Sunday, December 28, 2014

52 Ancestors: #52 - Jacob LINGLE

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. 

Kite House  http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
Kite House on Rt. 33, Elkton, VA
photo snipped from Google Maps
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 there. 

Cemetery Dousing Kite House Elkton, VA Nov 2014  http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
Flags mark where graves have been detected at the Kite House
photo courtesy Jan Hensley


THREE GENERATIONS
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 )



© 2014, Wendy Mathias.  All rights reserved.

16 comments:

  1. Congratulations...you made #52 of the Challenge. And what an interesting ancestor to end with...full of mystery and possibilities for another 52...even if you have to actually go digging really deep...like six feet under. I really liked this series and am thinking of starting in 2015. I'll check it out to see if it is perpetual. Happy New Year!

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    1. Yes, it is perpetual. Amy has developed some themes for next year but there is no obligation to follow them. I've read comments from others who plan to stick to the random approach, some who are focusing on their direct line grandparents and greats, some who are doing just the women, and some who are looking forward to the themes. It's whatever you want it to be.

      Happy New Year, Sue!

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  2. I need to get back into the swing of this. I certainly enjoy your posts, and you always give me such an inspiration to dig deep into my own family!

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    1. Yes, Karen, get on it -- join me in the frustration, PLEASE!

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  3. Congratulations on your completion of the 52 weeks - that is quite an accomplishment!

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    1. There were some days though that I thought I'd have to cave but I can't stand to quit.

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  4. Ooooohhh....the possibilities!

    Well you did it! You hung in there and made it all the way to 52! Not only did you complete it, but you created interesting posts for us. Hope you catch some cousins with all of your hard work!

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    1. I finished -- it wasn't always pretty but I finished.

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  5. Great effort Wendy! Congratulations and Well Done on 52 ancestors! So when will the book be published?

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    1. You ARE kidding, right? However, one of my goals in 2015 is to put together something resembling a book, maybe more of a coffee table book rather than an exhaustive "everything you ever wanted to know" books.

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  6. Wendy, this post contains an assortment of interesting surnames. Hope you can learn more about the Lingles. Congratulations on completing the 52 weeks challenge! Take a moment to celebrate but just a moment because then it will be time to plan for next year!

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    1. Next year . . . . I'm considering it. How about you?

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    1. Isn't it though! Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Hi Wendy, I also just completed the 52 week challenge, so congrats to anotehr hard worker! I'll hve to check back, but Lingle caught my eye, because my husband is kin to some Lingles, including a Jacob, from North Carolina, I don't know if it is the same family, maybe a different branch. I am on ancestry if you want to discuss this, you can email me at helenholshouser@gmail.com I am actually in touch, on facebook , with a Lingle family who are members of this NC branch who live near Chicago! Interesting! Happy New Year, and a coffee table book sounds great! I'm wondering what to do also! Helen

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    1. Congratulations on completing the challenge. I'm emailing you today!

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