Hello! I am helping a cousin to find her gg? grandfather. John Calvin Church-4040 born 12 Jun 1827, Rogersville, Greene Co, PA. Married Catherine Staggers-28 26 Aug 1849, Rogersville, Green Co, PA. John was in the war 1861-1865 and was granted a pension. Catherine claimed the pension upon John's death in 1895. Mother was "supposedly" Mary, but no father was on the application - stated as both "deceased".
I have spent many, many hours trying to track his mother and father down, but nothing has shown up. There are many Church families that came to America (at least 4 have traced ancestry through books, including Richard Church, who came on the Mayflower).
Year: 1850; Census Place: Center, Greene, Pennsylvania; Roll: M432_783; Page: 273A; Image: 544. Household #99.
John, 23, blacksmith
Elijah, 2 months old.
A note of interest: in Center, Greene PA 1850 census there are other "Church" families: i.e.
Henry Church, 17, farmer; with Coe family in Household #87
Rinehart Church, 27, farmer; wife Charlotte, 24; dau Elizabeth, 6; dau Lilly Ann, 4; son Silas 1. Household #89
Elija Church, 41, farmer; wife Ann, 38; dau Ruth, 15; dau Sarah, 12; son James, 10; son Rinehart, 8; son George, 5; dau Mary, 3; dau Marthy, 1. Household #92
William Church, 30, drover; wife Susanna, 32; son David, 9; dau Lucy, 6; daughter Ruth, 3; son Asa, 4 months old. Household #102
Henry Church, 70, farmer; wife Sarah, 63; son John, 23; son Elija, 19. Household #107
Year: 1860; Census Place: Springfield, Greene Pennsylvania
John (J.C.), 33, farmer born PA
Catherine, 33 born PA
Marniva, 8 born PA
Geo, 7 born PA
Wm, 5 born PA
Amanda, 3 born PA
Nancy, 8 months old born PA
Year: 1870; Census Place: Coe, Isabella Co, Michigan, Post Office: Salt River
John 43 born PA farmer
Catherine 43 born PA
Martha 18 born PA
George 17 born PA working on farm
William 15 born PA working on farm
Manda 11 born PA
Nancy 9 born PA
Emma 8 born PA
Mary 2 born MI
1880 Census still in Coe, Isabella Co, MI but John C is now born in Virginia.
I know the state lines changed a lot, so I am in a quandry as to where to search to find him.
Thank you! Wendy Jones-21849