Sons of the American Revolution, Ohio Society Activities

Seven Generations in Knox County – Mount Vernon

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Lynn McCann receives the Chapter Past President Medal, Isaiah Ebert receives second place Eagle Scont Award from the Ohio Society, and Ernie Moreland shows the SAR and DAR markers at his patriot Levi Harrod’s Grave in Eastern Knox County.

At the General Henry Knox Chapter Meeting of the Sons of the American Revolution on Saturday, April 16th, the Chapter Genealogist Ernie Moreland of Centerburg provided an overview of his family history in Knox County – seven generations from the American Revolution to the present.

Levi Harrod who fought for the Washington County, Pennsylvania Militia moved to Pleasant Township in Knox County around 1813. They followed their family out to Knox County, which included daughters who married the Biggs Brothers. Levi died on October 2, 1825, in Knox County, Ohio, and was buried in the Union Grove Cemetery, not far from his home.

Jemima Harrod was born September 7, 1775 in Greene County, Pennsylvania.  She and Jeremiah Biggs were probably married about 1794, in Greene County, Pennsylvania.  The 1881 Knox County History, by Hill, states on page 470 that they came in 1808.

Lydia Biggs was born on October 3, 1817, in Knox County, Ohio, the eleventh and youngest child of Jeremiah and Jemima (Harrod) Biggs.  She married Enos Ashburn on September 27, 1838, in Knox County, Ohio.  The young family moved to what is today Auglaize County with Enos’s brother.  However, in 1846 Enos died forcing Lydia to move back with her Biggs family in Knox County.

Second son William Ashburn moved with his mother, Lydia, but settled in Knox County.  He married Louisa Lauderbaugh on January 4, 1865, in Knox County, Ohio.  Over a period of forty years William acquired forty acres of land in Harrison Township.  Here they raised their family of four daughters (Dora, Fanny, Lestia, and Angeline) and one son (Lee).  William farmed and worked hard to sustain his family. He remained on his little farm the rest of his life.

Lee Ashburn was born January 24, 1877, in Harrison Township, Knox County, Ohio, the fifth child of William and Louisa (Lauderbaugh) Ashburn.  Lee met Effie Lamson at the Grove church and they were married June 25, 1902, in Knox County.  They lived with Lee’s parents, and he took over farming their forty acre farm.  Lee and Effie bought another five acres to add to the farm.  They lived in the old log cabin, and his parents and grandmother lived in the newer house.

Isabelle Ashburn was born on September 8, 1916 in Harrison Township, Knox County, Ohio, being the youngest child of Lee D. and E. Effie (Lamson) Ashburn.  She also grew up on her father’s farm and never moved.  Isabelle went to grade school at Hopewell School on Hopewell Road between Breece and Jacobs Road.  She went to high school in Gambier during the worst of the “Depression Years’, so the financial crisis forced her to go to work at an early age of 16 after her sophomore year.

Isabelle married Glenn Moreland on September 21, 1935 in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.    They raised a family of six children: Stanley, Donald, Neil, Gerald, Ernest and Lois.  Glenn retired from Cooper Bessemer after 30 some years of service.  He had farmed in his early years.  Isabelle was a homemaker, seamstress and worked a few jobs in her later years. Isabelle now is a patient at The Country Court Nursing Center.  She will be 100 in September.

Ernie Moreland was born in 1946 in Mt. Vernon, Ohio being the 5th son of Glenn R. and C. Isabelle (Ashburn) Moreland.  The family always lived in the Centerburg area, so he attended school at Centerburg all 12 grades.   He met Luciene Bastos in Bible college and they were married in 1973 at the Grove Church of Christ.  Ernie was hired by United Precast, Inc. as an accountant on his birthday in 1978.  He bought 3 acres and built his home in 1979, across from the Milford Church where he has lived since.  Part of his delight is that the acreage was part of the original Moreland homestead in 1848. After 33 years with United Precast he retired in 2012 and has focused on genealogy ever since. Several of his children and grandchildren still live in the county making it nine generations in Knox County!

Ernie shared pictures of the family, a handwritten note dated 1818 delivered by Indians passing through from Pennsylvania to Upper Sandusky, Ohio and numerous census and cemetery records.  Many of the names in his history are familiar names throughout Knox County.


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