Part 3: Chapter 21
In the late 18th century, several families from Fayette County, Pennsylvania traveled down the Ohio River to make their homes in the Ohio Valley. Some of these men had been aware of the area due to their conversations and assistance with George Washington who had explored the area in the years previous.
Families traveling together included the following:
Jacob Deem, Sr. located in an area of hills, plenty of timber and two good streams.
In researching early Wood County court records, I found that Jacob Deem was exempt from taxes for several years, however, no reason was given. On 6th September 1802, Wood County Court recorded the following:
On a motion of Jacob Deem and for reasons appearing to the Court, it is ordered that he be exempt from the payment of his County levy for the year one thousand eight hundred and one. Present: Thomas Lord, Thomas Pribble, Hezekiah Bukey, John, Neal, Joseph Spencer—Gentlemen Justices.
Jacob Deem and Eve Ann Cox Deem were known as kindly folks. They cared for their family members and when their son Abraham Deem died, cared for his children. Records also indicate they provided care for Nancy Golden Deem’s mother and children. History records the Deem involvement in organizing the Mount Zion Baptist church where many descendents are buried. I have several stories about the honesty of Jacob Deem and his truthfulness. Also, many stories regarding the involvement of fox hounds and the running of foxes over the countryside.
I was told by my grandfather Deem that Jacob and Patty were buried behind the barn and at one time, stones were placed there. This area was in the Slate district of Wood County. Graves and stones were moved to make way for progress and only Jacob’s tombstone survived the long years. His tombstone is at the Mount Zion Baptist Cemetery now, a DAR marker is placed there.
The Civil War was a tremendous determent to this area. Being located at the junction of two navigable rivers, the citizens saw many troop movements. Some of our family favored the North and some the South. Michael Deem, son of William Deem and Washington (twin of William), served for the North. A shooting match was held between the twins Washington and William, and Washington being the better shot was allowed to go to war.
A son of Peter Deem, Abram, was killed after the war for his southern beliefs. His story was written up in Life Magazine several years ago. Three men were hanged for the murder.
The Deem "clan" raised many children who became school teachers and even today this profession is prominent among Deems. My grandfather Deem carried the mail, and of course, knew everyone on the route. My grandfather had a remarkable memory. He could tell you who was related to whom. Because there were so many Williams in the family, they began to call them "Billy Q," "Billy Y," and so on. Once during a report for school, I approached him about my family tree. He talked so fast in giving me the information that I had to make several trips to clarify all of it. The only mistake—and really not that—was the "Patty" instead of Eve Ann, as I learned later. Years later, this information started me on my pursuit of a most interesting quest.
Descendants of Eve Ann Cox & Jacob
1 Eve Ann Cox 1767 - 1850
Descendants of Jacob Deem
Generation No. 1
1. JACOB3 DEEM (JOHANNES ADAM2 DIEHM, ADAM1) was born 09 April 1764 in Frederick County, Maryland, and died about 1864 in Woods County, West Virginia. He married (1) EVE ANN COX, daughter of MICHAEL COX and ELIZABETH ?DESLOCH. She was born 1767, and died 1850.
Notes for JACOB DEEM:
"Jacob and Eve Ann were known as kindly folks. They cared for their family members and when their son Abraham died, cared for his children. Records also indicate they provided care for Nancy Deem's mother and children. History records the Deem involvement in organizing the Mount Zion Baptist church where many descendents are buried. I have several stories about the honesty of Jacob and his truthfulness.
Jacob was a veteran of the American Revolution, no. S 10522."
Children of JACOB DEEM and EVE COX are:
i. JACOB4 DEEM.
ii. PETER DEEM, b. 01 July 1792.
iii. ELIZABETH DEEM.
2. iv. HIRAM DEEM, b. 26 December 1796, Virginia; d. 04 November 1860, Wood County, WV.
v. WILLIAM DEEM, b. about 1797.
vi. ABRAHAM DEEM.
vii. CATHERINE DEEM, b. 07 March 1801.
viii. JUNIPER DEEM, b. 10 April 1805.
ix. WASHINGTON DEEM, b. 20 July 1808.
Children of JACOB DEEM are:
x. HANNAH4 DEEM.
xi. JACOB DEEM, JR., b. 10 August 1790.
Generation No. 2
2. HIRAM4 DEEM (JACOB3, JOHANNES ADAM2 DIEHM, ADAM1) was born 26 December 1796 in Virginia, and died 04 November 1860 in Wood County, WV. He married MARTHA SAMS 14 September 1820 in Wood County, WV. She was born 1798 in Virginia, and died 17 March 1879 in Wood County, WV.
Children of HIRAM DEEM and MARTHA SAMS are:
3. i. HENDERSON5 DEEM, b. 10 July 1821, Wood County, WV; d. 02 August 1901, Wood County, WV.
ii. JOHN DEEM, b. 1828.
iii. EVE DEEM, b. 1833.
iv. REBECCA DEEM, b. 1836.
Generation No. 3
3. HENDERSON5 DEEM (HIRAM4, JACOB3, JOHANNES ADAM2 DIEHM, ADAM1) was born 10 July 1821 in Wood County, WV, and died 02 August 1901 in Wood County, WV. He married MARY ALICE POOLE, daughter of WILLIAM POOLE and ALICE DAVIS. She was born November 1827 in Wood County, VA, and died 26 March 1903.
Children of HENDERSON DEEM and MARY POOLE are:
4. i. ELIZABETH6 DEEM, b. 19 September 1845, Wood County, WV; d. 04 February 1930, Wood County, WV.
ii. MARTHA DEEM, b. 19 September 1845.
iii. HARRIET DEEM, b. 1848.
iv. ANDREW J. DEEM,b. 20 June 1853.
v. ARTHUR H. DEEM, b. 13 January 1856; d. 1926.
vi. MARY A. DEEM, b. 01 January 1860, Virginia.
vii. THOMAS H. DEEM, b. 1864, West Virginia.
viii. EMMA G. DEEM, b. 1866, West Virginia.
Generation No. 4
4. ELIZABETH6 DEEM (HENDERSON5, HIRAM4, JACOB3, JOHANNES ADAM2 DIEHM, ADAM1) was born 19 September 1845 in Wood County, WV, and died 04 February 1930 in Wood County, WV. She married GEORGE M. RIDDLE 21 September 1865 in Wood County, WV, son of PETER RIDDLE and MARY MOGLE. He was born 10 July 1842 in Indiana County, PA, and died 16 February 1913 in Wood County, WV.
Notes for GEORGE M. RIDDLE:
"George M. Riddle is a farmer of Slate district, Wood County, West Virginia. He settled there in 1857. He was born in Indiana County, PA, July 10, 1842. His parents, Peter and Mary Mogle Riddle, came to Wood County with him. He was married in Slate District, September 21, 1865, to Elizabeth Deem, who was born in the same district, September 19, 1845. Her father and mother, Henderson and Mary Pool Deem, were also born in this district. Her grandfather, William Pool, served in the War of 1812. Mr. Riddle and wife have been blessed with eight children - all live at home. Mr. Riddle was school commissioner in 1867-8, township clerk in 1869, superintendent of county infirmary in 1869, supervisor of Slate district in 1872, constable in 1874-75, justice of the peace in 1876-80, president of the board of education in 1881, of which board he has been secretary for some years. May 30, 1863, he enlisted in the Union army in Company H, 3d West Virginia Cavalry, and was engaged in the battles of Gettysburg, at Hedgesville, White Sulphur Springs, Lewisburg, Lynchburg, Winchester, Bunker Hill, Fishers Hill, and many others. Mr. Riddle received a gunshot wound in the left shoulder on September 22, 1864; fought under General Averill, and was honorably discharged May 30, 1865. He had a brother, Cornelius B., who was in the army, and was killed at the battle of Fredericksburg in the autumn of 1862." - West Virginia Heritage Enclycopedia
Children of ELIZABETH DEEM and GEORGE RIDDLE are:
i. EDWIN C.7 RIDDLE, b. 08 July 1866.
ii. ELMER H. RIDDLE, b. 10 April 1868.
iii. MARY A RIDDLE, b. 02 March 1870.
iv. JOSEPHINE D. RIDDLE, b. 29 February 1872.
v. GEORGE A RIDDLE, b. 01 September 1874.
5. vi. MARTHA ELIZABETH RIDDLE, b. 17 October 1876, Elizabeth, Wirt, WV; d. 15 January 1961, Camden, Ouachita, AR.
vii. ADDA VIOLA RIDDLE, b. 28 September 1878.
viii. AGNES RIDDLE, b. February 1883.
ix. CHARLEY RIDDLE, b. June 1888.
Generation No. 5
5. MARTHA ELIZABETH7 RIDDLE (ELIZABETH6 DEEM, HENDERSON5, HIRAM4, JACOB3, JOHANNES ADAM2 DIEHM, ADAM1) was born 17 October 1876 in Elizabeth, Wirt, WV, and died 15 January 1961 in Camden, Ouachita, AR. She married VAN ALLEN DOREMUS RATHBONE 16 August 1894 in Marietta, OH, son of SAMUEL RATHBONE and MAHALA GRANT. He was born 31 August 1871 in Northport, ME, and died 05 July 1929 in Duncan, Stephens, OK.
Notes for VAN ALLEN DOREMUS RATHBONE:
"This is the true story of a Rathbone born more than a century ago who used a baseball game as his cover to elope with the girl he loved, right under the very noses of her disapproving parents. The innovative suitor was Van Allen Doremus Rathbone, whose nickname was "Pouch." The strange love affair took place in West Virginia during the "Gay '90's."
As a boy, Van Allen picked up a great love of baseball, and also the nickname, although no one today seems to know how he got that name. In 1894 he was an infielder on his home-town team in Elizabeth, WVA. he was then 23, and another love had entered his life - Martha Elizabeth "Pink" Riddle, then 17. No one seems to know either how she acquired her nickname. She was the daughter of prominent citizens who strongly disapproved of their daughter's interest in Pouch. Their main objection seemed to be that he was a baseball player.
Pouch followed the rules of the day and asked the Riddles for permission to court their daughter. They absolutely refused. Pouch then took an alternative route - elopement. Four times, he and Pink tried to slip away to be married, but without success. He even followed the traditional course of placing a ladder against the Riddle home, and tried to climb up to bring Miss Riddle down with him. Alas, the ladder broke, and Papa Riddle came storming out of the house with a shotgun!
The Riddles then bought a vicious bulldog to patrol the premises, and Pouch one night had an unpleasant encounter with the dog. He then realized that he would have to make other, more unorthodox plans.
It seems that the Riddles were great baseball fans, and never missed a home game. Oddly, they loved baseball, but didn't want a baseball player in the family.
On August 16, 1894, Elizabeth played host to a team from Burning Springs. The Riddles planned to attend the game, but made sure that their daughter went with them.
Pouch and Pink laid their plans carefully. It was an exciting game and the score was close as the seventh inning ended. Papa Riddle didn't notice when Pouch disappeared from the home-town bench. He smiled approvingly when Pink waved at a girlfriend in another part of the stands, the excused herself to go over and see that girl. The game went on, but the Elizabeth team began to deliberately slow things down. Pouch and Pink had a friend with a buggy waiting for them outside the stands, and they wanted plenty of time to get miles away before their plot was discovered.
Everyone assumed they would go to Parkersburg, the nearest "big city", to get married. Anticipating this, they headed in the other direction, north to the Ohio River, which they crossed by ferry and found a justice of the peace in Marietta, OH. There they were married - Pouch Rathbone still in his baseball uniform! When they returned to Elizabeth the next day the entire town had heard the story and everybody turned out to greet the newlyweds. The courthouse was turned into a banquet hall and the rest of the day was spent in merrymaking. At some point that day, Papa and Mama Riddle showed up and recognized that there was nothing they could do. They shook hands with Pouch and welcomed him to the family." - Rathbun/Rathbone Family Historian October 1992
Children of MARTHA RIDDLE and VAN RATHBONE are:
i. MARJORIE MARIE8 RATHBONE, b. 24 June 1895, Elizabeth, Wirt, WV; d. 21 January 1992, Camden, Oachita, AR; m. ORVILLE LOGAN FELLERS, 19 March 1919, Wichita, KS; b. 15 January 1888, Greenville, TN; d. 03 June 1946, Camden, Oachita, AR.
6. ii. PAUL FRANCIS RATHBONE, b. 19 December 1897, Elizabeth, Wirt, WV; d. 12 October 1976, Galveston, Galveston, TX.
iii. AGNES VIOLA RATHBONE, b. 24 April 1900, Elizabeth, Wirt, WV; d. September 1991, Sweetwater, TX; m. CHARLES L. DORE, 25 August 1926, Sweetwater, TX; b. 20 July 1894, Weatherford, Parker, TX; d. November 1979, Weatherford, Parker, TX.
Generation No. 6
6. PAUL FRANCIS8 RATHBONE (MARTHA ELIZABETH7 RIDDLE, ELIZABETH6 DEEM, HENDERSON5, HIRAM4, JACOB3, JOHANNES ADAM2 DIEHM, ADAM1) was born 19 December 1897 in Elizabeth, Wirt, WV, and died 12 October 1976 in Galveston, Galveston, TX. He married (1) MRS. KATE FINDLEY 04 September 1921 in Tarrant County, TX. He married (2) GLADYCE FAYE HOLLIFIELD 10 November 1929 in Durant, Bryan, OK, daughter of JAMES HOLLIFIELD and JULIA HIGHSAW. She was born 30 April 1905 in Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto, TX, and died 04 August 1955 in San Antonio, Bexar, TX.
Child of PAUL RATHBONE and GLADYCE HOLLIFIELD is:
7. i. PAULA GRANT9 RATHBONE.
Generation No. 7
7. PAULA GRANT9 RATHBONE (PAUL FRANCIS8, MARTHA ELIZABETH7 RIDDLE, ELIZABETH6 DEEM, HENDERSON5, HIRAM4, JACOB3, JOHANNES ADAM2 DIEHM, ADAM1) She married THOMAS PEABODY FAULKNER.
Children of PAULA RATHBONE and THOMAS FAULKNER are:
8. i. LINDA KAY10 FAULKNER.
9. ii. THOMAS PAUL FAULKNER.
Generation No. 8
8. LINDA KAY10 FAULKNER (PAULA GRANT9 RATHBONE, PAUL FRANCIS8, MARTHA ELIZABETH7 RIDDLE, ELIZABETH6 DEEM, HENDERSON5, HIRAM4, JACOB3, JOHANNES ADAM2 DIEHM, ADAM1) She married JOHN WADE WHALEY.
Children of LINDA FAULKNER and JOHN WHALEY are:
i. BRITTNEY KAY11 WHALEY.
ii. ASHLEY RENEE WHALEY.
iii. JUSTIN WADE WHALEY.
9. THOMAS PAUL10 FAULKNER (PAULA GRANT9 RATHBONE, PAUL FRANCIS8, MARTHA ELIZABETH7 RIDDLE, ELIZABETH6 DEEM, HENDERSON5, HIRAM4, JACOB3, JOHANNES ADAM2 DIEHM, ADAM1) He married DENISE LYNN MANN.
Children of THOMAS FAULKNER and DENISE MANN are:
i. ERIC THOMAS11 FAULKNER.
ii. KYLE LEE FAULKNER.
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