Our early Hurd ancestors arrived in America in the early 1600s and lived in Connecticut.  In 1808 Seth and Thankful Hurd arrived in Southington, Ohio, (near Warren, Ohio).

I have only listed the direct ancestors of Seth and Thankful (Ray) Hurd.  I listed all the children and spouses of Smith and Sybil (Moorehouse) Hurd.  Starting with Hiram and Sally Ann (Donaldson) Hurd I have listed all known descendants bearing the Hurd name that I could find.  A ÒbigÓ  thanks to Carol Stewart who sent me information on the Hurds who moved to Colorado and the surrounding area.  There are a couple of genealogies which give more information on the early Hurd family in America.  If you are interested in learning more about the earliest Hurds in America, read ÒHurd ErrorsÑSome CorrectionsÓ written by Thaddeus B. Hurd in The American Genealogist, Vol. 50, No. 1, Jan. 1974.  I have indicated the sources for most of my information, except for some of the more recent.  I have tried to record all the information correctly.  If you find any errors, please let me know.

When giving place of birth, marriage, death, etc. the usual format is to list the city, county, state, and country in that order.  If one or more is not known then commas are inserted.  For example:  If all that I know is that someone was born in the state of New York it will be recorded this way (, , NY, US). 

I am interested in hearing from anyone who is a descendant of the Ohio Hurds.  I can be contacted at:

Louise Varisco
22000 Boston Road
Strongsville, OH  44149-6510




First Generation




1. Adam HURD. Probably born in ENG.1 Adam died @1671-73 probably in Stratford, Fairfield, CT, US.1


Residence:  Adam may have spent some time in Windsor, CT.  There is a record of him in  Stratford, CT.1


"An Adam Hurd and four John Hurds [John1 Hurd Sr., John2 Hurd (his son), John2 Hurd Jr. (Adam's son) and John3 Hurd (son of the preceding)] were early residents of Stratford, Connecticut, founded 1639.  Many confused and erroneous statements have appeared in print concerning them and their wives."1


"The father of brothers Adam and John Hurd of Stratford was never in this country.  Their supposed father John Hurd Senior of Windsor and Stratford is a mythical figure.  The original immigrants are Adam1 Hurd and John1 Hurd, and their father's name is unknown."1


"Records of Adam1 Hurd are meager.  There is no mention of him in Windsor...Adam, brother of John, prob. came to Stratford from Windsor."1


"Though it is wrong, Adam's wife is usually spoken of as Hannah, and as the daughter of John Bartram of Stratford.  Adam's wife probably came to Stratford with him since full home-lots were seldom assigned to unmarried men, but her identity is probably completely unknown, even her first name.  She certainly was not John Bartram's daughter Hannah who was born at Stratford, 28 June 1668 and was not yet six when Adam died!  The connection with John Bartram probably derives from the probate of his estate."1


"There is no death record for Adam1 Hurd, no gravestone, no probate of his estate.  Nothing indicates whether he was younger or older than his brother John1 Hurd Sr.  Lack of probate is explained by the land records.  As to his personalty, it was perhaps small.  As a widower he may have been living with son John2 Hurd Jr."1


(Note by LV:  The raised numbers after the names of John and Adam above refer to first generation, second generation, and third generation.  These numbers are not footnotes.)


Adam had a brother, John, referred to as John Hurd Sr.1


Adam married (name unknown).


They had one known child:

          2            i.          John (1632-1688)





Second Generation



2. John HURD. Born @ 1632-1633 probably in ENG.1 John probably died in Woodbury, Litchfield, CT, US @1688-90.1 Occupation: miller & millwright.1


"John is the only known child of Adam Hurd"1


Residence:  Moved from Stratford, CT to Woodbury, CT after his marriage.1


"Adam's son, John, was called Junior simply to distinguish him publicly from his uncle John, who for like reason, was called Senior."1


"The land records...prove that John Hurd Jr. was the son of Adam Hurd."1


On 10 Dec 1662 when John was 30, he married Anna TUTTLE, daughter of William TUTTLE & Elizabeth, in Stratford, Fairfield, CT, US.1,2,3 Anna died aft 1690 probably in Stratford, Fairfield, CT, US.


Seth Hurd's line continues through:

          3            i.          Ebenezer (1668-)





Third Generation



3. Ebenezer HURD. Born on 7 Nov 1668.2 Ebenezer probably died in Killingworth, Middlesex, CT, US.1 Occupation: Farmer.4


Residence:  Probably lived in Woodbury, CT before moving to Killingworth, CT.1


Birth date given as 9 Nov. 1668 in American Genealogist (1974)1


Ebenezer married Sarah LANE, daughter of Robert LANE & Sarah PICKETT.2 Born on 24 Feb 1666.2


Seth Hurd's line continues through:

          4            i.          Daniel (-1768)





Fourth Generation



4. Daniel HURD. Born in Woodbury, Litchfield, CT, US.5 Daniel died on 21 Jan 1768 in Killingworth, Middlesex, CT, US.4,5


On 10 Feb 1718/1719 Daniel married Rachel SMITH, in Killingworth, Middlesex, CT, US.4,5,6


Seth Hurd's line continues through:

          5            i.          Daniel (1722-)





Fifth Generation



5. Daniel HURD. Born on 16 Sep 1722 in Killingworth, Middlesex, CT, US.6


Residence:  Killingworth, CT; Roxbury, CT; and Colebrook, CT.4


On 17 Apr 1744 when Daniel was 21, he married Esther MALTBE, daughter of John MALTBE & Mehittaable CLARK, in , CT, US.6 She was born on 23 Dec 1725 in Middletown, Middlesex, CT, US.7


Seth Hurd's line continues through:

          6            i.          Seth (1759-1837)





Sixth Generation



6. Seth HURD. Born on 7 Jul 1759 in Killingworth, Middlesex, CT, US.6 Seth died in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US on 1 Jan 1837; he was 77.5,8 Buried in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US  (Pinecrest-Center Cem).8


The Barbour Records for Killingworth, Middlesex Co, CT show Seth's birth as 7 Jul 1769.  This is probably a misprint.6


The Hurd genealogy by Dana Hurd shows the birth of Seth as 17 June 1755.4


The Hurd genealogy by Jeanette Leiby Hurd shows the birth of Seth as 17 June 1759 (1755).5


The Hurd genealogy by Dana Hurd shows the marriage date of Seth and Thankful as 12 Feb. 1780.4 


The Hurd genealogy by Jeanette Leiby Hurd shows the marriage date as 12 Feb. 1780 or 2 Jan. 1780.5


The Hurd genealogy by Jeanette Leiby Hurd shows the death of Seth as 1 Jan. 1836.5


Residences of Seth and Thankful:  Colebrook, Litchfield Co, CT.4  Seth Hurd and his family arrived in Southington, OH on 21 May 1808.9,10


There is a Revolutionary War marker on Sethıs grave.8  No official documentation to support this has ever been found; although several (including myself) have tried.11  (Note by LV:  Sometimes men picked up their rifles and joined in when the fighting was nearby without officially joining the army.)


Seth was elected township trustee in Southington, in 1817.9


On 2 Jan 1782 when Seth was 22, he married Thankful Ray, daughter of Isaac RAY & Hannah, in , , CT, US.12 She was born on 5 Jul 1759 in Haddam, Middlesex, CT, US.5,13 Thankful died in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US on 17 Mar 1836; she was 76.5,8


They had the following children:

          7            i.          Smith (1783-1875)

          8           ii.          Esther (1785-)

          9          iii.          Edith (Eda) (1786-1849)

         10          iv.          Hannah (1789-)

         11           v.          Comfort (1790-1851)

         12          vi.          Joy (1793-1875)

         13         vii.          Harmon (1795-)

         14        viii.          Freedom (1799-1864)

         15          ix.          Isaac (1804-1890)






Seventh Generation



7. Smith HURD. Born on 5 Jan 1783 in Colebrook, Litchfield, CT, US.12 Smith died in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US on 8 Apr 1875; he was 92.5,8,9,14 Buried in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US (Pinecrest-Center Cem).5,8


The Hurd genealogy by Dana Hurd shows Smith's birth date as 5 Jan. 1781.4


The Hurd genealogy by Jeanette Lieby Hurd shows Smith's birth date as 5/23/17835


Residences:  Colebrook, CT; Southington, OH.4,5


In 1808 he settled in the wilds of Southington in a log-house.9


He was a Corp. with Capt. Elihu Moses' Co. in War of 1812.  He was a drum-major and went from Cleveland to Detroit on foot, but arrived after Hull's surrender.15,16 


Smith first married Sybil MOOREHOUSE. Born on 21/23 Jan 1779/1785/1787.5 Sybil died in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US on 5 Jan 1851.5,8  Buried in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US (Pinecrest-Center Cem).5,8


They had the following children:

         16            i.          Damaris (1807-1841)

         17           ii.          Milo (1808-1888)

         18          iii.          Nancy (1812-after 1875)

         19          iv.          Hiram (1814-1891)

         20           v.          Malona (1815-after 1875)

         21          vi.          Daniel (1816-1875)

         22         vii.          Hannah (1818-after 1875)

         23        viii.          Diana (1823-1900)

         24          ix.          Diantha (1827-1909)

         25           x.          Edith (Eda) (1829-after 1875)


On 23 May 1858 when Smith was 75, he second married Mary (Polly) WHITE, in Trumbull Co, OH.18


(Note by LV:  Smith's second wife, Mary (White) Upp was the mother of Lemuel White who married Nancy Jane Hurd, granddaughter of Smith Hurd.)



Obituary.  Hurd, Smith.  In Southington, April 8, 1875, Mr. Smith Hurd, in the ninety-fourth year of his age.

Western Reserve Chronicle, Apr. 21, 1875, page 2, col. 4.  17


Obituary.  Died.  Hurd—At the home of her brother, in Middlefield, O., Saturday, Sept. 15th, 1888, Mrs. Mary Hurd, aged 73 years.  Mrs. Hurd was the mother of L. White and made her home with him but was on a visit with her brother when she was taken sick and died after four days illness.  Mr. White and wife and baby attended the funeral.

 (This newspaper clipping was found in old papers.  Name of the paper and date are missing.)



8. Esther HURD. Born on 28 Jan 1785.12


On 14 Feb 1803 when Esther was 18, she married Moses WRIGHT, in , , CT, US.4,5,9


9. Edith (Eda) HURD. Born on 17 Dec 1786.12 Edith (Eda) died on 24 Mar 1849; she was 62.5


The genealogies by Dena Hurd and Jeanette Lieby Hurd show Edith's birth date as 17 Dec. 1787.4,5


(Note by LV:  Dena Hurd's first name is sometimes spelled Dana.  Not sure which is correct.)


On 6 Feb 1806 when Edith (Eda) was 19, she married Eliphelet/Lyford MILLS, in , , CT, US.4,5,9 Born on 5 Jan 1789.5


(Note by LV:  Both Eliphelet Mills and Lyford Mills are given as Edith's husband.  I cannot find any official source to solve this problem.  I'm not sure if these are two different people or two names he went by.)



10. Hannah HURD. Born in 1789.4,5


Hannah married Daniel MILLS.4


11. Comfort HURD. Born on 19 Apr 1790/1796 in Colebrook, Litchfield, CT, US.4,5,10 Comfort died in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US on 20 Aug 1851.5,9,10


Residence of Comfort before he married:  CT.5

Residences of Comfort and Sarah:  Southington, Trumbull Co, OH.9

Residence of Sarah before she married:  Montgomery Co, NY.10


Fife major in War of 1812.10


Excellent elocutionist and writer.10


On 13 May 1822 when Comfort was 32, he married Sarah HYDE.10,18 Born on 19 Aug 1796 in , Montgomery, NY, US.10 Sarah died in Southington, OH, US in Nov 1882; she was 86.17


12. Joy HURD. Born on 14 Dec 1793.4,5 Joy died in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Oh, US on 12 Mar 1875; he was 81.4,5


Residences of Joy and Nancy:  Southington, Trumbull Co, OH;4 , Geneva, Ashtabula Co., OH;9 Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co, OH.9


First election Joy was elected appraiser and lister.9


On 19 Apr 1818 or 6 Mar 1820 Joy married Nancy HUDSON.4,5 Born on 6 Mar 1796.5 Nancy died on 19 Apr 1865; she was 69.5











Geneva, Ashtabula County, Ohio

December 2, 1868

            By request of an Eastern lady to whom I had related some incident of my life, I am induced to write the following narrative, hoping it may be of interest to the rising generation.  I will commence by saying my memory is treacherous, being at seventy-five years of age.

My native place was "Colebrook" Litchfield, Connecticut.  I was born on December 14, 1793.  My father, Seth Hurd, was born June 17, 1759.  He was married to Thankful Ray, who was born July 5, 1759.  They were married January 2, 1780.  They made their home in Colebrook, Connecticut.  They had nine children, six sons and three daughters.  The boys were Smith, Joy, Comfort, Freedom, Harmon and Isaac.  The girls were Hannah, Ede, and Esther.  One daughter, Ede, being now at the age of 84.  My oldest brother is now 86 years of age..

            In 1807, or 8, our parents decided to move to the new country where land was plenty and low in price, to accommodate their sons with each a portion—they made choice of the Connecticut Western Reserve.  Their eldest daughter, Esther, had settled there three years.  She married "Moses Wright", and made their home in Austinburgh, Ashtabula County, Ohio, where they still reside.

            Father obtained two lots in "Bowlstown" of three hundred acres each.  Smith, my oldest brother was married to "Sibil Morehouse" and had one son, "Milo".  They arranged to go west with us and was to have one hundred acres as his portion of the land.

            We started in April for Southington, Ohio and were forty days on the road.  Crossing the Hutson River at Newburgh, Susquahanna at Harrisburgh, thence across the Three Brothers, Allegheny and Chestnut Ridge, Sideling Hill and so on to Pittsburgh, Beaver and Youngstown.  Warren was our County Seat, and nearby Southington where we ended our journey and our parents their lives.  Most of our descendants are still living about there and will doubtless to the end of time.  I believe at the Judgement many from Old Southington will arise to join that innumerable company, which no man can number, to sing the Anthems of praise to God and Land forever.

            There were only three families living in the town when we reached there.  The first thing after our arrival was to build.  We were all crowded into a small log cabin occupied by old Mr. Viets, wife and child (Benjamin).  Brother Smith received his portion of the land on the west end of Lot 28.  We built about the middle of the same.  It so happened there was a deer-lick.  Many deer were shot there.  Not long after our arrival in town, Mr. Viets had a very fat calf which he intended for veal.  We postponed it, however, as he killed a fine deer, sending some to mother from which she made an old-fashioned Stew Pie.  We all feasted sumptuously and pronounced it the best meal eaten in Ohio.  Mother found it was venison as the bones were so hard.  Deer were very plenty.  A few days after, we saw many and Smith shot, but missed them.  I called them Colts.  After the house was finished, we commenced clearing the land.  The timber was mostly Oak interspersed with underbrush.  We had large log fires.  We cheered and hurrahed for New Connecticut.  New families were constantly coming into town so we frequently attended log-raisings for new homes.  Together with time spent in hunting, we were kept busy.

            We had spent nearly all money in moving.  We traded a cow or two for some wheat.  I recollect Father's selling his "broad ax" and "beaver hat" for bear's meat.  I remember our having hoe cake with bits of port in the middle baked in ashes which was the sweetest of all meats.  Comfort and I had been at a neighbor's one evening – upon returning found our family had retired.  Mother said we must go to the barn and milk as she had new bread for our supper.  As we entered the yard we found a large "buck" eating moss from an Oak tree.  I soon returned from the house with the rifle and put an ounce ball through his bowels.

            We managed to live until the next year's harvest when 16' we had such a crop of wheat that it paid for land and clearing.  Also, the expense of our table.  Clothing was scarce and hard to get.  We were obliged to wear homespun and buckskin mostly.  Sometimes our raccoon skins would be sold for quite a sum.  Besides we made quite an amount of maple sugar which was a great help.

            So we struggled along until the 1812 War broke out when many families returned East out of fear, left their homes and returned for security.  Among the number was our family, excepting my brother, Comfort, who remained to care for the stock.  The greatest fear soon subsided and they returned.  Drafting men for the War was expected so our parents permitted me to go up to Connecticut where I found a home with my two sisters who married brothers, "Eliphet and Daniel Mills", all of whom are now dead.

            While I replenished my wardrobe with respectable clothing, I made friends and enjoyed myself exceedingly.  One day I was surprised to see before me "James Nutt" our nearest neighbor in Ohio.  I could scarcely believe my eyes at first so great was my surprise.  He was dressed in Ohio style of clothing, was emaciated by long sickness which he had before leaving home, was recommended by his physician to make a trip on horseback to Connecticut, 5 or 6 hundred miles.  To ride ten miles a day at first and increase the distance daily.

            The most important news he had to tell was that my brother Comfort had experienced religion, at a camp meeting.  Oh!  How I feared it might not be genuine.  But, thank God, it proved all right.

            Upon my return in the Fall an incident occured (sic) which I wish to mention.  It occured (sic) on the bank of the Mohawk River, a little west of Schenectady, where we met three men (our number being the same) who proposed to tell our fortunes.  We inquired how?  They said by cards.  We all agreed and (we went) down the river together.  One produced his cards and commenced to shuffle saying, "I will bet this watch against ten dollars that the topmost card is the Ace of Spades".  Just then another man on horse-back rode up into whose hands he proposed putting the money, as he was an uninterested person.  Soon another of our company came which made four on each side.  Proposals were made we should not quarrel with them.  After another shuffled, in which the top card was exposed, Taft saw it and asked me to loan him ten dollars which I readily did.  It was lost, then I ventured another five dollars in hopes of redeeming a portion, but it proved a failure.

            After arriving in Buffalo with my travelling (sic) companions, we went down to "Black Rock" in order to board a vessel which we learned put in Silver Creek and was safe.  The storm was very severe.  The low lands south of Buffalo was flooded.  Several sailors were washed overboard from a war vessel and the ship was raised 4 or 5 feet on the beach.  One of their Company was drowned.

            We pursued our journey, stopping at "Cataraugua Creek" to see some Indians.  I had a joke played on me.  An Indian asked me for a chew of tobacco.  I handed him my plug, it being the first I had ever bought, having been found all summer while learning to chew.  I should have been a great gainer if it had been a final loss, but sad to say, I continued to use it for many years, but late in life broke off the bad habit.

            After a few days of travel we arrived safely at home, meeting my dear parents and brothers once more in the family circle, with their homespun clothing and new country manners which our parents adopted for the future code of their children.

            Soon after my return home, the draft for the 1812 War took effect.  I had united myself to Capt. Moses Company of Infantry, as drummer; my brother Comfort, as fifer.  The Company included all able-bodied men of two townships, Farmington and Southington.  The first corporal and first sargeant (sic) were from our town.  In making preparations for our outfit, Father sold a cow to procure spending money for us in case of necessity.  We assembled at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio where we remained a few days to drill, until the Company was filled.  We then marched to Cleveland.  My brother and several others were taken with measles there.  I returned home on a "furlough" and was detained a week with measles.  My father sent a boy with a horse to assist me on my return.  Soon afterwards there were two more companies added to ours making a Battalion.  We then left Cleveland for Detroit.  Our Captain went by the lake and left Cleveland for Detroit.  Our Captain went by the lake and took my drum with him to relieve me of its burden.  "Ensign Holt" we left on the way a few miles from Cleveland.  He afterwards died.  We camped one night in the Black or Maumee Swamp, where our officers made a false alarm by sending men back into the woods to fire upon us when around the Campfire.  One man got on two cartridge boxes.  I ran to the fire, being aroused from a sound sleep.  I was pulled away by Sargeant (sic) Ormsby saying the Indians could see me plainly by this fire.

            The next night we came to "Fort Meigs" upon the Maumee River where a Frenchman called to get passengers for Detroit.  My brother, our orderly Sargeant (sic) and myself, belonging to one "mess" of six men, divided our provisions, and with seventeen others went aboard down the river and onto the lake.  We sailed until midnight when we went ashore, built a fire, roasted and picked our meat bones.  We started to sail again, but the lake was very rough and the owner of the boat said a number must get out, as the boat was too heavily loaded.  I, with three others, volunteered to be landed on the south side of the shore of Lake Erie in the forest abounding with wild beasts, besides the wild men roaming about in quest of prey.

            We succeeded in finding the road after very great difficulty.  We also found a siding saddle with all the trimmings of another.  We discovered by the footprints, the trail that our Company had passed recently.  We forded the Ruisin River where we found them encamped on the old battle ground of Brownstown where so many of our gallant soldiers were cut to pieces, and slain by the British and Indians.  We were wet and exhausted.  We found our Lieutenant telling him our situation.  We were supplied with food after which we laid our weary bodies down to rest.  We were soon disturbed by a "War-whoop" with orders to double the guard.  The rain descended in torrents, a genuine downpour.  We were not molested.  We pursued our march in the morning to Detroit, Michigan where our Captain met us and conducted us to our barracks.  We were removed to a double log-house on the main road about a hundred yards (rods) from the house (fort) where we made our home until peace was declared.  Many of our Company were sick and numbers died.

            Our Orderly Sargeant (sic) (my intimate friend) was taken sick.  My brother and myself took care of him, rather than have him sent to the hospital.  Brother soon had the same fever.  I attended them safe home.  A very sad and melancholy scene transpired.  Two of our soldiers (regulars) were shot for desertion, one of whom had a reputation of having deserted three times, the other, once.  It seemed almost enough to make my hair stand on end to see two such hardy men dropped instantly by the crack of arms of their fellow soldiers.  I felt like fighting our own officers.  Discipline must be maintained and enforced at a great sacrifice in army life.  Peace was declared a few days before our six months draft was expired.  Very many of the Company were ill in the hospital.  Captain Moses left for home, which he never reached, as he died aboard a vessel whether bound from Cleveland.  I was permitted to return with a gentleman from Cleveland who had brought out a load.  He had a fine pair of horses and a good sleigh and was returning home without load.  I engaged passage for my two invalids and myself.

            The War now being ended, and I of age, I seriously began to plan for my future.  Accordingly, I obtained 320 acres laying south two miles in Southington Township.  A young man about my age bought land adjoining.  We built a very comfortable shanty upon the line between our lands and kept "Bachelor's Hall" one season.  Each was seriously engaged in clearing land.  After the first season my friend left me and took a companion for life, going to his home with her.  I was left alone for the second year.  I then exchanged with Father 80 acres for land on the east end of his home lot.  It had some improvements for which I paid.  I was indeed gratified to make the change, also to be near my home where I now boarded and where I had not far to go to work.  Being the eldest of five sons, all dependent on our parents for support with no one to assist Mother in the home duties, I thought it wise to make arrangements and prepare a home of my own.  Accordingly, I put out an orchard, built a barn, etc., etc.,

            About this time there was quite a revival of religion in our place.  Mrs. Norton and her sister Lanny were much engaged at the services.  At one of the meetings Mrs. Norton came to me while sitting upon a chest, touched me upon the shoulder saying "Joy, let's praise God as they are doing".  At the same time she gave a shrill scream, clapping her hands, shouting with great power.  I felt a touch of the Spirit and then and there resolved to see the Spirit before it was too late.

            I returned home leaving Brother Comfort to accompany the young converts.  Which he did, going from place to place, telling them what great things God had done for them.  Comfort had lived and enjoyed his religion through the war and could testify to its benefits and truths.

            Brother Freedom also was interested.  He said to Father, "Jesus Christ can make the hardest heart soft".  The meetings continued gaining in interest and numbers until the whole township became interested.  There was no preacher for weeks at a time to take charge.  Mr. Walden and Brother Comfort did greet people coming from all directions to join in the great work.  Some shouted and others fell under the power of God.  I made it a point to attend all the meetings.  Read the Scriptures with great punctuality with daily prayers.  I became almost discouraged at times.  One evening at prayer meeting a stranger from Beaver, Pa. recommended religion so highly, I made a firm resolved in my mind.  If God spared my life until morning, I would make an extra exertion when alone.  I had been so great a sinner.  I was ashamed to try in public.  Accordingly I arose early, took my oxen, cooked my own breakfast and started for my lot, about three quarters of a mile distant.  I had rail timbers to haul for fences.  Before entering upon this work I kneeled down and tried to fulfill my resolve by praying in earnest.  Upon rising to my feet, I felt I had not made much the least effort.  I continued to work and pray, alternating until about 11 a.m.  I then let my oxen rest and I then prayed with more zeal and earnestness as I possibly could, using all my powers to keep my mind staid upon the one object.

            A very singular trembling came upon me, such as I had never experienced before, inducing me to think it was conversion.  I opened my eyes hoping to see some strange light or "Jesus Christ" as others had done, but judge the consternation when I beheld my two brothers standing before me, having run from home to my rescue, supposing I had been run over while drawing logs.  They inquired what was the matter.  I made little reply, being as much amazed as they.

            We proceeded home, but I was determined to continue seeking my Savior.  I searched the Scripture and often prayed in secret and was regular in my attendance on meetings.,  One morning as I went to my labor of rail splitting, I felt impressed to kneel down by the stump and pray.  I did so.  The first word raised to God in prayer was answered to the joy and satisfaction of my soul, while a flood of tears coursed down my cheeks, a love springing up within me for all mankind I had never known before.  Not long after I was fearfully tempted to believe prayers were not heard, but I continued to thank God for hearing and answering and in return received a greater blessing.  I continued to have my ups and downs, not being wholly satisfied with my experience.  I went to a camp meeting praying that my doubts might be dissolved.  Upon my way to this meeting, I first met her who afterward became the divider of my joys and sorrows for life.  The meeting was held in Deerfield, Portage County, Ohio, about twenty or thirty miles from our place.  The Hudson family lived in Paris where we stopped and rested.  We were entertained and treated to the best the house afforded.  The young people went along to the Camp meeting and Nancy Hudson, their daughter, experienced religion; also others of the family.

            I married her March 6, 1820.  We soon commenced housekeeping taking my brother Comfort to live with us, hoping to thereby relieve the burden of our aged parents.

            We entertained the travelling (sic) preachers, whose company and prayers more than compensated for our labors.  I fully believe now (as my wife always did) there was nothing lost by giving to the Lord.  We lived in much contentment, year after year, taking much pleasure in the society of each other, also the company of our friends at home and at church.  Our family increased, also the expenses, so that our farm was too small to meet all expenses.  We then commenced making cheeses which we continued nearly all our lifetime.  A few weeks after we were married, my wifeıs mother died very suddenly by the breaking of an ulcer inwardly.  Her husband was in the field working, but she expired before he reached the home.  The father only lived a few months longer, he died with an attack of billious (sic) fever (colic), leaving four sons and six daughters.  His estate was settled by "will", the two youngest sons having the largest portion.

            My parents lived for some years.  They were our nearest neighbors.  We had on the old homestead several water spouts which we obtained by boring.  We broke several augers in our first attempt, but succeeded in raising the water six feet into troughs and are now in use, the water always flowing.  One day I was in the woods counting the sugar trees when I discovered dead bees upon the snow under a large Oak.  I afterwards cut the tree with the help of Richard, my brother-in-law, who was visiting at our home.  We obtained four gallons of strained honey and twenty pounds of beeswax.

            Soon afterwards I killed three wild turkeys with one shot of my rifle and found them a heavy load to carry.

            Our first children were sons, Hudson Richard, the eldest and Seth.  The baby we left in the dooryard one day while trimming apple trees.  Hearing a cry, we hastened back finding a finger on the log.  It was severed by a blow from an ax.  The baby laid its hand down when the ax was uplifted, and Hudson was shocked to see the work done.  The first finger was left alone, the second only held by the skin, the third, two-thirds off.  All were replaced and bound up.  All saved except the first one.

            One morning I called to see my aged parents.  Father said to me that he never had received such a blessing as he had last night, notwithstanding he had been professor or religion for forty years.  Said his property was no more than bubbles on the Ohio River.  Soon afterwards he was called upon to pass through great sorrow in the death of his beloved wife (my mother).  He afterwards divided his estate equally with his children and prepared himself to soon follow his dear companion.  This occured (sic) about one year afterwards.  No trouble in settling his estate, it being all arranged and adjusted as he desired.

            I always lamented that our people had settled in Southington Township as it was not looked upon with favor by surrounding towns, yet it proved a Bethlehem to me, as I was spiritually born there.  I had a strong desire to visit other places and finally exchanged my property and bought a farm in Geneva, Ohio where I found a new field of labor, not only in spiritual matters but in the sale of land which proved a gratifying change to all the family.  We made the move in 1837.  The oldest children were sent for a few terms in High School.

            Soon afterwards the two eldest sons were infatuated by a desire to see the world and go South or West as many of the neighbors sons had done and were doing.  Some going upon the lakes, etc., etc.  Accordingly Hudson started West with a pair of horses.  We had not the remotest idea it would be the last help we should ever have from him upon the farm.  We thought he might teach school for a time West and soon return satisfied to remain at home.

            They never returned to work.  I also proved unfavorable about keeping the younger ones.  They also were determined to seek their fortunes in like manner, until our five sons were all gone and we were left with a larger farm and a good sized debt.  Our oldest daughter married Mr. Samuel Carpenter.  They moved to Wisconsin.  She died in 1855, leaving four children.  My wife survived her ten years.  She died from throat and chest trouble from which she had suffered many years.  April 19, 1865 she went from us never to return, but we shall go to her, as David said of his children.  So one generation passes after another and it will be our turn soon.

            At this writing my wife has been dead four years.  My youngest daughter Nancy was married to Mr. H. B. Hunt of Springfield, Mass. five years last fall.  At the time she left us we arranged to leave our farm, disposed of stock, etc. and visit our sons in Indiana.  We first visited our eldest son Hudson in Attica where we remained six weeks.  My wife had a severe cough and was confined indoors nearly all the time.  I employed my time in making calls among the church people.  There was a division in church fellowship and all the services were poorly attended, especially prayer meetings.

            We called at Bloomington, Indiana and visited our old friend Cyrus Nutt (Professor of the University).  There was a great revival of religion in progress, therefore we had a most precious time.  We next visited our son Charles in Vincennes, Indiana, a prosperous dentist as was Hudson in Attica.  Charles and Henry were South.  They returned a few days before we left.  Our second son Seth also lived there.  I had great enjoyment in visiting with the children, also in attending meetings, made many pleasant friends and prayed much.

            It was so nearly springtime.  We received word that our son-in-law Elisha Dorman was thinking of moving to Pennsylvania.  Therefore, we decided to go home.  I was so happy in mind that I thought I might not live long, but it so happened God took my dear wife and spared me.  Upon our arrival Mr. Dorman had given up going to Pennsylvania to live.  Our dwelling, or house, we had last occupied was thought to be damp.  It was therefore considered best for my wife not to occupy it until dryer weather.  We therefore remained with our daughter (Mrs. Norman)

            Early in the spring our daughter Nancy heard of our return and her motherıs poor health and decided to come home.  After her husband remained in Springfield, Mass.  We then took possession of our house and soon afterward Hiram came and we lived together until my dear wife was taken from me.  We bought another home and occupied it before my wife left us.

            Our son-in-law, Mr. Hunt, bought out one-half of a Drug and Grocery store of a Mr. Smith and was equal partner with Mr. Bradley, Mr. Smith's son-in-law.  He was not in good health and the business was almost carried on by Hiram, (Mr. Hunt).  Mr. Bradley soon failed and was removed by death.  Then we bought the other half of the goods, but we soon sold out altogether to other parties and Mr. Hunt engaged in his former business of jewelry in a new location.

            In taking survey of my past life, I truly believe the Almighty has a hand or works by His Spirit, His Will, and His Providence, with all the children of men.  So that those who are the most comformable (sic) to His Will, will fare the best in both "worlds".  I have nothing to lament in taking the course we did as our last child was about to leave us.  We rented our farm to strangers after our return from the West.  We bought and lived in town.

            My wife was taken with a cough and cold from which she could not recover and left us after a few weeks of suffering, perfectly bright and cheerful during all the time—saying to her daughter, when told she was dying, that the change was "just commencing to live".  She talked over her funeral preparations as calmly as if it was some life change about to be made.  I did not fully realize my great loss at first, as she passed away so willingly and peacefully and I fully believed I should very soon follow.  I made all possible preparation by living near to God.  I sold a portion of my farm and gave the avail to my children.  Oh, how lonely.  Two years have nearly passed and I am still alone.  I find my Savior visits me, encouraging me to press on, and this I know is the only way to make the best of any part.  The greatest difficulty is in knowing what duty is.  If I could have the Spirits direct influence teaching me what to do to please God, I would feel satisfied.  I do rejoice in what He has done for me in putting a new song in my mouth and placing my feet upon the Rock, "Christ Jesus", Praise to Almighty God.

            I never had the least idea that by writing down ones life sketch, one could be so affected.  It seems to me, as I reflect upon the past, that very soon I shall view it before the judgement (sic) of the great day, where I verily believe that we will all be judge according  to our motives and acts.

            I verily believe in the Providence of God as clearly as in the deliverance of the Children of Israel.  I now possess and profess a disposition to carry out, by the Grace of God, all the requirements of the Gospel as I understand them, so help me God.  The most desireable (sic) company to me are those who profess holiness and live up to the requirements.

The End

            Note by LV:  (The above was typed from a typed-copy found in the Ohioana Room at the Warren Public Library in Warren, Ohio.  I think the typed copy had some typing errors, but I copied exactly as it appeared.)


13. Harmon HURD. Born in 1795.4,5


Residence of Harmon and Hannah:  Southington, Trumbull Co, OH.4


In 1833 when Harmon was 38, he married Hannah NORTON.5


14. Freedom HURD. Born on 19 Mar 1799.4,5 Freedom died in , Portage, OH, US on 26 Mar 1864; he was 65.5,9


Residence of Freedom and Hannah:  Southington, Trumbull Co, OH.4

Residience of Hannah before marriage:  Parkman, Geauga Co., OH.9


On 12 Apr 1824 when Freedom was 25, he married Hannah MOORE.5


15. Isaac HURD. Born on 19 Mar 1804 in Colebrook, Litchfield, CT, US.5,9,10 Isaac died on 1 Jan 1890; Buried in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US (Pinecrest-Center Cem).8he was 85.5


Residences of Isaac and Lucretia:  CT;9 Southington, Trumbull Co, OH9


Later in life he operated a sawmill.9


In 1824 when Isaac was 19, he first married Lucretia VIETS,5,10  Born on 11 Apr 1810.5 Lucretia died on 10 Mar 1865; Buried in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US (Pinecrest-Center Cem).8  she was 54.5


Isaac second married Lettie (DUNLAP) HESS, widow of Isaac HESS.5


Obituary:  HURD, Isaac.  Southington News, 6 Jan.--Last week Thursday, Jan. 2, the funeral of Isaac Hurd was held at the M.E. church, of which he was a member from his youth up.  Sermon by Rev. C. Smith of Nelson.  Mr. Hurd died at the ripe old age of 85 years.  He was a hardy pioneer of Southington, coming here when a child of four years of age in 1808, with his parents from Colebrook, where he was born in 1804.  Mr. Hurd in his former years was quite a business hand and was honest with all his fellow men.17

Western Reserve Democrat, Fri., 10 Jan. 1890, p. 1, col. 4.





Eighth Generation



16. Damaris HURD. Born on 10 Oct 1807 in , , , US.11 Damaris died in Southington, Trumbull Co, OH on 19 Aug 1841; she was 33.8 Buried in Southington, Trumbull Co, OH, Pinecrest-Center Cem)8


On 1 Feb 1829 when Damaris was 21, she married Ira VEITS (VIETS), in , Trumbull, OH. US.9,18 Born on 5 Sep 1807 in , Litchfield, CT, US.8 Ira died in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US on 20 Dec 1889; he was 82.8,17


17. Milo HURD. Born on 22 Dec 1808/1809 in Southington, Trumbull Co, OH.5,9,11 Milo died in Southington, Trumbull Co, OH on 27 Jul 1885.5,8  Buried in Southington, Trumbull Co, OH (Pinecrest-Center Cem).8


First white boy born in Southington


Residence for Milo and Selina:  Southington, Trumbull Co, Ohio.9,19


Milo appointed guardian of his father, Smith Hurd, in 1873.20


On 10 Aug 1837 when Milo was 28, he married Selina LEONARD, in , Trumbull, OH, US.9,18 Born in Jul 1817 in PA.5 Selina died in Southington, Trumbull Co, OH on 1 Sep 1890; Buried in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US (Pinecrest-Center Cem).5, she was 73.5,8


18. Nancy HURD. Born on 7 Aug 1812 in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US.11 Nancy died aft 1875; she was 62.19


Nancy married Benjamin PINNEY.10,19


19. Hiram HURD. Born on 5/9 Jun 1814 in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US.8,21,22 Hiram died in Fowler, Trumbull, OH, US on 8 May 1891; he was 76.8,21,22 Buried in Fowler, Trumbull, OH, US (Center Cem).8,21


Hiram and Sally Ann had 7 children.23  (Note by LV:  I only found 6 named.)


Residence of Hiram and Sally Ann:  Southington, Trumbull Co, OH; Wakeman, Huron Co., OH. Fowler, Trumbull Co., OH.19


He was postmaster at Southington 28 Aug 1852-8 Jul 1856.24                                                                                   


On 4 Jan 1838 when Hiram was 23, he married Sally Ann DONALDSON, daughter of James DONALDSON & Anna CUMMINS, in Parkman, Geauga, OH, US.22,23 Born on 20 Feb 1818 in Parkman, Geauga, OH, US.8,22,23 Sally Ann died in Fowler, Trumbull, OH, US on 15 Mar 1891; she was 73.23,8,22

Probable Picture of Hiram Hurd

Probable Picture of Sally Ann (Donaldson) Hurd

They had the following children:

         26            i.          James Smith (1840-1927)

         27           ii.          William (1842-1843)

         28          iii.          Nancy Jane (1844-1929)

         29          iv.          Caroline (Carrie) J (1846-1869)

         30           v.          Cassius Gordon (1849-1912)

         31          vi.          John C (1857-1929)


Obituary.  March 25.—Sally Ann Donaldson was born in Parkman, Geauga county, O., Feb. 20, 1818, and united with the M. E. church in 1832; was married to Hiram Hurd, Jan. 4, 1838, and was the mother of seven children, four of whom survive her:  James S. Hurd, Fontanelle, Iowa, Mrs. L. White, Wakeman, O., Cassius G. Hurd, Wallace, Kansas and J. C. Hurd of this place.  The friends who were present at the funeral were Mrs. L. White and son Earl and daughter Lillian, Wakeman, O., Mrs. Daniel Chalker and son Bert, Southington, Mrs. Brinton King, Green and Barber King, Champion.  The funeral services were held on Wednesday at 11 o'clock at the M. E. church, the Rev. Mr. King, Cortland, conducting the services, preaching from Revelations, 14th chapter, a part of the 13th verse:  Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from hence forth, yea, saith the spirit, that they may rest from their labors and their works do follow them.  The interment took place at the center cemetery.  Mrs. Hurd had a large circle of friends in this place and was well liked by all.23


Obituary.  Fowler.  Death of Mrs. Hurd.—Mch. 21.—Cor.:  Mrs. Hiram Hurd died Sunday afternoon about 5 o'clock, aged 73 years.  Mrs. Hurd was born in Parkman, Geauga county, Feb. 20, 1818.  Her maiden name was Sally Ann Donaldson.  She was married to Hiram Hurd, Jan. 4, 1838.  She was the mother of seven children, four of whom survive her—J. S. Hurd, Fontanelle, Iowa; Mrs. L. White, Wakeman, Ohio; C. G. Hurd, Wallace, Kan.; J. C. Hurd, Fowler.  She united with the M. E. church in 1832.  Mrs. Hurd's life was one of earnest, quiet, Christian usefulness.  She had been a great sufferer for years, but was always patient and kind.  Her funeral was held Wednesday at the M. E. church, Rev. Mr. King, Cortland, officiating.  His text was taken from Rev. 14, 13th verse.  The remains were interred in the center cemetery.  Mrs. Hurd leaves an aged husband, and the family have the sincere sympathy of many friends.  Mrs. L. White and daughter, Wakeman; Mrs. Chalker and son, Burt, Southington; Mrs. King, Greene, and Mr. King, Champion, attended the funeral.      

 (This newspaper clipping was found in old papers.  Name of the paper and date are missing.)


20. Malona HURD. Born on 7 Jul 1815 in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US.11 Malona died aft 1875.19


On 22 Mar 1841 when Malona was 25, she first married Lyman LEVANS/LEAMON/E/VANS, in Trumbull Co, OH.18


On 15 Jun 1848 when Malona was 32, she second married Caleb HAIGHT, in Trumbull Co, OH.18


Malona may have married John Bonney after Caleb Haight.10


21. Daniel HURD. Born on 6 Jun 1816 in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US.19 Daniel died in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US on 4 Mar 1875; he was 58.8 Buried in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US (Pinecrest –Center Cem).8


Daniel married Catherine LENNOX. Catherine died on 7 Feb 1876.8


22. Hannah HURD. Born on 12 Jun 1818 in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US.19 Hannah died aft 1875.19


On 16 Apr 1840 when Hannah was 21, she first married Joshua FRISBEE10, in , Trumbull, OH, US.18,19


Hannah second married John FLAG.19


23. Diana HURD. Born on 23 Sep 1823/1825 in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US.9,11 Diana died in , Trumbull, OH, US on 19 Jan/Aug 1900.8 Buried in , Trumbull, OH, US (Pinecrest-Center Cem).8


On 4 Nov 1841 when Diana was 18, she married Ira VEITS (VIETS), in , Trumbull, OH, US.18 Born on 5 Sep 1807 in , Litchfield, CT, US.8 Ira died in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US on 20 Dec 1889; he was 82.8,17


24. Diantha HURD. Born on 29 Nov/Dec 1827.10,25 Diantha died in Southington, Trumbull Co, OH on 7 Dec 1909.25


On 19 May 1842 when Diantha was 14, she married Brinton KING, son of James F KING & Cornelia ANDREWS, in Southington, Trumbull Co, OH.18,25 Brinton died on 19 Oct 1884.


25. Edith (Eda) HURD. Born on 6 Sep 1829 in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US.11 Edith (Eda) died aft 1875.19


On 15 Feb 1849 when Edith (Eda) was 19, she married Royal A Tyler, in Trumbull Co, OH.18






Ninth Generation


Brothers of Nancy Jane (Hurd) White
(left to right) Cassius Gordon and wife Mina, James S. and wife Annetta, John C. and wife Maria



26. James Smith HURD. Born on 4 Apr 1840 in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US.22,26 James Smith died in Pueblo, Pueblo, CO, US on 17 Jan 1927; he was 86.26,27 Buried on 20 Jan 1927 in Pueblo, Pueblo, CO, US (Roselawn Cem).26,28 Occupation: Mechanic before Civil War.  Farmer.26


Residence:  James lived in Southington, Trumbull County, OH, prior to the Civil War. 


Residences of James and Annetta: Fontanelle, Adair Co, IA;  Buffalo, Harper Co, OK; Canon City, CO; and Pueblo,  Pueblo Co, OH.26


Civil War service: 

     Company E 1st Ohio Light Artillery.

     Enlisted as Private on Aug. 23rd, 1861 in Elyria, Ohio.  Honorable discharged at Bridgport, Ala. on February 9th, 1864.

     Reenlisted as Corporal in Co. E. First Ohio Light Artillery, January 22nd 1864 and was discharged as a Veteran on July 10th, 1865 at Camp Dennison, Ohio.

     Physical description when he enlisted:  5 feet 10 inches, light hair, and gray eyes.  U. S. Coat of Arms and name tattooed on his right forearm.

     List of battles his regiment fought in:  Laverne, TN, Nov 1862; Stone River, TN, Dec. 31, 1862-Jan. 2, 1863; Mission Ridge, TN, Nov. 25, 1863; Nashville, TN, Dec. 15-16, 1864.

     War experiences:  At Stone River, TN, on or about Dec. 9, 1862, he was shot through the left shoulder about two inches above the lower point of blade, breaking the shoulder and ball passing out in neck, the wound was received during an engagement with the enemy on extreme right in McCooks Corps, from the effects of which wound he greatly suffered.  He was taken prisoner.  Being captured by the Rebels he was treated by Rebel Surgeons.  Exchanged in September 1863 and returned to duty in November 1863.  Appointed Corporal Sept. 1, 1864.  26,29


On 1 Jul 1866 when James Smith was 26, he married Annetta SEARS, in Fontanelle, Adair, IA, US.22,26 Born on 16 Apr 1849 in , , OH, US.26 Annetta died in Pueblo, Pueblo, CO, US on 10/18 Feb 1929; she was 79.26,28


They had the following children:

         32            i.          John H (1868-before 1915)

         33           ii.          Cassius Frederick (1871-1949)

         34          iii.          J R (1873-)

         35          iv.          Myrtle (1876-)

         36           v.          Maud (1877-)

         37          vi.          Guy Frank (1879-1958)

         38         vii.          Walter Kirk (1882-1970)


Obituary.  HURD, James Smith, aged  86 years, died Jan. 17 at West Fourth street.  Body at the Davis Mortuary.27          

The Pueblo Chieftain, Pueblo, Colorado. Jan. 20, 1927


27. William HURD. Born on 11 Jul 1842 in Parkman, Geauga, OH, US.22 William died on 9 Apr 1843 in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US.5,8,22 Buried in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US (Pinecrest-Center Cem).8


28. Nancy Jane HURD. Born on 31 Mar 1844 in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US.22,30 Nancy Jane died in Tiffin Tp, Defiance, OH, US on 17 Jun 1929; she was 85.31 Buried in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, OH, US (Riverside Cem).31

Nancy Jane Hurd


On 30 Aug 1860 when Nancy Jane was 16, she married Lemuel WHITE, son of  & Mary WHITE, in , Trumbull, OH, US.22,32,33 Born on 1 Jan 1837 in Ohltown, Trumbull, OH, US.32 Lemuel died in Strongsville, Cuyahoga, OH, US on 17 Dec 1904; he was 67.32

They had the following children:

         39            i.          Albert (Bert) Eugene (1863-1903)

         40           ii.          Mary Irene (1866-1923)

         41          iii.          Hiram (~1868-before 1880)

         42          iv.          Cassius Earl (1872-1959)

         43           v.          Lillian Anna (1884-1963)

Nancy Jane Hurd


29. Caroline (Carrie) J HURD. Born on 19 May 1846 in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US.22 Caroline (Carrie) J died in Wakeman, Huron, OH, US on 16 Sep 1869; she was 23.22 Buried in Wakeman, Huron , OH, US  (Wakeman Cem).


On 2 Dec 1860 when Caroline (Carrie) J was 14, she married Harrison EGGLESTON, in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US.22,34


They had the following children:

         44            i.          Mary (1861-)

         45           ii.          William (1863-)


30. Cassius Gordon HURD. Born on 25 Dec 1849 in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US.35 Cassius Gordon died in Florence, Fremont, CO, US on 31 Dec 1912; he was 63.35,36 Buried on 3 Jan 1913 in Florence, Fremont, CO, US (Highland Cem).35,36


Occupation: Farmer, Pump Manufacturer, Grocery store proprietor, Real Estate & Insurance.35


Residence of Cassius:  Southington and Fowler in Trumbull County, Ohio; Wakeman, Huron Co, OH; and Leoti, Wichita, KS.36

Residence of Mina:  Grabow, Germany.  Birmingham, Erie Co, OH.

Residence of Cassius and Mina:  Fowler, Trumbull Co, OH; Tribune, Greeley Co, KS;  Florence, Fremont Co, CO.


Civil War Service:

            Official Roster of the Soldiers of Ohio in the Civil War.  Vol 10, p 394.  Cassius G Hurd -- Pvt. age 18 entered 30 Aug 1864.  Served 1 year.  Mustered out with Battery 10 July 1865. Battery E 1st Reg't O. V. Light Artillery.  This Battery was mustered into service 7 Oct 1861 at Camp Dennison, OH by T. W. Walker, Capt. 3d. Inf. U. S. A.  Mustered out 10 July 1865 at Camp Dennison, OH by F. M. Brown, 1st Lieut. 15th Inf USA.

            Physical description:  sandy hair, hazel eyes. 

            War experiences:  From exposure and hardships incident to active service, he contracted chronic bronchitis which has clung to him ever since.35


On 4 Aug 1876 when Cassius Gordon was 26, he married Wilhelmina (Mina) PASSOW, daughter of Carl PASSOW & Louisa FRITZ, in Wakeman, Huron, OH, US.22,35 Born on 9 Nov 1852 in Baden, GER.22 Wilhelmina (Mina) died in , Fremont, CO, US on 24 Dec 1915; she was 63.35


They had the following children:

         46            i.          Effa Rena (1880-1956)

         47           ii.          Cassie L (1888-)


The following letter appeared in a newspaper in Greeley County, Kansas, March 30, 1894.  The name of the paper was not given.  It was written by C. G. Hurd:


Pasadena, Cala., March 14, 1894.

            Editor Republican:  Well, we are in California.  We started from Tribune Wednesday morning March 7, 1894, at 3 a. m. route via Pueblo..  From there through Grand Canyon and Royal Gorge, passing through Florence the noted oil field of Colorado.  This is a booming busy place.  They are selling oil here at 5 cents per gallon.  From this place we saw Pikes Peak 55 miles away, onward to Salida, Una Vista, Granite and Leadville, 10,200 feet elevation, the highest point in crossing the Rocky range; we were far above the clouds, the air being so light that most of us in the car felt a nauseousness that I could compare to nothing but ocean sea sickness, one lady said she was sick nigh unto death.

            Next comes Salt Lake City, here we had one hour and forty five minutes lay over and we took in the city, went to Mormon Temple, a magnificent building to look at, but was closed to the public.  The Tablernacle, however, was open, and we entered in, this is the most wonderful piece of art in the world, being over 300 feet in length, oval in shape, with a seating capacity of 10,000 persons, the roof is convex, covering the whole structure, without a support in any form, except where it rests on the outer wall.  Standing in one end of this grand structure, a whispered conversation can be carried on with a person in the far end of the building 300 feet away, and the dropping of a pin can be heard the full length of the building as distinctly as you could were you to drop it yourself at your feet, then there was the grand organ, an immense structure of beauty made from native wood and by workmen of Mormon faith.

            Time was up here, and with regret we returned to the depot, and started on our journey around the east side of Salt Lake to Ogden, Utah, 753 miles from Denver.

            From Ogden we traveled westward over the great southern Pacific system taking in the noted Humbolt Valley the length of which I forgot to note, one would guess it to be about 300 miles, in many places it is very beautiful but sparsely settled.  We saw many Indians in this valley, one old lady claiming to be 115 years old, and I guess she was.  There are many little towns along this route, such as Battle Mountain, Gulconda, Winnemucca, and Humboldt where we could buy boiled eggs at 60 cents per dozen.  Wadsworth of the same valley was more noted for Indians than anything else, although it is a division station, this Humbolt Valley is in Nevada.  Fort Reno in Nevada is a fine town in the Washo Valley 1,342 miles from Denver, this valley is well under irrigation and the people were making garden.  Truckee was next in line 1377 miles from Denver, and on the Truckee river and well up on the Sierra Nevada range, we left here with a train of 9 cars and two engines but did not go far until we got stuck in the snow 6 feet deep and had to stay there four hours, men were brought from Truckee to shovel a way out, and after trying several times with the combined efforts of nine engines we started and ploughed our way through the drifts over the range to Sacramento, where we arrived at 7:23 a. m.  March 10, everybody here dressed in spring "roggery"  Green grass, beautiful flowers, men in shirt sleeves, horses with coats well shed off, all conspired to make believe that California has the most genial climate in the world.  Sacramento 20,272 population is the capitol of the state, situated on the Sacramento river and having direct ocean traffic.

            We visited the capitol building, gained access to the senate chamber which is a fine court finished in red and in such a manner that an object in the room does not cast a shadow.  From the capitol to the art building, here, we did not gain admission as the hour was too early and we could not stay longer but before we leave Sacramento I wish to say a word more about the capitol building, it is a very fine structure having a dome the entire height of which is 250 feet under the arc 150 feet, the ground is laid off in the most lavish fashion, walks of white granite, lawns better groomed than Jim Brown's greyhound.  Here in Sacramento is where gold was first discovered in California at what is called Sutters camp which has been reproduced and exists today in facsimile just as it did in 49, here we saw for the first time almond trees and they were in full bloom.  About noon we started again on our way, leaving Sacramento via the southern Pacific railroad, following down the world famed wheat producing Sacramento Valley.  We saw many fine towns and beautiful farms, but as a rule the soil looks very light and I do not think that the soil of this valley can in anyway compare with the soil of western Kansas.  This valley is to some extent under irrigation and wherever irrigation is extant, it blossoms like the rose, the towns along this valley were busy and thrifty looking, but very noisy with handmen and chinese pedlers "of hot tomolies", the population seemed to be made up to quite an extent of Chinese and some Indians, not many of the latter however,

            These towns that I mention are such as Lathrop, a junction station.  Merced, here we saw 44 from 4 to 8 horse teams plowing, seemingly all in one field.  Athlone, here the land was lying in little heaps undoubtedly having been drifted into this form by the wind, Fresno 5:15 p. m. March 10 there seemed to be more life than any place we had yet seen and the country around was fine, New Hall, this is an oil district, Los Angeles, arrived 7:30 a. m. and Pasadena, 9:30 a. m.  March 11 we were of course very tired, sought and found rest at a hotel until Monday morning.  March 12.  We secured rooms today and have had a little time to look around the city; it is a place of about 10,000 inhabitants, covering an area of about 5 miles square, cannot give the exact length and breadth, and am compelled to say that it is the most beautiful place that I have ever seen.  I have  read a description of the garden of Eden, it is a city of fine churches, large hotels magnificent dwellings and pleasant little homes.  The whole environed by delightful orange and lemon groves.  Interspersed with sparkling fountains and driveways, there can be seen the finest caparisoled turnouts the world can produce.  The people here are gathered together from all parts of the world, England, Europe, North and South America and the islands of the sea, they have brought with them the wealth of the world and no pains have been spared or money limited to make this the paradise of the mind.  We have only been here a couple of days and have not seen much, but enough to satisfy us that this is the finest we ever saw.

                                                                        C. G. Hurd 


Obituary.  CASSIUS G, HURD VETERAN OF CIVIL WAR PASSES AWAY.  C. G. Hurd, veteran of the Civil War, and for the past fourteen years a prominent business man of Florence, died at his home on First St., Tuesday morning at 5:15, following a three weeksı siege with pneumonia.  His condition had been critical for several days, and not withstanding he made a gallant fight against great odds, he was defeated for the first time in his career.

            Mr. Hurd was a native of Ohio and celebrated his sixty-third birthday Christmas day.  When only 14 years of age he enlisted with his brother, J. S. during the last year of the Civil war as a private in the First Ohio Light Artillery, and was commended for bravery.  He came to Florence 14 years ago from Tribune, Kansas, where for 10 years he efficiently filled a position as station agent and operator for the Missouri Pacific railroad.  He engaged in the grocery business in Florence and later disposed of the stock to J. S. Van Law.  Since that time, and up until his illness, he conducted a real estate and insurance office.

            C. G. Hurd was a man of sterling integrity and had the universal respect of a large circle of friends throughout the community.

            Deceased is survived by a wife and two daughters, Mrs. N. C. Conklin, of Colorado Springs; Miss Cassie Hurd, of Florence, and two brothers, J. S. Hurd of Florence, J. C. Hurd of Nutwood, Ohio, and one sister, Mrs. Nancy White, of Cleveland, Ohio.

            He was a member of A. J. Smith Post, No. 102, and Fremont lodge No. 97, A. F. & A. M.  The latter organization will take charge of the funeral, which will occur from the family home Friday afernoon at 2 oıclock.

                                                                                  The Florence Citizen , Florence, Colorado, Jan. 2, 1913. 


31. John C HURD.  Born on 14 Apr 1857 in Southington, Trumbull, OH, US.8,22 John C died in Jefferson, Ashtabula, OH, US on 15/16 Aug 1929; he was 72.8,38,39 Buried in Kinsman, Trumbull, OH, US (Kinsman Cem--New).8,40 Occupation: Traveling milk claim agent for the N. Y Central railroad.39 Religion: Methodist.39


Residences:  Southington, Trumbull Co; Wakeman, Huron Co; Fowler and Farmdale in Trumbull Co; and Jefferson, Ashtabule Co., Ohio.

On 13 Aug 1877 when John C was 20, he first married Maria E DAVIS, daughter of Marlo DAVIS, in , Trumbull Co, OH.22 Born on 7 Jul 1857 in Florence, Huron, OH, US.8,22,40 Maria E died in Farmdale, Trumbull, OH, US on 11/12 Nov 1923; she was 66.8,40,41


John C. Hurd

Maria E. (Davis) Hurd


They had the following children:

         48            i.          UNNAMED (1884-)

         49           ii.          Arleigh Davis (1885-1953)


aft 1923 when John C was 65, he second married Florence.  (Note by LV:  She was listed as Florence FRAYER in Johnıs obituary.)


Obituary:  MRS. HURDıS FUNERAL.  The funeral of Mrs. J. C. Hurd, which was held from the home in Farmdale, Wednesday of last week, was one of the largest attended funerals ever held in this place.  Mrs. Hurd's kindly, helpful and unselfish service she performed for others were qualities that drew to her many sincere friends.

Rev. Geo. A. Gibson of Youngstown assisted by Rev. J. W. Cleland of Kinsman, conducted the services.  There were many beautiful floral tributes testifying to the loving remembrance of friends. 


Those who were present from out of town, besides the son Arleigh D. Hurd of Pensacola, Fla., were:  Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Robison, New York City; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Campbell, Champion, O.; Mr. and Mrs. M. S. Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Massena, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Davis, Mrs. C. D. Kennedy, Mrs. A. Kingsley, Mrs. Nancy White, Mrs. Florence Frayer, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Mullen, Mr. and Mrs. Ed King, Earl White, Miss Mabel Davis, Miss Helen Davis, Ashtabula; Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Grover, John Abrams, Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Hayes, Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Clark, Mrs. Alex Storier, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Powers, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Meeker, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Chapin, Mrs. Earl Cratsley, Mrs. Lina Waters, Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Greenwood, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Brocins, Mrs. Wm. Brocins, Nutwood; W. S. McGeehon, Mrs. Ida Smith, of Youngstown; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Tait, Mrs. Wm. McKinley, Andover; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Fee, Simmons; Mr. and Mrs. C. Frisby, New Lyme; Mr. and Mrs. W. Drennen, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Chalker, Phalanx, O.; Mrs. C. C. Chalker, Girard; R. C. Passon, Geneva; Mrs. Lucy Davis, B. H. Davis, Oberlin, O; Miss Cassie Hurd, Lorain, O.; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Biggins, Burghill; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hamason, Vienna; Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Davis, Chicago; Mrs. Elizabeth Davis, Windsor, Ontario, Canada; Wm. Hoyt, Brunswick, O.; Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Passon, Master Billie Passon, Cleveland.

(Note by LV:  Mrs. Florence Frayer may be John Hurdıs second wife.  The Passon name may be Passow.)

(This newspaper clipping was found in old papers.  Name of the paper and date are missing.)


Obituary:  John C. Hurd of Jefferson, formerly of Fowler, this county, dropped dead in a hardware store in Jefferson, Thursday.  He had walked from his home to the store in apparently his usual good health.  As he entered the store he was seized with a heart attack and died before medical aid could be summoned.

            Mr. Hurd was very well-known in Fowler, Farmdale, Jefferson and vicinities, having made his home in all of those places at various times.  Twelve years ago he moved from Fowler to Farmdale, where he resided until three years ago.  Since that time he had made his home at Jefferson.  He had been employed as a traveling milk claim agent for the New York Central railroad for years.  He was a member of the Fowler Methodist church.

            Mr. Hurd had been married twice.  His first wife was Maria Davis Hurd, who died 10 years ago.  He was united in marriage three years ago to Florence Frayer of Jefferson, who survives him.  Other survivors are one son, A. D. Hurd, Farmdale and two grandchildren.

            Funeral services will be held at 1 Saturday at the home in Jefferson.  Rev. Baker will officiate.  Interment will be made in Kinsman.  There will be a short service at the cemetery, where friends may view the remains. 

Warren Tribune Chronicle, Warren, Ohio, August 16, 1929





Tenth Generation



32. John H HURD. Born on 1 Sep 1868 in Fontanelle, Adair, IA, US.26,42 John H died bef Apr 1915; he was 46.26


33. Cassius Frederick HURD. Born on 2 Apr 1871 in Fontanelle, Adair, IA, US.26 Cassius Frederick died in San Diego, , CA, US on 31 Mar 1949; he was 77.28,43 Buried in Pueblo, , CO, US (Roselawn Cem).28,43


About Dec 1906 when Cassius Frederick was 35, he married Ella Evaline BIRD, in Buffalo, Harper, OK, US.43 Born on 28 May 1855 in , , KS, US.43


Obituary.  Hurd.  Cassius F. Hurd, at San Diego, Calif., May 24.  Husband of Mrs. Ella Hurd.  Brother of Walter K. Hurd, Pueblo, Guy Hurd, Phoenix, Ariz., and Mrs. M. A. Aspinwall of Los Angeles, Calif.  A Number of nieces and nephews survive.  The body will arrive in Pueblo Saturday, via air.  Services 2 p.m. Tuesday, Davis Memorial chapel.  To Roselawn.                                                                         The Pueblo Chieftain, Pueblo, Colorado, May 28, 1949.44 


34. J R HURD. Born on 5 Jun 1873 in Fontanelle, Adair, IA, US.26 J R died after Apr 1915.26


35. Myrtle HURD. Born on 23 Mar 1876 in Fontanelle, Adair, IA, US.26


Living in Los Angeles at time of her motherıs death.45


Myrtle married ASPINWALL.


36. Maud HURD. Born on 28 Dec 1877 in Fontanelle, Adair, IA, US.26


Maud married MCCAMPBELL.


37. Guy Frank HURD. Born on 22 Apr 1879 in Fontanelle, Adair, IA, US.26 Guy Frank died in , Pueblo, CO, US on 9 Apr 1958; he was 78.28 Buried in Pueblo, Pueblo, CO, US (Roselawn Cem).28


On 27 Nov 1904 when Guy Frank was 25, he married Flora Mary BIRD, in Buffalo, , OK, US.47 Born on 17 Jun 1883 in Lockwood, Dade, MO, US.47


They had the following children:

         50            i.          Violet Pearl (1904-)

         51           ii.          Gladys Opal (1906-)

         52          iii.          Ruby Iris (1908-1950)

         53          iv.          John James (1910-1943)

         54           v.          Thelma Mabel (1912-)

         55          vi.          Annetta Emily (1916-)


Obituary:  Guy Frank Hurd died in Arizona.  Guy Frank Hurd, former Pueblo businessman and brother of Walter K. Hurd of Pueblo, died unexpectedly Friday at his home in Phoenix, Ariz., following a heart attack.

            He lived here from 1917 until 1943 when he moved to Phoenix where he was in business.

            Survivors include his widow of the family home in Phoenix, and five children, Mrs. Pearl Carlson of Daly City, Calif.; Mrs. Albert Eirls of Compton, Calif., Mrs. Max Ballard of St. Louis, Mo.; Mrs. Joe Goodman of Grand Junction and Mrs. Lloyal Ward of Palisade.  He was the grandfather of six.

            The body will be returned to Pueblo Sunday.  Funeral arrangements will be announced by Davis Mortuary.

The Pueblo Chiftain, Pueblo, Colorado, April 5, 195846



38. Walter Kirk HURD. Born on 23 Mar 1882 in Fontanelle, Adair, IA, US.26 Walter Kirk died in , Pueblo, CO, US on 3 Sep 1970; he was 88.28 Buried in Pueblo, Pueblo, CO, US (Roselawn Cem).28


On 3 Sep 1905 when Walter Kirk was 23, he first married Mrs. May Agnes McRae, in Florence, Fremont, CO, US.49 She was born @ 1871 in , , WI, US.49,50  She had 2 children from a previous marriage—Jennie May (McRae) Griffin and Arthur K. McRae.51  May Agnes died on 6 Jun 1959.51


Walter Kirk second married Evelyn.  They had 2 daughters—Mrs. Ann Jones and Mrs. Susan B. Moore.48


Obituary.  W. K. HURD FATALLY STRICKEN AT 88.  A man who spent nearly 65 years establishing himself as the patriarch of automobile dealers in this region and a leading financier in the Pueblo area died Tuesday morning at the age of 88.

            Water K. Hurd, 1628 Lynwood, was dead on arrival at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital shortly before noon.  Hospital authorities attributed his death to massive heart failure.   

            MAXWELL SALESMAN.  Born March 23, 1882, in Fontanelle, Iowa, Hurd moved to Pueblo in 1912 from Florence.  He started in the auto business in 1906 by selling Maxwells in Florence and later acquired the Ford agency in that community.  The first year he had the agency he sold more Fords in Florence than were sold in the city of Denver.

            He continued selling Fords after moving to Pueblo and at one time was selling them at the rate of 250 per month.  In 1913 he built the two-story building at Seventh and Court which is still occupied by W. K. Hurd Pontiac Co.  He disposed of the Ford agency in 1939 and founded his present business the following year and became Pontian dealer and distributor, serving Southern Colorado and all of New Mexico.  He was one of the last such distributors in the automotive industry.

            FINANCIAL INTERESTS.  Following his arrival in Pueblo, Hurd began to branch out into other interests.  He was one of a group of men which organized the Commercial Investment Co. in Denver in 1916.  In 1921 he founded Western Acceptance Co. and was president of that organization at the time of his death.  He founded Sunrise Oil Co. in 1932 and had been president since that time. 

            He had also been associated with Intermountain Casualty Co. and the First Western Investment Co.  At the time of his death he was a director of the First National Bank of Pueblo, Park National Bank, Marvin's Memorials, Inc., Modern Trailer Sales, Inc., Enterprises, Inc., and Sunset Plaza Shopping Center.  He was a member of the Parish of St. Peter the Apostle Rotary Club-43, BPO Elks Pueblo Lodge 90, Pueblo Country Club and the Pueblo Metropolitan Museum Association, Inc.  He had been a patron of the museum

            Hurd is survived by his widow, Evelyn, of the family home; two daughters, Mrs. Ann Jones of Beulah and Mrs. Susan B. Moore of Pueblo, and five grandchildren.

            Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Peter the Apostle Episcopal Church with the Rev. Donald Van Splinter officiating.  The body will lie in state at Davis Mortuary until 9 a.m. Thursday.  Burial will be in the family plot at Roselawn Cemetery.

Pueblo Chieftain, Pueblo, Colorado.  Sept. 2, 197048


39. Albert (Bert) Eugene WHITE. Born on 16 Oct 1863 in , , OH, US.32 Albert (Bert) Eugene died in , , , US in 1903; he was 39.32


Residences:  Wakeman, Huron Co., OH.  In 1896 he lived in Ladder, KS.


On 22 Feb 1890 when Albert (Bert) Eugene was 26, he married Minnie A MYRTLE, in Wakeman, Huron, OH, US.52 Born in Sep 1869 in , , OH, US.


They had one child:

         56            i.          Lemuel Thomas (1890-)


40. Mary Irene WHITE. Born on 25 Aug 1866 in Ohltown, Trumbull, OH, US.32,53 Mary Irene died in Strongsville, Cuyahoga, OH, US on 29 Jun 1923; she was 56.53,54,55 Buried in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, OH, US (Riverside Cem).53,55


On 3 Mar 1887 when Mary Irene was 20, she married William HOYT Jr, son of William HOYT Sr & Harriet A ROBERTS, in Norwalk, Huron, OH, USA.22,54,56 Born on 28 Jun 1859 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, OH, US.54,57 William died in Strongsville, Cuyahoga, OH, US on 26 Dec 1933; he was 74.54,57


They had one child:

         57            i.          Ethelyn Rhea (1891-1976)


41. Hiram WHITE. Born abt 1868 in , , , US. Hiram died bef 1880.


42. Cassius Earl WHITE. Born on 25 Apr 1872 in , , OH, US.32 Cassius Earl died in , , MI, US in 1959; he was 86.58


On 20 Feb 1894 when Cassius Earl was 21, he married Bertha C PETERSON, daughter of Olaf PETERSON, in Wallace, , KS, US.32,58 Born on 27 Jul 1871 in Holmsjon, Follinge, Jamtland, SWE.58 Bertha C died in Portland, Multnomah, OR, US on 16 Apr 1910; she was 38.58


They had the following children:

         58            i.          Hazel Ora (1897-1924)

         59           ii.          Mary Christine (1895-1989)

         60          iii.          Lillian Juanita (1899-)

         61          iv.          Paulina (1901-)

         62           v.          William Walter (1903-1916)


43. Lillian Anna WHITE. Born on 25 Sep 1884 in Wakeman, Huron Co, OH, US.32 Lillian Anna died in 1963; she was 78.


On 19 Apr 1908 when Lillian Anna was 23, she married Edward Lairdon KING, son of Elias KING & Mary SCHAEFER, in , Cuyahoga Co, OH, US.32,59 Born abt 1878 in Lima, OH.


They had the following children:

         63            i.          Mabel Twila (1911-1997)

         64           ii.          Marcia Helen (1911-1996)

         65          iii.          Theador Alton (1919-)


44. Mary EGGLESTON. Born on 1 May 1861 in OH, US.22


On 9 Sep 1879 when Mary was 18, she married A J CRANDALL, in , Huron, OH, US.22


45. William EGGLESTON. Born on 20 Feb 1863 in OH, US.22


46. Effa Rena HURD. Born on 10 Jun 1880 in Fowler, Trumbull, OH, US.60,61 Effa Rena died in Denver, , CO, US on 23 Jan 1956; she was 75.60 Buried in Florence, , CO, US (Union Highland Cemetery).60


On 24 Jul 1907 when Effa Rena was 27, she married Noah Edgar CONKLIN, in Florence, Fremont, CO, US.49 Born abt 1869.49 Noah Edgar died bef 1956.60    Edgar drove a wagon for the dairy in 1920.


Three children:  a daughter who married Charles Weekly, a daughter who married Hal F. Nabors, and a son Gordon Conklin.


Obituary.  RENA H. CONKLIN.  Funeral services for Mrs. Rena Hurd Conklin were held at the Law mortuary in Colorado Springs at 11 o'clock Thursday morning Jan. 26 with the Rev. Raymond Neuetzman of St. Paul's Methodist church and the Rev. Warren Bainbridge officiating.

            Mrs. Conklin was born in Fowler, June 10, 1880 and died at a Denver hospital Jan. 23, 1956 following a short illness.

            She attended elementary school in Kansas and after teaching for two terms moved to Florence where she completed her high school education.  She taught school both in Florence and Carbondale, Colo. until her marriage to Noah Edgar Conklin.

            The young couple lived for a time in Leadville and then established a home in Colorado Springs.  After Mr. Conklinıs death Mrs. Conklin resumed her teaching career and taught in rural schools in Colorado until her retirement in 1953, concluding 40 years of service in the public schools.

            Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Cassie Bungart of Colorado Springs; two daughters, Mrs. Charles Weekly of Castle Rock and Mrs. Hal F. Nabors of Oklahoma City, one son, Gordon Conklin of Pueblo; four grandsons, several cousins and a host of friends.

            Pallbearers were Harold King of Castle Rock,. Harold Sheldon, Ray Ebeling, Willard Elbing of Colorado Springs, Robert E. Walters and Paul Bruce of Yoder.

            Burial was in the family plot in Union Highland cemetery.

The Florence Citizen, Florence, Colorado, Feb. 195660


47. Cassie L HURD. Born on 7 Nov 1888 in , , KS, US.35


Cassie L married BUNGART.60


48. HURD. Born in Jan 1884 in Southington, Trumbull Co, OH.62  died young.


49. Arleigh Davis HURD. Born on 18/25 Aug 1885 in Fowler, Trumbull, OH, US.22,63 Arleigh Davis died in Kinsman, Trumbull, OH, US in 1953; he was 67. Buried in Kinsman, Trumbull, OH, US.


Arleigh Davis married Bessie M. Born in 1885. Bessie M died in Kinsman, Trumbull, OH, US in 1945; she was 60.


They had the following children:

         66            i.          Lawrence (-1973)

         67           ii.          Jessie





Eleventh Generation



50. Violet Pearl HURD. Born on 13 Sep 1904 in Buffalo, Harper, OK, US.47


On 8 Jul 1940 when Violet Pearl was 35, she first married Hilmer Alrick CARLSON, in Santa Rosa, , NM, US.47 Born on 8 May 1906 in Pueblo, , CO, US (Roselawn Cem).47


On 30 Jul 1958 when Violet Pearl was 53, she second married Henry Welling BARRICK, in Colorado Springs, , CO, US. Born on 5 Jan 1896 in Trenton, , NJ, US.47


51. Gladys Opal HURD. Born on 27 Nov 1906 in Buffalo, Harper, OK, US.47


Gladys Opal married Albert EIRLS.


52. Ruby Iris HURD. Born on 30 Jun 1908 in Buffalo, Harper, OK, US. Ruby Iris died in St. Louis, , MO, US in 1950; she was 41.


Ruby Iris married Max BALLARD.


53. John James HURD. Born on 19 Sep 1910 in Buffalo, Harper, OK, US. John James died in Chicago, Cook, IL, US in 1943; he was 32.


54. Thelma Mabel HURD. Born on 27 Jan 1912 in Buffalo, Harper, OK, US.


Thelma Mabel first married Joe GOODMAN.46


Thelma Mabel second married James SIEFERT.47


55. Annetta Emily HURD. Born on 15 Dec 1916 in Buffalo Harper, OK, US.


On 19 May 1940 when Annetta Emily was 23, she married Lloyal WARD, in , , NM, US. Born on 13 Apr 1898 in Lima, , OH, US.


56. Lemuel Thomas WHITE. Born in Oct 1890 in , , , US.64


On 3 Aug 1921 when Lemuel Thomas was 30, he married Hazel GALLUP, daughter of Daniel GALLUP & Jane BRATTEN, in Waterloo, , IA, US.64 Born on 11 Sep 1893 in , , IA, US.64 Hazel died in Sheridan, , WY, US on 14 Apr 1982; she was 88.64,65


They had the following children:

                        i.          Eugene Wallace

                       ii.          Ruth Jane


57. Ethelyn Rhea HOYT. Born on 15 Oct 1891 in Wakeman, Huron, OH, US.54,66 Ethelyn Rhea died in Middleburgh Hts, Cuyahoga, OH, US on 19 Jul 1976; she was 84.54,66 Buried in Columbia Tp, Lorain, OH, US (Columbia Cem).66 Education: Kentucky School in Cleveland, OH (grades 1-7).  Beebetown one-room school (grade 8).  Berea High School (1 year).


     Ethelyn spent the first 12 years of her life on the West Side of Cleveland at 57 Scott Street.  She attended Kentucky School.  When they moved to Strongsville in 1904 it was hard for her to get used to the one-room school house she attended in Beebetown.  She was not used to the noise and confusion of all the grades together.  After 8th grade she attended one year of high school in Berea, OH.  Her parents bought the farm in Strongsville so that her grandparents Lemuel and Nancy Jane White could live with them and run the farm.  Unfortunately her grandfather, Lemuel, died in December of that year.  Her father was a railroad conductor for the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway.  After they moved to Strongsville he was able to walk a half mile and take the Interurban downtown Cleveland to "catch" his train.  She lived in the same  house the rest of her life. 

     When they moved to Strongsville in 1904, she helped her father plant an apple orchard on the west side of their land.  They also had a few peach, pear, and plum trees.  She told me about Grandad taking potatoes into Cleveland and selling them in the neighborhoods.  She would take apples along and give to the children. 

     In the 1930s and again in the late 1940s they vacationed in Michigan, near Mesick.  In 1936 they went to Niagara Falls and Canada with their new 1936 Dodge.  In 1941 they drove to Florida.  The above was told to me by my grandmother.  (Louise Varisco)



On 18 Feb 1914 when Ethelyn Rhea was 22, she married Dewitt Almon HOWARD, son of George Manley HOWARD & Clarissa Stella PEACHEY, in Strongsville, Cuyahoga, OH, US.54,67 Born on 20 Aug 1885 in Hartland, Huron, OH, US.54,68,69 Dewitt Almon died in Berea, Cuyahoga, OH, US on 19 Mar 1957; he was 71.54,68


They had the following children:

                        i.          Mary (1915-1915)

                       ii.          Maxine Jane (1918-1983)

                      iii.          Arlene Wanda (1922-1997)


58. Hazel Ora WHITE. Born in Feb 1897 in , , CO, US. Hazel Ora died in 1924; she was 26.58  It is said that she died of TB.58


Hazel Ora married George BUTTERFIELD, son of William BUTTERFIELD. Born abt 1899 in  CA or OR, US.58


59. Mary Christine WHITE. Born on 13 Dec 1895 in , Greely, KS, US.58 Mary Christine died in , , MI, US in 1989; she was 93.58


On May 24, 1919 Mary Christine married Charles Curtis BENNER, son of Simon BENNER & Marietta HANCOCK, in , Cuyahoga, OH, US.58 Born on 3 Sep 1890 in Defiance, Defiance, OH, US.58 Charles Curtis died in Wayne, , MI, US on 23 Dec 1963; he was 73.


They had the following children:

                        i.          Edna Celia

                       ii.          Hazel Pauline

                      iii.          Alta Mae

                      iv.          Mary Lou


60. Lillian Juanita WHITE. Born in Jul 1899 in , , CO, US.58


In 1977 her address was 35 Clayton Ave., San Jose, CA 9511058


Lillian Juanita married MOORE.


61. Paulina WHITE. Born in 1901.58 Paulina died in NYC, NY, NY, US.58


They may have divorced.58


Paulina married PEAVY.



62. William Walter WHITE. Born in 1903 in , , CO, US.58 William Walter died in Portland, Multnomah, OR, US on 16 Aug 1916; he was 13.58




63. Mabel Twila KING. Born on 28 Nov 1911 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, OH, US. Mabel Twila died in Davie, Broward, FL, US on 4 Oct 1997; she was 85.


64. Marcia Helen KING. Born on 28 Nov 1911 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, OH, US. Marcia Helen died on 4 Sep 1996; she was 84. Religion: First Covenant Church.


On 13 Jun 1936 when Marcia Helen was 24, she married James Philip COFFMAN, in Franklin,  , PA, US. Born on 17 Mar 1903 in Franklin, , PA, US. James Philip died on 15 Aug 1995; he was 92.


They had the following children:

                        i.          Constance Ann

                       ii.          James Philip

                      iii.          Barbara Joyce


65. Theador Alton KING. Born on 21 Sep 1919 in Ashtabula, Ashtabula, OH, US. Religion: Methodist.


Served in U. S. Navy. 


Theador Alton first married Elaine Jean WOODWORTH. They were divorced abt 1949.


They had one child:

                        i.          Margie


On 16 Sep 1950 when Theador Alton was 30, he second married Gena Mae DAVIS, daughter of Albert Luther DAVIS & Leila Mae. Born on 2 May 1913 in Franklin, , GA, US.


66. Lawrence HURD. Lawrence died on 13 Dec 1973 in , , FL, US.


Lawrence married Agnes.


They had the following children:

                        i.          John

                       ii.          Mary Agnes

                      iii.          Joseph

                      iv.          Sarah Ann


67. Jessie HURD.


On 12 Mar 1936 Jessie married Charles E PARKER, JR.












1. American Genealogist, Vol. 50, No. 1, January 1974  ³Hurd Errors--Some Corrections² by Thaddeus B. Hurd.

2. Barbour Records, Stratford, CT.

3. American Genealogist, Vol. 30 No. 1, January 1954, ³Tuttle, Pantry, Judson, Hurd.  An Important Connection² by Donald Lines Jacobus.

4. A History and Genealogy of The Family of Hurd in the U. S., by Dena D. Hurd, NY, 1910.

5. Hurd Family by Jeanette Leiby Hurd, Compiled from the records of Helen Samson Hurd and other sources, 1955.  Retyped in 1982 with minor corrections by Agnes Gilmore.

6. Barbour Records, Killingworth, , CT.

7. Barbour Records.  Middletown, Middlesex, CT.

8. Trumbull Co. Cemetery Inscriptions.  1800-1930.  Compiled by members of Trumbull Co. Chapter, OGS.  1983.

9. History of Trumbull & Mahoning Counties, Vol. II, Cleveland:  H. Z. Williams & Bros. 1882. pp 519-520, 522, 532-533.

10. Combination Atlas Map of Trumbull Co., Ohio, Everts, 1874.

11. Hurd Family Data from Grace M. Winnagleıs files in Ohioana Room at Warren Public Library, Warren, Ohio P.  It includes Bible records, letters, etc.

12. Barbour Records, Colebrook, , CT.

13. Barbour Records.  Haddam, CT

14. Death Record.  Probate Court in Trumbull Co, OH.  Vol. 2, p. 29.  (Smith and Daniel Hurd)

15. Memorial Record of the County of Cuyahoga and City of Cleveland, Ohio, 1894.

16. War of 1812 Pension Record from National Archives for Smith Hurd

17. Obituaries, Southington Township, Trumbull County, Ohio, by Jean Veits Highland, 1994.

18. Trumbull County, Ohio, Early Marriage Records 1800-1865, Trumbull County Chapter OGS, 1973.      

19. Probate.  Trumbull Co., OH, Archives.  Packet 48-6 (Probate) Smith Hurd

20. Probate.  Trumbull Co., OH, Archives.  Packet 45-8 (Probate)  Smith Hurd

21. Obituary. Western Reserve Democrat, Warren, Oh, May 15, 1891.  (Hiram Hurd)

22. Hurd family births, marriages, deaths handwritten on paper (The Globe Milling Co. -- J. C. Hurd).  Information probably written by John C. Hurd.

23. Obituary.  Western Reserve Democrat, Warren, Oh, March 27, 1891. (Sally Ann Hurd)

24. Post Office and Post Masters of Ohio by Margaret E. Pfund.  Microfilm.

25. Trumbull Co., OH Bible & Family Records, 1988 by Trumbull County Chapter, OGS.  King Family, Trumbull Co., OH. 

26. Civil War Pension Record from National Archives for James S Hurd.

27. Obituary.  Pueblo Chieftain,  Jan. 20, 1927 (James S Hurd)

28. Cemetery Record for Roselawn Cem in Pueblo, CO.  Hurd

29. Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866.  Vol. X pp 362, 363, 390, 391, 394.  (James S & Cassius G Hurd)

30. Birth record from page torn from a family Bible for Lemuel White and Nancy J. Hurd.

31. Death Certificate. Defiance Co, OH, File No. 40427.  (Nancy J Hurd White)

32. Family History of James White and Fannie Pittinger and their descendants.  The Acorn Printery, Painesville, Ohio, 1932.  pp 7, 8

33. Marriage Certificate for Lemuel White and Nancy J. Hurd.

34. Marriage Record:  Norwalk, Huron Co., OH.  L 1858-66 p. 198 and Vol. 6 p. 43.  (Carrie Hurd)

35. Civil War Pension Record from National Archives for Cassius G Hurd. 

36. Cemetery Record for Union Highland Cem in Florence, CO.  Hurd

37. Will.  Trumbull Co., OH, Archives, Will Book Vol. 12, Page 336-338  (Hiram Hurd)

38. Death Certificate.  Ashtabula Co., OH, Cert. #50554 (John C. Hurd)

39. Obituary. Warren Tribune Chronicle, Warren, Ohio, August 16, 1929  (John C Hurd)

40. Obituary  The Warren, Ohio, Tribune, November 12 and 22, 1923.  (Maria E. Hurd)

41. Death Certificate.  Trumbull County, OH, cert. #68600 (Maria E. Davis)

42. Census Record, 1870, U. S. Census Cass Tp, Cass Co., IA.  p 67 (James S Hurd & family)

43. Death:  Cassius Frederick Hurd.  Information from Internet website:

44. Obituary.  Pueblo Chieftain, May 28, 1949.  (Cassius F. Hurd)

45. Obituary.  Pueblo Chieftain, February 17, 1929.  (Mrs. Annetta Hurd)

46. Obituary.  Pueblo Chieftain, April 5, 1958.  (Guy Frank Hurd)

47. Guy Frank Hurd Family.  Found on a website on the Internet.

48. Obituary.  Pueblo Chieftain, September 2, 1970.  (Walter K. Hurd)

49. Marriage Record.  Division of Vital Statistics, Fremont Co., CO. (W. K. Hurd)

50. Census Record, 1920, U. S. Census Pueblo, Pueblo Co., CO. ED 215, Sheet 8, Line 58.  (W. K. Hurd & wife)

51. Obituary.  Pueblo Chieftain, June 7, 1959.  (May Agnes Hurd)

52. Marriage Record for Albert E. White to Minnie Myrtle, Huron Co, OH, Vol 5, p 293

53. Death Certificate.  Cuyahoga Co, OH, File No. 37116.  (Mary White Hoyt)

54. Holy Bible, New York: American BIble Society, 1862.  Presented to William Hoyt From his Father on August 31, 1863.

55. Obituary.  Medina County Gazette, July 3, 1923 (Mary Hoyt)

56. Marriage Certificate for William Hoyt, Jr. and Mary White.

57. Death Certificate.  Cuyahoga Co, OH, File No. 67165.  (William Hoyt)

58. Family Information submitted by Carole Stewart.

59. Marriage Record for Lillian A White to Edward L King, Cuyahoga Co., OH, Vol. 69, p 475.

60. Obituary.  The Florence Citizen, Feb. 1956 (Rena H. Conklin)

61. Birth Record:  Warren, Oh, Trumbull Co., OH.  Vol. 2 1874-1883, pp 349-350 (Effa Hurd)

62. Birth.  Warren Constitution, Warren, OH, Jan. 15, 1884.  (d/o J C Hurd)

63. Birth Record:  Warren, Trumbull Co., OH.  Vol. 3 1884-96 p. 104  (Arleigh Hurd)

64. Information from Hazel (Gallup) White.  Written to Ethelyn Howard, probably in the 1970s.

65. Funeral cards for Hazel (Gallup) White.  (Henne Funeral Home & Fairmount Cem.)

66. Death certificate for Ethelyn (Hoyt) Howard, Cuyahoga Co, OH.  Ohio Dept. of Health.

67. Marriage Record for Dewitt Howard and Ethelyn Hoyt, Cuyahoga Co., OH, Vol 88, p 274.

68. Death Certificate for Dewitt Howard, Cuyahoga Co, OH.  Ohio Dept. of Health.

69. Birth.  Certified Copy of Birth Record.  Huron Co., OH.  #26  (Dewitt Howard)




























 Additional Sources


            (For those who are interested in learning more about the times and history of our Hard ancestors I am listing additional sources.  LV)


Adam Hard of Stratford, Connecticut, 1649 and Some of His Descendants, Compiled by Vernona Hurd Linley, 2000. 

This is appears to be a carefully researched Hurd Family History.  Only the first two generations follow our line.  He has included a lot of historical data.  This book is available at the Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN. 


Bible and Family Records Vol. II, Western Reserve Historical Society, copied by Western Reserve Chapter, DAR, 1971. 

Copy of Bible record of Harrison and Rebecca Hurd.  Can be found in the Genealogy Library at the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio.


Demmy Scribe Writes First In Series of Articles.  On the Early History of Southington Township

This is a series of articles presented weekly in the Western Reserve Democrat beginning July 28, 1955. 

I found these articles in the Ohioana Room at the Warren Public Library in Warren, Trumbull County, OH.


The Hurd Family by Gustave Anjou. 

At first glance this appears to be the ancestry of the Hurd Family back to 1327.  However in the magazine, Family Chronicle May/June 2003, the following is said about The Anjou Genealogies:

"Probably the granddaddy of genealogical fraud was Gustave Anjou.  He was born in Sweden in 1863 as Gustaf Ludvig Ljungabert, the illegitimate son of Carl Gustaf Jungberg and his live-in housekeeper.  His inclination to invent dates and places is evident in the fact that he often reported his place of birth as Paris, even on his declaration of intention to become a US citizen.

Professional genealogist Gordon l. Remington did exhaustive research on Anjous origins.  He found that, though Anjou and his wife arrived in New York aboard the ship Bothnia as Gustaf and Anna Ljungberg, he soon took his wife's maiden name of Anjou.  The false claims of birthplace and the name change probably resulted from his invention of false academic credentials (a PH.D. from Sweden's Uppsala University), as well as a desire to hide the fact that he served six months in prison at hard labor for forgery.

Anjou became very successful at extracting extraordinary sums of money from gullible clients whose primary interest was in tracing to a noble "set of forefathers running back to the Crusades" (New York Times, 27 Dec. 1927).  In the early 1900s the going price for such pedigrees was $9,000—the equivalent in today's dollars of more than $100,000. 

Anjou's clients seemed willing to believe whatever he told them—that they were descendant of notable early American colonists or that they were of noble or royal European descent. By interspersing numerous references to documents that do actually exist, Anjou "created" false records simply by referring to them in his reports.  Such reports might be referenced to established true parishes, but the records themselves were nonexistent." 

I found a copy of Anjou's Hurd Genealogy at the Hayes Memorial Library in Fremont, Ohio.


Miscellaneous information on the Hurd family in and around the Southington, Trumbull County, Ohio, area can be found in the files in the Ohioana Room at the Warren Public library in Warren, Trumbull County, OH.














      UNNAMED                         spouse of 1

      Bessie M                              spouse of 49

      Florence                               spouse of 31

      May Agnes                           spouse of 38

      MCCAMPBELL                   spouse of 36


      UNNAMED                         spouse of 66


      UNNAMED                         spouse of 35


      Max                                    spouse of 52


      Henry Welling                      spouse of 50


      Alta Mae                              child of 59

      Charles Curtis                       spouse of 59

      Edna Celia                            child of 59

      Hazel Pauline                        child of 59

      Mary Lou                             child of 59


      Ella Evaline                          spouse of 33

      Flora Mary                           spouse of 37


      UNNAMED                         spouse of 47


      George                                 spouse of 58


      Hilmer Alrick                       spouse of 50


      Barbara Joyce                        child of 64

      Constance Ann                      child of 64

      James Philip                         spouse of 64


      James Philip                         child of 64


      Noah Edgar                           spouse of 46


      A J                                     spouse of 44


      Gena Mae                             spouse of 65

      Maria E                               spouse of 31


      Sally Ann                            spouse of 19


      Lettie                                  spouse of 15




      Harrison                               spouse of 29

      Mary                                   44

      William                               45


      Albert                                  spouse of 51


      John                                    spouse of 22


      Joshua                                 spouse of 22


      Hazel                                   spouse of 56


      Joe                                      spouse of 54


      Caleb                                  spouse of 20


      Arlene Wanda                        child of 57

      Dewitt Almon                       spouse of 57

      Mary                                   child of 57

      Maxine Jane                         child of 57


      Ethelyn Rhea                        57

      William Jr                            spouse of 40


      Nancy                                  spouse of 12


      UNNAMED                         48

      Adam                                  1

      Annetta Emily                      55

      Arleigh Davis                       49

      Caroline (Carrie) J                 29

      Cassie L                              47

      Cassius Frederick                   33

      Cassius Gordon                     30

      Comfort                               11

      Damaris                               16

      Daniel                                 4

      Daniel                                 21

      Daniel                                 5

      Diana                                  23

      Diantha                                24

      Ebenezer                              3

      Edith (Eda)                           25

      Edith (Eda)                           9

      Effa Rena                             46

      Esther                                  8

      Freedom                               14

      Gladys Opal                          51

      Guy Frank                            37

      Hannah                                22

      Hannah                                10

      Harmon                               13

      Hiram                                  19

      Isaac                                    15

      J R                                     34

      James Smith                         26

      Jessie                                  67

      John                                    child of 66

      John                                    2

      John C                                31

      John H                                32

      John James                           53

      Joseph                                 child of 66

      Joy                                     12

      Lawrence                              66

      Malona                                20

      Mary Agnes                          child of 66

      Maud                                   36

      Milo                                   17

      Myrtle                                 35

      Nancy                                  18

      Nancy Jane                           28

      Ruby Iris                             52

      Sarah Ann                            child of 66

      Seth                                    6

      Smith                                  7

      Thelma Mabel                       54

      Violet Pearl                          50

      Walter Kirk                          38

      William                               27


      Sarah                                   spouse of 11


      Brinton                                spouse of 24

      Edward Lairdon                      spouse of 43

      Mabel Twila                         63

      Marcia Helen                        64

      Margie                                 child of 65

      Theador Alton                       65


      Sarah                                   spouse of 3


      Catherine                             spouse of 21


      Selina                                  spouse of 17


      Lyman                                 spouse of 20


      Esther                                  spouse of 5



      Florence                               spouse of 38


      Daniel                                 spouse of 10

      Eliphelet/Lyford                    spouse of 9


      UNNAMED                         spouse of 60

      Hannah                                spouse of 14


      Sybil                                   spouse of 7


      Minnie A                             spouse of 39


      Hannah                                spouse of 13


      Charles E                             spouse of 67


      Wilhelmina (Mina)                spouse of 30


      UNNAMED                         spouse of 61


      Bertha C                              spouse of 42


      Benjamin                             spouse of 18


      Thankful                              spouse of 6


      Annetta                                spouse of 26


      James                                  spouse of 54


      Rachel                                 spouse of 4


      Anna                                   spouse of 2


      Royal A                               spouse of 25


      Ira                                       spouse of 16

      Ira                                       spouse of 23


      Lucretia                               spouse of 15


      Lloyal                                 spouse of 55


      Albert (Bert) Eugene               39

      Cassius Earl                         42

      Eugene Wallace                     child of 56

      Hazel Ora                             58

      Hiram                                  41

      Lemuel                                spouse of 28

      Lemuel Thomas                    56

      Lillian Anna                         43

      Lillian Juanita                       60

      Mary Christine                      59

      Mary Irene                            40

      Mary (Polly)                         spouse of 7

      Paulina                                61

      Ruth Jane                             child of 56

      William Walter                     62


      Elaine Jean                           spouse of 65


      Moses                                 spouse of 8