52 Ancestors: #6 In Search of Elizabeth, wife of David WITHROW

I don’t know how many of you faced the same situation as I did when you read about the optional theme for Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors 52 Weeks Challenge for this week, but I have had Carole King’s So Far Away stuck in my head since the first reading of the February themes. The Tapestry album takes me back to the time of junior high school (and, yeah, that was so far away also!). This was the first album that I owned that I memorized every lyric and every note of the piano. Remember how disappointed you would be when you bought an album because you liked a song from the radio, and then found that you didn’t really care for the rest of the album? For me, at least, that wasn’t the case with this one. I LOVED. Every. Single. Song. I usually either listen to NPR on the radio or play some music while I’m writing; and because the dogs were tired of hearing me sing, I chose Carole King’s Tapestry as my soundtrack for today. How fitting then, that today is the 44th anniversary of the release of that album?

This year I wanted to make it a priority to track down more information on my direct maternal line. Because finances were an issue, I opted to have the autosomal DNA test done instead of the mtDNA test. I may have found more answers to the maternal direct line with the other route, but after discussing with others – perhaps not. I tested with Ancestry originally and when doing a search for the surname Withrow within the trees, I find I have many matches within locked trees and, alas, so far no responses.

As it turns out, I am spinning my wheels at my 5th great-grandmother, Elizabeth, wife of David Withrow. What I do know about Elizabeth are a bunch of probably and maybes. She was probably born around 1782 and maybe in Pennsylvania. She probably died somewhere around 1830 in Columbiana (now Carroll) County, Ohio. She probably married David Withrow around 1795, maybe in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. David was probably born between 1765 and 1771 in Pennsylvania. Precious little is known about him also. I know that there were was a Withrow that came over from Scotland in the early eighteenth century, but so far I haven’t been able to connect to that line.

This past week I have centered my researching on Beaver County, Pennsylvania and, once again, in East Township, Carroll County. At some point, I imagine that I just might become an expert on these two areas! We find David Withrow in South Beaver Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania in 1804 where he has signed a petition asking for the township to be split because it is too large to easily attend township meetings or to work on the public roads without travelling a far distance.

Beaver County Petition
Beaver County Petition

We also find two other familiar people that have added their names to the petition, Charles Phillis and Jacob Hackathorn. Charles Phillis was the father of Catherine Phillis, mother-in-law of Mary Amna Myers. Jacob Hackathorn, who signed, was the father of Christian Hackathorn and son of Reinhard Jacob Hackathorn. It is quite apparent that these ancestors of mine rendezvoused in Beaver County, Pennsylvania at the edge of the frontier and hopped on land in Ohio as soon as it was relatively safe to do so and as the land started to open up to settlement. And, it seems, they beat feet to the area around what is now East Township, Carroll County.

Close Up of Signers
Close Up of Signers

In my search for Elizabeth, I have been forced to concentrate on finding where her husband, David Withrow was. We see that he is still in Beaver County, Pennsylvania during the 1810 census.

1810 Census Beaver, PA.
1810 Census Beaver, PA.

David Withrow also fought in the War of 1812 in Findlay’s Battalion of Pennsylvania Volunteers, so we have to assume that they were still in Pennsylvania at that time.

War of 1812
War of 1812

And although I haven’t found David and family in the 1820 census as of yet, we do find him in an 1821 tax record in Columbiana County, Ohio (now Carroll).

Ohio Tax Record 1821
Ohio Tax Record 1821

Here we see the land patent (along with two others entered into with a Hardgrove, not pictured) and a land plat, although it appears from the dates that he was living in this area before he owned the land.

Land Patent
Land Patent
Early Land Owner Plat
Early Land Owner Plat

While looking at the household members in the 1830 and 1840 censuses, it appears from the ages of those listed that Elizabeth passes away some time between those censuses. I have yet to locate the graves of David or Elizabeth, but there are Withrows at Glade Run and Mechanicstown (in nearby Fox Township) cemeteries. Following are family group sheets detailing the children of David and Elizabeth Withrow:

Family Group Sheet for David WITHROW_Page_1 Family Group Sheet for David WITHROW_Page_2

I methodically started researching each of these children in a search for clues about Elizabeth and was quite happy to find something in a book about Knox County, where son, James had moved to with his family because this answered the question of when David and Elizabeth had relocated and also proved to me that David’s wife was, indeed, named Elizabeth.


At this rate, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to trace my direct maternal line back to one of the “Seven Daughters of Eve”. In the meantime, I’ll keep searching for Elizabeth and her family. If you see her, let me know. I feel as if I’m so close to finding her, but yet…so far away.


Lineage Notecard

Name: Elizabeth


Spouse: David Withrow


Relationship to Hollie: 5th great grandmother

  1. Elizabeth
  2. Catherine Withrow
  3. Mary Earl
  4. Jane Wyckoff
  5. Florence D. Paisley
  6. Elsie Marcella Hackathorn
  7. Darlene Lois Moore
  8. Hollie Ann Schrader


Hill, N. N., and A. A. Graham. History of Knox County, Ohio, Its past and Present, Containing a Condensed, Comprehensive History of Ohio, including an Outline History of the Northwest; a Complete History of Knox County … a Record of Its Soldiers in the Late War; Portraits of Its Early Settlers and Prominent Men … Biographies and Histories of Pioneer Families, Etc. Mt. Vernon, O.: A.A. Graham, 1881. 838-39. Print.

Bausman, Joseph H., and John Samuel Duss. History of Beaver County, Pennsylvania: And Its Centennial Celebration. New York: Knickerbocker, 1904. Print.

Ancestry.com, 1810 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010), http://www.ancestry.com, Year: 1810; Census Place: Ohio, Beaver, Pennsylvania; Roll: 45; Page: 458; Image: 00031; Family History Library Film: 0193671. Record for David Withrow. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=1810usfedcenancestry&h=412141&indiv=try.


7 Replies to “52 Ancestors: #6 In Search of Elizabeth, wife of David WITHROW”

    1. I did love that album, Cathy! I looked for my copy here, but it must be in storage. We have about 225 albums here and I have a little more than that in storage. When I moved out of the house I raised my kids in, I got rid of about 900 albums. (Trying to downsize.) Now, of course, vinyl is making a comeback! Tapestry and Neil Young’s, Zuma,are the only two albums that I’ve owned on vinyl, 8-track (yes, I had an 8-track player bolted underneath my FM converter in my AM-radio-only Vega), cassette, CD, and mp3.

      * Most of the time, it seems, I have way more information about the children than I do about the parents…sigh.

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  1. Great post. Your strategy for finding information about Elizabeth is certainly sound, looking for info about her children. You never know what might turn up in an obituary for one of them. That direct maternal line is critical, and yet I can trace mine only so far as my 4x great grandmother. You remind me that I need to work harder on her.

    I also owned an 8-track. I got rid of all the vinyl years ago, sort of the same way my mother threw out all of my 10 cent Dell comic books. Oh my, we could have been rich! ha.


  2. Same here with the comic books…I had them stacked along the baseboard in my bedroom. Sigh.

    In searching for maternal ancestors, I end up getting ticked-off because I know that part of the reason that I’m having difficulty tracking them down is the fact that they are…women.


  3. Not only did I have the song stuck in my head, but I got into an argument with my trophy husband because I could hear Karen Carpenter singing it in my head and swore to him it was the Carpenters. Turns out that was a different song – “Long ago and oh so far away…” Sorry about that. LOL.


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