An American Family History

Sarah Branstetter Rogers Neville


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Sarah (Sally, Sara) Branstetter Rogers Neville was born on September 15, 1806 in Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of Daniel Branstetter and Christina Bauman. She was baptized on November 9, 1806. The sponsors at her baptism at the Towamensing Union Church were her uncle, Jacob Brandstetter, and Juliana Schmidt.

She came with her family to Ohio about 1818 where they were early pioneers.

She (Sarah Branstetter) married John (Rodgers) Rogers on September 11, 1829 or September 19, 1838. According to his daughter's census records, John was born in Virginia.

They appeared in the 1830 census of German Township. At that time they had no children.

Mary Rogers Foltz was born in about 1835. Mary married Cyrus Foltz and they had two children, May (1858) and Frank Foltz (1859).

Mrs. Rogers was in the 1840 census of Randolph Township, Tippecanoe County, Indiana. She had a daughter under five years old. Jethro Neville appeared on the same page.

She became the second wife of Jethro Neville on September 10, 1846 in Tippecanoe County. Jethro was born in Virginia in 1801. His parents were Jethro Neville and Agnes Nancy Brown. His first wife was Nancy Hider. They married in Hardy County, Virginia (now West Virginia). They were married April 8, 1826 by the Reverend William Scott.

Jethro and Sarah appeared in the 1850 census of Randolph, Indiana. The family (Jethro Nevel) consisted of Jethro who was age 49 and a farmer, born in Virginia. Sarah was 42 and born in Pennsylvania  Emelia was 17, Joseph was 16 and Isaac was ten. Emelia and Joseph were born in Kentucky and I'm not sure where Isaac was born. Mary Rogers was 15 and someone crossed out her place of birth and Tennessee is written in in another hand. The household below was born in Tennessee. I don't believe that Mary was born in Tennessee. I think it was an error.

Sarah and Jethro and one child, Jethro Jr. who was born April 23, 1850 in Tippecanoe County. He married Louise Grube (Grub) on June 2, 1888. He died on October 12, 1913 in Tippecanoe.

In 1860 the family (Jethrow Nevell) was in Randolph. He was age 59 and was a GrooseKeper???. Sarah was 52. Isaac was 22. Jethro, Jr. would have been only seven and probably living with them. He is not listed.

They remained in Randolph during the Civil War. In 1870 they were still there. Jethro was 69 and Sarah was 62.

Jethro died April 08, 1876 in Randolph.

Sarah appeared in the 1880 census in Randolph. She was living with a teacher named Celia Carea. She was 73 years old, widowed and her birthplace was Pennsylvania. She listed her parent’s birthplace as Germany.

In 1880 a Jethro Nevill appeared in the La Fayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana census. He was a 30 year old, single, policeman who parents were both born in Indiana.

Sarah died February 05, 1894 in Rensselaer, Indiana and was buried with Jethro in Romney Cemetery.

Children of Daniel Branstetter, Sr.
and Christina Bauman
  • Daniel Branstiter
  • Henry Branstetter
  • John Brunsteter
  • Sarah Branstetter Rogers Neville
  • Mary Branstetter Enoch
  • Elizabeth Branstetter Wallace Morris
  • Rebecca Margaret Branstetter Hullinger
  • Charles F. Branstetter
  • Eliza Branstetter Heller
  • William Branstetter
  • Nathan Branstetter
  • American pioneers migrated west to settle areas not previously inhabited by European Americans.
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    Kentucky was originally a Virginia county and included the lands west of the Appalachians. In 1780, it was divided into Fayette, Jefferson, and Lincoln counties. Kentucky officially became a state on June 1, 1792.




    Mrs. Neville
    The venerable mother of Jethro Neville, of this city, died in Rensselaer yesterday, her death resulting from the infirmities of old age. The remains were shipped here today at 12:40 on the Monon and taken to Romney for interment. Mrs. Neville was one of the oldest residents of this county, but had resided in Rensselaer for some time. At Romney she was known by everyone and beloved by all. There are many who regret the death of this good woman.
    Lafayette Daily Courier
    Lafayette, Indiana, Tuesday February 6, 1894
    Rensselaer Republican Weekly


    8 Feb. 1894
    Death of Mrs. Sarah Neville
    Mrs. Sarah Neville died Monday morning, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Foltz, on Front St., at the age of 85 years. She was sick only a few days. She was grandmother of Frank Foltz, the well known young attorney. The remains were taken to Romney, Tipppecanoe county, her old home, for burial, the funeral being held there Tuesday. She was born near Philadelpia, Penn., Sept. 15, 1808.

    When a child, she moved with her parents to Ohio, but for the past 50 years she has lived in Romney, Tippecanoe Co. Ind. The last two years she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Foltz. She was the mother of seven children, only two of whom are living. Her domestic life was very plain and simple and her home was ever hospitable. During the life of her husband her home was the main stopping place in the little village of Romney for the ministers of the gospel. For more than 50 years she was a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church. The call of the Master came quietly, peacefully and sweetly. In the twilight of life's full day-she sleeps.

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