Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small has issued a challenge: write one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It can be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem – anything that focuses on one ancestor.
My last entry in the “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks” challenge should be about someone with a dynamic story, but instead I have only a smattering of clues about my 5X great-grandfather Jacob LINGLE. I can’t say when he was born or died, where he was from, who all his children were, whether he fought in a war, or anything else of importance. Just learning his name though opened up a whole new world for me in my research into my earliest ancestors in Rockingham County, Virginia.
According to a chancery cause dated 1835 in Rockingham County between Emanuel Harnsberger and Charles Yancey, my Jacob was actually the son of an older Jacob. Jacob Jr. was married to Elizabeth Harnsberger, and their daughter Elizabeth was married to John Armentrout, my 4X great-grandfather. That little snip of information gave me both parents for Mary Ann Armentrout who married Fielding Jollett.
That same chancery cause gave the name of Elizabeth Lingle Armentrout’s sister Mary (“Anna Maria”) who married Martin Schneider/Snyder. This couple witnessed the baptism of John and Elizabeth’s children, further circumstantial evidence supporting my theory about Mary Ann’s parents.
In the 1810 Rockingham County census, the Schneiders, Lingles, Harnsbergers, and Armentrouts were all neighbors. It makes sense that they intermarried.
It seems that many of the Lingles didn’t remain in Rockingham County. A good many went to Ohio. Whether Jacob was among them I don’t know. But recently a researcher of Rockingham County families has presented her argument that there is a cemetery in front of the grand home known as the Kite House on Rt 33 in Elkton, Virginia.
It is truly a landmark
property that people coming off the Skyline Drive and heading to the colleges
in Harrisonburg or the ski resort at Massanutten have admired for years. This researcher has pieced together a number
of deeds and surveys along with names of families likely buried there. Among those names are Harnsberger and
Lingle. Maybe Jacob and Elizabeth are
|Kite House on Rt. 33, Elkton, VA|
photo snipped from Google Maps
Jacob LINGLE & Elizabeth HARNSBERGER
1. Elizabeth LINGLE & John ARMENTROUT ( - Before 1835 Rockingham Co, VA) 1791 Rockingham Co, VA
- Mary Ann ARMENTROUT (About 1795 – Jan 1870 Rockingham Co, VA ) & Fielding JOLLETT ( About 1800 Greene Co, VA – 04 Dec 1887 Rockingham Co, VA ) 02 Oct 1828 Rockingham Co, VA
- Elizabeth ARMENTROUT ( 1798 Rockingham Co, VA – )
- Linda ARMENTROUT ( 1805 Rockingham Co, VA – )
2. Mary Ann / Anna Maria LINGLE & Martin Schneider
3. Jacob LINGLE - maybe
4. Paul LINGLE - maybe
5. John LINGLE ( Rockingham Co, VA – about 1820 Clark Co, OH ) & Mary COOK (Rockingham Co, VA – OH )
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