|Birth: ||May 12, 1850|
|Death: ||Jan. 10, 1935|
Last Member of 24 Children in Pioneer Family Succumbs
LOGAN - The death of Mrs. Elsie Lanning Donley at New Straitsville last week marked the passing of the last member of a family of 24 children, who were born to James Lanning, Hocking County pioneer, who was married twice.
Mrs. Donley was a child of the second marriage (Elsa Allen) with ten being born to that union, while by a former marriage (Mary Phillippi) there were 14 children. Lanning settled at Oreville in 1825 and was one of the first white settlers within the territory now embraced by Hocking County.
His descendants are scattered over Hocking and Perry counties in large numbers. Logan, New Straitsville, Gore, Oreville, New Pittsburg, Spencer Hollow, and Union Furnace contain many people who trace their ancestry to this hardy pioneer, who traveled to this district by horseback from Pennsylvania.
Lanning lived to be 92 years old. Four of his sons reached 90 years and most of the 24 children who grew to manhood and womanhood were 75 years or more. All of the territory now included in the village of Oreville was part of his land.
When he had any grain to be ground into meal, he had to make a trip to Chillicothe as that was where the nearest mill was located. The rifle on which he relied to protect himself and family to aid in bringing meat to the family larder is now possessed by Lew Laughlin, Maxville, who married one of his descendants.
Jeremiah Donley (1851 - 1922)
According to the burial records, there is no marker.
Note: Aged 84 years.Resident of Ft. Wayne,Ind.From cemetery records
New Straitsville Joint Cemetery
Maintained by: Sharon Leon
Originally Created by: Kyle Myers
Record added: Feb 06, 2010
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