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Biography of Ethel Lynn Eliot Beers

Ethel Lynn Eliot Beers. Goshen’s Sweet Singer, Mrs. Ethel Lynn Eliot Beers, who wrote under the nom de plume, of “Ethel Lynn,” was born at Goshen, Orange County, N. Y., in 1825 and died at Orange, N. J., in 1879. Mrs. Beers who was a woman of rare literary gifts, was a frequent contributor to the leading periodicals of her time. Perhaps her best known poem is “All Quiet Along the Potomac,” written during the civil war, which attracted wide attention, and occupies a permanent place in standard poetical literature. “All Quiet Along the Potomac” was first published in Harper’s Weekly of November 30, 1861. The phrase, “All Quiet Along the Potomac,” was a familiar one in the Fall of that year, and in the indifferent announcement that was one day added, “A Picket Shot,” the author found the inspiration of her poem. This celebrated poem when first published bore only the initials “E. B.,” and as it went floating around in the great sea of journalism, numerous aspirants for literary fame, who were not over scrupulous in their methods of obtaining it, grasped the opportunity of playing the role of literary pirates in their ambitious desire to have their names handed down to posterity as poetical celebrities, in the vain hope of thus achieving enduring literary fame. Mrs. Beers, in an explanatory note in her volume of collected poems entitled “All Quiet Along the Potomac and Other Poems,” published by Porter & Coates, Philadelphia, (1879,) gives the history of this poem along with the amusing incidents connected with its publication and the various claims of those who sought...

Genealogy of Susannah French and John Shideler

9 SUSANNAH FRENCH (Aaron1), b. 1785, Essex Co., New Jersey; d. Nov. 9, 1863, near Troy, Ohio; m. John Shideler (d. Sep. 15, 1844, age 61 yrs., 7 mos., 28 ds.), s. of Peter Shideler of Washington Co., Pennsylvania. John and Susannah (French) Shideler settled in Miami Co., Ohio, soon after marriage. Children: 91 AARON SHIDELER, d.; m. Hannah 92 SUSANNAH SHIDELER, d.; m. Lewis Winters. 93 JOHN SHIDELER, d.; m. Isabelle Long. Ch.: (Hon.) WILLIAM LONG SHIDELER (Dayton, Tenn.), m. JOHN LEWIS SHIDELER, m. MARY, d. SUSANNAH BELLE, d. m.. MARTHA, d. m. GEORGE HUGHES SHIDELER, m. 94 PETER SHIDELER, d. unmarried. 95 MARY SHIDELER, d.; m. John Long. 96 PRISCILLA SHIDELER, d.; m. (Rev.) John Sutton (Baptist). 97 JESSE SHIDELER, d.; m. Mary Bartholomew. 98 LAVINA SHIDELER, b. Mar. 14, 1823; d. Feb. 17, 1857; m. Feb. 13, 1845, William Shilling. 99 LOUISA SHIDELER, d.; m. Thomas Winters. 100 SIMEON SHIDELER, d.; m.; was killed at battle of Chickamauga. 101 ISAACC SHIDELER, d.;...

Genealogy of Asa French

8 ASA FRENCH (Aaron1), b. July 8, 1780, Essex Co., N. J.; d. Aug. 9, 1845, Miami Co., O.; m. (1st), 1301, Sarah Jackson (b. Apr. 24, 1780; d. Mar. 26,1820); m. (2nd). Miami Co., O., Hannah Davis (b. Feb. 19, 1800, near Lexington, Ky.; d. Mar. 5, 1883, near Troy, O.). Asa French moved from Greene Co., Pa., to Miami Co., O., 1811. Children of first marriage: 68 EZEKIEL FRENCH, b. Aug. 20, 1802, near Amity, Pa.; d. Feb. 2, 1889, S. Bend, Ind.; m. Elizabeth Hilliard. Ch.: CHARLES HILLIARD, d. (m. Mary Eliza Stillman). SARAH d. (m. Francis Clark, s. of Dr. Francis, Ft. Madison, Ind). FRANCES ROSETTA. ELLA MAY (Loring), d. m. 69 SIMEON FRENCH, b. Jan. 7, 1804, near Amity, Pa.; d. July 5, 1889, Springfield, O.; m. (1st) Mar. 25, 1830, Martha McKaig Telford (Andrew). Ch.: ANDREW TELFORD, d. SARAH JANE, d. m. (Cap’t) MILTON, d. SAMUEL, d. m. THOMAS BRAINARD, d. JULIA ANN, d. QUINCY ADAMS, d. m.; no ch. ASA, m. MARTHA MCKAIG, d. m. Simeon French6 s m. (2nd) Oct. 14, 1847, Piqua, O., Permilla Culver. Ch.: SALOMA, m. MARIETTA, m. HOWARD, m. LEANDER LINCOLN, m. 70 AARON FRENCH, b. Sep. 29, 1805, near Amity, Pa.; d. Feb. 12, 1880, Leesburg, Ind.; m. (1st) 1826, Susannah Dye. Ch.: JOHN (d. Elco, Nev.) ; m. MARGARET, d. m. CAROLINE, d. (m. Ezekiel Sayers). BENNET, m. EZEKIEL (d. in Cal.). DAVID (b. Aug. 17, 1839; lives at Pierceton, Ind; m. Sarah Elizabeth O’Brien; ch.: William Aaron, d. in infancy). RACHEL, d. m. MARTHA, d. m. Aaron French 70 m. (2nd) Mariah McCullen (d....

Genealogy of Elizabeth French and Jacob Bartholomew

4 ELIZABETH FRENCH (Aaron1), b. about 1771, Essex Co., N. J.; d. when aged, near Big Tree, Pa.; m. about 1787, Jacob Bartholomew (John). Children: 31 JOHN BARTHOLOMEW, b. Dec. 18, 1788; d. Nov. 8, 1875, Elk Co., Kan.; m. in Greene Co., Pa., Catharine had s. JOHN (who m. near Wooster, O., Esther Ann Oram), and other ch. 32 AARON BARTHOLOMEW, b. 1789; d. Sep., 1845; m three times and had large family ; lived in Greene Co., Pa., and Miami Co.. O. 33 ELIZABETH BARTHOLOMEW, d.; m. Aaron Blakesley; no ch. 34 CHARLOTTE BARTHOLOMEW, d.; m. Brewer; no...

Genealogy of Deborah French and Isaac Clark

3 DEBORAH FRENCH (Aaron1), b. Nov. 24, 1769, Essex Co., N. J.; d. Dec. 30, 1846, near Amity, Pa.; m. Apr. 12, 1786, Isaac Clark (b. July 28,1766; d. Nov. 30, 1842). Children: 17 PHEBE CLARK, b. June 30,1787; d. West Union, Pa.; m., Feb. 12, 1808, Reason Lams. 18 JOHN CLARK, b. May 19, 1789; d. in O.; m. 19 AARON CLARK, b. May 22, 1790; apprenticed to a tanner, ran away and never returned. 20 SILAS CLARK, b. Feb. 27, 1793; d. Feb. 16, 1853, Amity, Pa.; m. Oct. 29, 1818, Phebe McFarland (James); she d. Dec. 30, 1846, in 78th yr. 21 ISAAC CLARK, b. Feb. 29,1796; d.; m. Jan. 29,1918; m. (1st) Martha Crockart; m. (2nd) ; no ch. 2nd m. 22 ABNER CLARK, b. Feb. 12, 1798; d.; m. Jan. 11, 1826, Patty Evans (Joseph). 23 EZEKIEL CLARK, b. Feb. 24, 1800; d. at Dayton, O.; m., Sep. 12, 1825, Joanna McFarland (James). 24 MARY CLARK, b. Jan. 2,1802; d. West Union, Pa.; m. Oct. 27, 1825, John Fulton (John). 25 LEBBEUS CLARK, b. Nov. 19, 1803; d. Salem, Ia.; m. Dec. 2, 1828, Mary Evans (Joseph) ; ten ch., one of whom, LEBBEUS, lives at Malvern, Ia. 26 CHARLOTTE CLARK, b. July 19, 1805; d. in Vermilion_ Co., Ill. ; m. Harvy Carter. 27 DEBORAH CLARK, b. Apr. 19, 1807; d ; m. Adna Lacock (John). ISAAC CLARK LACOCK, s. of Deborah Clark, 27 lives at Tenmile, Pa. 28 LEVI CLARK, b. Jan. 22, 1809; d. Salem, Ia.; m. Oct. 27, 1831, Margaret Fulton (John). 29 LAURANIA CLARK, b. Mar. 10, 1811; d....

Genealogy of Aaron French, Jr.

2 AARON FRENCH, Jr. (Aaron1), b. Apr. 19, 1767, Essex Co., N. J.; d. Jan. 31, 1850, Johnstown, O.; m. (1st), Mar. 8, 1792, Washington Co., Pa., Ruth Coe (b. Aug. 19, 1770, Morristown, N. J.; d. Mar. 19, 1835, Johnstown, O.), dau. of Elder Joseph Coe (Joseph, Joseph, Benjamin, Robert), and Abigail Moon, his w. Aaron French 2 m. (2nd) Oct. 8, 1835, Catharine Combs (d. Aug. 9, 1856), wid. of – Starkey. Robert Coe, ancestor of Ruth (Coe) French, came to Mass., 1634, from Suffolkshire, England, where he was b., 1596. Children of first marriage (none of second): 10 JOSEPH FRENCH, b. May 8, 1793; d. July 10, 1804. 11 JOHN FRENCH, b. Jan. 11, 1795, Amity, Pa.; d. Mar. 3, 1874, Onslow, Ia.; m. Oct. 1, 1818, Sarah Clark (b. Feb. 22, 1801; d. Jan. 7, 1891), dau. of Bethuel Clark, Amity, Pa. Ch.: AARON (b. July 4, 1819, Amity, Pa.; d. Apr. 28, 1909, Peterson, Ia.; m. Lydia Duke). BETHUEL (twin of Aaron; b. July 4, 1819; d. Mar. 24, 1904; m. Sarah Sinkey) MALINDA, d. JOSEPH (b. Mar. 19, 1823; d. July 3, 1900, Wyoming, Ia.; m. (1st) Catharine Sinkey, Johnstown, O.; m. (2nd) Grade Beaver). ELIJAH, d.  MANCY, d. JESSE CLARA (b. Nov. 17, 1832; d. Mar. 8, 1905, Manchester, Ia.; m. Laura Eveline Mudge). ELIZA ANN (b. June 1, 1836; m. Wilson Jenkins). JOANNA (b. May 22, 1838; m. Eliakim Wilson). ISAAC NEWTON (b. Aug. 6, 1840; m. Jane Orr). 12 IRA FRENCH, b. July 30,1797-8, Amity, Pa.; d. Dec. 24, 1878, Sumner, Ill.; m. May 4, 1820, Green Co., Pa., Joanna...

Genealogy of Lydia French and James Fordyce

7 LYDIA FRENCH (Aaron1), b. about 1777, Essex Co., New Jersey; d. about 1856-7, Miami Co., Ohio; m. June 28, 1802, Amity, Pennsylvania, James Fordyce, Jr. (b. Sep. 17, 1 2; d. Aug., 1852) ; moved from Pennsylvania to Miami Co., Ohio, 1811. Children: 58 ELIZABETH FORDYCE, b. Apr. 8, 1803; d. Apr., 1806. 59 URI FORDYCE, b. Feb. 18, 1805; d. Mar. 4, 1876; m. Mar. 17, 1829, Margaret Ann Long; 10 ch., including RUHAMA ANN (b. Nov. 21,1831; d. May 13, 1809, N. Y. City; m. Thomas Bowdle); MARGARET ELLEN (b. May 15, 1838; lives at West Milton, O.; m. William Wallace Wilson) ; and JOHN JOSEPHUS (b. Mar. 30, 1844; m.). 60 JOHN FORDYCE, b. Nov. 29, 1806; d. Aug. 23, 1829. 61 ZADOK FORDYCE, b. Jan. 29, 1809; d. Aug., 1837. 62 JAMES FORDYCE, b. Jan. 11, 1811; d.; m. Margaret Bull. 63 EZEKIEL FORDYCE, b. Jan. 19,1813; d. Nov. 11, 1887; m. (1st) Mar. 6, 1835, Eliza Denman and had ch.; m. (2nd) Nov. 5, 1850, Barbary Stull (b. July 4, 1824) ; six ch. of 2nd m., of whom JAMES LEONARD, MATTIE (Kime), ANNA (Casey), and SARAH ARMINDA (Wagoner) live in Ind. 64 WILLIAM FORDYCE, b. Nov. 4, 1815; d.; m. Emily Roberts. 65 MARY FORDYCE, b. Apr. 5, 1818; d.; m. Philip Lawhead; no ch. 66 ASA FORDYCE, b. Feb. 8, 1821; d.; m. Charlotte Deweese. 67 JOSEPHUS FORDYCE, b. May 3, 1823; d. May 6, 1897; m. Elizabeth...

Genealogy of Ezekiel French

6 EZEKIEL FRENCH (Aaron1), b. June 17, 1775, Essex Co., New Jersey; d. Jan. 1, 1861, Miami Co., Ohio; m. (1st) Mar. 4, 1795, Phebe Bates (b. Jan. 18, 1775; d. Sep. 4, 1843), dau. of Ephraim Bates; m. (2nd) Jan. 16, 1845, Martha Jones (b. Mar. 21, 1773; d.) ; m. (3rd) Elizabeth (b. May, 1777, in N. J.; d. Feb., 1860, Miami Co., O.), widow of Enoch Sutton. Ezekiel French a moved from Pennsylvania to West Virginia, 1798, and to Miami Co., Ohio, 1811. Children of first marriage (none of second or third): 47 ISAAC FRENCH, b. Feb. 28, 1796, Amity, Pa.; d. Aug. 1850, Miami Co., O.; m. 1817, Wheeling (W.) Va., Elizabeth Ryan (b. 1800, in Pa.; d. 1852, Piqua, O.). Ten ch. were b. to them, most of whom d. young; their dau. MARY ANN FRENCH (b. July 20, 1821, now living, Sidney, O., in 90th yr.), m. Jan. 28, 1840, Alexander Clark (b. Feb. 20, 1818, near Cincinnati, O.), s. of James Clark, and had ch.: James Ezekiel (d. m.), Thomas Creighton (d.), Isaac Alexander (m.), and Laura Bell (m. Daniel Zelith Clark). 48 EPHRAIM FRENCH, b. Aug. 30, 1798; d. same year. 49 ELIZABETH FRENCH, b. Feb. 23, 1800; d. young. 50 MARY FRENCH, b. Feb. 23, 1801; d. 1838, unmarried. 51 ASA FRENCH, b. Mar. 29, 1803; d. Feb. 26, 1844, Mt. Pulaski, Ill.; m. Mar. 10, 1825, Piqua, O., Hannah Clark (b. Nov. 25, 1805, in Ky.; d. Oct. 23, 1866), dau. of John Clark and Nancy Isgrig, his w. Ch.: NANCY, d. m. PHEBE JANE, d. m. DANIEL ISGRIG,...

Genealogy of Mary French and John Clark

5 MARY FRENCH (Aaron3), b. 1772, Essex Co., New Jersey; d. Jan. 12, 1859, Johnstown, Ohio, age 86 yrs. 6 mos.; m. near Amity, Pennsylvania, John Clark (d. Jan. 28, 1840, age 69 yrs.), a Baptist preacher, brother of Isaac Clark, h. of Deborah French;3 he moved to Licking Co., Ohio, about 1810. Children: 35 MARY CLARK, d. m. (2). 36 DEBORAH CLARK, d. m. 37 LYDIA CLARK, d. 38 EUNICE CLARK, d.; m. Elder John Evans (Washington). 39 LUTHER CLARK, d. age 6 or 7 yrs. 40 MATTHEW CLARK, d. Mar. 10, 1875, age 76 yrs.; m. Mary Evans (Washington) and had ch., of whom are now living Lucy (Hanover), EUNICE (Gorsuch) and GEORGE WASHINGTON CLARK of Ohio, and AMELIA (Ulrey) of _Cal. 41 JESSE CLARK, d. 1828, age 28 yrs.; m. 42 JOHN CLARK, d.; m. Jane Creighton. 43 AARON CLARK (twin of Aaron42), d. 1865, age 63 yrs.; m. Amelia Evans (Washington). 44 MOSES CLARK (twin of Aaron43), d. 1854, age 52 yrs., unmarried. 45 REUBEN CLARK, d. Mar. 30, 1838, age 34 yrs. 46 ASA CLARK, d. 1842, age 31 yrs.; m. and had dau. MARY who m. Cary Milburn, Lawrence Co., Ill., where she d. leaving...

Biography of George B. McKinney

George B. McKinney is the vice president of the investment securities firm operating under the name of b’. J. Matre & Company in St. Louis. Before establishing his present business he had gained an enviable record as a salesman who was relied upon from year to year by a large clientele of bond purchasers who found him thoroughly posted and reliable in every way. Before coming to St. Louis he was employed on Wall street in New York city and had become thoroughly familiar with the methods and opportunities of the financial world. He is an eastern man by birth, the place of his nativity being Newark, New Jersey, and the date December 15, 1889. His parents were Joseph and Mary (Wilson) McKinney. The father, a native cf Dublin, Ireland, came to the United States in his boyhood days and as the years passed was known in business circles as a capable master mechanic. He departed this life in 1905, while his widow, a native of the state of New York, is now residing in St. Louis. George B. McKinney was educated in the public schools of New Jersey and in St. Mary’s College at St. Marys, Kansas. He started out in the business world on Wall street, New York City, being connected with several large bond houses, and during that period he became thoroughly familiar with operations on Wall street. He was afterward with the Mercantile Trust Company of St. Louis for a time but resigned his position to go upon the operatic stage, being the possessor of a fine tenor voice, in which connection he traveled throughout...
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