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Christian Cowen Stoner was born in the area of Morrison's Cove, in North Woodbury township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He claimed to have been born in Blair County, Penn., because Blair County was formed when he was an infant. The family moved, when C. C. was nearly 4 years old, to Noble County, Indiana. He claimed that his father made the move "in the dead of winter, with $4 and a cow." There were some other people in that area that made that move around the same time, supposedly they were all part of the same church.
C. C. grew up in Noble Township, Noble County, Indiana. The family were members of the Christian Church based at Miriam, Indiana, pastored by Peter Winebrenner, who also was a circuit-rider, serving the area. The church preached abolitionism, and C. C., his older brother David, and 3 cousins all enlisted in the Civil War. C. C. was the only one of them to come back alive. His brother was killed in one of the last skirmishes, and one of his cousins perished as a prisoner of war. C. C. enlisted in Dec., 1863, at age 19. He was discharged in late July, 1865. He was in Gen. Sherman's army, Co. B, 88th Indiana Volunteers Infantry, 14th Army Corps. He was on Sherman's march through the south, from Chattanooga, Tennessee, through Georgia, South and North Carolina, Virgina, and ending in "Washington City" at Lincoln's review of the troops.
After the war, C. C. returned home, and within a couple of years, he married Rachel Winebrenner, his minister's eldest daughter. They set up housekeeping in Indiana--the census lists them there in 1870, and they have taken in 6-year-old Ulyses Hardy.
By 1875, they have moved to Nelson Township, Cloud County, Kansas, and his parents are with them. Ulyses seems to have stayed in Indiana. C. C. took his soldier's pay, and bought a homestead there in 1873, about 12 miles east of Concordia, which was up for sale at a very good price, as the homesteader had not been able to "make good" on the homestead (live up to the requirements of the Homesteading Act). When they got there, Rachel sat down and cried, as the dwelling consisted of a small one-room stone building with no roof, and the fields were thick buffalo grass with little broken sod.
C. C. was industrious, and quarried more limestone, with which he built two more rooms on the cabin, and built both roof and ceiling. They had a bedroom for themselves, and one for the parents, and a kitchen/common room. C. C. plowed and planted, but the weather was unreliable in Kansas, and he often would loose crops, and had to supplement his income in other ways. He "read law", and practiced locally as an attorney. He was elected Justice of the Peace in the Nelson Center district soon after moving to Kansas. He taught at the Nelson Center country school, while his daughter Ella was attending there. That would have been the 1880's. His son George was born on the farm in 1884. He was listed in the Kansas state census as living in Concordia with his family in 1885. His son Peter was born on the farm in 1888. He was elected Probate Judge for Cloud county that year, and he rented out the farm and moved back to Concordia for 4 years. He was elected chaplain of the Cloud County Alliance of the People's (Populist) Party for the year starting July, 1890. As probate Judge, in 1891, he was also appointed by the county commissioners as the purchasing agent for Cloud county, in lieu of the county clerk, who was Republican. He also served in the Assembly of the Kansas state legislature, as a Populist Party representative, from 1896 to 1898, in Topeka; but the legislature only met in the winter, and the boys were big enough to run the farm in his absence, so the family did not have to move. In 1898, he was listed on the anti-republican caucus in the House (or Assembly) in support of a railroad bill. Although the bill that was actually passed, passed with the votes of the populists, but they wrote an objection to the bill, C. C. Stoner being one of the signers, protesting the input from railroad attorneys and the railroad lobby in the creation of the bill. They felt it was not the bill they promised the people, but a compromise, which was the best they felt they could get, but that it still felt like a defeat. In 1896, C. C. served on the Permanant Organization Committee of the Populist Party, and was elected a Populist delegate to the state convention.
C. C. and Rachel had a total of 5 children, 2 dying in infancy. Given the reasonable number of children, I'd conjecture that they used birth control. My mother told me that when she was first married (before the advent of birth control pills) that her mother told her of an old-fashioned method of birth control that she had used--douching with vinegar-water after you-know-what. I don't think my grandmother learned that from her mother, as she had a gazillion siblings. More likely from her mother-in-law.
In 1903, when C. C.'s sons were of age to attend college, he rented out, and later sold, the farm (the family he sold it to still owns it), and moved to Lincoln, Kansas, where he bought a small 10 acre parcel with an orchard. He could not support the family on such a small farm, so he also bought the Lincoln Sentinel, the local newspaper. He worked as editor and publisher, and his two boys ran the presses. The Lincoln house had 4 bedrooms, so Peter and George shared a bedroom, and they also took in 4 roomers in the two extra bedrooms, for extra income, to put the boys through college.
They attended the Christian church there, after his son-in-law, Henry Secrist, along with C. C.'s two sons, built the church building.
In Oct. 1907, their barn, in Cloud County, on the land which was rented out, was hit by lightning and burned. The barn was insured, but not the contents, which would probably have belonged to the renters. Two horses were killed.
Around 1907, they decided to move out to Orange, California, where he bought a lot and built a house, with the help of Henry Secrist (Henry and Ella had moved to Long Beach in 1906) and George and Peter. C. C. also went in with George on a small orange ranch; George and Peter expanded the planted area.
C. C.'s wife Rachel died in 1923. Some time after this, C. C. sold the house and moved in with his sister-in-law, Barbara Ohlwine. C. C. died in 1931.
1850 census (Noble, Noble, Indiana) Jacob Stoner M 37 Pennsylvania Mary Stoner F 38 Pennsylvania Elizabeth Stoner F 16 Pennsylvania Mary Ann Stoner F 13 Pennsylvania David Stoner M 9 Pennsylvania Christian Stoner M 5 Pennsylvania Nancy Ann Stoner F 0 Indiana
1860 census: (Indiana) Household Jacob Stoner M 48 Penn Polly Stoner F 51 Penn David Stoner M 20 Penn Christian Stoner M 16 Penn Nancy A Stoner F 10 Ind Ellen Stoner F 6 Ind Alta James F 6 Ind Jacob Bethel M 2 Ind
1870 census: (Indiana) Christian Stoner M 24 Pennsylvania Rachel Stoner F 19 Indiana Ulyses G Hardy M 6 Indiana
1875 Cloud county, Kansas state census Jack Stoner M 64 Pennsylvania Polly Stoner F 66 Pennsylvania C Stoner M 30 Pennsylvania K A Stoner F 24 Indiana B E Stoner F 0 Kansas
SERVICE.--Pursuit of Bragg into Kentucky October 1-15, 1862. Battle of Perryville, Ky., October 8. March to Nashville, Tenn., October 16-November 7, and duty there until December 26. Advance on Murfreesboro December 26-30. Battle of Stone's River December 30-31, 1862, and January 1-3, 1863. Duty at Murfreesboro until June. Middle Tennessee or Tullahoma Campaign June 23-July 7. Occupation of Middle Tennessee until August 16. Passage of the Cumberland Mountains and Tennessee River and Chickamauga (Ga.) Campaign August 16-September 22. Davis Cross Roads or Dug Gap September 11. Battle of Chickamauga September 19-21. Rossville Gap September 21. Siege of Chattanooga, Tenn., September 24-November 23. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Lookout Mountain November 23-24. Mission Ridge November 25. Pea Vine Creek and Graysville November 26. Ringgold Gap, Taylor's Ridge, November 27. March to Charleston December 30, 1863, to January 10, 1864. Demonstration on Dalton, Ga., February 22-27, 1864. Tunnel Hill, Buzzard's Roost Gap and Rocky Faced Ridge February 23-25. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1-September 8. Demonstration on Rocky Faced Ridge May 8-11. Buzzard's Roost Gap, May 8-9. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Advance on Dallas May 18-25. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Pine Hill June 11-14. Lost Mountain June 15-17. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Ruff's Station July 4. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Buckhead, Nancy's Creek, July 18. Peach Tree Creek July 19-20. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Utoy Creek August 5-7. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Near Red Oak August 30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Operations against Hood in North Georgia and North Alabama September 29-November 3. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Siege of Savannah December 10-21. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865. Averysboro, N. C., March 16. Battle of Bentonville March 19-21. Occupation of Goldsboro March 24. Advance on Raleigh April 10-14. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D.C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 19. Grand Review May 24. Mustered out June 7, 1865. 
On 4 Feb 2018 Alison Gardner wrote:
"Christian C. Stoner was born in Blaire Co., Penn., Dec. 27th, 1844. His parents with their children moved to Noble Co., Indiana in autumn of 1849, so I don't remember much about Penn. I remember of two incidents. One was my brother David and I were playing in the old log barn. We would climb up at the wall and jump down on a pile of straw lying on the barn floor. An old hay fork happened to be lying in said pile of straw and I accidentally jumped into said fork; being barefooted one tine of said fork struck the bottom of my foot and protruded clear through my foot. My brother pulled said fork tine out of my foot.
Another incident I remember was a little black dog which I loved very much and when we were ready to move to Indiana, my father gave said dog to my uncle George Cowen. I took a good cry for said dog, and my uncle purchased and made me a present of my first pair of boots.
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