John Emmert

M, b. circa 1830
     John Emmert was born circa 1830 at Washington Co. (probably), MD, Or Pennsylvania, per 1850 census.1,2 He was the son of David Emmert and Susan Price. John Emmert married Lydia Puterbaugh on 30 December 1858 at Mt. Carroll, Carroll Co., IL. John Emmert lived in 1880 at Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL.2

Child of John Emmert and Lydia Puterbaugh

Citations

  1. [S935] 1850 Federal Census, Carroll County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 99.
  2. [S138] 1880 Federal Census, Winnebago County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 0261; FHL #1254261.

John Emmert

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     John Emmert was the son of Leonard Emmert.1 John Emmert married Nancy Emery.

Child of John Emmert and Nancy Emery

Child of John Emmert

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 605.

Rev. John Emmert

M, b. 15 July 1778, d. May 1820
     Rev. John Emmert was born on 15 July 1778 at Berks Co., PA. He married Nancy Avey. Rev. John Emmert died in May 1820 at Tilghmanton, Washington Co., MD, at age 41

Biography -- (Findagrave.com):

John Emmert was born on about July 15, 1778 in Berks County, Pennsylvania in the very young (and not certain to endure) United States of America. John’s parents were John Leonard Emmert and Catherine Marie (Gunkel) Emmert.

NOTE: There were several lines of Emmerts in American colonial history, with several spellings of the family name. The Emmerick, Emerts, and Emmerts came from a distinguished ancestry dating back to the Crusades in medieval history when one Emerick, a German knight, became a distinguished Crusader to the Holy Land. We are, however, only concerned here with the Emmerts who descended from Johan Michael “John” Emmert and Maria Barbara (Heyder) Emmert, through John Leonard Emmert (the “old Dunker pathfinder” of Maryland history), to Pastor John Emmert.

John Leonard Emmert was born in Lancaster (later Berks) County, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America in 1745. His parents were immigrants from Bavaria (part of modern-day Germany) who became naturalized British subject on September 15, 1751. Both John Leonard and his father, George (John Jorig Frederich) Emmert, fought against the British in the American Revolution.

Catherine Marie Gunkel was born in Lancaster (later Berks) County, Pennsylvania, British Colonial America in 1749. Her parents were immigrants from Saxony, part of modern-day Germany.

There was apparently an Emmert family schism in the late 1780s when John Leonard turned his back on the family’s Lutheran faith, and embraced the newer Brethren faith. This may explain John Leonard’s being disfavored in his father’s will – he was bequeathed £50 and other minor gifts, possibly just enough to guard against a challenge to the will – while younger brother Martin received the family plantation. It may also explain the move in about 1798 to Washington County, Maryland where John Leonard and his family settled among a very devout and enthusiastic group of Brethren pioneers who had been holding services in their houses and barns since about 1790.

In Maryland, John Leonard purchased a 410-acre farm in 1798 situated on the banks of Antietam Creek where Beaver Creek flows into it at a point called the “Devil's Backbone.”

A log-bodied church was built in that place in about 1799 with John Leonard having charge under the direction of Pastor David Long, Sr. As a result, many more Brethren began purchasing land and settling in the vicinity.

John Emmert grew to adulthood and married Nancy Avey in about 1800. John was 22 years old; Nancy was just 16 years old in 1800.

Nancy Avey was probably born about April 27, 1784 in the vicinity of the Jerusalem and Upper Antietam Hundreds near Mount Zion, Maryland. Her parents were Henry Avey (1753–1828) and Mary Elizabeth Metzger Avey (1760–1839). Henry and Mary Elizabeth were both first-generation native-born Americans, the children of Swiss immigrants. Nancy’s grandfather, Dr. Johann “John” Valentin Metzger, probably served as a physician and surgeon on General George Washington's medical staff, and was reportedly with the Continental Army during the winter encampment at Valley Forge.

John Leonard Emmert died before September 9, 1804, that being the date his will was presented to the county register. All his children were well-provided for. John received the 100-acres where his family then lived, a £600 cash bequest (reduced by the £110.9.3 he had already received), the fruit from a row of apple trees for seven years, and one of his father's bibles.

John Emmert continued in the “Old Pathfinder’s” footsteps, being elected to the ministry in his youth. At the time, Daniel Reichard and David Long were active in the ministry and reportedly needed help to care for the scattered settlers around Washington County.

In addition to young John, John Leonard’s sons Leonard and Joseph were also called to the ministry, and would devote their lives to the service of the Brethren church.

In addition to his pastoral duties, John Emmert had at least nine children with Nancy: daughters Lida in 1801, Sarah in 1802, Elizabeth in 1805, Nancy in 1815, and Barbara in 1820; and sons Joseph in 1803, David in 1804, and George in 1809. Barbara, who was born just month's before her father's death, is the author’s maternal 2nd great-grandmother.

John continued to farm and improve his inherited land, and in about 1811 built a fine stone house and barn near his father's house and within a short walk of his beloved church. These buildings all stood against the elements for 208 years ... until 2019 when a man named Robert Householder of Smithsburg bought the land, then demolished the structures because he said they would interfere with the view from the house he plans to build on higher ground. Perhaps to ensure that he is never forced to reconstruct the historic dwelling, Mr. Household paid to have the home's stones mechanically ground to dust, presumably including the archstone above the hearth inscribed "1811." Sadly, Mr. Householder's wife claims to be an Emmert descendant.

On April 24, 1820, John made his will. Using many of the same words his father had used in making his own will, John stated that he was “weak in body but of sound understanding thanks be to God and knowing that it is appointed for all flesh to yield to death ….” John recommended his soul to “almighty God who gave it hoping through the merits of Jesus Christ to inherit the kingdom of Heaven prepared for his elect and chosen as it hath pleased God to bless me with,” then went on to settle his worldly affairs while giving Nancy significant authority in matters of property.

John’s will was, for its day, a model of equity and empowerment of his wife, Nancy. Maddeningly, however — at least for genealogical purposes — John neither recited the names of his children then living, nor did he even state how many children he and Nancy had had together.

Although he was still a young man, John Emmert went to his eternal reward within a month of making his will. Church historians teach that John died while he was “resting from his labors on the hilltop above his ancestral home, known in history as ‘Delemere’.” This was probably just a few days before May 22, 1820 when his will was submitted to the Washington County Register.

John was reportedly buried beside his father and mother in the family burying ground on the hill overlooking the Emmert homestead. John was probably the only son of John Leonard who was buried there, and a small white marble slab is said to have marked his grave.

EPILOGUE

John’s legacy included his remarkable son, David (1804-1857), who married Susan Price, the daughter of one of the Brethren church’s founders in America. David served in the Pennsylvania legislature in the 1830s, then emigrated with his family to northwest Illinois in 1840.

The David Emmert clan arrived on the prairie with no grubstake, and with only their initiative, intelligence, and willingness to work hard. But the family’s central role in the erection and operation of the first gristmill in the region, their successful efforts to relocate the county seat to Mount Carroll and build a courthouse, and donating the land for the city’s first cemetery, make David and Susan Emmert the true founders of the modern-day City of Mount Carroll.

With his political experience as a Whig in the Pennsylvania legislature, David Emmert was instrumental in helping to secure from the federal government the fair sale of Public Lands to settlers already living in northwestern Illinois in the 1840s. David and Susan were also early supporters of the Mount Carroll Seminary, and David served as one its incorporators 1852. David served as one of the county’s first judges, and sat on the first board of directors of the Savanna Branch Railroad in 1849. And in 1852 David helped his son, Jacob P. Emmert, start the Carroll County Republican, the area’s first newspaper.

As remarkable as David’s business achievements were, after he retired from commerce in about 1853, David Emmert helped found the first Brethren church at Arnold’s Grove, and was chosen to the church’s ministry. In those days the church called only men who had demonstrated their business ability and leadership, and who had proven the stability of their character. However, his early and unexpected death on September 30, 1857 near his Mount Carroll home cut short his religious mission.

Inspired by David Emmert’s great success, many other Emmerts emigrated to Illinois, including David’s brothers Joseph, David, George and Jonathan; and David’s sisters Nancy, who emigrated as a widow and remarried, and the author’s 2nd great-grandmother, Barbara, who married David E. Kingery from Sharpsburg, Maryland.

THE EMMERT GRAVEYARD

The Emmert Graveyard is located on private land about 350 meters southwest of the Manor Church of the Brethren in Tilghmanton. The earliest recorded burial here was of family patriarch, the “Old Pathfinder” John Leonard Emmert, in September of 1804.

Most grave markers here are of simple fieldstone in keeping with the great modesty of Brethren faithful in those days. Only a few stones have any kind of identifying marks, and those few are mostly illegible.

For more than a century, the Emmert Graveyard lay in an open pasture and was lovingly maintained by the Emmert family. However, sale of the surrounding properties to outsiders inspired Miss Helen Emmert in 1932 to arrange for the purchase of the 32’x34’ graveyard plot in fee, and to fund the erection of a sturdy limestone wall and inscribed stone plaque commemorating John Leonard Emmert and his kin. The deeded conveyance (May 26, 1934, Liber No. 196, Folio No. 122, Washington County Land Records) also included a permanent right of ingress and egress benefiting only the heirs and descendants of John Leonard Emmert.

As of 2019, access to the Emmert Graveyard can be arranged through Mr. Russell Wolfinger, the current owner/occupant of the surrounding land and stone house that John Leonard Emmert started building in 1798. Please be courteous and respectful when contacting Mr. Wolfinger, and be prepared to explain your genealogical connection to the Emmert family.

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Researched and written by P. A. White, JD
2019 for @NewWorldAncestry at Shorewood, Wisconsin – All Rights Reserved
Subject’s relation to author: 3rd great-grandfather
Sources: Jerry Maurice Henry, HISTORY OF THE BRETHREN IN MARYLAND (Brethren Publishing House, 1936). Others upon request, based on need.

He was buried in 1820 at Emmert Graveyard, Tilghmanton, Washington Co., MD, Findagrave #81826953.

Child of Rev. John Emmert and Nancy Avey

John A. Emmert

M, b. 15 December 1865
     John A. Emmert was born on 15 December 1865 at Raritan Twp., Monmouth Co., NJ. He was the son of Jonathan Emmert and Lydia Hershey.

John Arthur Emmert1

M, b. 20 February 1880, d. 1 August 1880
     John Arthur Emmert was born on 20 February 1880 at Mt. Carroll, Carroll Co., IL.1 He was the son of Rev. John J. Emmert and Catharine Zollers.1 John Arthur Emmert died on 1 August 1880 at Mt. Carroll, Carroll Co., IL.1

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 457.

Rev. John J. Emmert1,2

M, b. 17 February 1833, d. 20 November 1893
     Rev. John J. Emmert was born on 17 February 1833 at near Boonsboro, Washington Co., MD.3,2 He was the son of Joseph D. Emmert and Elizabeth Hershey.2 Rev. John J. Emmert married Asenath Beasor on 12 September 1861.3 Rev. John J. Emmert married Catharine Zollers, daughter of Maria (?), in January 1870, Ceremony by Rev. John Umstead.3 Rev. John J. Emmert married Ida Buck in October 1884, Ceremony by Rev. Edmund Forney.3 Rev. John J. Emmert died on 20 November 1893 at Mt. Morris, Ogle Co., IL, at age 60 Mr. Emmert emigrated with his parents to Carroll County, Illinois, and settled near Mt. Carroll, where he lived until a short time before his death. He united with the Brethren church when about 16 years of age and was elected to the ministry at the age of thirty-one. A few years later he was advanced to the second degree and in 1869 was ordained to the eldership, having oversight of the congregation in the vicinity of Mt. Carroll, known as the Arnold's Grove Church. Shortly before his busy useful life terminated, he removed to Mt. Morris, in order to spend his last days where church privilieges would be convenient.3

Children of Rev. John J. Emmert and Asenath Beasor

Children of Rev. John J. Emmert and Catharine Zollers

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, p.455.
  2. [S621] 1860 Federal Census, Carroll County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 159; FHL #803159.
  3. [S82] Price Genealogy, 456.
  4. [S82] Price Genealogy, 457.

John Stouffer Emmert

M, b. 1 April 1841, d. 18 April 1884
     John Stouffer Emmert was born on 1 April 1841 at Maryland.1 He was the son of George Emmert and Catherine Stouffer. John Stouffer Emmert married Mary Lytle on 26 November 1868 at Carroll Co., IL, Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763 - 1900:

GROOM BRIDE CNTY DATE VOL/PAGE LIC
EMMERT, JOHN S LYTLE, MARY E CARROLL 11/26/1868 B/ 13 495. John Stouffer Emmert died on 18 April 1884 at Pleasant Valley, Carroll Co., IL, at age 43.

Children of John Stouffer Emmert and Mary Lytle

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 682.

Jonathan Emmert

M, b. 1814
     Jonathan Emmert was born in 1814 at Washington Co., MD.
Note: Washington Co., Maryland Orphan's Court (FHL 0014666): On Nov 21, 1848, John is made the guardian of Mary Catherine Emmert and Ann Elizabeth Emmert. On May 30, 1854, John is made the guardian of Louisa Emmert, William Emmert, and Emma Sarah Emmert.

This may or may not be the same Jonathan Emmert who married Lydia Hershey. He lived in 1850 at Washington Co., MD. He married Lydia Hershey, daughter of John Henry Hershey and Mary DeWald, on 25 September 1851 at Carroll Co., IL. Jonathan Emmert lived in 1870 at Downsville, Washington Co., MD.

Children of Jonathan Emmert and Lydia Hershey

Citations

  1. [S621] 1860 Federal Census, Carroll County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 159; FHL #803159.

Joseph Emmert

M, b. 14 April 1841, d. 12 April 1915
     Occupation: Optometrist at Ft. Scott, Bourbon Co., KS.1 Joseph Emmert was Church of the Brethren.1 He was born on 14 April 1841 at Cherry Grove Twp., Carroll Co., IL.1 He was the son of David Emmert and Susan Price. Joseph Emmert married Miriam Dunn, daughter of George Dunn and Angeline Foster, on 17 January 1864.1 Joseph Emmert died on 12 April 1915 at Ft. Scott, Bourbon Co., KS, at age 73.1

Children of Joseph Emmert and Miriam Dunn

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 727.
  2. [S82] Price Genealogy, 728.

Rev. Joseph Emmert1

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     Rev. Joseph Emmert married Nancy Avey.

Child of Rev. Joseph Emmert and Nancy Avey

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, p.455.

Joseph D. Emmert

M, b. 11 February 1803, d. 31 January 1877
     Joseph D. Emmert was born on 11 February 1803 at Washington Co. (probably), MD.1,2 He was the son of Rev. Joseph Emmert and Nancy Avey.1 Joseph D. Emmert married Elizabeth Hershey, daughter of Christian Hershey and Mary Miller.3 Joseph D. Emmert was Church of the Brethren.3 He died on 31 January 1877 at Carroll Co., IL, at age 73.1

Children of Joseph D. Emmert and Elizabeth Hershey

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, p.455.
  2. [S621] 1860 Federal Census, Carroll County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 159; FHL #803159.
  3. [S82] Price Genealogy, 455.
  4. [S82] Price Genealogy, p.459.

Joseph F. Emmert1

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     Joseph F. Emmert married Annie E. Benedict.1

Child of Joseph F. Emmert and Annie E. Benedict

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 667.

Joseph Hershey Emmert

M, b. circa 1857, d. 5 August 1898
     Joseph Hershey Emmert was born circa 1857.1 He was the son of Jonathan Emmert and Lydia Hershey.1 Cause of death: on 5 August 1898 From The Gospel Messenger, Sept 3, 1898

Emmert. -- At Altamont, Labette Co, Kansas, Aug. 5, 1898, Joseph H., son of
Jonathan and Lydia Emmert, deceased, aged 41 years. The subject of our
notice was threshing, and while on the engine, tightening the large belt
was thrown between the wheels, causing his death in a few seconds. He
leaves a wife, son and daughter and one sister. -- J. A. Byerly. Joseph Hershey Emmert died on 5 August 1898 at Altamont, Labette Co., KS.

Citations

  1. [S621] 1860 Federal Census, Carroll County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 159; FHL #803159.

Josephine Emmert1

F, b. 6 March 1880
     Josephine Emmert was born on 6 March 1880 at Ft. Scott, Bourbon Co., KS.1 She was the daughter of Joseph Emmert and Miriam Dunn.1 Josephine Emmert married Frederick W. Rizer, son of Mason Rizer and Margaret Brown, on 5 December 1907, No children.1

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 728.

Josiah Emmert1

M, b. 11 February 1835, d. 29 March 1908
     Josiah Emmert was born on 11 February 1835 at Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD.2,1 He was the son of Joseph D. Emmert and Elizabeth Hershey.1 Josiah Emmert married Margaret Miller, daughter of Jacob Miller and Mary (?), on 20 March 1873, Ceremony by Rev. F. F. Kiner.2 Josiah Emmert died on 29 March 1908 at Dallas Center, Dallas Co., IA, at age 73.2

Children of Josiah Emmert and Margaret Miller

Citations

  1. [S621] 1860 Federal Census, Carroll County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 159; FHL #803159.
  2. [S82] Price Genealogy, 457.

Julia Emmert

F
     Julia Emmert was the daughter of John Stouffer Emmert and Mary Lytle.

Kate Eleanor Emmert

F, b. 20 July 1874
     Kate Eleanor Emmert was born on 20 July 1874. She was the daughter of John Stouffer Emmert and Mary Lytle.

Lake J. Emmert

M, b. 10 May 1883
     Lake J. Emmert was born on 10 May 1883. He was the son of John Stouffer Emmert and Mary Lytle.

Laura Ethel Emmert1

F, b. 2 April 1889
     Laura Ethel Emmert was born on 2 April 1889.1 She was the daughter of Samuel E. Emmert and Jennie Spurgeon.1

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 456.

Leonard Emmert1

M

Child of Leonard Emmert

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 605.

Lois Elizabeth Emmert1

F, b. 19 March 1922
     Lois Elizabeth Emmert was born on 19 March 1922 at Shippensburg, Cumberland Co., PA.1 She was the daughter of Rev. Harvey Denton Emmert and Leila M. Boerner.1

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 667.

Loren L. Emmert1

M, b. 17 August 1896
     Loren L. Emmert was born on 17 August 1896.1 He was the son of Samuel E. Emmert and Jennie Spurgeon.1

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 456.

Louisa Emmert1

F, b. 17 June 1849
     Louisa Emmert was born on 17 June 1849 at Carroll Co., IL, 1850 census shows her as age 5 ?2,3,1 She was the daughter of Joseph D. Emmert and Elizabeth Hershey.1 Louisa Emmert married Edward Nazarene, son of Frederick Nazarene and Mary Cline, on 9 September 1875, Ceremony by Rev. D. B. Butterbaugh.2

Children of Louisa Emmert and Edward Nazarene

Citations

  1. [S621] 1860 Federal Census, Carroll County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 159; FHL #803159.
  2. [S82] Price Genealogy, 460.
  3. [S935] 1850 Federal Census, Carroll County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 99.

Louise Emmert1

F, b. circa 1858
     Louise Emmert was born circa 1858 at Mt. Carroll, Carroll Co., IL.1 She was the daughter of Jacob P. Emmert and Catherine Dubbel.1

Citations

  1. [S621] 1860 Federal Census, Carroll County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 159; FHL #803159.

Lulu Emmert

F, b. 24 March 1886, d. 14 September 1964
     Lulu Emmert was born on 24 March 1886 at Ogle Co., IL. She was the daughter of David Emmert and Barbara Thomas. Lulu Emmert married Charles David Zellers, son of Daniel Boone Zellers and Julia Ann Stouffer, on 20 September 1911 at Winnebago Co., IL. Lulu Emmert died on 14 September 1964 at Stephenson Co., IL, at age 78. She died in September 1964 at Silver Creek Cemetery, Mt. Morris Twp., Ogle Co., IL, at age 78.

Children of Lulu Emmert and Charles David Zellers

Mabel Margaret Emmert

F, b. 22 March 1880
     Mabel Margaret Emmert was born on 22 March 1880.1 She was the daughter of Daniel Emmert and Sarah E. Pyle.

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 683.

Magdalena Emmert1

F
     Magdalena Emmert married Abner Highberger.1

Child of Magdalena Emmert and Abner Highberger

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 616.

Mamie Elvira Emmert

F, b. 30 October 1888
     Mamie Elvira Emmert was born on 30 October 1888.1 She was the daughter of Daniel Emmert and Sarah E. Pyle.

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 683.

Margaret O'Neal Emmert

F, b. 17 October 1904
     Margaret O'Neal Emmert was born on 17 October 1904.1 She was the daughter of Percival Redfield Emmert and Amy O'Neal.

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 727.

Maria Emmert

F, b. 9 December 1807, d. 21 September 1891
     Maria Emmert was born on 9 December 1807.1 She married John F. Miller, son of Daniel Miller and Catherine Funk, on 25 February 1830 at Washington Co., MD (probably).1 Maria Emmert died on 21 September 1891 at Polo, Ogle Co., IL, at age 83.1

Children of Maria Emmert and John F. Miller

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 406.