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Andrew Horn
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Birth: 1796
Cape May County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Mar. 16, 1879
Jackson
Columbia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Husband of Eva Keturah (Rarig/Roehrig) Horn. They were married in 1822/1823.

Father of 10 children with his wife Eva:

1. John born Dec 18, 1824 in Columbia Co., PA and died March 1878 in Nordmont, Sullivan County, PA.
2. Eliza born in 1826 in Columbia Co., PA.
3. Daniel R. born March 15, 1827 in Columbia Co., PA and died April 4, 1863.
4. Benneville N. born in 1829 in Columbia Co., PA and died May 10, 1864. He was killed in the Battle of Spottsylvania in VA.
5. Angelina born Feb 15, 1832 in Columbia Co., PA and died March 4, 1905 in Millville, Columbia Co., PA.
6. Elizabeth "Betsy" born June 10, 1835 in Columbia Co., PA and died btwn 1870-1876 in Brooklyn, NY.
7. Franklin Charles born in 1837 in Columbia Co., PA and died in 1872 in Columbia Co., PA.
8. Freeman P. born Aug 22,1840 in Columbia Co., PA and died May 22, 1873 in Waller, Columbia Co., PA.
9. William born Jan 1, 1843 in Columbia Co., PA and Aug 17, 1875 in Waller, Columbia Co., PA.
10. Sarah Ann born in 1846 in Columbia Co., PA and died May 16, 1920 in Clymer, Indiana Co., PA.

Marriages of Andrew and Eva's 10 children:
1. John Horn married first Sarah Ann Thomas and second Manerva Hunter Hess.
2. Eliza Horn married John Henry.
3. Daniel Horn married Amelia Hulihen.
4. Benneville Horn married Mary E. Speary.
5. Angelina Horn married David W. Yocum.
6. Elizabeth Horn married John George Ficht.
7. Franklin Horn married first Charlotte Adams and second Caroline Gillgo Wenley.
8. Freeman P. Horn married Mary E. Robbins.
9. William Horn married first Hettie Gillgo and second Anna M. Butt.
10. Sarah Ann Horn married William Gibson Morgan.

The following information are excerpts from:
Genealogy of the Rarig Family showing
The Descendants of John Rarig and his wife Mary Ann Kisner
Together with A Short Biography of These Pioneers, Their Children and Grand Children
by Willard R. Rhoads. Dated January 1, 1935, Numidia, PA.

In the early 1820's Eva Keturah Rarig married Andrew Horn who was born in 1796, in one of the lower counties of New Jersey. He was known as a Dutchman but his dialect was so different from hers that they had trouble making each other understand in anything but English. Hence, their family was reared with but little or no knowledge of German, just the little that their mother taught them, which they seem generally to have soon forgotten.

This young couple settled on a small farm in the Southern part of Roaring Creek Valley, close to the Ashland road, in the vicinity of Rhoadstown. Andrew was fonder of hunting than of farming and he liked the solitudes of the primeval forests better than the thick-set farms and the swarms of prospectors which began to scare the game from the nearby mountains, so about 1840 he traded his farm for a tract of untouched woodland in the wilds of the present Wyoming County, PA at a place called Lee settlement, now near Bella Sylva. A man named Lee, probably the one for whom Lee Settlement was named, acquired his farm. In 1842 they moved to the new home. Some of the children who were big enough stayed behind.

Here at Lee Settlement in the untamed wilds they cleared enough land to raise their living and Andrew had leisure and the place to hunt to his heart's content. He was a big man, sturdy but gentle and kind, as big men often are. Once out on the mountain he found a young cow with a broken leg. Many people would have shot her to end her misery, but not so Andrew Horn. He tied up her leg with what he had and carried the heifer home as he would have carried a deer. He cared for her and she lived for years and became a valuable addition to his herd.

At another time when he was out hunting, night descended so quickly that he was unable to find his way out of the woods. Knowing that it was useless to attempt to get home without a light, he hunted around until he found some rocks among which he tried to find shelter sufficient for the night's rest. Just as he had located a spot suitable to lie down on, he saw two balls of fire appear. He well knew that it was some prowling animal, probably the dreaded panther. He raised his musket as best he could and aimed it between the fiery eyes. He fired and heard a groan and then there was silence. He waited a little, but as nothing more appeared he lay down and slept soundly until morning. When he awoke at daybreak, sure enough, there among the rocks lay a dead panther which he dragged out and skinned.

At still another time he was hunting and ran out of bullets. As he walked along, a wolf jumped upon a log right in front of him. Not knowing what else to do he slid his ramrod into the gun for a bullet. He aimed at the wolf, shot, heard the ramrod whistle as it left the gun, and then he made his best possible time in the other direction. He never saw either ramrod or wolf again.

These latter two stories were told by Andrew to his grandson, Marcus D. Horn (son of Daniel Horn), who also remembers that Eva was very fond of smoking her clay pipe. She would smoke as she mixed bread, the pipe hanging bowl downward in her mouth. Andrew also smoked a pipe. At the age of five years Marcus D. Horn rode the horse for Andrew when he cultivated corn. Later he often went fishing with him. Many times they caught all the trout they could carry.

After some years they again removed, this time not so far. They acquired a small place on the North side of the North Mountain, in Davidson Township, Sullivan County, PA near the village of Nordmont. Here they lived until about 1870.

While here, Andrew was elected an official on the election board of Davidson Township. Because of the preponderance of population on the south side of the mountain, the election was held near what is now called Elk Grove, near Jamison City. This was seven or eight miles from his home. On November 2nd, the day of the election, he arose early and walked up one side of the mountain and down the other to the polls. During the day it began to snow and by the time the polls closed the snow was too deep and the storm too bad for him to attempt to go home. So he stayed all night. Next morning it had cleared off but the snow was twenty-four inches deep. There was no track broken over the mountain, but Andrew knowing that his family would be anxious about him and also quite anxious to get home himself, he started out and waded those two feet of fresh unbroken snow up the mountain and down the mountain, seven or eight miles, and although it required marvelous strength, he made it successfully without any ill effects.

One day "Devil Bill Ager" from Rohrsburg came driving by with a rather good-looking spirited horse. He stopped to talk to Andrew and finally expressed his desire to trade the horse for Andrew's oxen. This suited Andrew, so the oxen were quickly hitched up and traded for the horse. Bill drove the oxen home and secretly laughed to himself over the bargain he had made. Eva, like many other woman in similar case, was not so sure of the wisdom of the trade, and expressed her doubts of the honesty of Ager, as it was said he was notoriously dishonest.

Next day, sure enough, Andrew discovered that the horse so handsome and lively the day before had a bad case of heaves. Mr. Ager had been up to the old trick of drugging or "doctoring" the horse for heaves. He had given the horse some drugs which took away all appearance of the disease for a while and made him seem young and spirited, but when the effects worked off, the horse would be as bad as ever. This was, in those days of universal horse-trading, almost a capital crime, but nevertheless much practiced.

Andrew was very much put out, but he hitched up the horse and drove slowly and painfully to Rohrsburg, and arriving there just at dusk, he saw his oxen grazing in a small field of Mr. Ager's. Not seeing anything of Ager, he loosed the horse into the same field, hitched up the oxen, and drove home during the night. Ager must haven been somewhat surprised next morning on getting up to find his old doctored horse back and his "bargain" oxen gone, but he never protested, as he knew the law against heave "doctoring" too well. He probably re-doctored his horse and hunted up another victim.

On May 2, 1871, William Y. Hess and Ellen (Robbins) his wife, of Orange Township, deeded fifty-three acres and ninety-nine perches of land in Jackson Township, Columbia County, Pa., to Eva Horn of the latter place. She paid twelve hundred dollars for it and they lived on this farm for five years. It was bounded by lands of Paul Klinger, Elisha Robbins, and Joshua Hess. On January 31, 1876, Andrew Horn and Eva, his wife, deeded this same land to George M. Hartman for the same consideration.

The following story is told of Andrew Horn about this time: A road was being built or relocated somewhere in Benton or Jackson Township, Columbia County. Isaac A. DeWitt, of near Rohrsburg, surveyor and school teacher, was present as official surveyor -- he was the eye witness who remembered and told the story many years after. John Conner, and Andrew Horn, both old men, and Conner's son James, were present among others. Young Conner was considerable of a bully. He and his father differed over some detail of the work and young Conner began abusing his father most disrespectfully both in deeds and words. This angered Andrew, who although in his seventies was still a very powerful man. He told young Conner that he did not want to hear any more of such language out of him or he would know the reason why. Conner then turned his attentions to Andrew and told him to mind his own business or he would tend to him. Andrew promptly pulled off his coat and young Conner did the same although he must have been considerably surprised as he was so used to having his own way. Without any preliminaries they jumped into each other and Andrew Horn gave Jim Conner, fifty years his junior and in the prime of his strength, "such a beating up as he had never had before." He did not "crow over" any one that day nor dared he ever abuse his father in Andrew's presence thereafter. Mr. DeWitt said it "tickled" him wonderfully to see young Conner get such a good licking and to see how surprised he was to find that not everybody in the neighborhood had to take his "back-talk."

A few years later because of the failing health of both Eva and Andrew, their daughter and son-in-law, Angelina and David Yocum moved in with them to make things easier for them in their old age. But they did not enjoy this arrangement long. In February, 1879, there was an epidemic of typhoid-pneumonia and all the adults of the household except Andrew, came down with it. They became very sick and neighbors and relatives had to be called in to care for them. Andrew himself probably had the disease, but he would not give up and go to bed. He undoubtedly realized that if he did give up it would be inevitable death for him, and the others seemed to need his little ministrations.

Finally on March 4th, 1879 David Yocum died. The relatives and friends buried him, and on the next Sunday, March 9, Eva passed away. She was buried and Angelina, now a widowed mother of five children grew worse and was hourly expected to die. Andrew, still up and around, knelt frequently at her bedside and prayed that the dear Jesus would spare Angelina for her children's sake, but should take him, "old and useless," instead, as he said it over and over in a murmur which the sorrowing attendants overheard. Strangely enough his prayer was granted, for Andrew died on March 16th, 1879, while his daughter Angelina lived to rear her orphaned children, and for many years thereafter.

David Yocum and Eva and Andrew, who died in three successive weeks, are buried in the cemetery at Waller, Jackson Township, Columbia County, Pa. Here Eva and Andrew have plain tombstones, without any markings, in the older part of the cemetery.

 
 
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 Spouse:
  Eva Keturah Rarig Horn (1805 - 1879)*
 
 Children:
  Franklin Charles Horn (1837 - 1872)*
  Freeman P Horn (1840 - 1873)*
  William Horn (1843 - 1875)*
  Sarah Ann Horn Morgan (1846 - 1920)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Waller Cemetery
Waller
Columbia County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Maintained by: Patricia Ryan
Originally Created by: Marcia Virginia (Rice) L...
Record added: Dec 30, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102830696
 

 
 
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