Daniel Arnold


Daniel Arnold

Romney, Hampshire County, West Virginia, USA
Death 11 Jul 1864 (aged 72)
Sulphur Grove, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA
Burial Montgomery County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 76716501 View Source
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Daniel was born near Harrisonburg, Rockingham County, Va. He died from injuries from falling off his wagon, Occupation, Farmer, Member of the Hickory Grove Old German Baptist Church, Buried in the Arnold Homestead Carriage Hill Cemetery, Came to Wayne Twp. Sept 1829 and settled there in 1830.


Daniel and Catharine Arnold owned a farmed in Rockingham County (Shenandoah Valley) for 14 years, then in 1830, they decided to move west and join other German Brethren families in the Ohio Valley. Zachariah died just 15 months before his son Daniel left Virginia for Ohio with his wife, children, and father-in-law and his family. With rumors that rich, and well watered land was available in the new western country, (Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio), the lure of new farms and a new start for a man and each of his children on the virgin soil was too irresistible for Daniel and his family. Also the fact that the newly formed church in Hickory Grove, Miami County district, needed deacons and ministers, which is what the Arnolds, Harshbargers, Flibruns and Snells were back in Virginia.

They sold their land, packed their possessions in a Conestoga ox drawn wagon,, and set off for Ohio with several other families. For the most part, they had to travel in groups that were related by blood or marriage to make sure they could depend on each other for survival.

To this author it is evident that eilther Daniel Arnold or his father-in-law Henry Harshbarger had gone to Wayne Township Ohio, and looked at the farm on Dry Run prior to their coming in September, 1830, since they went straight to Wayne Township where Henry Harshbarger purchased 158 acres from a Mr Miller, (as if this all had been prearranged).

Among the travelers that came to Ohio, were Daniel and Catharine Arnold's children, Samuel, 13; Joseph, 12; Elizabeth, 9; Henry H., 4; and year old Abigail (#26). Catharine Arnold's parents, Henry (#8) and Elizabeth Harshbarger, and two of her unmarried sisters were in the party, Anna and Elizabeth, along with Jacob and Barbara (Harshbarger) Snell, whose 2 year old son, John, records say, rode almost all the way in a feedbox attached to the back of the covered wagon. Completing the wagon train were Catherine's sister and her husband, Peter and Magdelena (Harshbarger) Filbrun.

The group of travelers followed National Road (now U.S. 40), which was completed to Columbus, Ohio by then. From Columbus, they followed dry creek beds and Indian trails to Wayne Township, where they settled.

Upon arrival, Daniel Arnold rented land in Wayne township, and lived there until the winter passed. His father-in-law, Henry Harshbarger bought the farm of 158 acres, which he sold a year later to his son-in-law, Daniel Arnold, for a good profit, who then moved on the farm and into the Log Cabin that had already been built by the previous owner Mr. Miller. (Now the office at Carriage Hill Farm). By hard work, as usual as well as necessary in that early day, assisted by his sons, Daniel converted the wilderness into a comfortable home, where he passed the remaining of his days. On December 3, 1845, he bought fifty acres adjoining the south side of his farm; about the same time he sold seventy-six acres to his son Joseph. Daniel Arnold died at the home of his son Henry H., July 11, 1864, aged seventy-two years and eleven days, from injuries received by an accidental fall from a wagon. Catherine (Harshbarger) Arnold died December 6, 1852, aged fifty-seven years, ten months and nineteen days. Both are buried in the family graveyard on the old Arnold homestead. Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Arnold were members of the Old German Baptist church, and were greatly respected for their general usefulness as citizens, and for the reason that they did as much as any pioneers of the township to redeem it from the forest and advance its civilization.

David Procuniar 1992


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