An American Family History

Caleb Winget & Nancy Shellabarger

Northumberland County, Pennsylvania was settled after the French and Indian Wars when settlers seeking land began migrating along the Susquehanna River. It was formally established in 1772.

Caleb Winget and Nancy Shellabarger married on June 24, 1831 in Greene County, Ohio.

Nancy was born November 2, 1795 in Washington, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. Her father was Martin Shellabarger.

Caleb was born November 19, 1790 in Prosperity, Washington County, Pennsylvania. Caleb's parents were Reuben Winget (1764-1845) and Mary Conklin. Reuben's father was Caleb Winget (1744-1817).

In 1814 Nancy's brothers moved to Mad River Township in wagons and formed a settlement there.

Caleb and Nancy's children were all born in Mad River Township, Clark County, Ohio.
Martin Winget (1820, married Margaret Taylor),
Anne Winget,
Mary Jane Winget Maitlen,
Lucretia Winget Taylor (1824, married Richard Taylor),
Bethany Winget Taylor (1828, married David Taylor),
Caleb Winget (1830), and
Francis Martin Winget (1831).

In 1820 Reuben Winget was in Mad River Township, Clark County, Ohio.

Buildings in Clark County, Ohio ranged from simple log cabins to sophisticated Italianate and Gothic Revival structures.



from Schellenbarger Family

Martin Schellenberger
August 28, 1750, Martin Schellenberger, in list of foreigners imported in the ship Phoenix John Mason, Capt. from Rotterday, last from Cowes (England). (Pa. Archives series 2. Volume 17. page 320).

Mr. Walter S. Bear [wrote]

The Schellabargers identified with my branch of the family are descended from Martin Schellenberger, who came to American from Switzerland in 1770, and married Anna, a daughter of Isaac Bear, in Manheim township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. . . .

from 20th Century History of Springfield, and Clark County, Ohio  edited by William Mahlon Rockel

Ephraim Shellabarger, who is a native of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, was a child of two years when his parents, Martin and Ann (Snyder) Shellabarger, removed to Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, where he was reared to manhood. His father was a farmer and also ran a mill and distillery, his six sons working the firm, while he attended to his other industries. During the winters, Ephraim and his brothers cut timber, which was sent down the Susquehanna River, in the spring, on rafts, to a saw-mill.

In 1814, Ephraim and his four brothers, Jacob, John, Samuel and Martin, came to Clark County, Ohio. in wagons, and formed a settlement in the timber lands of Mad River Township. The following year, Ephraim married Rebecca Winget, a daughter of Reuben Winget, who was one of the first settlers of Clark County, having come from near Cincinnati in 1806. Ephraim Shellabarger and his wife passed the remainder of their lives in this county, his death occurring in 1842 at the age of fifty-eight, his wife surviving him until 1872, passing away at the home of her son, David E.

They were the parents of six children;
Margaret, who married John B. Beard;
Elizabeth, who married T. P. Johnston;
David Ephraim;
and Anna, who married Abe D.

Miller. All of the above family, with the exception of David E., are deceased.

Europeans began to settle in the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania area about 1710. It was part of Chester County until May 10, 1729.

Early American Colonists and pioneers had to make everything necessary for daily life and skilled craftsmen were essential.

from The Wingate-Winget Family in America

Caleb Winget settled in Morris county, N. J. but when 32 years of age he went to Westmoreland county, Pa. where he purchased a tract of land. A few years later he left New Jersey with his family and settled in Pa.

The court records of Green, Washington and Fayette counties, Pennsylvania show that Caleb Winget purchased 250 acres of land on Ten Mile Creek in 1776 from John Walton. He took another patent on a tract called Deerpark on Brush Fork of Ten Mile Creek. . .

He died Feb. 13, 1817 and is buried in the cemetery at Prosperity, Pa. His wife, Sarah who was born Jan. 1765, died June 8, 1850. Her body lies beside her husband. This was his second wife as she was near age of his sons and her name is not mention on early deeds and other writings. Caleb Winget had five sons, Reuben, Ziba, William, Stephen and Daniel and a daughter Hannah. We know nothing of the daughter. . .

Reuben Winget owned a tract of land in Fayette county, Pa. called Blacksmith. It was sold in three parts, according to the county records, on Aug. 26, 1793. . . .He came to Ohio in 1800. He did not stop at Marietta as did his brothers, but went to Cincinnati, an Army Post by flatboat. He later settled in Clark county, Ohio on a section of 640 acres . . .Reuben Winget married twice in Penn. and twice in Ohio. . .

A land patent is an exclusive land grant made by the government. The certificate that grants the land rights is also called first-title deed and final certificate. In the United States, all land can be traced back to the original land patent.

A blacksmith forges and shapes iron with a hammer and anvil.

Fayette County is in southwestern Pennsylvania, adjacent to Maryland and West Virginia. It was created on September 26, 1783, from part of Westmoreland County.

Reuben Winget's Tombstone
Winget-Shellabarger Cemetery
courtesy Anna M. Bucy, Ed.D.

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