Catherine DeWald

F, b. circa 1792, d. 6 January 1873
     Catherine DeWald was born circa 1792 at York Co., PA (probably). She was the daughter of Philip DeWald and Catharine Lang. Catherine DeWald married William R. Roberts, son of William Roberts and Ann Mercer, on 24 March 1812 at Baltimore, MD. Catherine DeWald lived on 31 July 1850 at Baltimore Co., MD, farming. She died on 6 January 1873 at Baltimore, MD. She was buried in January 1873 at Green Mount Cemetery, Baltimore, MD.

Children of Catherine DeWald and William R. Roberts

Catherine Caroline DeWald

F, b. 25 December 1826, d. 27 June 1907
     Catherine Caroline DeWald was born on 25 December 1826 at Washington Co., TN. She was the daughter of Daniel DeWald and Mary M. Miller. Catherine Caroline DeWald married John Peter Walter, son of John Walter and Margaret Keicher, on 17 August 1849. Catherine Caroline DeWald died on 27 June 1907 at age 80. She was buried in June 1907 at Philadelphia Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Philadelphia, Washington Co., TN.

Children of Catherine Caroline DeWald and John Peter Walter

Charles Billy DeWald

M, b. 23 April 1918, d. 17 October 2001
     Charles Billy DeWald was born on 23 April 1918 at Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Co., SD. He was the son of Earl Valentine DeWald and Nina Julia Charnock. Charles Billy DeWald married Genevieve Angeline Parkinson on 31 May 1942 at Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV. Charles Billy DeWald died on 17 October 2001 at Lyon Co., IA, at age 83 Dates per SSDI, last residence Larchwood.
Note: Charles lived in South Dakota until August of 1941 when he gave his newly married brother, Clive, and wife Ethel a ride to Los Angeles, California in his Model A Ford along with a friend (later to become his brother-in-law) Marvin Parkinson. Settled in Hawthorne, California and lived there until he retired at which time, he moved to the Parkinson Homestead, northwest of Larchwood, Iowa. They had four children, twins Donald and Constance, Robert, Bryan, and then adopted one of their foster children, Rene'.

Charles Clyde DeWald

M, b. 13 November 1868, d. 18 October 1935
     Charles Clyde DeWald was born on 13 November 1868 at Washington Co., TN. He was the son of William Valentine DeWald and Mary Ann Ruble. Charles Clyde DeWald married Emma Bealman, daughter of Charles Bealman and Caroline Weaver, on 29 September 1900. Occupation: Carpenter and cabinet maker. Charles Clyde DeWald died on 18 October 1935 at Douglas Co., OR, at age 66. He was buried in October 1935 at Cottage Grove, Lane Co., OR.

Child of Charles Clyde DeWald and Emma Bealman

Charles Pepper DeWald

M, b. April 1872, d. 3 February 1929
     Charles Pepper DeWald was born in April 1872 at Washington Co., TN.1 He was the son of James Miller DeWald and Martha Northington. Charles Pepper DeWald began military service Spanish-America War in the Philippines, 14th U.S. Army Infantry, Co. E. He lived in April 1910 at Contra Costa Co., CA.2 He married Jennie (?). Charles Pepper DeWald died on 3 February 1929 at Los Angeles Co., CA, at age 56. He was buried in February 1929 at Los Angeles National Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA, E 14 US INF PLOT: 60 R-A/11.

Child of Charles Pepper DeWald and Jennie (?)


  1. [S464] 1880 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA T9, Roll 1284; FHL #1255284.
  2. [S2774] 1910 Federal Census, Contra Costa County, California. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T624, Roll 75; FHL #1374088.

Charles Robert Dewald

M, b. 11 April 1932, d. 22 December 1998
     Charles Robert Dewald was also known as "Tiny".

When Charles Robert Dewald was born, he and his mom were living with her grandparents. Since he was the smallest child in the household, he was given the nickname "Tiny". It stuck.

Tiny and his wife separated shortly after their two children were born. Tiny moved back in with his step-grandmother, Mary Catherine (King) DeWald. Mary Catherine helped him raise his two children (her step-great-grandchildren).

He was born on 11 April 1932 at Washington Co., TN. He was the son of Thomas Robert Chase and Beulah Dean DeWald. Charles Robert Dewald died on 22 December 1998 at Washington Co., TN, at age 66

OBITUARY - Greeneville Sun, Greenville (TN), December 23, 1998

JONESBOROUGH - Charles R. "Tiny" Dewald, 66, of Sand Valley Road, Jonesborough, died Tuesday at his home.
Mr. Dewald was a native of Washington County, a son of the late Beulah Dewald.
He was formerly employed as an agent-operator for Southern Railway.
Mr. Dewald was a Methodist.
Survivors include his daughter: Vicki Garland of Jonesborough; his son: Charles "Chuck" Dewald Jr. of Morristown; a granddaughter: Melanie Garland of Jonesborough; three grandsons: Charles "Chuck" Dewald II, Jamie Dewald, and Scottie Dewald, all of Morristown; a great-granddaughter: Brett "Little B" Garland of Jonesborough; a great-grandson: Jordan Garland of Limestone; two sisters: Dorothy Heaton of Orlando, Fla. and Mabel Ruth Southerland of Jonesborough; two brothers: Lester Dewald of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and D.H. Dewald Jr. of Church Hill; and a special aunt: Evelyn McCall of Limestone.
The family will receive friends from 1-2 Saturday afternoon at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home, Jonesborough.
The funeral service will follow visitation at 2 o'clock in the funeral home chapel. The Rev. Richard Emmert will officiate.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Matthews, Fred Southerland, Derrick Bowman, Dean Rambo, Bobby Hall, Bucky Mitchell, Craig Garland, Darrin Carver, and Charlie Lewis.
Memorial contributions may be made to Dawn of Hope, 1500 E. Millard St., Johnson City, TN 37601

Note: The four siblings listed in the above obituary were actually Tiny's mother's siblings, with whom he was raised.

Clive Edwin DeWald

M, b. 20 June 1920, d. 1 July 2011
     Clive Edwin DeWald was born on 20 June 1920 at Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Co., SD. He was the son of Earl Valentine DeWald and Nina Julia Charnock. Clive Edwin DeWald married Ethel Emma Stanley on 26 August 1941 at Valley Springs, Minnehaha Co., SD. Clive Edwin DeWald lived at 704 N. Broadway, Watertown, SD. He died on 1 July 2011 at Codington Co., SD, at age 91 Dates per SSDI, last residence Watertown.
Note: Clive attended 7th & 8th grades in the country school, Sunnyside #38, located a half mile east of the DeWald farm, 4 1/2 miles south and 1/2 mile west of Valley Springs, South Dakota. Graduated from Valley Springs High School in l938, attended one year at Sioux Falls College, one year in the Civilian Conservation Corp at Lightning Creek camp west of Custer, South Dakota, Attended South Dakota State College in l940-41, was married on his brother Earl's, parents, and grandparents anniversary, left for California the same day with brother Charles, and settled in Los Angeles working in Experimental at Lockheed Aircraft Corp for 2 years. Entered the USN-CBs in Sept-l943, boot camp at Williamsburg, Virginia, advanced training at Oakland, California. Spent 22 months in the Pacific at Hawaii, Tinian, and Eniwetok. Discharged in Dec-1945, worked in Los Angeles for almost two years, entered South Dakota State University in l947 and was graduated in l949. Taught Vocational Agriculture for three years at Parker, South Dakota, three years at Monroe, South Dakota, 2 years as school representative for "Successful Farming" magazine, was a partner in a Purina Feed business and raised broilers (5000 at a time), and in l959 started working for DeKalb AgResearch, Inc as District Sales Manager at Watertown, South Dakota for 23 years. After retiring was DeKalb dealer in the Watertown and Florence, South Dakota areas until l990.

Cora Belle DeWald

F, b. 9 February 1870, d. 28 June 1871
     Cora Belle DeWald was born on 9 February 1870. She was the daughter of James Miller DeWald and Martha Northington. Cora Belle DeWald died on 28 June 1871 at age 1.

Daniel DeWald

M, b. 30 July 1800, d. 21 January 1886
     Daniel DeWald was born on 30 July 1800 at Adams (formerly York Co.), PA. He was the son of Philip DeWald and Catharine Lang. Daniel DeWald was christened on 21 September 1800 at St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Hanover, York Co., PA; Sponsors: His parents. He married Mary M. Miller, daughter of Jacob Miller and Elizabeth Range, on 6 January 1825 at Washington Co., TN.1 Daniel DeWald lived at the Nolichucky River area, Tennessee. He died on 21 January 1886 at age 85. He was buried in January 1886 at Mt. Bethel Cemetery, Limestone, Washington Co., TN.

Children of Daniel DeWald and Mary M. Miller


  1. [S97] Washington County, Tennessee Marriages.

Daniel Hubert DeWald

M, b. 21 August 1881
     Daniel Hubert DeWald was also known as "Buck". He was born on 21 August 1881 at Washington Co., TN.1 He was the son of James Miller DeWald and Nancy E. Northington. Daniel Hubert DeWald married Vergie Cloyd, daughter of Samuel K. Cloyd and Nancy Jane Collins, on 12 August 1906. Daniel Hubert DeWald married Mary Catherine King, daughter of Peter H. King and Alaminta Frances Strickler, in 1920.

Children of Daniel Hubert DeWald and Vergie Cloyd

Children of Daniel Hubert DeWald and Mary Catherine King


  1. [S465] 1900 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1603; FHL #1241603.

Darwin Bryce DeWald

M, b. 14 April 1923
     Darwin Bryce DeWald lived at Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA. He was born on 14 April 1923 at Montrose, McCook Co., SD. He was the son of Adrian Ruble DeWald and Mayme Woods. Darwin Bryce DeWald married Doris Ann Miller on 15 January 1944.

Dorothy Lucille DeWald

F, b. 1921
     Dorothy Lucille DeWald was born in 1921. She was the daughter of Daniel Hubert DeWald and Mary Catherine King.

Earl Charnock DeWald

M, b. 13 December 1916
     Earl Charnock DeWald was born on 13 December 1916 at Montrose, McCook Co., SD. He was the son of Earl Valentine DeWald and Nina Julia Charnock. Earl Charnock DeWald married Mildred Irene Jacobsen on 26 August 1940 at Rock Rapids, Lyon Co., IA.
Note: Earl was married on his parents and grandparents (Charnock) wedding anniversary. Lived in South Dakota until 1941 and migrated to Los Angeles, California. They had three girls, Nianne, Rosemary, and Jane Valentine. Moved to Gresham, Oregon.

Earl Valentine DeWald

M, b. 7 May 1893, d. 20 June 1980
     Earl Valentine DeWald was born on 7 May 1893 at Humboldt, Minnehaha Co., SD. He was the son of William Montgomery DeWald and Myrtella Delilah Gage. Earl Valentine DeWald married Nina Julia Charnock, daughter of Charles Charnock and Rosa Roberts, on 26 August 1914 at Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Co., SD. Earl Valentine DeWald was buried in 1980 at Pomona Mausoleum, Pomona, Los Angeles Co., CA. He died on 20 June 1980 at Portland, Multnomah Co., OR, at age 87.
Note: Earl was born on their farm near Montrose, South Dakota and farmed there after marriage. Moved to Sioux Falls and was salesman for Standard Oil Company. Moved with family for 2 years to Rock Rapids, Iowa, and then to Red Wing, Minnesota. for 2 years. Moved back to a farm near Valley Springs, South Dakota for over 10 years. To Los Angeles, California in l941 and lived there and Chino, California, then to Pomona. When his wife died he moved to Portland, Oregon to be near his eldest son, Earl, and family. Moved to Eugene, Oregon for a short time, and died at the age of 87 on his youngest son's birthday. He was cremated and ashes are buried in the Pomona Mausoleum with his wife, Nina.

Children of Earl Valentine DeWald and Nina Julia Charnock

Elizabeth DeWald

F, b. 23 November 1830, d. 27 August 1902
     Elizabeth DeWald was born on 23 November 1830 at Washington Co., TN.1 She was the daughter of Daniel DeWald and Mary M. Miller. Elizabeth DeWald died on 27 August 1902 at age 71. She was buried in 1902 at New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery, Limestone, Washington Co., TN.
Note: Did not marry.


  1. [S465] 1900 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1603; FHL #1241603.

Elizabeth DeWald

F, b. 11 October 1797
     Elizabeth DeWald married Robert Hughes. Elizabeth DeWald was born on 11 October 1797 at York Co., PA. She was the daughter of Gabriel DeWalt and Magdalena Kitzmiller. Elizabeth DeWald was christened on 29 November 1797 at St. Matthews Lutheran Church Cemetery, Hanover, York Co., PA.

Child of Elizabeth DeWald and Robert Hughes

Everett Francis DeWald

M, b. 14 July 1919, d. 5 July 1982
     Everett Francis DeWald began military service Army Air Corps, WW II. He was born on 14 July 1919 at Montrose, McCook Co., SD. He was the son of Adrian Ruble DeWald and Mayme Woods. Everett Francis DeWald married Margaret Linea Nylund on 15 September 1941. Everett Francis DeWald died on 5 July 1982 at Eureka, Humboldt Co., CA, at age 62. He was buried in July 1982 at Eureka, Humboldt Co., CA.

Everett Raymond DeWald

M, b. 14 April 1903, d. 5 November 1997
     Occupation: Farmed at Montrose, SD and Cushing, MN. Everett Raymond DeWald was born on 14 April 1903. He was the son of William Montgomery DeWald and Myrtella Delilah Gage. Everett Raymond DeWald married Mabel McCullough, daughter of William McCullough and Grace Taylor, on 3 November 1925. Everett Raymond DeWald died on 5 November 1997 at Port Orchard, Kitsap Co., WA, at age 94.

Child of Everett Raymond DeWald and Mabel McCullough

Fanny Maud DeWald

F, b. December 1876, d. 1939
     Fanny Maud DeWald was born in December 1876 at Tennessee.1 She was the daughter of William Valentine DeWald and Mary Ann Ruble. Fanny Maud DeWald married Silas Sherman Shortridge, son of William Wallace Shortridge and Ellen J. Keyes, after June 1900. Fanny Maud DeWald died in 1939.

Children of Fanny Maud DeWald and Silas Sherman Shortridge


  1. [S1322] 1900 Federal Census, Douglas County, Oregon. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1346; FHL #1241346.

Franklin Jerome DeWald

M, b. circa 1866, d. June 1943
     Franklin Jerome DeWald was born circa 1866 at Washington Co., TN.1 He was the son of James Miller DeWald and Martha Northington. Franklin Jerome DeWald married Ada Lee Snapp, daughter of Andrew Jackson Snapp and Elizabeth Shell Wilson, in 1890, They raised several foster children, but had no natural children. Here is the story of their foster daughter Augusta DeWald's birth family, as found by Tracy Devault's research:

In August of 1899, R. E. Fleming and Nannie Catherine Shifflett obtained a marriage license. We don't know if they were actually married but I suppose they were. We do know that Nannie and her children used the Fleming surname.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - The Harrisonburg Evening News; Harrisonburg, Virginia; August 8, 1899; Page 1

"Marriage licenses have been issued by the County Clerk as follows: R. E. Fleming and Nannie Catherine Shifflett. . ."

The Flemings had two daughters and a son. Like most women of the day, Nannie had a side business where she could earn a little pin money. In Nannie's case, she ran the local brothel. This side business was not only illegal but it was also considered a bad environment for her children. Nannie was tried sentenced to six months in the county jail and her children were removed from her custody.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - The Harrisonburg Rockingham Register; Harrisonburg, Virginia; May 11, 1906, Page 2


Children of Nannie Fleming Given to Virginia Home Society to Escape Vicious Surroundings.

Lena, Alberta and Robert Fleming, aged respectively Six, Four and two years, children of Mrs. Nannie Shifflett Fleming, were committed Monday by Justice Points to the custody of the Children's Home Society of Virginia. They were taken to Richmond Tuesday morning by Rev. Wm. J. Maybee, superintendent of the Society, and placed in the Society's receiving home. Permanent homes will be procured for them later.

The children were found Monday morning in a sink-hole on the farm of George Liskey, in the Greenmount neighborhood, where they had been concealed over night by their mother who is under conviction on the charge of conducting a disreputable house in Harrisonburg. She anticipated an effort would be made to have her children committed to a charitable institution, and had hidden them in the woods.

Armed with a warrant, issued by Magistrate Points, Deputy Sheriffs W. L. Dillard and J. J. Carickhoff left town early Monday morning to search for the children. The officers knew the mother and three little ones had been in Broadway, but they had later advices that they were somewhere in the Greenmount neighborhood and to Greenmount they drove. Arriving there, they learned the objects of their search had procured something to eat at a farmhouse, after spending the night in the woods, and that they had disappeared immediately after being given their breakfast.

The officers separated and began a search of all the woodland of the neighborhood. Finally Officer Dillard came upon the party. Parting the undergrowth and peering into a sink-hole in George Liskey's woods, he saw the three children, their mother, and Mrs. Anna Coon, the latter's sister, all huddled closely together.

When the mother realized that detection had come she scrambled up to where the officer, stood and asked, "Mr. Dillard, are you after me?"

Being told it was not herself, but the children that were wanted the woman became wildly excited and throwing her arms about the officer exclaimed, "Oh, Lord! Mr. Dillard, don't take them away from me. Don't take them. Don't! don't! don't!"

When the officer proved kindly but firmly insistent, the mother declared she could not part with her children and finally appealed to the officer to shoot her, saying, "Mr. Dillard, if you have a pistol, shoot me dead, for I'd rather die than give these babies up."

Officer Carickhoff came up in the mean time and the children were placed in a carriage and brought to Harrisonburg. They were accompanied by Anna Coon, their aunt but the mother remained behind. The latter asked the officers if she might come along and was told she could do so at her own risk. She preferred not to take the risk, knowing that a jail sentence of six months awaited her, which she must serve the first time the police catch her here.

During the afternoon the case was heard before Magistrate Points and the children were committed.

The mother is under sentence of six months in jail and a fine of $50. She was tried last week and convicted in her absence, she having disappeared while out on her own recognizance."

We don't know if Nannie ever served her six month sentence. She eventually remarried and had two more children. We're told by descendants of her second family that Nannie searched for her children but it was all in vain as she never found them. However, one of Nannie's granddaughters, a daughter of the son that was taken away, pieced together part of the story. The son, and one of the daughters, Alberta, were given to a family by the name of Davis. Shortly after the Davises took in the children, Mrs. Davis passed away. Mr. Davis returned Alberta to the court but retained the son. The boy was renamed Lewis Davis. It was Lewis' daughter, Darlene, that gave us this part of the story.

Alberta was taken in by another family. We don't know what happened to the other daughter but it is quite possible that she was taken in by the same family that took in Alberta.

Alberta eventually married Clarence Nathanial Arnold. Clarence and Alberta had three sons. Eventually Alberta divorced Clarence and then later married Charles Brown Bell. Alberta's maiden name was Alberta Frances Fleming. After she married Charles she started going by Elizabeth "Betty" F. Bell. Charles and Elizabeth had a son. Elizabeth died in 1959.

OBITUARY - The Index-Journal; Greenwood, South Carolina; Saturday, August 8, 1959;

"Mrs. Betty Bell Dies Today In Washington

Mrs. Betty Bell, 57, of Route Two, Greenwood, died at 4 a.m. today after a brief illness in Washington, D.C., where she had been visiting her children.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Brown Bell, and a son, Andrew C. Bell of Greenwood, three sons by a former marriage, Johnny, Eddie and Charlie Arnold; several grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, all of Washington; a brother in Philadelphia and a sister in Bristol, Tenn.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete, but services will be held in Washington. The body is at Chambers Funeral Home, 11 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Washington."

As often happens after someone dies, legal notices are posted in the local newspaper.

"LEGAL NOTICE - The Index-Journal; Greenwood, South Carolina; Wednesday, September 23, 1959; Page 9 (


All creditors of the late Mrs. Elizabeth Alberta DeWald Bell are hereby notified to render an account of their demands duly attested to the undersigned; and all debtors shall likewise make payment to the undersigned.

Andrew C. Bell

c/o Grier, McDonald, Todd, Burns and Bradford, 520 Textile Building, Greenwood, South Carolina"

If you haven't figured it out by now, Alberta is Alberta Frances DeWald. Her foster parents were Franklin Jerome "Frank" DeWald and Ada Lee Snapp. Alberta had two sisters and both of them were foster/adopted children. The older sister was about the right age to be Alberta's biological sister. Her name was Nellie Lee and in the newspaper article, Alberta's older sister is Lena. Alberta's younger sister, Lillian is probably no biological relation.

Franklin Jerome DeWald died in June 1943. Cause of death: Died the same day as his wife, due to accidental burns. He was buried in June 1943 at Gunnings Cemetery, Blountville, Sullivan Co., TN.


  1. [S464] 1880 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA T9, Roll 1284; FHL #1255284.

Henrich DeWald1

M, b. 10 April 1733, d. 16 April 1817
     Henrich DeWald was born on 10 April 1733 at Alsace or Palatinate. He was the son of (?) DeWald. Henrich DeWald married Maria Catherine Greaver, daughter of (?) Greaver, circa 1761 at Palatinate. Henrich DeWald immigrated in 1766 to Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co., PA; Sailed from England on the Chance in 1766, arrived Philadelphia abt. Sep. 23. Occupation: Tailor and farmer. He began military service REVOLUTIONARY WAR SERVICE:
1775 - Ensign, Sixth Battilion, 3rd Co., York Co. Militia under Col. William Ross. This unit became part of Flying Camp Regiment uner Col. Richard McAllister and participated in the Battle of Long Island and Fort Washington.
1779 - Lt. of his own Company under Col. Adam Winterode
1781 - Lt. under Captain Abraham Furray
Ref: PA Archives, 6th Series, Vol. II, pp 540, 564, 629, and 688.

Birthplace described as "west bank of Rhine near Switzerland". German language and Protestant religion point to Alsace or Palatinate as likely birth area. Name is spelled variously as DeWald, DeWalt, and DeVault. On the original christening certificate of Philip's daughter Ann Eliza (Anna Liza), it was clearly written "Dewalt" in German by the minister.

1733 born April 10, 1733 Palatinate
1737 Mary Catharine, Born August 8, 1737
1766 Arrived in America September 23, signature Strassburger's Pa. Pioneers
Land Application December 2, 1766 for 104 acres "Seifers-Bach"
1767 Twins, Gabriel & Elizabeth born - were baptised Sherman Lutheran Church, York Co., Pa.
1768 Land Warrant on April 27, 1768 for 110 acres "Ter-Bach"
1778 Ensign York Co. Militia - Taxed on 200 acres
1779 Lieut. York Co. Militia - Taxed on 200 acres
1780 Taxed on 200 acres
Named in Deed for St. Matthews Lutheran Church
1781 Lieut. York Co. Militia - Taxed on 200 acres
1782 Taxed on 200 acres
1783 Tax Collector Manheim Township - 13 in family
1785 On rolls of York Co. Militia
1787 Adm. of an estate in Heidleburg Township
1790 Not in Census
1809 Trustee of an Estate I have a copy Document
1800 Listed in Census - 6 in family
1810 Sold 8 acres of farm for 126 pounds
1817 Henry DIED April 16, 1817, WILL filed
1837 Wife died August 8, 1838, buried St. Matthew Church
1847 2nd and final settlement of Henry's estate
ca. 1817 Bodies removed from Church Cemetary to Mt. Olivet Cemetary, Hanover, York Co., PA
1792 Manheim Township Tax 170 acres VALUE 119-0-0

From Leslie Smith Deardorff's Notes:
1772-Manheim Township, value 9 pounds, tax 0.1.6
1795-, Germany Township - 6 horned cattle, 4 horses, 200 Land Valued 366 pounds, tax 1pound.2.10
1783-Manheim Township, 13 inhab'ts., 3 horned cattle, 2 horses,6 sheep, 100 land, 1 house, 1 outhouse value 945 pounds, tax 2 pounds TAX 9-4-0


1781- Vestry & Wardman of High German Lutheran Church in Town of Hanover, County of York, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania document
1799 Land Assessment - Germany Township - Henry Dewalt $1,810 value, tax was 23 cents per $100

Camp Security stockade built 1781 by Col. Jas. Wood on land of Daniel Brubaker. British troops of Burgoyne's army imprisoned here, guarded by York Co. Militia, one mile South of Route 30 at Stoneybrook (across from roadhouse).

"YORK COUNTY, PA IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION" a source book compiled by Henry James Young, 1940, RED SERIES VOLUME II:
HENRY DEWALT, LIEUT. 20 pounds and 5.10.0 Bounty
Source: Young's - Henry Devolt or Dewalt of Manheim Township paid 2.0.0 pounds for warning the militia on 5 February 1778. He was an ensign in the 3rd Co., 8th Batt. York County Militia according to a return dated 5 April 1778. In 1780 he was Lieutenant of this Co., then under Capt. Conrad Sherrets, when it was the 3rd Co., 7th Batt. he served at Camp Security on Guard Duty over British POWs in York Co. from 16 July to 17 Sept 1781.

WILL: Made March 6, 1817, probated May 10, 1817.
I made a copy from the original in the York County Courthouse myself (Leslie Deardorff), and I have a typewritten copy of the will. It was the longest will written at that time and gives specific directions for care of his family.
1819 March 2 - Account of Last Will & Testiment Document
1843, August 25th, Administrators of Estate of Henry Dewald of York County, Pa. Document.
1846, June 27th - Administration Account Document.

He died on 16 April 1817 at near Hanover, York Co., PA, at age 84. He was buried in April 1817 at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Abner Forney plot, Hanover, York Co., PA, originally was buried at St. Matthews, but was reinterred, along with Mary Catherine, at Mt. Olivet when St. Matthews was enlarged, about 1918, permission being given by granddaughter, Miss Lucy Forney.

Children of Henrich DeWald and Maria Catherine Greaver


  1. [S101] William Bruce Gillmore M.A. LL.B, A DeVault Genealogy, 8.

Henry DeWald

M, b. 20 January 1774, d. 20 September 1864
     Henry DeWald was also known as Henry Dawalt This family used "Dawalt" after the relocation from Tennessee to Indiana.
Note: Henry and his brother, Gabriel, were the first of the Dewald family to move to Tennessee. They arrived in the fall of 1797. Gabriel with his family first settled on the old John Bean Plantation at the crossing of the Watauga River, later to be known as DeVault's Ford. Henry settled on the John Bishop farm located a few miles away on the Holstein River. Both farms were purchased by their father a few months earlier. Eventually Henry and Gabriel would share the farm on the Holstein, which was enlarged by the purchase of an adjoining tract of land on November 29, 1800. Two other brothers, Valentine and Frederick would move onto and eventually inherit the farm on the Watauga. (Shortly after arriving in East Tennessee the four DeWald brothers changed the spelling of the family surname to “Davault.”)
Henry and Gabriel's farm adjoined that of Jacob Gross. Henry was soon to marry Jacob's daughter Elizabeth. Their first child was born on this farm in December of 1801. Newland DeVault reported that Henry moved to Washington County, Indiana about 1803, however, information has come to light that shows that Henry and family did not move to Indiana until about 1811. From about 1803 until 1811 the family lived in Claiborne County, Tennessee. In Indiana they settled a hundred and sixty acre homestead near where the town of Salem would later be established. It is said that Henry and three others picked the site of Salem and named it. They first decided to call the place "Vernon," but Henry, with his strong German accent, could not pronounce the name and called it "were-non," so they changed the name to Salem. He is reputed to have built the third house in Salem. Henry lived the rest of his life on this farm in Washington Co., Indiana.
Henry Dawalt (as he spelled his name after moving to Indiana) had a varied career. He was a Captain in the Militia (1812), later a Colonel, an Indian fighter, an operator of a Tavern for four years, a flat boat operator to New Orleans, a deputy Sheriff (1817) and a county commissioner. Henry made considerable money flatboating down the Mississippi River to New Orleans. The story is told that Henry was drowned on one of his trips to New Orleans. The report was verified and accepted as true by his friends and family. Their shock was great (and their relief) when he came walking in to his home one dark night.
When his father died, Henry came into possession of his half-interest in the two farms on the Holstein River in Tennessee. In the fall of 1820, shortly after the settlement of his father's estate, Henry road horseback to Tennessee and sold his interest to his brother Gabriel. This transfer was made September 7, 1820; the signatures on the deed are interesting. Henry, ever since moving to Indiana, had been spelling his name "Dawalt." However, in order that the spelling would be consistant with the original deed, he had to spell his name "DeValt." The same is true for his brother Gabriel and a nephew (as witness) that also signed the deed.
When Henry returned to Salem he carried on horseback two small pine trees from the farm that he had just sold. He planted these trees in front of his house on the farm in Salem. These trees were pointed out to Newland DeVault when he visited Charlie and Earl Dawalt in 1946.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE, Western Sun, September 8, 1812
Indian Territory, 1812
"An express has just arived in town from Pidgen Roost which brings the distressing intelligence of the Indians having killed 23 souls in addition to which one young man is missing. They were pursued by a party under Captain DeVolt, who fell in with the Indians on Driftwood and had a skirmish with them in which one man was mortally wounded."

Dawalt Family Reunion
The reunion of the Dawalt family was held at the home of the late Henry C. Dawalt with his daughters Eva Dawalt and Nora D. Short as hostesses. One hundred people were present, half of whom were lineal descendants of Col, Henry Dawalt who came to this country in 1809 and settled on the land still in the name of his family.
The three young grandchildren were present: Sam Dawalt, Kate Dawalt Johnson and Anna Tilford Payne. Relatives were present from Peru, Crawfordsville, Borden and Bridgeport as well as Salem and vicinity.
The history of the family was given by Nora D. Short, who has collected much interesting data from the original homes of these ancestors in Tennessee and York County, PA., which she has visited.
Early historians of Washington County recount the conspicouious part which Col. Henry Dawalt took in the community life of our county. He served as Captain of the first militia organized and later as Colonel led in pursuit of the Indians following the Pigeon Roost massacre in Scott County.
On his farm stood one of the early forts and and also one of the earliest schools of record. He was one of the organizers of Zion Lutheran church which stood near Norria.
He served the county several terms as commissioner and helped to lay out the town of Salem.
He as an ardent Democrat and his family without exception have continued true to this tradition.
He died at the age of 91 soon after the visit of Morgan's soldiers to his home on their memoriable raid in July 1864.
Reminiscenses of those early days, getting acquianted and a bountiful noon dinner were features of this family gathering.
Next year the reunion will be held at the home of Sam Dawalt.

See the notes for Henry Cyrus Dawalt, grandson of Henry Dawalt, for an article about the Dewalts of Salem, Indiana.

OBITUARY - The Salem Democrat, May 31, 1876, Pioneer Pickins Number 54

Henry Dawalt, not "Davault", as some historians have it was one of the early settlers . He was of German parentage, and was born in the State of Pennsylvania, at Hanover, York county, January 1, 1774. He was a man of great energy and decision of character, and although his mind was slow to act, yet when he came to a conclusion, it was nearly always correct, nothing could change him. He was for many years a commissioner of this county, and none watched the treasury closer than Colonel Dawalt. At the age of twenty-one, he, together with four of his brothers, emigrated to Washington County, in the State of Tennessee, and settled near what is now Jonesborough in East Tennessee. . . . While he resided in Tennessee, he married a young lady by the name of Elizabeth Gross, who lived in Virginia. Becoming tired of the East Tennessee hills and mountains, he . . . removed to Sacamore Creek in Claybourne County. . . .
In 1809, he set out from Tennessee on his journey to the north of the Ohio. He traveled over the country from the Falls of the Ohio to the Muscatituck (sic). He was up Royce's fork of the Blue River and found a place to suit him; and he went to Jeffersonville and entered one hundred and sixty acres of land, being the same land where he died.

The Salem Democrat, June 7, 1876, Pioneer Pickings No. 55
-- We forgot to mention that the wife of Colonel Dawalt was born in 1778 and died November 15, 1851. . . . After the death of his wife, he lived the remainder of his days with his son, John, on the old farm. He died on the 20th of September 1864, in his ninety-first year.

Note: The Washington Township Cemetery Book gives the birth of Elizabeth (Gross) Dawalt as "October 10, 1776."

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - November 29, 1988

Family returning from Thanksgiving with relatives finds historic home in flames
By CECIL J. SMITH, Managing Editor

One of Washington County’s historic homes was destroyed by fire early Friday morning.
The residence of Mr. and Mrs. Preston Shell and their seven children, located three miles east of Salem burned to the ground in a fire that was discovered at about 1:30 a.m. Friday.
Salem firemen said because the house was a total loss it may be impossible to determine the exact cause of the blaze.
The fire was discovered by the Shells as they returned home after spending Thanksgiving day with relatives. Shell told firemen fire was evident on both floors and coming through the roof when he first saw it.
Firemen said as they left Salem on State Road 56 they could see the red glow from the burning house.
Nothing was saved from the two-story farm house, portions of which date back to the beginnings of Washington County.
Firemen did save nearby buildings and extinguished a field fire across the road that started from burning embers.
Portions of the house were built by Henry Dawalt who came to Washington County about 1809 and moved to that area of eastern Washington Township about 1815. He owned a large tract of farm land east of Salem.
Pete Hilton, whose wife, Bernice, is a granddaughter of Commodore Dawalt, said Henry Dawalt was among those helping to select the site for the town of Salem. He said the house was added to many times over the years.
The house was in the Dawalt family until just a few years ago, being owned by Henry’s son, John Gross Dawalt, then passing to Commodore Dawalt, and finally Earl Dawalt. It left the family about 1980 when it was sold to Harry Day. He later sold the house and two acres to Mr. and Mrs. Bill Stoops who sold it in January 1987 to the Shells.
“It was a real shocker,” Shell said, describing the scene as he and his family arrived home early Friday. He said much of the house was engulfed and flames were coming out of the roof. The front porch, he said, was starting to fall in.
Shell rushed to the neighboring residence of General Potter and the Potters called the fire department.
Shell said he and his wife, Margie, plan to rebuild on the site. Insurance will help, “but it’s not near enough to cover everything.” In the meantime, they have found a place to live in the New Salem area.
The Shell children are Josh, 9, Chris, 12, Peter, 13, David, 16, Charles 16, John, 17, and Theresa, 18.


Jan 1, 1774
Sept. 20, 1864.

He was born on 20 January 1774 at Hanover, York Co., PA. He was the son of Henrich DeWald and Maria Catherine Greaver. Henry DeWald married Elizabeth Gross, daughter of Jacob Gross, circa 1797 at Sullivan Co., TN. Henry DeWald died on 20 September 1864 at Salem, Washington Co., IN, at age 90.

Children of Henry DeWald and Elizabeth Gross

Henry P. Long DeWald

M, b. 4 June 1866, d. 27 May 1947
     Henry P. Long DeWald was born on 4 June 1866 at Washington Co., TN. He was the son of William Valentine DeWald and Mary Ann Ruble. Henry P. Long DeWald married Martha Jane Bealman, daughter of Charles Bealman and Caroline Weaver, in September 1896, Two children, names unknown, both died young. Henry P. Long DeWald lived at McCook Co., SD, later Canyonville, Douglas Co., OR. He died on 27 May 1947 at Canyonville, Douglas Co., OR, at age 80. He was buried in 1947 at Canyonville, Douglas Co., OR.

Ila Lavonne DeWald

F, b. 23 February 1926
     Ila Lavonne DeWald was born on 23 February 1926. She was the daughter of Everett Raymond DeWald and Mabel McCullough. Ila Lavonne DeWald married Dean Kaestener on 31 December 1946.

James Daniel DeWald

M, b. 17 October 1860, d. 2 April 1933
     James Daniel DeWald was also known as "J.D." He was born on 17 October 1860. He was the son of William Valentine DeWald and Mary Ann Ruble. James Daniel DeWald married Bessie Mauck, daughter of Albert Mauck and Jeanie Galloway, on 6 February 1913 at Tennessee. James Daniel DeWald lived in 1930 at McCook Co., SD, Owned a farm and beautiful home in McCook County, South Dakota. He died on 2 April 1933 at McCook Co., SD, at age 72. He was buried in April 1933 at Montrose, McCook Co., SD.

Child of James Daniel DeWald and Bessie Mauck

James David DeWald

M, b. 7 May 1885, d. 1963
     James David DeWald was born on 7 May 1885 at Washington Co., TN.1 He was the son of James Miller DeWald and Nancy E. Northington. James David DeWald married Belva Dunn on 31 January 1926, no children. James David DeWald lived at Jonesborough, Washington Co., TN. He died in 1963.


  1. [S465] 1900 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1603; FHL #1241603.

James Miller DeWald

M, b. 16 October 1839, d. 30 October 1899
     James Miller DeWald was born on 16 October 1839 at Washington Co., TN.1 He was the son of Daniel DeWald and Mary M. Miller. James Miller DeWald began military service Confederate Army, Civil War. He married Martha Northington, daughter of Peter W. Northington and Rebecca Cloyd, on 14 September 1864 at Washington Co., TN. James Miller DeWald married Nancy E. Northington, daughter of Peter W. Northington and Rebecca Cloyd, after 7 June 1880.1,2 James Miller DeWald lived at Sullivan Co., later Washington Co., TN. He died on 30 October 1899 at age 60. He was buried in November 1899 at New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery, Limestone, Washington Co., TN.

Children of James Miller DeWald and Martha Northington

Children of James Miller DeWald and Nancy E. Northington


  1. [S464] 1880 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA T9, Roll 1284; FHL #1255284.
  2. [S465] 1900 Federal Census, Washington County, Tennessee. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1603; FHL #1241603.

Jennie Mildred DeWald

F, b. 20 August 1918
     Jennie Mildred DeWald was born on 20 August 1918 at Montrose, McCook Co., SD. She was the daughter of James Daniel DeWald and Bessie Mauck. Jennie Mildred DeWald married William McCoy McClellan, son of William M. McClellan and Belle Glenn Morrell, on 27 March 1940 at Tennessee.

Jerre Lee DeWald

M, b. 4 November 1946, d. 9 March 2013
     Jerre Lee DeWald was born on 4 November 1946. He was the son of Jesse Burton DeWald and Lois Maud Fenn. Jerre Lee DeWald died on 9 March 2013 at age 66 Dates per SSDI.

Obituary from NR Today online:

Age 66, died of natural causes on Saturday, March 9, 2013. He was born November 4, 1946, in Canyonville, Oregon. He graduated from Days Creek High in 1964 and studied diesel mechanic’s at OIT in Klamath Falls. He owned and operated the auto parts stores in Canyonville and Myrtle Creek for over 20 years. He drove heavy equipment during the 1990’s. He finished his working career at D.R. Johnson’s in Riddle. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Carole; sons: Gregg, of Portland; Chris, of Tri City; and Eric Fitzsimmons, of Washington; grandchildren: Jake, Carleigh, and Nolan. A family service has been arranged.

Jesse Burton DeWald

M, b. 29 September 1901, d. 17 February 1952
     Jesse Burton DeWald was born on 29 September 1901 at Cottage Grove, Lane Co., OR. He was the son of Charles Clyde DeWald and Emma Bealman. Jesse Burton DeWald married Lois Maud Fenn, daughter of John Arthur Fenn and Margaret Elsie Scoville, in 1944. Jesse Burton DeWald died on 17 February 1952 at Canyonville, Douglas Co., OR, at age 50.

Child of Jesse Burton DeWald and Lois Maud Fenn