Daniel Earnest always said, "Henry went to Greensburg, and Mike went west. " By the records, Henry had been married, and had lived quite awhile in Dutch Corner, near Bedford, before he went to Greensburg, as his oldest daughter Susan, married Michael Dibert there. After quite an effort, by correspondence with the postmaster, Mr. Lyon, at Greensburg, I found Henry's descendants a few months ago. I give the letters with record.
Greensburg, Pa., Oct. 29, 1910.
I received your letter and have been trying to collect what I could for you. Your first letter I gave to Charles Earnest and he sent it to his home in Delmont, where Peter and Jacob, two sons of Henry Earnest lived, and I have waited for the return of the letter and any information they could give, but they have so far failed to return the letter or any information. Also, there was an old gentleman, who told me that there was an old history that mentioned Henry Earnest and family, in several places, and he would get it for me, but he has so far failed to do so. I tried to get John M. Hawk to see Charles Earnest, the mail carrier in Greensburg, who represents the Delmont
people, and appoint a meeting and we would see what we could do. But I could not get them together.
M. B. Kettering,
R. D. No. 4, Box 100.
P. S. I could not get a photograph anywhere.
M. B. K.
Henry Earnest and wife, Margaret, settled within one mile of Greensburg, the County seat of Westmoreland Co. Pa. He had a large tract of land at first, but sold all but 114 acres that was left at his death, and was divided between the heirs, and there is only two pieces of the land held by any of the relations, the old homestead part is held by a great grandson, Edward H. Kemp, and the other is held by my father, Adam Kettering. Henry Earnest and my father, Adam Kettering paid, a visit to Bedford Co. in 1847 or along there some where. They went in a one horse sleigh instead of a carriage, and when they returned homemy father had to walk a good many places where the snow had left.
Henry Earnest was born March 28th, 1772, died March 3th, 1857 aged 85 years and two days. Margaret Miller, his wife, was born October 14th, 1766, died May 17th, 1851 aged 85 years, eight months and three days. They had seven children: Susan married to Michael Dibert; Elizabeth married to George Kettering; Elizabeth had children, their names are as follows: William, Henry, Adam, Michael, Jacob, John, Margaret and Daniel. Elizabeth was born April 10th, 1799, died January 18th, 1894, aged 94 years 9 months and 8 days. John married to Eliza Portzes; they had eight children,
namely: Sarah, Catharine, Eliza, Margaret, Henry, Hannah, John and Jacob.
Jacob married Mary Shaffer; George died when young; Catharine was married to George Hawk; they had eight children namely: Samuel, Henry, John, George, Amos, Margaret, Catharine and Daniel.
Peter was married to Sarah Shaffer. Jacob and Peter were the two that lived at Delmont, and if the friends send anything pertaining to the history, I will forward it to you.
Of these three families living here, there is but five grand children living; in Elizabeth Kettering's family, there is Adam, who was 85 in September, and Michael and Daniel; in John Earnest's family one, Mrs. Eliza Thomas; in Catharine Hawk's family one, Mrs. Margaret Price. My father says the Earnests were captured by the Indians, nine miles above Bedford, and on the trip to Detroit they were well, when the Indians had plenty they had plenty. Mrs. Earnest carried her child on her back the greater part of the way. She worked in the harvest field and Henry kept the crows and black birds off of the corn. When in captivity they were prisoners two years and nine months, they were at Detroit when Hannistown was burnt.
You will have to excuse all blunders for this is a new thing to me.
M. B. Kettering.
Great grand son of Henry Earnest.
Mr. Kettering says "his father and Henry Earnest came to Bedford Co. in a sleigh instead of a carriage." I had written to him what Mrs. Phillips had told me last summer. "Henry Earnest visited my parents
about 51 or 52 years ago. His son-in-law, Michael Dibert of Claysburg, was with him. They came to our place on Saturday; stayed over Sunday and visited the Diberts and then stopped at our place on their way back. They came in a buggy -- one of the first buggies around. If I remember rightly it was a carriage."
Henry may have made two visits, or only one as these dates are not definite. Coming to Claysburg in a sleigh and from there to Dutch Corner in a buggy or carriage is easily understood.
Nov. 5, 1910.
I received your letter of Nov. 1st and was glad to hear that my letter on the Henry Earnest family would help you.
My father says "Henry was about nine years old when taken prisoner and Mike was about two years old, he says that he heard his grand-father say so.
I have asked a good many old people about Mike and none of them knew any thing about him. My father says he could not tell if he went west. It appears that the Earnest families did not communicate together very much. Father says that he always heard his grand-father and his mother say that they were in captivity two years and nine months with the British and the Indians and at the conclusion of peace they were liberated.
The only thing he can tell is, that the mother had to work in the field and that Henry had to keep the crows and black birds off of the corn.
The fort was on the hill at Hannistown. The property belongs to William Steel, of Hannistown, and the Steel family had their dead buried in the cemetery
where the old settlers were buried and Wm. Steel has erected a fine monument for his family.
I talked to an old gentleman some time ago who asked me whether I had ever seen my great grandfather, Henry Earnest, and he told me, he talked to him many a time, and he said "he was a jolly, good man and was always in a good humor." I tried to find him, but he went away, and his friends say he will not be back for some time.
There are several great grand children here, but I
could not get them interested in trying to help me, so, I
had to do the best I could.
M. B. Kettering,
R. D. 4 Box 100.
About the only thing that the Bedford county descendants and the Greensburg Earnests differ positively about, is the time that Mrs. Eve Earnest and her boys were in captivity.
Mrs. Phillips says "George Earnest was from 12 to 15 years old at the time of the Indian massacre and was married when his mother returned." He was born in April 1762 so, if he was 15 years old at the time of the massacre this agrees exactly with the date I have given it -1777. George Earnest's oldest son, Johannas 2nd was born in April 1786, the year that his mother returned if she was taken captive in 1777 and gone 9 years. Henry Earnest was born in March 1772. This would make him only 5 1/2 years old when they were captured. Mr. Kettering says he was 9 years old then. If the massacre was later this would not agree with George and Jacob Earnest's ages etc., but it would
agree with Henry's age, and Mrs. Earnest and her boys being gone only 2 years and 9 months, and liberated in 1883, at the time of the treaty of peace, at the close of the Revolutionary war. But we can not decide the time of their being released by the time of the Treaty of Peace because the British held Fort Detroit until 1796, and some of the captives had been bought of the Indians and had to work a certain number of years for their ransom. The Bedford county folks all say "she was gone 9 years." She made the money to buy her pony by what she earned above her daily wages." Mr. Utley librarian of the Public Library, Detroit, Michigan, says "It is quite probable that there were cultivated fields near the fort and that Mrs. Earnest may have worked in the harvest field, and, that the boy may have driven the crows and black birds from the corn fields." He also says, "I have no knowledge of Hannistown."
Mr. Kettering says, "It appears that the Earnest families did not communicate together very much." This is true, as George, Mollie and Johannas, all raised their families in the old neighborhood, and Jacob's family were raised near Everett, only a half days journey away, yet they did not seem to know much of each other. Those early days they did not write many letters, as there were few post offices, money was scarce and postage high.
Henry Earnest, son of Henry and Eve Earnest, was born Mar. 28, 1772 died Mar. 30, 1857, aged 85 years and 2 days. Married Margaret Miller born October 14, 1766 died May 17, 1851, aged
85 years, 8 months and 3 days.
1. Susan Earnest married Michael Dibert, lived atClaysburg, Blair Co., Pa.
1. Jacob Dibert lived at Claysburg. Had a store there. Died in 1906. Was killed by an auto scaring his horses while driving in a wagon.
2. Mary Ann Dibert married ____ Burket.Deceased. These descendants live at Claysburg.
2. Elizabeth Earnest, born April 10, 1779, died Jan.18, 1894. Aged 94 yrs. 9 mo. 8 days. Married Geo. Kettering.
1. William, married Eliza Kintz.
1. Sarah E. 2.Mary M. 3. Margaret.
4. Frank. 5. Harriet. 6. George.
7. Henry. 8. Anna. 9. Kate.
10. William. 11. John.
2. Henry, married Anna Lowry.
1. Margaret. 2. Anna. 3. Rachel.
4. Martha. 5. Helen. 6. Benjamin.
3. Adam, married Eliza Motz.
1. Michel B. 2. Catharine A. 3. George W.
4. Emma E. 5. Margaret M. 6. John F.
7. Edward T. 8. Henry H. 9. Lewis 0. 10. Herman P.
6. John, married in the state of Oregon and I do not know his wife's name, they had two children.
1. Edward. 2. Emma.
JACOB EARNEST, SON OF HENRY EARNEST OF GREENSBURG
7. Margaret, married W. G.
1. George. 2. Robert.
8. Daniel, married Sophia Zimmerman.
3. John Earnest married Eliza Portzes.
1. Sarah. 2. Catharine.
3. Eliza Earnest, married Mr. Thomas.
1. Anna, married Thomas Evans.
2. Margaret, married Mr. Hensil.
3. Mary, married Mr. Watson.
4. Frank. 5. Catharine.
4. Margaret. 5. Henry. 6. Hannah.
7. John. 8. Jacob.
4. Jacob Earnest, born Jan. 2, 1805, died Mar. 6, 1884, aged 79 yrs. married Madaline Shaffer,
in 1827, lived at Delmont, Pa.
1. Mary Earnest living, aged 81 yrs. married to Andrew Baker.
1. Edward. 2. John.
2. John Earnest, died about 7 years ago. Age 69 years.
1. William. 2. Mrs. Annie Simpson.
3. Mrs. Maude Simpson.
3. Sarah Earnest married Henry Ridenour.
1. Harry. 2. Clark. 3. Jennie.
4. Bertha. 5. Emma.
4. Lydia Earnest, married William Watters.
1. Israel. 2. Sylvester. 3. Jefferson.
4. Charles. 5. Harry. 6. Minerva.
7. Anna. 8. Bertha.
5. Jacob Earnest Jr. died over 30 years ago.
1. Robert. 2. Alexander. 3. Elizabeth.
6. Hettie Earnest, married Obediah Blose.
1. Jacob. 2. William. 3. Laura.
4. Harriet. 5. Emma.
7. Margaret Earnest, married James Wallace.
1. Mary. 2. John. 3. Robert. 4. Joseph
8. Albert Earnest, born Jan. 6, 1848, died Mar.21, 1884, aged 36 yrs.
1. Elizabeth Catharine, born Sep. 18, 1871, married Dr. Simon P. Earnest.
1. Clarence R. Earnest, aged 17 years.
2. William Charles.
1. Welty Shrum. 2. Mary Kane.
P. S. Three children of Jacob Earnest died when young.
5 George Earnest, died when young.
6. Catharine Earnest, married George Hawk. Shedied in 1854 and the husband in 1862.
1. Samuel, married Elizabeth Kiper.
1. Catharine. 2. Harriet. 3. Emma.
4. Elizabeth. 5. Sarah. 6. John.
2. Henry, married Rosannah Miller.
1. George. 2. Amos. 3. Ella. 4. Nancy.
5. Henry. 6. Francis. 7. Lewis.
3. John, married Elizabeth Keihl.
1. Anna. 2. Harriet. 3. Mamie.
4. Edward. 5. Margaret.
4. George died when a young man.
5. Amos, married Catharine Laughery.
1. Emma. 2. Grant. 3. Anna. 4. Alice.
5. Nora. 6. Walter. 7. James. 8. Abbie.
6. Margaret E., married Francis James Price.
1. Thomas, dead. 2. Edward dead.
3. Margaret E.
Mr. Price was in the Union Army and
fell at the battle of Gettysburg.
7. Daniel, married Anna Harkins.
1. Harry. 2. Alford. 3. Mary.
4. Margaret. 5. Arthur.
8. Catharine, married Augustus Allison.
1. William. 2. Charles. 3. Morrison.
4. Harvy. 5. Henry.
7. Peter Earnest, born May 28, 1809, died Aug. 23,1856, aged 47 years. Lived at Delmont, Pa.
Married Sarah Shaffer, sister of Jacob'swife, Aug. 6, 1830.
1. Simon Peter Earnest, born Jan. 1834, died Apr. 1880, aged 45 yrs.
1. Simon Peter, born Oct. 6, 1865 M. D. D. D. S. Married Elizabeth Catharine Earnest. See Jacob Earnest's line.
Jacob of Delmont, Pa.
2. Clarke Warden, born Dec. 4, 1871.
2. George Earnest, born Dec. 9, 1835.
1. Harry George Earnest.
3. Sarah Catharine Earnest, married William McCutcheon, a Lieutenant in Civil War. Died in service .
1. John, living in Wyoming.
4. William James Earnest, born Sept. 21, 1840.
1. Emma. 2. Adda.
5. Jacob Benjamin Earnest, born Mar. 17, 1844.
1. William. 2. Josiah. 3. Elizabeth.
6. Margaret Amanda Earnest, born June 11, 1846, died in 1888. Married Josiah Martz .No children living.
Mrs. Sarah C. McCutcheon is the only living child of Peter Earnest's family, aged 72 years.
Simon, George, William and Jacob, fours sons of Peter Earnest all enlisted in the Civil War. Two died in service. The other two came home broken down in health and died in the prime of life.
Mrs. Margaret E. Price, of Greensburg, Pa., grand
daughter of Henry Earnest says:
"I am a daughter of Catharine Earnest Hawk.
My grand father Earnest often told us how he and his mother and brother were taken by the Indians, and the thrilling experiences they had. He was sent out to gather killdeer's eggs and some times he would be so very tired he would lie down and fall asleep. Once when he awoke a very large black snake was close to his head. He said he was awfully scared and ran away as fast as he could go.
He told how the Indians tried in every way to keep him when they were exchanged - had him dressed Indian style - a bunch of feathers tied on his head and a string of beads around his neck."
Mr. M. B. Kettering, of Greensburg, Pa., and Mrs. Dr. S. P. Earnest of Delmont, Pa., have made it possible to give this geneology.
Mrs. Margaret E. Price of Greensburg, assisted also. Through a misunderstanding and sickness John Earnest's family are not as complete as the others. I am sorry for this.