Levi S. Stoner 1829 - 1910 gravestone
Levi S. Stoner
1829 - 1910

Levi S. Stoner - Family Index
Son of _____ Stoner and Barbara Shelly

b. 20 Apr 1829 Westmorland Co., PA
d. 21 Jun 1910 Napanee Twp., Elkhart Co., IN

m. 24 Jun 1852 Wayne Co., OH
(1) Hannah Myers
b. 9 Aug 1833 Columbiana Co., OH
d. 27 Aug 1877 Elkhart Co., IN
Daughter of: Henry B. Meyer and Mary Wisler

1. Ezri Daniel Stoner (1853 - 1918)
2. Oren Peter Stoner (1855 - 1855)
3. Calista Magdalena Stoner (1856 - 1948)
4. Mary Minerva Stoner (1859 - 1916)
5. Emaline Stoner (1861 - 1949)
6. Janette Isabel Stoner (1863 - 1870)
7. Lilliette May Stoner (1868 - 1949)
8. Alemada Alice Stoner (1870 - unk)
9. Otto Granford Stoner (1872 - before 1877)

m. 23 Jan 1879 DeKalb Co., IN
(2) Frances M. (Bachtel) Husselman
(widow of George Husselman d. 1873)
b. 1836 OH
d. 1909 DeKalb Co., IN
Daughter of: _____ Husselman and _____

No children of this marriage.


Hannah wife of Levi S. Stoner 1833 - 1877The story of Levi Stoner starts in Pennsylvania. Levi was born in 1829 to Barbara Shelly in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. We have not yet been able to ascertain exactly who Levi's father was, but a DNA test done in 2009 from one of the descendants of Levi do confirm that Levi was in fact a Stoner, not just in name, but genetically part of the Stoner family. He is related to confirmed Stoner family DNA lines. Family lore in notes left by Xoa Stoner Laughlin [granddaughter of Levi] that have been passed down is that Levi's father's name was "Abraham Stoner". To which Abraham Stoner he belongs, we do not know as Barbara Shelly never married.

Levi's mother, Barbara Shelly was born 28 Sep 1793, presumably in Pennsylvania. She gave birth to Levi in 1829 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania at the age of 35 years old. Barbara Shelly and her son Levi stayed in South Huntington Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania through 1850. Shortly thereafter, Levi and his mother Barbara travelled west. While in Ohio, Levi took a wife, Hannah Myers. They were married on June 24, 1852 in Wayne County, Ohio. Levi and his new wife Hannah along with his mother Barbara and Hannah's parents continued travelling west, and by April 1853, they all settled in Nappanee Township, DeKalb County (now Elkhart County), Indiana. In June 1853, Levi and Hannah had their first of many children.

Levi was a farmer, and active in his community and a member of the Mennonite church. In June 1886, Levi was a charter member of the Knights of Pythias, Garrett City Lodge No. 130. Life at that time in Dekalb County was hard; community gatherings were few and far between. The local conveniences were more conspicuous by their absence than otherwise, it being necessary to receive mail from Fort Wayne, and other accommodations were proportionately lacking.

The first home built in DeKalb County, Indiana.Levi and Hannah Stoner were married for 25 years before Hannah passed away from Typhoid fever in 1877. Just a few years before, on a neighboring farm, Mr. George Husselman died in the fall of 1873, and his widow afterward, Frances (Bachtel) Husselman, became the wife of Levi Stoner and lived on the home farm until her death in the fall of 1909. They did not have any children together.

Levi Stoner passed away at his graddaughter's home, Xoa (Stoner) Laughlin on 21 Jun 1910. He is buried next to his wife, Hannah in the Olive Cemetery in Wakarusa, Elkart Co., IN.

It is yet unknown who Barbara Shelly's family was; it is possible she is from the Shelly's of Buck's County, Pennsylvania. There is a Jacob Shelly family in Westmoreland County in the 1830 census, but we don't know the relationship to Barbara. Stories passed down through the family suggest that Barbara Shelly was a weaver, moving from household to household, sometimes staying several months at one place, weaving for all the family wool and flax grown on the homestead.

Xoa Stoner Laughlin (granddaughter of Levi Stoner) wrote to her daughter that Levi Stoner related how they drove cattle across the mountains to market. She also said he had a Benjamin Franklin Stove.

Elva (grandson Floyd E. Stoner's wife) told the story about the time Levi raised a very large potato crop. Potatoes seemed to be failing everywhere else. He could have made enough money to pay off the mortgage on his farm if he had sold them at harvest time. He decided to wait until the price went even higher, so he buried his potatoes in pits that fall and waited. Unfortunately it was a very cold winter and all his potatoes froze. He ended up with nothing and never was able to pay off the mortgage.

Levi S. Stoner 1829 - 1910 gravestoneObituary - Levi Stoner
Gospel Herald - Volume III, Number 13 - June 30, 1910 - page 207, 208
Levi Stoner was born in Westmorland Co., Pa., April 20, 1829 and died at the home of his granddaughter, in Nappanee, Ind., June 21, 1910, aged 81 y. 2 m. 1 d. He was married to Hannah Myers, in Wayne Co., Ohio, June 24, 1852. To this union were born 9 children of whom seven survive. He also leaves 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. His remains were laid to rest at the Olive Cemetery besides his wife who died Ang. 27, 1877. Services were conducted in the Olive Mennonite M. H., by John F. Funk of Elkhart.

Obituary - Hannah Stoner
Herald of Truth 9/1877 - Aug. 27th, in Elkhart Co., Ind.
HANNAH, wife of Levi STONER, aged 44 years and 18 days. A singularly severe affliction seems to have fallen upon the family of Friend Stoner. One of the daughters took sick with Typhoid fever and during the succeding weeks five other members of the family were taken down with the same disease, among whom was the wife and mother of the household. She lingered a few weeks with good hopes of recovery, when the day before her death, hemorrhage set in and she sank rapidly and died. She was born in Columbiana Co., Ohio, on th 9th of August 1833. She was married on June 24th 1852 and the following year, in April, came to Elkhart Co., Ind. She was the mother of 9 children two of whom died before her. She was a devoted wife, a kind mother, ready to aid, comfort and encourage all in need, and was beloved and respected by all who knew her. During some years past she was deeply concerned for the salvation of her soul, and prayed earnestly that the Lord might direct her in the way of life, and we trust her prayer has been heard. She was buried on the 28th, folowed to her grave by a large concourse of relatives and friends. Services by J. G. Biddle and J. F. Funk from Isa. She leaves a sorrowing husband, seven children (three still very sick), an aged mother and many friends to mourn their loss. May their loss be her eternal gain.

Hannah wife of Levi S. Stoner 1833 - 1877 gravestoneObituary - Barbara Shelly
Herald Of Truth - Vol. 7, No. 5 - May, 1870 page 78
At the residence of Levi S. Stoner, in Elkhart county, Indiana, on the 2nd of April, of typhoid fever, BARBARA SHELLY, aged 76 years, 6 months and 5 days. She was buried at Shaum's burying ground on the 3rd, upon which occasion funeral discourses were delivered by John M. and Daniel Brenneman from Amos 4:12, last part, "Prepare to meet thy God."
Burial: Olive Cemetery, Wakarusa, Elkhart Co., IN between son Levi S. Stoner & granddaughter Jenetta I Stoner. 



Levi & Hannah Stoner's Daughters:

Calista Magdalena Stoner

b. 11 Nov 1856 Locke, Elkhart Co., IN
d. 14 May 1948 Osceola, St. Joseph Co., IN
m. 2 Sep 1880 Jamestown, Boone Co., IN
James Holderman
b. 28 Jan 1855 Harrison, Elkhart Co., IN
d. 31 Aug 1926 Osceola, St. Joseph Co., IN
Son of:

1. Edna Holderman
2. Dwight S. Holderman (6 Mar 1884 IN - 28 Sep 1955 IN)

Grave Marker for Celestia (Stoner) Holderman

14 May 1948 OSCEOLA: Mrs. Celestia M. Stoner Holderman, 91, died in her home today (May 14, 1948) after an illness of five months. She lived in Osceola for 22 yrs. She was born in Locke, IN., on Nov. 11, 1856, the daughter of Mr. a nd Mrs. Levi (Hannah) Stoner. She married James Holderman in Jamestown on Sept. 2, 1880. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs Edna Fromm of Germany who is visiting in Osceola at the present; a son Dwight Holderman of Elkhart, 4 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Holderman was a member of the Jamestown Methodist Church, where the funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday. The body will be taken from the Lienhart funeral home in Wakarusa at noon Monday to lie in state at the church until the funeral. Burial will be in the Olive Cemetery.

Mary Minerva Stoner

b. 27 Apr 1859 Elkhart Co., IN
d. 12 Sep 1916 Stillwater, Payne Co., OK
m.(1) 26 Jan 1883 Hillsdale Co., MI
Daniel Showers Segner
b. 8 Oct 1858 Palmyre, PA
d. 1 Aug 1909 Waterloo, Dekalb, IN
Son of:

    1. Otto Eugene Segner (3 Jun 1884 MI - 25 Nov 1958 CA)
    2. Clarence Euclyde Segner (3 Jun 1884 MI - 1 Jan 1960 IL)
    3. Joseva May Segner (1 Apr 1886 MI - 29 Jan 1970 AK)

m.(2) 10 May 1911 Cuyahoga Co., OH
Harry Young
b. abt 1855
d. unk

Source Documents:

- Stoner Family - Compiled 1949
- 1910 US Federal Census
- 1880 US Federal Census
- Segner Family Bible
- Documentation by Gladys Griffith

Emalina Stoner

b. 1 Mar 1861 Elkhart Co., IN
d. 1 Mar 1946 Waterloo, DeKalb Co., IN
John Bachtel
Son of:

1. Ollie Bachtel
2. Floyd Bachtel (abt. 1881 - unk)

m.(2) Frank Goodman
Son of:


Janette Isabel Stoner

b. 19 Mar 1863 Elkhart Co., IN
d. 2 Mar 1870 Elkart Co., IN

Olive Cemetery, Elkart Co., IN
Janette is buried in the Olive Cemetary in Wakarusa, Elkart Co., IN.

Herald of Truth
Obituary Volume VII, Number 3-march 1870, pages 46-47

On the 2nd of March, in Elkhart county, Ind., of measles, Jenetta Isabel Stoner, daughter of Levi S. and Anna [Hannah] Stoner, aged 6 years, 11 months, and 13 days. She was buried on the 4th at Shaum's
buring-ground, upon which occasion funeral discourses were delivered by D. Brenneman and J.F. Funk from Psalm 39:4. The little lamb has gone to rest in Jesus' bosom. He will make her lie down in green pastures, and lead her beside the still waters of life. Yes beloved parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, she waiteth for you in the glorious realms of light-there you may meet her again.


Lilliette May Stoner

b. 22 Feb 1868 Elkhart Co., IN
d. 20 May 1959 Geauga Co., OH
m. 6 Aug 1890 Elkhart Co., IN
Charles James
Son of:

1. Walter James
2. Mildred James
3. Lucy James
4. Chester James


Alemada Alice Stoner

b. 23 Nov 1870 Baugo, Elkhart Co., IN
d. unk
m. 1888
Frank B. Boleander
b. Jun 1856 OH
d. unk

1. Clifton A. Boleander (Dec 1893 IN - unk)
2. Etta Boleander (May 1897 IN - unk)

The Old Mill


Source Documents and Photos

- Stoner Family-Compiled 1949
- 1870 US Federal Census Baugo, Elkhart Co., IN
- 1850 US Federal Census South Huntingdon, Westmoreland, PA
- 1880 US Federal Census Union, De Kalb Co., IN
- 1900 US Federal Census Union, De Kalb Co., IN
- Levi S. Stoner Indiana Deaths - City Health Office Nappanee, IN
- Levi Stoner Obituary - Gospel Herald
- Levi & Hannah Marriage - Ohio Marriages 1803-1900
- Levi & Fanny Hussleman Marriage - IN Marriage Collection, 1800-1941
- History of DeKalb County, Indiana, 1914

- Photo of Levi Stoner given by Jane Spencer Jan. 2012
- Photo of Hannah (Myers) Stoner from "A Stoner Family History in America" by Debra Palguta 1986
- Notes and family lore by Jane Spencer  




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January 2012


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