Records and Genealogies -- by John Logan Traughber, Jr.
Traughber is a name of German origin. Two brothers of that name came to America sometime before the Revolutionary War and located in Pennsylvania. After the war they removed to Rockingham County, Virginia. One was named Nicholas, the other William.
Nicholas Traughber died in Virginia, where numerous descendants of his still remain. The other brother in company with another German traveled on horseback over a great deal of the territory now embraced in the States of Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Kentucky. He fancied the property held by a young Shaker Community in Logan County, Kentucky and bought the site of their town. Returning to Virginia, he sold out his possessions and with his family removed to Kentucky.
Though he had several other sons, he gave the property embraced in the Shaker town site to his son Henry, on condition that the latter would support him in his last years. The old man died somewhere between 18?2 and 1826. It was near the first of Nineteenth Century when he settled in Kentucky, and he was then in advanced years.
Henry Traughber married Eva Nail in Virginia. She had a brother John Nail who went with them to Kentucky and from there went to the War of 1812, before the end of which he died. She also had two sisters, one married John Weaver, who died in Alabama; the other sister marrying Adam Pin___, who died in Logan County, Kentucky.
To Henry and Eva Traughber were born three children, one of whom died in infancy. Their oldest child was a son, the two younger were daughters. On of them married in Logan County, Kentucky, a man named Jubal Burton, and was the mother of one child, a son named Oliver. After moving a great deal, they settled in Du Quoin, Illinois, when Jubal Burton died, and where at the present time, (Sept. 1889), his widow and son are.
John Logan Traughber was and Ellen Keziah Ross were married in Logan County, Kentucky, December 23rd, 1829,
Ellen K. Ross was born in Logan County, Kentucky, May 15th, 1813, her parents being John and Elizabeth Ross, who were married in Fluvania County, Virginia. The father of John Ross was Peter Ross who died in Fluvania County, Virginia. Elizabeth Ross' father was James Crewdson who died in Fluvania County, Virginia. John Ross died in Logan County, Kentucky, early in 1813, and Elizabeth Ross died there in 1860.
William, the grandparent of John L. Traughber, Sr. was born in Germany, and came to America sometime before the Revolution, from which war he was exempt because early in life he had suffered the loss of one of his eyes.
As narrated on another paper, he moved from Pennsylvania to Virginia to Kentucky. He was five months in the saddle from the time he and Craft started from Virginia till he found a location in Kentucky. Being a leader in the German community where he lived when he moved from Virginia to Kentucky, many families followed him, depending on his judgment as to fitness of location; and it is said that none of them moved back to Virginia.
The Rockingham Colony arrived in Logan County, Kentucky, just before Christmas in the year 1809. At the time William Traughber took the five months ride, he was 68 years old. He was born in 1758. He lived 17 years in Logan County, Kentucky and in 1826, at the age of eighty-five, he died in Maryland and his son, Henry died the following October.
The children of John and Elizabeth Ross were Priscilla, George, Arabella, Sophia, Clarissa, Peter, James Crewdson and Ellen Keziah. Of these several died while small, and four lived to marry.
Arabella Ross married a man named Lansing Hulse, a shoemaker; and their only child was Daniel Hulse. Arabella Hulse died of consumption at Russellville, Logan County, Kentucky about 1822.
Sophia Ross married a man named Stephen Fuquia, a carpenter and farmer. They had three children, Arabella, Charles and Benjamin. Sophia Fuquia lived a widow many years and died in Logan County, Kentucky, after 1880.
James Ross married in Illinois, when and to whom the writer is not informed. The result of his marriage was a family of three children. He was a Union Soldier in the war between the States, but whether he survived the war I am not informed.
The children of John L. and Ellen Traughber were these:
Robert A.B. Traughber married Harriet E. Dunkle in Carroll County, Missouri, December 28th, 1854. To them were born four children, named: Emma, Luella, Fannie and Charles Augustine Traughber. RAB Traughber died of rheumatism of the heart at Humboldt, Kansas, August 8th, 1872.
James H. Traughber, M.D., married Leta Thompson in Saline County, Missouri, January 30, 1862. To them were born three children, named: Walter Eugene Spedders, Harry, who died in infancy and Blanche. James H. Traughber died of kidney trouble at Kansas City, Missouri, January 8, 1906, aged 73 years, 6 days, and was buried at the Smith Cemetery, Carroll County, Missouri, January 11, 1906.
William B. Traughber married Amanda Robinson in Fremont County, Iowa, December 9th, 1866. To them were born Hestilla, Mattie, (died in infancy), Kate, Lee, William and James. Lee died of measles in 1880. William B. Traughber died of stomach and bowel trouble, May 23, 1894, and was buried, May 24th, 1894, at Antioch Church, Carroll County, Missouri. Amanda Traughber died December 21, 1905, and was buried at Antioch Church, Carroll County, Missouri.
Marquis S. Traughber was married to Bettie Walker in Carroll County, Missouri, May 15th, 1864. To them were born James, Ellen, Hugh, (who died in childhood), Laura, Virgil, Flora, Edna, Odessa and Robert. M.S. Traughber died as the sun went down, September 10th, 1907, at his home in Fairfield Township, Carroll County, Missouri, and was buried at the Smith Cemetery, being 70 years, 7 months and 17 days old.
Susan O. Traughber was married to W.P. Smith, in Carroll County, Missouri, October 13th, 1860. To them were born first a son who lived but a few days, then Albert, Charles, Garrett, a daughter who died in infancy and Benjamin. Charles died in 1877. Susan O. Smith died at Mandeville, Carroll County, Missouri, August 24th, 1873, and was buried next day at the Smith Cemetery about one mile south of Mandeville. W.B., M.S., H.L., J.L. and Sophia Traughber and their parents attended the funeral.
Mary E. Traughber died at Mandeville, Missouri, of cerebro- spinal -meningitis, March 20th, 1862, and was buried at the Powers Graveyard, some two miles west of Mandeville.
Frances A. Traughber died of measles in Logan County, Kentucky, June 13th, 1844.
Harmon M. Traughber died of diarrhea and heart failure at the residence of J.L. Traughber in Doucette, Tyler County, Texas, Sunday, June 30th, about 10 O'clock, p.m., and was buried at Doucette Cemetery, July 1st, about 4 p.m. He had lived continuously with J.L. Traughber ever since he removed from Missouri to Texas in April 1899. He had not been well since he had the measles in March 1907. He ate a hearty dinner Saturday, June 29th. It was his last meal. He commenced to vomit about 4 p.m. He gradually sank till life was ended.
Sophia Priscilla Jane Eugenia Traughber was married to George W. Fowler in Carroll County, Missouri, February 14, 1897.
John L. Traughber, Jr., was married to Mattie E. Felkins in Taney County, Missouri, January 1st, 1888. To them was born Earl Augustine Traughber, April 24th, at 3:10 a.m., in Taney County, Missouri.
Mattie Elmira Felkins was born in Vernon County, Missouri, December 3rd, 1866. Her parents were Wiley Ward and Marinda Ellen Felkins.
Wiley W. Felkins was born in Clinton County, Kentucky, January 2nd, 1832.
Marinda E. Basnett was born in Montgomery County, Missouri, May 22nd, 1835.
Wiley W. Felkins was the son of William Washington Felkins and Martha Ann Felkins, nee Huddleston, who were married in Fentris County, Tennessee, in 1831.
William W. Felkins was the son of Martin M. Felkins and Hester Ann Felkins, nee Doss.
Martin M. Felkins was the son of John Felkins, who was born and raised in one of the Carolinas and a soldier in the war of the Revolution and was wounded and left for dead at Bluford's defeat. Sometime before the war of 1812, he moved to Pulaska County, Kentucky, where he married and raised his family. One of his sons, William Felkins, was a soldier in the war of 1812. After that war William married in Kentucky; but left there to remove to Ozark County, Missouri, about 1836. John Felkins died in Fentris County, Tennessee, in 1834 or 5.
The children of Wiley Ward and Marinda E. Felkins were these:
DIED.- At about 9:30 a.m., January 8, 1896, of heart failure, as the result of kidney infection and old age. John Logan Traughber, Sr., at his home in Fairfield Township, Carroll County, Missouri, where he had continuously resided from March 1868 to the time of his death.
DIED.- Of old age and long continued general failure, Ellen K. Traughber, at her home in Fairfield Township, Carroll County, Missouri, September 16, 1895, being eighty-three years, four months and two days old.
DIED.- Of Bright's disease and other complications, Albert Ross Traughber at the residence of his parents, Doucette, Tyler County, Texas, June 7th, 1907, at about 4 p.m. Farewell our darling boy. Happier we believe you are in the spirit world than you could be with us. We hope to meet you on that happier shore.
John Logan Traughber, Jr. died at his home at Doucette at about 3 o'clock p.m. December 8th 1908 of kidney and bowel trouble.
Charles Orville Traughber died at Doucette from effects of wounds received at mil on January 14, 1909 about 8 o'clock a.m.
DIED Harmon Marion brother to John Logan Traughber died at his brother John's home at Doucette on July the first 1908 about 8:30 p.m. from stomach and kidney trouble.
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