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George Himes

Descendants of George Himes

1 George Himes 1807 - 1889
..... + Ann (Annie) Schaffner 1801 - 1878
.......... 2 Leander Himes, born about 1833
.......... 2 Fayetta Himes 1839 - 1899
............... + John Baughman Jr 1846 - 1915
.................. 3 George Wilson Baughman 1868 - 1948
.................. 3 Lyman Baughman 1870 - 1947
.................. 3 Renolds W. Baughman 1871 - 1938
.................. 3 Ada Iona Baughman 1873 - 1968
.................. 3 Clover Orean Baughman 1875 - 1964
.................. 3 Anna Osavila (Ossie) Baughman, born 1877
.................. 3 Harvey Romain Baughman 1882 – 1958
.......... 2 Melissa Hime, born about 1840
............... + Levi C. Thrush (1840-1910)
.................. 3 Elmer E. Thrush (1861-1922)
.................. 3 Emma C. Thrush, born 1863
.................. 3 George E. Thrush (1865-1933)
.................. 3 Lizzie A. Thrush (1867-1910)

George Himes was born 10 May 1807 in Pennsylvania. He was the third great-grandfather of my wife. I'm not certain who his parents were. However, according to the "Goetz - Byerly - Plyler Family Tree" on Ancestry dot com (owned by neelalynn) George's parents were Johannes William (Wilheim) Heims, b 27 Feb 1775 Rebuck, Northumberland County, PA; d 29 Sep 1863 in Clarion County, PA; h/o Anna Barbara Hetrick, b 24 Jul 1782 in Rebuck, Upper Mahonoy Twp, Northumberland County, PA; d 5 Jan 1855 in Redbank, Clarion County, PA. There is no supporting documentation online. Genealogist neelalynn has this family back three more generations, but again there is no supporting documentation online.

Also, historically in 1807, former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr is arrested on charges of treason. He is accused of plotting to annex parts of Louisiana and Mexico to become part of an independent republic. This was known as the Burr Conspiracy. He was later acquitted this same year. Congress passed an act to prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States from any foreign country or place. The act was to take effect the next year. The first commercial steamboat service in the world was inaugurated by Robert Fulton. The steamship Clermont traveled between New York City and Albany, New York, on the Hudson River.

Based on the birth date of their first child George Himes and Ann Schaffner were married in late 1932 or early 1933. They had three children together: Leander, a son; Fayetta and Melissa, two daughters.

The first record of George Himes is in the 1850 US Federal Census for Beaver Township, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania. In the 1850 US Federal Census for Beaver Township, enumerated the first day of November 1850, is a record of the George and Ann Hime household. George Hime was a 43 year old, male, farmer. Ann Hime was a 49 year old female. Leander Hime was a seventeen year old, male, farmer, born about 1833. Leander had attended school within the year. Fietta Hime was an eleven year old, female, who said she had attended school within the year. Melissa Hime was a ten year old female, who said she had attended school within the year. All were born in Pennsylvania.

On the same page of the 1850 US Federal Census for Beaver is a record of the David and Salome Himes family. David, age 45; Salome, age 43; Christine, age 17; Prisscilla, age 15; Sarah, age 13; Catharine, age 10; Mary, age 7; Rosanna, age 4; William, age 3; Anna, age 1; and Adam, age 16?. All were born in Pennsylvania. [Perhaps they are related to the George and Ann Himes family listed above.]

On the 1851 Tax Lists for Beaver Township are listed three Hime males: David Himes for a cow and two oxen; Henry Himes; and Tobias Himes for a cow. George is not listed. All three of these men are also buried in Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery along with George and Ann Himes.

The 1860 US Federal Census for Rose, Jefferson, Pennsylvania, enumerated the fourteenth day of June 1860, has a record of the George and Ann Hime family. George Hime was a 53 year old, male, farmer. Ann Hime was a 59 year old, female, born in Germany. Fayette Hime was a twenty year old female. Melisa Hime was an eighteen year old female. And, Adam Hime was a 25 year old male, born about 1835, working as a carpenter. All were born in Pennsylvania except Ann who said she was born in Germany.

Rose Township was named for Dr. Rose and was organized in 1827. Rose Township included the county seat of Jefferson County, Brookville, until October 1848. In 1860 the population of the township was 828 and by 1870 had risen to 1,058.

In the 1870 US Federal Census for Rose, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania on page 26 is a record of the George Hime and John Baughman families sharing a household. George Hime was a 63 year old, white, male, farmer, who says he is unable to write in English. Ann Hime was a 69 year old, white, female, keeping house, unable to write in English, born in Switzerland. She also said that both her father and mother were "of foreign birth." John Baughman was a 24 year old, white, male, farmer. Fietta Baughman is a 31 year old, white, female, keeping house, unable to write in English. George W. Baughman was a one year old, white, male. Charles L. Baughman was a six month old, white, male. Everyone in the house except Ann Hime was born in Pennsylvania.

The 1880 US Federal Census for Rose, Jefferson, Pennsylvania, finds the widower George Hime living in the household of his son-in-law John Baughman. John Baughman was age 34, and a farmer. Fiata Baughman, white, female age 41, and was keeping house. George W. Baughman, white, male, age eleven years, was a son of John. Charles L. Baughman, white, male, age eleven years, son of John; Reynolds N. Baughman, white, male, age nine years, son of John. Eda J. Baughman was a white, female, age eight years, daughter of John. Clever (Sic.) Baughman [his given name was Clover], white, male, five years of age, son of John. Osivilla Baughman was a white, female, age three years, daughter of John. Also in the household was H. M. Yetrick who was a white, male, age 22 years, nephew of John Baughman, working as a laborer. Ebrose C. Yetrick, age 19, was a servant. George Himes, age 73, was father-in-law to John. All in the household were born in Pennsylvania. This census was enumerated 22 June 1880 by William Johnston.

George’s wife, Annie, died in 1878 and he was left to grieve her loss. He died on March 11, 1889, having lived a long life of 81 years. He was buried in Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery located between Ohl and Langville, in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania. Since he lived his whole life in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, this is probably where he died.

Ann (Schaffner) Himes

In 1850 the census-taker was told that Ann was born in Pennsylvania; in 1860, Germany; and in 1870, Switzerland. A related family, Henry and Appollona Shoffner, followed this same pattern. In the 1850 census they said they were from Germany. But, by the 1880 census their children Solomon and John Schaffner were telling the census taker that their parents were born in Switzerland.

Perhaps Germany had become unpopular in Jefferson County and they didn't want to be associated with their native land. If they had an accent, then it was probably easier to be from Switzerland than to try and convince folks you were born in Pennsylvania and had a foreign accent.



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