Elizabeth Emmert1

F, b. 2 March 1860, d. 13 December 1933
     Elizabeth Emmert was born on 2 March 1860 at Woodland Twp., Carroll Co., IL.1,2 She was the daughter of Jonathan Emmert and Lydia Hershey.1 Elizabeth Emmert lived on 8 June 1880 at Rose Hill Twp., Johnson Co., MO.3 She married John Aldam Byerly, son of Benjamin Byerly and Delilah (?), on 1 October 1884 at Centerview, Johnson Co., MO. Elizabeth Emmert lived on 2 June 1900 at Post Oak Twp., Johnson Co., MO, farming.2 She died on 13 December 1933 at Elk City, Beckham Co., OK, at age 73

Obituary -- The Gospel Messenger, January 6, 1934, page 26:

Byerly, Sister Elizabeth Emmert, born March 2, 1860, in Mt. Carroll, Ill, died at Elk City, Olka., Dec. 13, 1933. Oct. 1, 1884, she married John A Byerly at Centerview, Mo. To this union were born four children, three of whom survive. in youth she became a member of the Church of the Brethren and lived faithful until death. Services by the writer in Elk City. Burial in the Elk City cemetery. - Geo. R. Eller, Cordell, Okla.

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Unknown newspaper:

Final rites for Mrs Elizabeth Emmerte Byerly, 73, who died suddenly Wednesday of a heart aliment, were conducted here at 2:30 o’clock this afternoon. Officiating minister was Rev. George Eller, minister of the Church of the Brethern at Cordell.

The aged woman had made her home for the past four (?) months in their entirety. Third street. Prior to that time she lived at 601 East Third street. She had lived in Beckham county for 23 years. She came here in 1910 with her husband John A. Byerly who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Byerly was born March 2 1860 at Mount Carroll, Illinois. She was married Mr. Byerly at Centerview, Mo., October 1 1883. Together they came to the Indian territory in 1901 and located here in 1910.

Surviving Mrs. Byerly are two daughters and a son and 23 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. The daughters are Miss Marietta Byerly, instructor in the schools at Poteau, and Mrs. Leola Wolf, of Jones.

Burial was made in the Fairlawn Cemetery.


She was buried in December 1933 at Fairlawn Cemetery, Elk City, Beckham Co., OK, Findagrave #30101160.

Children of Elizabeth Emmert and John Aldam Byerly

Citations

  1. [S621] 1860 Federal Census, Carroll County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 159; FHL #803159.
  2. [S5216] 1900 Federal Census, Johnson County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 868; FHL #1240868.
  3. [S5219] 1880 Federal Census, Johnson County, Missouri. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 696; FHL #1254696.

Elizabeth O'Neal Emmert

F, b. 23 February 1909
     Elizabeth O'Neal Emmert was born on 23 February 1909.1 She was the daughter of Percival Redfield Emmert and Amy O'Neal.

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 727.

Ellen Emmert1

F
     Ellen Emmert was born.1 She was the daughter of Joseph D. Emmert and Elizabeth Hershey.1 Ellen Emmert died Apparently died young -- not shown in 1850 census.1

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 455.

Ellen B. Emmert

F, b. 14 June 1847, d. February 1917
     Ellen B. Emmert was born on 14 June 1847 at Carroll Co., IL.1 She was the daughter of George Emmert and Catherine Stouffer. Ellen B. Emmert married John T. Price, son of Jacob Price and Mary Gehr, on 14 February 1867 at Carroll Co., IL, llinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763 - 1900:

GROOM BRIDE CNTY DATE VOL/PAGE LIC
Price, John F. Emmert, Ella B. Carroll 2/14/1867 B/ 6 227

Note: John's middle initial appears to have been written in error in the marriage record. Ellen B. Emmert died in February 1917 at Lanark, Carroll Co., IL, at age 69.1

Children of Ellen B. Emmert and John T. Price

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 644.

Elmer A. Emmert1

M, b. 4 March 1875
     Elmer A. Emmert was Elder, Presbyterian Church.1 He was born on 4 March 1875 at Lanark, Carroll Co., IL.1 He was the son of Josiah Emmert and Margaret Miller.1 Elmer A. Emmert married Clara Hammond, daughter of Charles M. Hammond and Millie Ruthrauff, on 24 May 1903, Ceremony by Rev. A. E. Kepford.1 Occupation: Editor, Dallas Center Times in 1926 at Dallas Center, Dallas Co., IA.1

Child of Elmer A. Emmert and Clara Hammond

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 457.

Elmer Stover Emmert

M, b. 18 May 1868
     Elmer Stover Emmert lived at Muskogee, Muskogee Co., OK (last known). He was Congregational. Occupation: Firm of Emmert Bros. Insurance, Muskogee. He was born on 18 May 1868 at Humboldt, Allen Co., KS.1 He was the son of David B. Emmert and Margaret Davis Moffett. Elmer Stover Emmert married Ida Julia Quinche, daughter of Charles Quinche and Emilu Redburn, on 16 October 1889 at Topeka, Shawnee Co., KS.1 Elmer Stover Emmert lived on 1 June 1900 at 702 S.E. Walker St., Houston, Harris Co., TX.2

Child of Elmer Stover Emmert and Ida Julia Quinche

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 726.
  2. [S1206] 1900 Federal Census, Harris County, Texas. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1642; FHL #1241642.

Florence Elizabeth Emmert

F, b. 1 December 1895
     Florence Elizabeth Emmert was born on 1 December 1895.1 She was the daughter of Daniel Emmert and Sarah E. Pyle.

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 683.

Francis Edwin Emmert1

M, b. 22 November 1861, d. 30 July 1924
     Francis Edwin Emmert was born on 22 November 1861 at Mt. Carroll, Carroll Co., IL.1,2 He was the son of Rev. John J. Emmert and Asenath Beasor.1 Francis Edwin Emmert married Emma Moder on 5 September 1894, Ceremony by Rev. J. S. Milden

No children.1 Francis Edwin Emmert lived on 5 June 1900 at 249 North Ashland Ave., Chicago, Cook Co., IL.3 He was Methodist Episcopal.4 He died on 30 July 1924 at Mt. Carroll, Carroll Co., IL, at age 62.1
Note: Francis and Emma Emmert had no natural children, but adoped Paul and Ruth, both born about 1894, between 1900 and 1910, as listed on the 1910 census, Freedom Twp., Carroll County, Illinois.5

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 456.
  2. [S1004] 1870 Federal Census, Carroll County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M593, Roll 191; FHL #545690.
  3. [S275] 1900 Federal Census, Cook County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Rolls 244 - 295; FHL #1240244 - 95.
  4. [S82] Price Genealogy, 457.
  5. [S2759] 1910 Federal Census, Carroll County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T624, Roll 232; FHL #1374245.

Frank B. Emmert1

M, b. circa 1871
     Frank B. Emmert was born circa 1871 at Illinois.1 He was the son of John Emmert and Lydia Puterbaugh.1

Citations

  1. [S138] 1880 Federal Census, Winnebago County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 0261; FHL #1254261.

Frank George Emmert

M, b. 10 October 1872
     Frank George Emmert was born on 10 October 1872.1 He was the son of Daniel Emmert and Mary Ann Strickler. Frank George Emmert married Anne Hull on 28 February 1898.1

Children of Frank George Emmert and Anne Hull

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 683.

Frank J. Emmert

M, b. 11 August 1880
     Frank J. Emmert was born on 11 August 1880. He was the son of John Stouffer Emmert and Mary Lytle.

George Emmert

M, b. 10 February 1809, d. 12 February 1879
     George Emmert was born on 10 February 1809 at Washington Co., MD.1 He was the son of Rev. John Emmert and Nancy Avey. George Emmert married Catherine Stouffer, daughter of John Stouffer and Hannah Price, in 1831.
Note: History of Carroll Co., IL, H.F. Kett, 1878 [reprint] has the following under Carroll Township, p. 406:

Emmert George, Retired; Sec. 12; P.O. Mt. Carroll; born in Washington Co. Md., Feb. 10, 1809; lived there 35 years; came from there to Carroll Co. by team, being six weeks on the way; arrived here in Oct. 1844; there was very little improvement here then of any kind, 35 years ago; bought a claim and paid government price for land, and engaged in farming; married Catherine Stouffer, from Franklin Co., Pa., in 1831; they have nine children, four sons and five daughters. George Emmert died on 12 February 1879 at Mt. Carroll Twp., Carroll Co., IL, at age 70.1 He was buried in February 1879 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll, Carroll Co., IL, Findagrave #129219426.

Children of George Emmert and Catherine Stouffer

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 678.

George Melvin Emmert1

M, b. 13 December 1856
     George Melvin Emmert was born on 13 December 1856 at Carroll Co., IL.1 He was the son of Christian Emmert and Mary E. Long.1

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 455.

George W. Emmert

M, b. 28 April 1872, d. 28 October 1943
     George W. Emmert was born on 28 April 1872. He was the son of John Stouffer Emmert and Mary Lytle. George W. Emmert married Alva Manes on 17 November 1901 at Pleasant Valley, ID. George W. Emmert died on 28 October 1943 at age 71.

Grace Emmert

F, b. 22 November 1878
     Grace Emmert was born on 22 November 1878.1 She was the daughter of Daniel Emmert and Sarah E. Pyle. Grace Emmert married Fred Lathrop on 7 November 1900.1

Child of Grace Emmert and Fred Lathrop

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 683.

Hannah Stouffer Emmert

F, b. 17 August 1834, d. 14 January 1898
     Hannah Stouffer Emmert was born on 17 August 1834 at Franklin Co., PA.1 She was the daughter of George Emmert and Catherine Stouffer. Hannah Stouffer Emmert married Adam Bohn, son of Valentine Bohn and Barbara Strickler, on 11 March 1852 at Carroll Co., IL, Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763 - 1900:

GROOM BRIDE CNTY DATE VOL/PAGE LIC
BOHN, ADAM EMMERT, HANNAH CARROLL 03/11/1852 OMR/0053 O388. Hannah Stouffer Emmert died on 14 January 1898 at Mallard, Palo Alto Co., IA, at age 63. She was buried in January 1898 at Brethren Cemetery, Dallas Center, Dallas Co., IA.

Children of Hannah Stouffer Emmert and Adam Bohn

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 679.

Harold LeRoy Emmert

M, b. 26 January 1902
     Harold LeRoy Emmert was born on 26 January 1902.1 He was the son of Frank George Emmert and Anne Hull.

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 683.

Harry D. Emmert

M
     Harry D. Emmert married Mazie E. Price, daughter of John Emmert Price and Mary Catherine Ordeman.

Child of Harry D. Emmert and Mazie E. Price

Citations

  1. [S766] 1920 Federal Census, Frederick County, Maryland. Microfilm Image, Series T625, Rolls 672-73; FHL #1820673-73.

Harry David Emmert

M, b. October 1890
     Harry David Emmert was born in October 1890 at Shawnee Co. (probably), KS.1,2 He was the son of Elmer Stover Emmert and Ida Julia Quinche. Harry David Emmert married Margaret H. (?).3 Occupation: Insurance agent in 1920 at Muskogee, Muskogee Co., OK.3 Harry David Emmert lived on 7 January 1920 at 109 S. Eleventh Street, Muskogee, Muskogee Co., OK.3 Occupation: Insurance sales in 1930 at Tulsa, Tulsa Co., OK.4 He lived on 22 April 1930 at 26 E. 21st Street, Tulsa, Tulsa Co., OK.4

Child of Harry David Emmert and Margaret H. (?)

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 726.
  2. [S1206] 1900 Federal Census, Harris County, Texas. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1642; FHL #1241642.
  3. [S1207] 1920 Federal Census, Muskogee County, Oklahoma. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Roll 1477.
  4. [S1208] 1930 Federal Census, Tulsa County, Oklahoma. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Rolls 1933-37; FHL #2341667-71.

Harry David Emmert1

M, b. 9 March 1915, d. March 1996
     Harry David Emmert was born on 9 March 1915 at Muskogee Co. (probably), OK, date from SSDI.1 He was the son of Harry David Emmert and Margaret H. (?)1 Harry David Emmert died in March 1996 at Woodland Hills, Los Angeles Co., CA, date and location from SSDI.

Citations

  1. [S1207] 1920 Federal Census, Muskogee County, Oklahoma. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Roll 1477.

Rev. Harvey Denton Emmert

M, b. 21 September 1877, d. 23 June 1949
     Occupation: Minister, Church of the Brethren, ordained Nov. 7, 1905.1 Rev. Harvey Denton Emmert was born on 21 September 1877 at Altoona, Blair Co., PA. He was the son of Joseph F. Emmert and Annie E. Benedict.1 Rev. Harvey Denton Emmert married Leila M. Boerner, daughter of George Boerner and Sarah Ellen Stouffer, on 7 August 1912, Ceremony by Rev. Wilbur B. Stover.1 Rev. Harvey Denton Emmert lived in 1926 at Shippensburg, Cumberland Co., PA.1 He died on 23 June 1949 at Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., OH, at age 71.

Children of Rev. Harvey Denton Emmert and Leila M. Boerner

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 667.

Helen O'Neal Emmert

F, b. 31 January 1911, d. 26 July 1914
     Helen O'Neal Emmert was born on 31 January 1911.1 She was the daughter of Percival Redfield Emmert and Amy O'Neal. Helen O'Neal Emmert died on 26 July 1914 at age 3.1

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 727.

Henry Emmert

M, b. 28 February 1850
     Henry Emmert was born on 28 February 1850 at Carroll Co., IL.1 He was the son of George Emmert and Catherine Stouffer.

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 683.

Jack Price Emmert1

M, b. 19 March 1914, d. 24 June 2007
     Jack Price Emmert was born on 19 March 1914 at Beverly, Burlington Co., NJ.1 He was the son of Harry D. Emmert and Mazie E. Price.1 Jack Price Emmert married Wilma Bill, daughter of William E. Bill and Mary Frances Foland, in 1945. Jack Price Emmert died on 24 June 2007 at age 93 Dates per SSDI, last residence Freehold, New Jersey. He was buried in June 2007 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, Frederick Co., MD, Findagrave #91410304.

Citations

  1. [S766] 1920 Federal Census, Frederick County, Maryland. Microfilm Image, Series T625, Rolls 672-73; FHL #1820673-73.

Jacob P. Emmert1

M, b. circa 1827
     Jacob P. Emmert was born circa 1827 at Washington Co. (probably), MD.1 He was the son of David Emmert and Susan Price. Jacob P. Emmert married Catherine Dubbel.2 Occupation: (an unknown value) in 1860 at Mt. Carroll, Carroll Co., IL.3 Occupation: Grain dealer, per census, Chicago Ward 14, p.550 in 1870 at Chicago, Cook Co., IL.

Children of Jacob P. Emmert and Catherine Dubbel

Citations

  1. [S935] 1850 Federal Census, Carroll County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 99.
  2. [S82] Price Genealogy, 726.
  3. [S621] 1860 Federal Census, Carroll County, Illinois. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M653, Roll 159; FHL #803159.

Jean O'Neal Emmert

F, b. 3 February 1913
     Jean O'Neal Emmert was born on 3 February 1913.1 She was the daughter of Percival Redfield Emmert and Amy O'Neal.

Citations

  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 727.

Jessie M. Emmert1

F, b. February 1881
     Jessie M. Emmert was born in February 1881 at Licking Co., OH.1 She was the daughter of Nicholas Emmert and Caroline Ashton.1

Citations

  1. [S280] 1900 Federal Census, Licking County, Ohio. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1293; FHL #1241293.

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

M
     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