7.19.2016

Catherine (Cook) Arbaugh - 1916 Death of a Nonagenarian

Catherine (Cook) Arbaugh, photo courtesy of Art DeRosia
The daughter of Martin Cook and Elizabeth (Firebaugh), Catherine was born in Harrison Co., Ohio on 27 Nov 1821. Her sister, Rebecca, who was born in Tuscarawas County in about 1817, was the wife of James Updegraff Moore.   An 1884 letter from Catherine's daughter Rose Ann Arbaugh to Rebecca's son Thomas A. Moore clarifies and confirms the relationship of the two sisters.

At the age of 17 years 7 months and 21 days, Catherine was united in marriage to James Arbaugh on 18 Jul 1839 in Harrison Co., Ohio. James was the son of John Arbaugh who was born 01 Jan 1792 in Silver Run, Carroll Co., Pennsylvania and died in Jewett, Harrison Co., Ohio. His mother was Rosana Wentz, daughter of Adam and Catherine, who had been born 17 Mar 1789 and passed on 14 Mar 1864 in Harrison Co., Ohio. They, along with John's parents, William Arbaugh and Margaret (Mueller) were laid to rest in the Evangelical Luthern cemetery in New Rumley, Harrison Co., Ohio. It should also be noted that the Ohio Valley Genealogies states William Arbaugh was a native of Maryland, of German descent, and a soldier in the Revolution. He was the father of Jacob, Daniel, Rachel, Margaret, and John who married Rosanna Wentz and removed to Rumley township in Harrison County, Ohio in about 1820.

James and Catherine (Cook) Arbaugh were counted in the census records of 1840, 1850 and 1860 in Perry Twp., Carroll Co., Ohio and removed to Iowas in 1868.  There they resided and were enumerated in 1870 in Doud's Station, Van Buren Co., Iowa, and in 1880 were enumerated as residents of Lick Creek Twp., Van Buren Co., Iowa.  James died 17 Mar 1881 in Van Buren Co., Iowa and was buried in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Van Buren Co., Iowa. After his death, Catherine was enumerated in 1885, 1900, and 1910, and 1915 census residing in Lick Creek Township.

According to her obituary, headline reading: "Death of Another Nonagenarian," she was left an orphan at the age of eight and had become a member of the Lutheran church sometime before her marriage, and remained a faithful member until the end of her life.  The obituary also stated that she had lived on the farm where she died except two years which were spent in Birmingham, Iowa and one year in Scotland county, Missouri.  Of their eight children, two dying in infancy, she was survived by son Levi and daughter Mary, wife of Joseph Snyder of Scio, Ohio; sons John C. and Samuel W. of Birmingham, Iowa, and daughter Rachel C. Bennett, wife of Lawrence who resided near Douds, and at whose home she had passed on the 2nd of September, 1916.

At the time of her death she was the oldest known resident of Van Buren county being 94 years, nine months, and six days old.  Having lived a long useful and industrious life, she was laid to rest beside her husband on Sunday afternoon, on the 3rd of September, at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

Thanks to Art DeRosia, Katherine Jones, Marianne Karpisek, Nancy Boothe Schaar, David Shiltz, Larry Stoller and all others contributors who have shared their family history which was previously posted on my websites.






PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy  of Art DeRosia

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

Siblings of Catherine Cook:
  • Mary "Polly", born about 1814; married Philip Smitely 24 Oct 1833 in Harrison Co., OH; died 15 Dec 1884 in Harrison, Ross Co., OH.
  • Elizabeth, born 16 Nov 1816 in Harrison Co., OH; married Isaac Moore 3 Jul 1834 in Harrison Co., OH; died 15 Dec 1885 in Ohio.
  • Rebecca, born 1817 in Tuscarawas Co., OH; married James Updegraff Moore on 7 Sep 1836 in Cadiz, Harrison Co., OH; died 18 Nov 1891 in St. Louis, Missouri. (3rd great grandparents of P. Davidson-Peters)
  • Susan, born 27 Nov 1821 in Ohio; married Thomas Moore 6 Jun 1840 in Harrison Co., OH.

Children of James and Catherine: 
  1. William, born 9 Oct 1840 Carroll Co., OH and died 28 Sep 1843.
  2. David, born 24 Apr 1843 Carroll Co., OH; died 28 Sep 1844.
  3. Levi, born Perry Twp., Carroll Co., OH; married Elizabeth Jane Campbell 03 Jun 1845 in Harrison Co., OH; died 18 Sep 1933 in Scio, Harrison Co., OH.
  4. Mary Ann, born 03 May 1848 in Carroll Co., OH; married Joseph Snyder 27 Jun 1867 in Harrison Co., OH; died 10 Feb 1924 in Scio, Harrison Co., OH.
  5. Rose Ann, born 11 Mar 1852 in Carroll Co., OH; died 26 Oct 1886 in Van Buren Co., IA.
  6. John Clemson, born 29 Mar 1855 in Perry Twp., Carroll Co., OH; married Sylvia L. Willis 24 Nov 1886 in Van Buren Co., IA; died 23 Mar 1923 in Union, Hardin Co., IA.
  7. Samuel William, born 17 Oct 1857 in Carroll Co., OH; married Hilda Margaret Jackson on 24 Nov 1895 in Van Buren Co., IA; died 02 May 1922 in Fairfield, Jefferson Co., IA.
  8. Rachel Catherine, born 1 Sep 1861 in Perryville, Carroll Co., OH; married Lawrence Monroe Bennett on 17 Mar 1889 in Lick Creek Twp., Van Buren co., IA; died 16 mar 1933 in Van Buren Co., IA.

1915 Iowa census card notes that "Catherine Arbaugh never went to school and has no book education."

A Nonagenarian is a person who is from 90 to 99 years old.


SOURCES:

  1. Find A Grave Memorial# 117485879,Catherine (Cook) Arbaugh, including links to husband and children.
  2. Iowa, County Death Records, 1880-1992," database, FamilySearch: Catherin C Arbaugh, 02 Sep 1916; citing Death, Lick Creek, Davis, Iowa, United States, page 4, offices of county clerk from various counties; FHL microfilm 1,870,993.
  3. Iowa State Census, 1885, index and images, FamilySearch: Catharine Arbaugh, 1885.
  4. Iowa State Census, 1905, database with images, FamilySearch: Catherine Arbaugh, 1905; citing Census, Van Buren, Iowa, United States, card 506, State Historical Department, Des Moines; FHL microfilm 1,430,653.
  5. Iowa State Census, 1915, database with images, FamilySearch: Catherine Arbaugh, 1915; citing Bentonsport, Van Buren, Iowa, United States, card no. , Iowa State Historical Department, Des Moines; FHL microfilm 1,462,844.
  6. Letter dated 25 Apr 1884 Doud's Station, Iowa; from Rose Arbaugh to Thomas A. Moore; letter in personal collection of P. Davidson-Peters.
  7. Letter dated 7 Aug 1900 St. Louis, Mo; from Tom Moore to father T.A. Moore; letter in personal collection of P. Davidson-Peters.
  8. Letter dated 28 Oct 1929, Douds, Iowa; Rachel (Arbaugh) Bennett to Emma and all; letter contributed by Marian Kapisek.
  9. Obituary of Catherine (Cook) Arbaugh; clipping only - paper and date unknown; personal collection of P. Davidson-Peters. 
  10. Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994," index and images, FamilySearch: James Arbaugh and Catherine Cook, 1839.
  11. United States Census, 1840," index and images, FamilySearch: James Arbaugh, 1840
  12. United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch: C Arbaugh in household of Jas Arbaugh, Perry, Carroll, Ohio, United States; citing family 915, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  13. United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch: C Harbaugh in entry for James Harbaugh, 1860.
  14. United States Census, 1870, database with images, FamilySearch: Catherine Arbaugh in household of James Arbaugh, Iowa, United States; citing p. 15, family 106, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,920.
  15. United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch: Catherine Arbaugh in household of James Arbaugh, Lick Creek, Van Buren, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district ED 25, sheet 359D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0367; FHL microfilm 1,254,367.
  16. United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch: Catherine Arbaugh in household of Lawrence Bennett, Lick Creek Township, Van Buren, Iowa, United States; citing sheet 2A, family 26, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,240,462.
  17. United States Census, 1910, database with images, FamilySearch: Catherine Arbaugh, Lick Creek, Van Buren, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 111, sheet 13A, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,374,438.