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 Ellen Julia <I>Rohn</I> Pursley

Ellen Julia Rohn Pursley

Birth
Clinton County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 16 Dec 1947 (aged 91)
Lock Haven, Clinton County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Lock Haven, Clinton County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 161009165 · View Source
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Ellen Julia Rohn was born Aug. 14, 1856 in Clinton County, PA to John Rohn and Sally Ann Nelson.

Ellen was married to David Pursley.

Ellen died on Dec. 16, 1947 at Lock Haven, PA. She was 91 years, 4 months and 12 days old, widowed, and lived at 227 W Church St. Ellen was buried in the Highland Cemetery on Dec. 19th.

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Commemorative Biographical Record of Central PA, 1898, 113-115 (First paragraphs all about Hon. Leonard Rhone) and family.
Mr. Rhone comes of our best pioneer stock, as is shown by the fact that his beautiful farm near Centre Hall has now been owned and occupied by the Rhone family for more than a century. The first of the name to leave the ancestral home in Hamburg, Germany, was John Rhone, or Rahn, our subject's great-grandfather, who was born in that city in 1698, during a winter so severe as to be referred to in the history of the Fatherland as "the cold winter." There is now no record of his ancestry, and nothing is known of his immediate relatives except that two brothers came to America some time after his emigration, one locating in the East, and the other in the South.
John Rhone was a youth when he first came to America, and after spending a few years in Pennsylvania he returned to his native land, where he married, his bride accompanying him on his second voyage to the New World. At that time emigrants were forbidden to carry money out of the country, on account of some movement political, commercial or military, and in order to evade the edict our pioneer invested his patrimony in Bibles and merchandise, which he brought with him. A few copies of these Bibles still remain and cherished in the family as priceless heirlooms.
On his return to Pennsylvania, John Rhone located in Tnlpehocken township, Berks county, near the Norskill Lutheran Church, where he followed the blacksmith's trade for many years. At the close of the Revolutionary war he moved to Franklin county and engaged in farming. While there Ins first wife died, but he afterward re-married. He was a temperate man, a consistent Christian, and a strict Lutheran in faith. He died in March, 1823, at the extraordinary age of 125 years — extending over portions of three centuries. To the last he retained his strength of mind and body, and when 105 years old he paid a visit to his native land. His remains were interred at Pleasant Hall, Franklin county, with those of Ins wives. He had eighteen children, most of whom lived to maturity, and some attained great age, one daughter dying in Cumberland, Md , when 103 years old. But little is known of the others.
The founder of the Centre county branch the family was Michael Rhone, one of the elder sons of this modern ?. He was born m Berks county, Penn., June 8, 1759, and received a liberal education for the time in the parochial school of the German Evangelical Church near his home. The Revolution was in progress during his early manhood, and his father being engaged in furnishing supplies to the army, he assisted in this business, often undergoing great danger and suffering in conveying provisions to camp, especially during the memorable winter at Valley Forge. He was of temperate habits, and possessed unusual strength and endurance, his well-proportioned frame with its powerful sinews seeming capable of any task. When peace was restored, he traveled for several years in what was then the wild west most of the time being spent m Pennsylvania and New York.
In 1792 Michael Rohn moved from Berks County to Haines township, Centre county, then a part of Northumberland county, where he purchased a tract of land and began to clear it for a farm. For some reason he sold the place two years later, and went to the present homestead, which he purchased from Jacob Straub, September 15, 1794. This place was a part of the first survey in that Valley, the Manor of Nottingham survey, made September 23 and 24, 1766, and the land had previously been deeded to Straub on June 24, 1704, by John Penn, the younger, and John Penn, the elder, by their attorney, Anthony Butler, of Philadelphia, shown by documents in the recorder's office in Lewis town, Penn. The deed to Michael Rhone was recorded at Bellefonte.
Before leaving Berks county, Michael Rhone married Miss Catherine Elizabeth Wagner, who was burn October 24, 1769. She seems to have been amply endowed with physical strength and a spirit capable of overcoming all hardships, while her foresight is revealed by the fact that she carried in her pocket a package of seeds of various kinds, from which came, a few years later, extensive orchards of apple, pear, peach, plum and cherry trees, covering about twenty acres. Many of these trees are still standing. When the pioneers settled at their new home it was in its primitive state, except for a small log cabin covered with clapboards an insignificant stable and a few acres ready for tilling. The location was beautiful, however, and an excellent spring added to the attraction of the place as a residence, modern methods of obtaining a bountiful supply of water being then unknown. It was known as the Indian spring, and bands of Red men frequently camped there, a "trail" running past it from Logan's Gap to Tussey mountain. It's ancient path was visible for many years after the aborigines left the region, and arrow- heads and other relics were often found near by.
The land proved fertile, and Michael Rhone and his good wife found themselves, in later years, the owners of one of the best farms in all that section. In 1805 a better house was erected. 30x40 feet in size, with a stone foundation, and having its logs deftly notched at the corners. It was two stories high, with an immense fireplace on each floor, and a high stone chimney stood outside at either end. A barn was built in 1810, and about 1820 the present substantial and commodious barn was erected. Intelligent, progressive and upright, Michael Rhone was universally esteemed, and his home was the center of a generous hospitality, which has been continued by its later occupants. In August, 1836, his faithful wife, who had shared his early labors and his well-earned reward, passed away at the age of sixty-seven, and he followed her on September 16, 1844, in his eighty-sixth year, both being interred at Tusseyville. Centre county, in the cemetery of Emanuel's Church (Lutheran), of which they had long been members
They had two sons — JOHN and Jacob — and seven daughters, two of whom did not live to maturity. Anna Maria married John Sholder, and moved to Ohio, where they and their only child died. Jane married Joseph Crotzer, of Potter township, Centre county, and had a large family. Katherine married Jacob Grossman, and moved to Lena, 111., where several children survive them. Nancy married David Harshberger, near Zion, and left a numerous family. Elizabeth married John Rishel, of Gregg town- ship, Centre county. JOHN RHONE, who was born in 1800, married Miss Bottorf, of Pine Grove Mills, and settled in Clinton county, engaging in lumbering and other occupations. Some of his descendants still reside in that county.
(next few paragraphs about Jacob Rhone).

Historical View of Clinton County, PA, 1875, D. S. Maynard. Chapter XX, Keating Townships.
p. 169. John Rohn, Sr., from Penn’s Valley, also bought and settled in the same neighborhood. His sons, George and John Rohn, at the present time own most of the cleared farms in that section.
The first school house was built about the year 1830, and is now standing. John Rohn, Sr was President.
p. 171. (1865 flood) John Rohn lost eight rafts.
p. 172. Supervisors, George Rohn; School Director John Rohn, George Rohn.
John Rohn is the most prominent citizens in West Keating, both as a business man and politician, and has the handsomest house in that section of the country.

The Clearfield Republican, August 2, 1901.
The John Rohn Mystery.
The mystery surrounding the disappearance of John Rohn, of West Keating township, Clinton County, about ten miles below Karthaus, this county, has never been solved and is to-day as much a mystery as ever.
John Rohn was a prosperous lumberman and farmer who lived among the half-breeds of West Keating Township all of his life. He amassed considerable property and was a larger employer of labor. April 6, 1899, the neighborhood was informed by Rohn's family that he had disappeared from home and no good reason for the same was advanced. The last seen of him by anyone who talks to-day was on April 5 when Dave Gaines, who was building fence on the farm, says Rohn came to where he was working and said his son John would pay him for his labor at noon, at which time Gaines would finish his job.
Rohn was then, according to Gaines, going to the woods to burn pasture. The family corroborate the Gaines story but add nothing to it concerning any of the happenings about home that morning.
Terry Jones, a respected white citizen of the neighborhood, whose word is good among the people, saw Rohn sitting on his port at 10 o'clock April 5, about an hour before Dave Gaines says he came to him on his way to the woods.
Aside from these two statements the public has never had any evidence regarding John Rohn's actions on April 5 or subsequently. During the following weeks that entire country was covered by a small army of searchers without the least possible clue being obtained. Everybody acquainted with the family had a theory, except the members of the family themselves, that is, the family of his third wife. They would never talk.
At the time of his disappearance John Rohn had a large amount of money on his person. He had five or six thousand dollars in a Lock Haven bank and considerable negotiable paper. Of the latter there was a voucher given him by the Pennsylvania railroad for ties, something over one hundred dollars. This voucher was in Rohn's possession some days before he disappeared.
Afterward it was presented at a Clearfield bank by a friend of the family but payment refused. The family say it was found in the bible after Rohn disappeared and was given the party who presented it for a debt owed him.
Detectives from all parts of the country have worked on the case, but it seems the first to go upon the ground were amateurs and so bungled things that all those who might have thrown light on the case and were met with among the natives when good men came upon the ground later.
John Rohn was probably worth $50,000 when he suddenly dropped out of the world. The oldest son of his third wife is now managing the estate.


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ellen Julia Rohn Pursley (14 Aug 1856–16 Dec 1947), Find A Grave Memorial no. 161009165, citing Highland Cemetery, Lock Haven, Clinton County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by I Love Genealogy (contributor 47705989) .