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CATHERINE HASSINGER dtr of Abraham HASSINGER and Eve BUECHLER
b. 1808 Union Co, PA
d. 11 Dec 1888 @80-11 Constantine, St. Joseph Co, MI
md. abt. 1828 Richland Co, OH
TOBIAS SHELLENBARGER son of Philip SHELLENBARGER and Mary Ann KELLER
b. Jan-Feb 1813 Allegheny Co, PA
d. 14 Jan 1874 @61 Constantine, St. Joseph Co, MI
Henry D. b. 28 Oct 1828 Richland d. 14 Jun 1902 md. Sarah ______
Peter Samuel b. 17 Jul 1830 Wood Co d. 23 Jul 1909 Fresno md 1) Emma PARKER
Almira b. 1832 md. Joseph CATTON
Emaline b. 1836 md. John A. SMITH
George b. 6 Mar 1838 md. Mary BITTENBENDER
Marietta H. b. 8 Sep 1840 Wood Co d. 30 Jan 1915 md. James I. WOLF
John b. 1842
Aaron b. 1845 md. Evaline TRAVERSE
Clark W. b. 1848 md. Sophia JONES
one brother of Marietta alive in 1915; obit says she was one of ten children
Commemorative Historical and Biographical Record of Wood County [Ohio]. Chicago, 1897
Township Organization.-The township was established December 3, 1836, and the first election was ordered to be held on the third Monday of that month. On the day named, the voters assembled and selected the following named officials: Trustees, Henry Shaw, Jabez Bell and Tobias Shellenbarger; treasurer, George Carrel; clerk, Lewis F. Lambert; assessor, Amos Jones; justice, .Newell Bills; constable, Charles Grant. The election was held at the house of George Carrel, Section 35, and the men elected held their offices for several terms in succession. Of the officers given, all were Democrats except Jabez Bell and Charles Grant, who are represented to have been Whigs. Henry thus started as a Democratic township, and it continued to be such until 1884, when it became Republican.
Tobias and Moses Shellenbarger came from Richland county, in 1835, and entered land in Section 34. Many years ago they removed from Wood county, and are now living near Coldwater, Michigan.
Voters of 1839.-The thirty male inhabitants of the township, over twenty-one years of age, in 1839, are named as follows: Hiram Bigelow, Henry Beeson, Jabez Bell, Joshua Bartlett, Newell Bills, Daniel Crosser, John Crosser, Adam Crosser, George Carrel, Nelson Copus, John Gobel, Charles Grant, Lewis Jones, Levi Jones, John Kelley, Lewis Lambert, Samuel McCrory, David Morrow, Christopher Miller, R. C. Morgan, Edwin Musgrove, William Musgrove, Francis Oetny, David Ackerman, Jacob Auviter, Christopher Rail, Henry Shaw, Moses Shellenbarger, Tobias Shellenbarger, Richard B. Wall.
1830 Federal Census, Richland Co, OH Series: M19 Roll: 139 Page: 159
1840 Federal Census, Wood Co, OH
1850 Federal Census, St. Joseph Co, MI Series: M432 Roll: 362 Page: 308
dwelling 764 family 767
Rubias Shellenbarger 45 m farmer $100 PA
Catherine Shellenbarger 42 f PA
Thomas Shellenbarger 21 m farmer OH
Peter Shellenbarger 19 m farmer OH
Johanna Shellenbarger 19 f OH
Emaline Shellenbarger 14 f OH
George Shellenbarger 12 m OH
Mary E Shellenbarger 9 f OH
John Shellenbarger 8 m OH
Abram? Shellenbarger 5 m OH
Clark Shellenbarger 2 m OH
dwelling 766 family 769
David Hassinger 49 m carpenter $800 PA
Margaret Hassinger 37 f OH
Ostin Hassinger 17 m carpenter OH
Hannah Hassinger 16 f OH
Almira Hassinger 12 f OH
James Hassinger 10 m MI
Rumina Hassinger 9 f MI
David Hassinger 5 m MI
1860 Federal Census, St. Joseph Co, MI Series: M653 Roll: 561 Page: 357
dwelling 627 family 643
Samuel Shallenberger 23 m farmer $1100 $705 OH
Olive Shallenberger 21 f NY
dwelling 628 family 644
Tobias Shallenberger 54 m farmer $2800 $860 PA
Catherine Shallenberger 50 f PA
Aaron Shallenberger 15 m OH
Marietta Shallenberger 18 f OH
Perry Shallenberger 8 m MI
Marriage Index, St. Joseph Co, MI
E-66 Aaron Shellenbarger to Evaline Traverse
E-136 Clark Shellenbarger to Sophia Jones
E-197 Silas Shellenbarger to Cynthia Danberry
E-198 Silas Shellenbarger to Cynthia Danberry
F-54 Andrew I. Shellenberger to Jennie E. Clark
C-413 George Shellenberger to Mary Bittenbender
E-348 William H. Shellenberger to Lizzie Welch
E-260 Emma Shellenbaker to Henry Baker
E-293 Dell Shellenbarger to George Calton
C-254 Emeline Shellenberger to John A. Smith
E-91 Barbara Hassinger to John W. Terrout
C-86 Hannah Hassinger to Geroge H. Patterson
E-119 Mary A. Hassinger to Frank Harding
E-319 Franklin A. Hassinger to Ida M. Young
D-23 James J. Hassinger to Cornelia Tubbs
F-30 John Peter Hassinger to Minerva Young
Portrait & Biographical Album of St Joseph County, MI. Chicago, 1885.
JOSEPH B. CATTON
Joseph B. Catton, a retired farmer living pleasantly and comfortable in Constantine Village, has been a witness of almost the entire growth of St. Joseph County, from the primeval, forest covered land of more than half a century ago to its present advanced state as a wealthy agricultural region, where commerce and manufactures also flourish, as in 1833, when he was nine years of age, his parents, John and Mary (Barnard) Catton, came to this county and east in their lot with the earliest pioneers of Southern Michigan, and with the exception of a few years he has been a resident here ever since. He was for a long time subsequent to attaining manhood actively identified with the agricultural interests of the county, and still owns a aluable farm of 200 acres in Constantine Township. He has therefore been a factor in developing the county, and as such we are glad to represent him in this biographical work, where the record of so many of St. Joseph County's pioneers and leading men is preserved for the edification of the present and coming generations.
The parents of our subject were natives of Yorkshire, England, and there grew to maturity and married. In 1832, determining to avail themselves of the numerous advantages that the United States of American presented over the mother county, they emigrated with their family of five sons and three daughters to these hospitable shores, and for awhile lived in the State of New York. The following year they came to St. Joseph County and settled in White Pigeon Township, of which they thus early became pioneers. They lived there for many years, and patiently endured the discomforts and even hardships of life in a newly settled country. They afterward spent seven years in Indiana, but returned to this State and settled once more in St. Joseph County, and finally passed to the home beyond the grave from their earthly home in Constantine Township.
He of whom we write was the youngest child of those worthy people, and is now the only surviving member of the family. He was born in Yorkshire, England, Aug. 12, 1824, and was quite young when he accompanied his parents across the Atlantic to make his home in the future on this continent, and as time passed on to become a respected citizen of one of the great commonwealths forming the United States. He lived with his parents until their death, including seven years' residence in Indiana. In 1852 he was smitten with the eager thirst for gold that sent so many of our countrymen and the people of other nationalities flocking across the great plains and over the Rocky Mountains to California, to seek for the precious metal. Two years he spent mining in that State, and his hard toil met with due reward, and at the end of that time he returned to St. Joseph County, well satisfied with his gains, to settle down in life. He turned his attention to farming in Constantine Township, and was so successful in his venture that in November, 1886, he retired to his present home, to enjoy the present competence that he had won by honest and untiring industry, and now lives very quietly, surrounded by all the comforts that heart could wish.
Mr. Catton was married in Mottville township, Jan. 1, 1855, to Mrs. Elmira Shellenberger, daughter of Tobias and Catherine Hassenger. Her parents came to St. Joseph County in 1846, and settled in the western part of Constantine Township, where the father died Jan. 8, 1874, when he was within three weeks of being sixty-two years of age. She died on the 11th of December, 1888, lacking but a few weeks of completing her eighty-first years. Both were natives of Allegheny County, Pa., and both when young emigrated to Richland County, Ohio, where they were married. They removed to Wood County, Ohio, and later to St. Joseph County, Mich., settling upon a farm in the western part of Constantine Township, in which place they lived until the death of the father, after which the mother removed to the residence of her youngest daughter in Constantine Township, where her death occurred. Mr. and Mrs. Hassenger were the parents of eleven children, three daughters and eight sons, and Mrs. Catton was their third child in order of birth. She was born in Richland County, Ohio, Aug. 7, 1832.
Mr. and Mrs. Catton have had four children, of whom the following is recorded: Mary E., is the wife of Morris Hayman; George F. is married to Lutie, daughter of William and Ruth Simmons, has two children, and lives on his father's farm in Constantine Township; Willie died in infancy, and Henry B. is a teacher in Constantine Township.
Mr. Catton is in every sense of the phrase a good man. He has been industrious and thrifty, and always dealing fairly and squarely with his fellowmen, deserves that prosperity should smile on him. In his wife Mr. Catton secured a true helpmate, one who is a judicious and capable manager, who has actively co-operated with him in his work, and has never neglected the comfort of her household. She and her husband are true Christians and are esteemed members of the Reformed Church, of which he is an Elder. They are very pleasant, amiable people, whom to know is to like. Mr. Catton interests himself in the political affairs of the Nation, and warmly espouses the cause of the Democratic party.