Winter, then move them halfway up the mountain in the Spring, and when the snows had melted, he would move them to the top of the mountain. He paid the Government five cents per head, per year for the pasture. He had 3000 old sheep. He shipped his own lambs each year to Kansas City, Missouri, and sold them, saving the middleman's commission. He said one shipment of lambs netted him $6,900.00. When Joseph, Etta and children moved to Parkersburg, they lived next door to J. J. Swisher."

Gravemarker for Joseph McClelland Swisher and (Henrietta Stoner) Swisher
Joseph McClelland Swisher and his wife, Henrietta (Stoner) Swisher are buried in Riverside Cemetery, Hotchkiss, Delta Co., CO

Sources:
- Descendants of Morgan Morgan
- The Joseph McClelland Swisher Connection
- More Swisher History by James Jefferson Swisher

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Source Documents and Photos

- Alverton Cemetery, Alverton, PA by K. R. Overholt Critchfield 2006
- History of the County of Westmoreland, Pennsylvania 1882
- Herald Of Truth , Vol. XXIX, No. 5, March 1, 1892 page 77, 78, 79
- "A Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Jacob Beidler of Lower Milford Township, Bucks Co., Pa." by A.J. Fretz 1903
- Commemorative Historical and Biographical Record of Wood County, Ohio Published in 1897
- Bill Loucks Family History
- Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Martin Oberholtzer
- Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Jacob Beidler, 1903
- The Daily Courier, Connellsville, Pa May 13, 1930
- The Daily Courier, Connellsville, Pa October 20, 1926
- Information from family bible provided by Norman Stockbridge, descendant of Henry Weaver through Mollie R. Weaver
- William Weaver Obituary
- Merced Cemetery


Footnotes

1. History of the County of Westmoreland, Pennsylvania 1882
2. From the Alverton Cemetery, Alverton, PA by K. R. Overholt Critchfield 2006
3. Along the Banks of Jacobs Creek by Winifred Paul 2004
4. History of the Mennonites in Westmoreland County, by Edward Yoder c. 1942
5. Herald Of Truth , Vol. XXIX, No. 5, March 1, 1892 page 77, 78, 79


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