John and Elisabeth grave marker

John Stoner - Family Index
Son of _____ Stoner and _____

b. 30 Nov 1803 Lancaster Co., PA
d. 18 Oct 1887 Richland Co., OH

m. Elisabeth __________
b. 31 Mar 1810 Lebanon Co., PA
d. 03 Sep 1883 Richland Co., OH
Daughter of: _____ and _____
Married: _____

1. Sarah H. Stoner (1830 - )
2. John Henry Stoner (1832 - )
3. Obediah Stoner (1834 - 1889)
4. Susannah S. Stoner (1836 - )
5. Elizabeth Stoner (1838 - )
6. Augustus Stoner (abt. 1840 - unk)


Shoops ChurchJohn Stoner was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania November 30, 18031. He married Elisabeth who was born in Lebanon County, PA. March 31,18102. They had six children; at least three of whom: John Henry, Obediah, and Elizabeth were baptized in Lower Paxtang Township in Dauphin County, PA at the Shoops Lutheran Church3. The church was a German reformed church at the time4.

Franklin Twp Map with John's LandJohn, his wife Elisabeth along with their three daughters and youngest son Augustus, moved to Richland County, Ohio in 18545. There, they settled in Franklin Township, Ohio where John bought land and farmed6. His second son, Obediah followed in 1860. John's youngest son, Augustus lived with them until after 1860, where we have not yet found him; there is no mention of him in his father's (John Stoner) Will, so we assumed he died sometime between 1861 and 1870, possibly in the Civil War, but no proof of his death, or otherwise has been found yet.

Elisabeth died in 1883 at the age of 73 from gangrene, and a short time thereafter, John wrote his Will. John died at the age of 84. From the possessions in John's will, it shows that upon his death he owned 120 acres and grew crops of corn, wheat, and clover. His estate was valued at $8,000.00, which was considered wealthy at the time. His possessions are sold and divided equally among Obediah, Susannah, Sarah, and Elizabeth. There is a mention of his oldest son, John Henry in his will, wherein John (father) notes that John Henry (son) has not been heard from in 20 years, and presumed dead. In what is now Jackson Twp. OH, John and Elisabeth are buried in the St. Peter's London Lutheran Church cemetery7. The St. Peter's London Lutheran Church cemetery is located at Plymouth Springmill and Smiley Roads in Jackson Twp. OH. There, you can see the gravemarker for John and Elisabeth.

John & Elisabeth Stoner's Daughters:

Sarah H. Stoner
Signature of Susannah (Stoner) Wolfe

b. abt. 1830 Dauphin Co., PA
d. Richland Co., OH
Married: 14 Mar 1854 Susquehanna, Daupin Co., PA
Peter Keller
b. Dauphin Co., PA
Son of: John and Sarah Keller
In the Pennsylvania, County Marriages 1885 - 1950 Reference ID p. 87, GS Filme no. 000021158, Image no. 00071.

Susannah S. Stoner
Signature of Susannah (Stoner) Wolfe

b. abt. 1836 Dauphin Co., PA
d. Richland Co., OH
_____ Wolfe
Son of:

1. Oliver Wolfe b. abt 1857, PA

In the Franklin Township, Richland County, Ohio 1880 census, John Stoner is listed as head of household at the age of 76, and his wife Elisabeth at the age of 70. It shows they were both born in Pennsylvania as well as both of their parents respectively. Also listed on the census are three "others" - grandchildren. They are: Oliver Wolfe, Sarah Hannavious, and George Hannavious.

1. Oliver Wolfe, Male, 23 years old (born about 1857) working as a farmhand who is listed as born in PA, and lists his mother being born in PA and his father born in OH. The connection is to Susan Stoner who married a Mr. Wolfe.

Elizabeth Stoner
Signature of Susannah (Stoner) Wolfe

b. 17 May 1838 Dauphin Co., PA
d. 1921 Richland Co., OH
m. Nov. 1858, Richland County, Ohio
David H. Hannavious / Hornafius / Hannafius / Hannafus
b. 1835
d. 1920
Son of:

1. Sarah Hannafius b. abt 1864, OH
2. George Hannafius b. abt 1867, OH

2. Sarah Hannavious, Female, 16 years old (b. about 1864), working in the house, born in Ohio, who lists both parents being born in PA;

3. George Hannavious, male, 13 years old (b. about 1867), working as a farmhand, born in Ohio, both parents being born in PA. Their connection is to Elizabeth who married a Mr. Hannafius.

On an interesting note, Elizabeth's married name is first seen, signed, and spelled, "Hannavious"; later she signs her name, "Hannafius", so the name changes spelling throughout her life.

David H Hannafus and Elizabeth Stoner Tombstone


Source Documents and Photos

- 1840 Census: Susquehanna Twp., Dauphin Co., PA
- 1850 Census: Susquehanna Twp., Dauphin Co., PA
- 1860 Census: Franklin Twp., Richland Co., OH
- 1870 Census: Franklin Twp., Richland Co., OH
- 1880 Census: Franklin Twp., Richland Co., OH

- 1870 Land Tax Record: Franklin Twp., Richland Co., OH
- 1880 Land Tax Record: Franklin Twp., Richland Co., OH
- 1873 Land map showing John Stoner's Land

- Baptism record for Elizabeth Stoner, daughter of John & Elisabeth (John Henry and Obediah Stoner's on their pages)

- Elisabeth Stoner's (w/o John) Obituary
- Elisabeth Stoner's (w/o John) Record of Death
- John Stoner Obituaries - Shelby Times Newspaper and Richland Co. OH Newspaper

- John Stoner Last Will and Testament
- Estate of John Stoner

- John and Elisabeth Stoner gravestone photo


1. Shelby Times Newspaper Obituary 29 Oct. 1887
2. Elisabeth Stoner Death Record
3. Church Baptismal Records
4. Dauphin Historical Society
5. Shelby Times Newspaper Obituary 29 Oct. 1887
6. 1873 Plat Map
7. John Stoner Will

John Stoner's Obiyuary - Shelby Times 1887


Last updated: January 2012
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