Friday, August 9, 2013

Ashland County

Pine Run Mill

I'm lucky in that I’ve already done most of the research I need for Ashland County. These pages are not, of course, for some academic treatise. They are family friendly info-mation summaries; and I’m happy with the result.  All of the pages may be fine-tuned at the end of my blitz but, at least, we have a start.
My 4th Great Grandparents John Jacob Heiffner and Elizabeth Mueller Heiffner settled and died in or near the early village of Nankin in what was then Richland County. J.J. was born in Germany in 1752 and traveled to Pennsylvania with his parents.  He and Elizabeth met and married in Pennsylvania. Elizabeth died in Nankin in 1824 and Jacob in 1848. Because of shifting county boundaries Elizabeth died in Richland County and Jacob, who lived with her, died in Ashland County. We can say today that they are buried in Ashland County. All of their children are listed as being born in Pennsylvania so the move to Ohio came sometime after 1808 but before (and probably many years before) 1824.  An interesting side note.  There are three Heiffner/Hiffner biographies in the Ashland history. Apparently none of them realized that they were related, or wished not to claim relationship. They were all related.  Our Jacob Heiffner served in the RevolutionaryWar.

Another of our ancestors who apparently lived in Ashland County was Joseph Rowland. He died in Wyandot County in 1856. Joseph’s wife, Christina Lane died in Richland (Ashland) County in 1837. Both of them were born and married in Lancaster County, PA.  They first moved to Washington County, Maryland where their children were born – the last in 1804. They must have settled first in Richland/Ashland and after Christina’s death Joseph moved to Wyandot. Joseph Rowland and his father, Jacob Rowland have been credited for carrying much needed supplies to General Washington and the troops at Valley Forge. 
Johnny Appleseed Memorial
For a sobering peek at what life was like in the early days of settlement, please click on the photo of Ashland's Johnny Appleseed Memorial for the Remarkable Ohio website.
My paternal grandmother’s maiden name was Rowland. The Rowland's, Heiffner's, and allied families were her people. And she is the one responsible for lighting a fire in a little girl's heart that set her on a genealogical path.


  1. Cute picture of the dog. Is it Bea or just a picture of the breed?

  2. This little cutie is an example of the breed, Coton de Tolear. There is a picture of Beatrice in the Warren County blog!

  3. Thank you Sandy!

    We appreciate your “pro-active” approach to add the Muster Link to your blog. Thank you in providing greater exposure about the Valley Forge Muster Roll to the Ohio pioneers audience. If we can future assist your efforts, just let us know. Happy Autumn to you as well. ~ Valley Forge Legacy, The Muster Roll

  4. Sandy,
    It is perfectly fine and flattering that you are connecting to our site, which is researched and maintained entirely by dedicated volunteers.
    Enjoy! Chairman ~ The Friends of Valley Forge Park


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