Leonard Maurer came from Shenandoah Valley, Va. in 1810 and purchased the 1,060-acre Coke Survey on the East Fork of White Oak Creek at what became Mowrystown in 1829.

By 1818, he and his wife had divided up the farm with his children.

By 1821, he had died; and soon after, his wife also died. By 1860, the children had either died or went west like Payton Hough, who was married to Sophia. He left in 1839.

The only male from the family left in White Oak Township was A.R. Mowry.

I am writing about him so that the later generations can know something about one of the original settler’s family.

A.R. Mowry first appears on the 1850 census for White Oak Township living in his father and mother’s household with John, 45, farmer, and Lavinia, 41. Others included: George, 20, farmer; Abel, 18, farmer; Rachel, 16; Rhonda, 10; John N., 1; Loucinda, 5; and James M., 2.

His wife-to-be, Sarah Badgley, appears on the same census in her father and mother’s household, with Harvey, 42, farmer; Eve, 36; Lydia A,, 18; Sarah, 16; Lear, 14;, Cynthia, 11; Henry E., 7; Mary J., 5; Malinda and Lucinda, 1.

A.R. Mowry next appears on the 1860 census in the same township, with his new family.

His name was misspelled as Absalem Mourer, laborer; with Sarah, 27; Lavinia, 10; Malinda, 6; Hester, 4; Mary, 2; John 2; and James, 12.

By the 1870 census, the girls are starting to come of age where they would marry soon.

The family then included: Abel, 38; Sarah, 36; Lavinia, 17; Malinda, 16; Hester, 14; Mary, 12; Harvey, 12, (John Harvey) and Martha, 9.

Tragedy struck the family on Aug. 23, 1871, when John Harvey (named for both of his grandfathers) was found hanging in the belts of the water-powered grist mill.

He was just over 13 years of age and his parents were later buried with him in the Mowrystown Cemetery.

To be continued.