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Capt Jacob Whetzel

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Capt Jacob Whetzel

Birth
Sand Hill, Marshall County, West Virginia, USA
Death
2 Jul 1827 (aged 61)
Morgan County, Indiana, USA
Burial
Martinsville, Morgan County, Indiana, USA
Plot
Grave 4 Lot 120
Memorial ID
20807098 View Source

Well known in the 19th century for being the first man to cut a wagon trail into central Indiana. The trail was known as Whetzel's Trace.

Capt. Jacob Whetzel was born to John and Mary Bonnett Whetzel on the family settlement along Big Wheeling Creek in Marshall County, West Virginia. The Whetzels had six other children, Martin, Christina, George, Lewis, Susannah, and John Jr. After serving in the Army under Generals Harrison and St. Clair(fighting in the 'Indian Wars' in western Pennsylvania, and what are now the states of West Virginia and Ohio), Jacob was probably the first white man to create a permanent settlement in central Indiana after cutting a wagon trail with the help of his 18-year-old son, Cyrus, and four hired helpers by the names of Thomas Howe, Thomas Rush, Richard Rush and Walter Banks. Jacob died a few years after his arrival in central Indiana and thus, his son Cyrus is often credited as being the first white man to permanently settle in the area.

Jacob Whetzel married Ruhama Shepherd (or Shepard) on Dec. 8, 1795.

The children of Jacob and Ruhama were as follows:

Sabra b. 2-2-1798 d. 1-20-1822 (married Dr. Charles Newton)

Cyrus b. 12-1-1800 d. 12-16-1871 (married Elizabeth Mills)

Emily (married William H. H. Pinney or 'Pinny')

Maria (married David Allen)

Eliza (married James S. Kelly)

J. Hiram (married Alzada Aldridge or 'Aldrich')

Susan (married Thomas Lou)

Sarah b. 5-20-1810 d. 10-17-1880(married Isaac Briggs)

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The Franklin Democrat, Friday, May 11, 1900, Volume XL, Number 45, page 1, column 3

The remains of Jacob Whetzel, whose body was interred at Mooresville in 1827 – 73 years ago – were exhumed on May 1st and removed and reburied in the Whetzel cemetery at Waverly. He was one of the first settlers of territorial days – Mts. Dem.

[Submitted by Mark McCrady and Cathea Curry]

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Well known in the 19th century for being the first man to cut a wagon trail into central Indiana. The trail was known as Whetzel's Trace.

Capt. Jacob Whetzel was born to John and Mary Bonnett Whetzel on the family settlement along Big Wheeling Creek in Marshall County, West Virginia. The Whetzels had six other children, Martin, Christina, George, Lewis, Susannah, and John Jr. After serving in the Army under Generals Harrison and St. Clair(fighting in the 'Indian Wars' in western Pennsylvania, and what are now the states of West Virginia and Ohio), Jacob was probably the first white man to create a permanent settlement in central Indiana after cutting a wagon trail with the help of his 18-year-old son, Cyrus, and four hired helpers by the names of Thomas Howe, Thomas Rush, Richard Rush and Walter Banks. Jacob died a few years after his arrival in central Indiana and thus, his son Cyrus is often credited as being the first white man to permanently settle in the area.

Jacob Whetzel married Ruhama Shepherd (or Shepard) on Dec. 8, 1795.

The children of Jacob and Ruhama were as follows:

Sabra b. 2-2-1798 d. 1-20-1822 (married Dr. Charles Newton)

Cyrus b. 12-1-1800 d. 12-16-1871 (married Elizabeth Mills)

Emily (married William H. H. Pinney or 'Pinny')

Maria (married David Allen)

Eliza (married James S. Kelly)

J. Hiram (married Alzada Aldridge or 'Aldrich')

Susan (married Thomas Lou)

Sarah b. 5-20-1810 d. 10-17-1880(married Isaac Briggs)

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The Franklin Democrat, Friday, May 11, 1900, Volume XL, Number 45, page 1, column 3

The remains of Jacob Whetzel, whose body was interred at Mooresville in 1827 – 73 years ago – were exhumed on May 1st and removed and reburied in the Whetzel cemetery at Waverly. He was one of the first settlers of territorial days – Mts. Dem.

[Submitted by Mark McCrady and Cathea Curry]

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