BACKGROUND: Ohio only had enough people to apply for statehood in about 1800, and was admitted as a state in 1803. It was still a primitive area at that time in most areas. The period from 1800 to 1820 was the early settlement period for most of Ohio, when basics like surveying, and roads, and post offices, and towns, and schools, and churches, were being started, not to mention the early clearing of the forests into farms. John Earhart was one of those early pioneers in Brown County (then Clermont), Ohio, which is on the southern tier of counties of Ohio, with the Ohio River as its southern boundary and Kentucky its neighbor to the south. Cincinnati is about 100 miles to the west.
BIO-SKETCH Pages 556-7 of Beer's History of Brown Co, Ohio, recalls John and Martha Earhart:
"John Earhart, born Oct 11, 1777, in the state of Pennsylvania, came here (Brown Co, OH) in the spring of 1815 (at age 38), and purchased the farm on which he ever afterward lived, located southwest of Locust Ridge, now the property of George F. Moyer, and present residence of Lydia Thompson. Although he spent much of his time on his farm tilling the soil, he was a cooper by trade, and timber being plenty and of little value until manufactured into implements of utility, the profits of his labor were such as to enable him to live comfortably and happily.
He died in Feb, 1851, and was laid to rest in the little family graveyard on the farm. His sons - Adam, David, John, and William - are still living (when this history was written, which was 1883) Adam and William being present residents of the township. The former was born in Lancaster Co., Penn; came with his father to Ohio when boy not yet four years old, and lived at home until he married and moved on the farm on which he now lives; he also purchased part of the homestead of his father, which joined his first purchase. He (Adam) is in his seventy-first year, and has always made farming his occupation. William was born five years after his father settled at the old home. He, like his father, is a cooper, but does not work much at his trade of late."
Note: Apparently Google Books won't scan and present the contents of this 128 year old book because it has been reprinted by Higginsons. When you search for this book in Google Books all you will find is an ad and link to Higginsons web page. I'm not sure how a reprinter gets copyright protection for merely copying a work in the public domain, but I'm not a lawyer. Maybe Google is just concerned with being sued.
MILITARY - WAR OF 1812
John would have been of age to have been in the War of 1812. He is listed in a muster roll for one month with Jasper Shotwell. See:http://boards.ancestry.com/surnames.earhart/293/mb.ashx
His boys would have been of age to have served in the Mexican - American War (1846-48), but, again, I have no evidence that any of them were. However, several of John's grandsons were in the Civil War.
Note that Benjamin is not mentioned as son of John in the biographical sketch in Beer's History of Pike Co, OH, but was mentioned in his will. By 1880, Benjamin has been gone from Pike County, OH for more than 20 years.
A cooper is one who makes barrels and casks.
A biography of son Adam Earhart, in Beer's History of Pike Co, OH, says John's wife's name was Martha, but no clues yet as to her maiden name.
Adam's biography says that John and Martha had 12 children. I have only accounted for nine. If there were 12 children,. I may be missing a branch or branches of descendants!
Per Beer's History of Brown Co, OH: "In the western part of the township, religious services were held at the residences of John Earhart and others as early as 1824, by Rev. Beck, a Methodist minister."
The location of the Earhart home place, which is where John and Martha Earhart are buried, is: left off of Oakland-Locust Ridge Road just before the Locust Ridge city limits. The cemetery has been pastured and neglected for years, all the stones were down and broken in many pieces in 1976, when the Brown County Cemetery Index was made.
The David buried at Earhart Cemetery No 1 was could be a younger brother of John Earhart, but there is an age issue. The David in 1840 census was 50-60 years old, ie born 1780-1790. The David in Earhart Cemetery No 1 was born 1796. (Died 06/09/1868, age 72-3-21, per headstone inscription)
I have accounted for 653 descendants, including spouses, to date (Dec 2011), but I have lots of missing downlegs. There could well be several thousand descendants of this pioneer couple.
BROWN CO HISTORY / BEERS Pg 563. "In the western part of the township, services were held at the residences of John Earhart and others as early as 1824, by Rev Beck, a Protestant Methodist."
SECOND MARRIAGE John Earhart, wid, 31 Aug 1843, married Elizabeth Ogden, wid (Clermon Co, Probate Court Marriage Records, Vol 3, pg 338). His wife shown in the 1850 census, the first census with names of members of the household, showed his wife in 1850 to be Elizabeth.
HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS OF BROWN CO, OH, Carl N. Thompson, Pg 28, under History of Pike Twp: ".... , ...., John Earhart, from Pennsylvania, ..., .., were among the early pioneers of this township."
Also, in the same reference, pg 121, a possible sibling/cousin of John: "The first house in the town of Decatur was ... assisted by Henry Earhart ( circa 1801)."
Another possible sibling/cousin is at pg 513: Elizabeth Earhart, born in Chester Co, PA n May 30, 1776 and died Sep 4, 1843; married Absolom Day.
This same reference makes mention, on page 964, that the Earharts were amongst those who helped in the construction of the Union Plains E. U.B Church, about three miles north of Mt. Orab, OH, on US Route 68, in the small village of Greenbush.
Is This Earhart a Relative?: George Earhart who m. Elizabeth Fanchon:
On page 685 of Beer's 1883 History of Brown County, a sketch is given of a George Earhart. Wife = Elizabeth Fanchon; children: John, George, Samuel, Huldah, Tryphena, Mary, Sanford, Sarah, and Peggie. (Samuel is listed twice, do not know if it is two individuals, or a mistake). I have not connected this Earhart to our John.
According to Beer's, this George settled in Sterling Twp in 1799 or 1800. His son, John, settled in Williamsburg, Clermont Co.
WILL - See:http://boards.ancestry.com/surnames.earhart/294/mb.ashx