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Benjamin Warden and Nancy Shay/ Almedia Johnson

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2-History of Crawford County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens

3-History of Crawford County and Ohio
-article referring to W.R. VanVoorhis and Almedia Johnson
4-Cemetery Records


Benjamin Warden, s/o Benjamin Warden and _Ramage (I was also given his mother's name as being Isabel Cunningham), was b.abt.1814 HARR., d.abt.1840 WHET. He m.first Nancy Shay, daughter of David Shay and Agness, and m.second Almedia Johnson on Oct.19, 1837, CRAW (she b.March 18, 1818, Ohio, d.July 07, 1910).

One known child from the first marriage to Nancy Shay was

1-James Madison Warden, b.1836 OHIO, d.Jan.28, 1892 CRAW., m.Margaret F. Walker on Mar.04, 1862 CRAW. In the 1850 census of Jackson Twp., Crawford County, Ohio (LDS reel 432-671), James was age 15, living with Joseph Burwell (age 51, farmer, born Pa.), Isaac Burwell (age 21, born Ohio), and Mary Jane Smith (age 11, born Ohio).

Children from the second marriage to Almedia Johnson were

2-Nathan C. Warden, b.abt.1838 CRAW, married Emogene Wilcox and had the following children:

1-Clara L. Warden, born November 16, 1862, died February 27, 1943, married Horace Greely McClure on November 18, 1880:
2-Merritt C. Warden, born Abt. 1869, died August 11, 1874:
3-Edward Warden, born abt.1870:
4-Sarah Warden, born October 19, 1876:
5-Saidie Warden, born about 1877:

3-Benjamin F. Warden b.abt.1840 OHIO, d.Nov.16, 1881 CRAW, married Jane Ann McClintock on June 17, 1869 (she born May 18, 1847, died October 31, 1937). They had the following children, all born in North Robinson:

1-Edgar R. Warden, born 1870:
2-J.S. Warden, born February 11, 1870:
3-Albert E. Warden, born August 21, 1871:
4-Marion D. Warden, born April 07, 1873, died April 07, 1873:
5-William Frederick Warden, born abt. 1874:
6-Florence Warden, born March 23, 1874:
7-Grace M. Warden, born February 18, 1876, died July 09, 1926, married Melvin H. Boyer (he born January 07, 1864, died June 06, 1925). One known child was James M. Boyer, born May 20, 1909:
8-Noria V. Warden, born September 08, 1878, died May 04, 1968, married Jos. G. Burwell:
9-Harry Jay Warden, born August 12, 1880, died December 14, 1958, married Ada Annette Bogan (she born December 16, 1883, died June 01, 1963):

After her husband's death in 1843, Almedia Johnson married William R. VanVoorhis and there were ten children in the VanVoorhis family --- Amanda, James, Mary, Elizabeth, George S., Martha, Isaac M., John R., Alice, and Albert VanVoorhis.

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History of Crawford County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens --- by John E. Holpey

Page 115 (early Pioneers of Jefferson Twp., Crawford County, Ohio (Part of Richland Co. until 1845) --- Benjamin Worden (1821); Benjamin F. Worden (1821); Nathan Worden (1821);

Page 267 --- Lewis Leibarger came in 1819, and about the same time his future brother-in-law, James Nail. In 1820 Eli Foglesong setteld in the township, and in 1821, the Wordens, Benjamin, Benjamin F., and Nathan.

Page 269 --- Justices of the Peace for Jefferson Township, Benjamin F. Worden, 1879.

Page 272 --- The first Sunday School held in Crawford County was organized near the nirthern boundary line of Jefferson Township by David Wert, one of the early settlers in that section. Another early Sunday School was held about 1832 at the home of Benjamin Worden, and these inmportant agencies for Christian work have been since multipied all over the township.

Page 359 --- On July 26, 1861, the post office was re-established in the Newman store with Frederick Newman as post master, and has continued ever since. Mr. Newman being succeeded by A.R. Warden (Oct. 29, 1861); Wilmina Warden (Sept. 14, 1897). Further on the article continues --- The following is a list of Justices of the Peace of Whetstone Township; Benjamin F. Warden (1872-75)

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History of Crawford County and Ohio - by W.H. Perrin, 1881

Page 1007 --- W.R. VanVoorhis, farmer, P.O North Robinson. The subject of this sketch was born in Dutchess County, N.Y., May 25, 1802, the son of Samuel and Sarah (Myers) VanVoorhis who were natives of the same county in New York.Mr. VanVoorhis came to Crawford County with his parents in 1821. They left New York for Washington Co., Penn., where they resided until they came to Crawford County. They settled in Whetstone Township, where the parenst died. The father died in 1856, and the mother in 1850. When they came to the county it was almost an unbroken wilderness, and the land they entered at that time had to be cleared before they could raise the necessaries of life., and of course they saw many hard times and endured many privations, before they got their land under cultivation. Mr. VanVoorhis was 19 years of age when he came to the county and he noted the wonderful change that has been made in the county since he first knew it. He has been married twice. His first marriege was in 1824 to Hannah Jones, who was born in Wayne County, Ohio, and came to Crawford County with her parents in 1821. From this marriage there were seven children two of whom are now dead. Hiram N., Daniel, Abraham, Sarah, Rebecca J., Catharine, and one died in infancy. The mother of these children died in 1841. About the year 1836, Mr. VanVoorhis went to Michigan, where he resided until 1841, when he returned to Crawford County, and remained until 1860, when he again left, this time going to Wood Co., Ohio, where he resided until 1877 and returned to Crawford County again. He yet lives here and expects to spend the balance of his days here. In 1842 he married his secon wife, Almeda (Johnston) Warden, widow of Benjamin Warden, who died in 1840; he was a native of Harrison Co., Ohio, as also was she. They came to Crawford County in 1821, having two children --- Nathan C. and Benjamin F. Ten children were born to Mr. VanVoorhis by his second marriage, two of whom are dead --- Amanda, James M., Mary, Eliza, Geo. S., Martha, Isaac M., John R., Alice and Albert. Mr. VanVoorhis began business for himself without the aid of anyone and has made all that he has by hard work and economy. He had one son, John M., and two step sons, Nathan C. and Benjamin F. (Warden) in the late war, all of whom lived to return home. Mr. VanVoorhis and wife are members of the Disciples Church.

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Cemetery Records

The following was sent to me by a lady from Ohio, unfortuantely I have lost her name and address --- Campbell Cemetery Records, Whetstone Twp., Crawford County, Ohio --- S22-T3S-R20W - east of Parcher Rd., approximately a quarter mile back in a field, half a mile south of S.R. 19(last number could be 5, 8, or 0, hard to make out).

138 - Warden, BF Co. B. Ohio Inf.
147 - VanVoorhis, Wm. R. --- May 24, 1803 - Aug. 4, 1893
147 - VanVoorhis, Almeda --- Mar. 18, 1818 - Jul 7, 1910
147 - VanVoorhis, Albert --- May 26, 1857 - Feb. 13, 1892

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