Yes, Elaine Holzapfel is my 2nd cousin. Her mother was a daughter of Ella Mae Stoner who was one of Matilda's daughters. Ella Mae was a sister of my maternal grandmother Clara Ethel. It is my grandmother who corresponded with Mrs. Richardson, and it is from these letters that I have gained much of the information regarding the Isenhour family. According to Mrs. Richardson, the spelling of the name varied - "in Penna. the name rarely started with an I, while in the South it rarely started with an E; in Virginia they started it with Ic". In Henry's line, according to her, they really mixed it up. According to my grandmother in her letter, she remembers her mother (Matilda) telling her that the "old spelling was dropped by the Isenhours in Ohio" meaning that they dropped the 'E'. My grandmother also remembers a male relative arriving from Kansas and that the two of them went to Richmond, IN to see another relative. My grandmother believed them to be brothers and that a picture was taken of the three, but unfortunately the picture was lost. Mrs. Richardson believes Henry had "an extra large family of children" many of them settled in the Richmond and Indianapolis areas. I noticed that there are several Isenhours in Darke County during the late 1800's. Mrs. Richardson also 'hinted' that William and his sister Mary may have been twins, but my grandmother doesn't know if this was true or not. According to my grandmother, William and Catherine had 7 children, and all lived to adulthood except one daughter who died at 12. Here is where my confusion occurs because my grandmother refers to these children in some cases by their middle name. Here is my grandmother's list of William/Catherine's chidlren: Hannah (born 1854), John W. (1856), Matilda (1858), Charles (1861), Christena (1862), Dora D. (1866), and James Harrison (1869). The confusion - and maybe you can help me here - is that my grandmother mentions that the daughter that died at 12 was named "Sarah". I think "Sarah" is Hannah as my grandmother lists the marriage-partners of all the other 6 children. Another confusion is that I think Christena is referred to as "Ellen" by my grandmother and Christena's middle initial is 'E'. In fact, later records have James Harrison as just "Harrison". Another interesting fact mentioned by you was that William remarried. Do you know the reason? You mentioned that William, Catherine, and the one daughter are buried in Hill Grove instead of Union City - have you been to either cemetery? I know many of the "Stoners" are buried there and I suspect Matilda is buried there. I am trying to find more information on William's military service in the Civil War, and did find a letter he wrote in July, 1862, while on furlough. It is recorded and a copy is on file at the Ohio Historical Society (Columbus, Ohio), and I intend to get a copy of it. For some reason, it is difficult to get copies of records - marriage, death, etc. - from Darke County. My grandmother mentioned that this is where they are kept even though some members of the family lived in Indiana. If you need some more information - as mentioned my grandmother listed all the spouses of the Isenhour children (ex. Charles married Mary Ware and their children were: Iva, Ray, Charles) - you can contact me at my e-mail directly instead of going through the message board. It is as follows: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am George Hoffman Jr., and my mother was Helen Louise (Southard) who was the oldest daughter of Clara Ethel - my grandmother. Nice to here from a distant relative that I didn't know existed - esp. of the Isenhour/Eisenhower side.