Posts Tagged ‘Slaves’

Ruth Ann Carr Buckner

January 15, 2010


Mrs. Buckner of Montezuma, a Slave, Was 110 Years of Age.

One of the oldest, if not the oldest person in Iowa, died at Montezuma at the age of 110. She was a former slave, but had been a resident of that city for a number of years. Ruth Ann Carr was born in Lee County, Ky., the exact date of her birth being uncertain, but from certain other dates and knowledge of deceased it is supposed that her age at the time of death was not far from 110 years. She was married to Henry Buckner in 1850, at Memphis, Mo. No children were born to this union. In 1863 they moved to Poweshick County, and in 1877 to Montezuma. Mrs. Buckner was born in bondage and remained so until the civil war set her free. She has been a helpless invalid for twelve years.

Carroll Sentinel (Carroll, Iowa) Sep 29, 1903


Based on census records, I think they may have exaggerated her age slightly:

1885 Iowa Census -Montezuma Poweshiek Co. IA

The 1885 census states she is 68, which would mean she was born about 1817. In 1903, she would have been about 86.

1900 Federal Census - Montezuma, Poweshiek Co. Iowa

The 1900 census gives her birth as May of 1820.

A Huntingdon Co., PA Centenarian

December 18, 2009


Mrs. Beigle of Altoona Born Sept. 17, 1834, In Franklin Twp.

A native Huntingdon countian today became a centenarian.

Jane Elizabeth Beigle, the widow of Abram Irwin, a highly respected citizen of Bellwood, was born in Franklin township, Huntingdon county, September 17, 1834, and hence today is 100 years old. She is in excellent health and retains the use of all her faculties except that of sight which has been failing of late years. She is contented and happy and never tires of telling how good and kind God has been to her during all her life. She is a living exemplification of the promise to the godly.

Her parents were William and Margaret Beigle. She was married in 1884. Her husband died Sept. 6, 1920, and she now makes her home with her grandson, Avery Irvin, at Bellwood.

No special celebration marks the occasion today. The W.C.T.U. met with her this afternoon for a short service. Relatives and friends also called to extend felicitations.
She received her early education in the public schools of Huntingdon county and at Bucknell university, Lewisburg, where she was graduated in 1857.

A studious nature and a love for children especially fitted her for school teaching, so she began her life work in that profession at a little country school at Spruce Creek, where she spent several winter.

Then, a more difficult place at Warriors Mark awaited her where she taught the following five years. About this time, during the closing period of the Civil war, a great need had sprung up in the south for teachers to work among the freed Negroes, and she at once offered her services to the American Baptist mission board and was accepted and sent to Murfreesboro, Tenn.

After three years of hard work and endurance of the intense heat, she contracted yellow fever. This made it necessary for her to come home for a short period of rest and recuperation, but she again returned to her duties, this time being sent to Columbus, Ga., and later into Alabama. The entire amount of her teaching work in the south covered a period of twenty years.

Besides being a school teacher, she was an enthusiastic church and Sunday school worker, having a class in the church school as long as she was able to attend.

Baptized into membership of the Logan Valley Baptist church in Bellwood on April 10, 1853, by Rev. A.K. Bell, she has “kept the faith” for more than eighty years.

She is also an interested and devoted member of the Women’s Christian Temperance union, being the oldest member in Blair county, the organization which is today celebrating its fiftieth anniversary.

Daily News (Huntingdon, Pennsylvania) Sep 17, 1934


Mrs. Jane E. Irwin, Bellwood, Oldest Alumna of Bucknell

Mrs. Jane Elizabeth Beigle Irwin, a native of Huntingdon county and one of the states oldest residents, passed away at the home of her grandson, Avery Irwin, in Bellwood, on Friday forenoon, December 27, at 11:10 o’clock. Mrs. Irwin observed her 101 st birthday anniversary on September 17, 1935…..

[The rest of the obituary repeated much of what is in the above article.]

Daily News (Huntingdon, Pennsylvania) Dec 28, 1935

About her husband, Abram Irwin and his family:

Twentieth Century History of Altoona and Blair County,
Pennsylvania, and Representative Citizens
Sell, Jesse C.Chicago, IL: Richmond-Arnold,
1911, pp. 559-561. [Posted on]

ABRAM R. IRWIN, who has been a resident of Bellwood, Pa., since 1875, was for forty years engaged in farming in Blair County, Pa. He was born on what is now the Wentzell farm below Hensheystown, Pa., March 9, 1832, a son of Daniel and Catherine (Crain) Irwin, and is a direct descendant of one Jared Irwin, who came from Ireland about the time of the advent of William Penn. It is said that Jared Irwin bought the land of Penn, where Philadelphia now stands, and the family branched out to various parts of the country, many becoming prominent and useful citizens. Jared Irwin married into the royal Stuart family and had a family before coming to this country. One Jared Irwin became second governor of the state of Georgia, and the branch from which our subject’s family sprang, settled in the vicinity of York, Pa. The grandfather of our subject was named Jared, as also was his great grandfather. The name seems to occur in all branches of the family, indicating that the Irwins in all this country generally are descendants of this original Jared Irwin.

Jared Irwin, grandfather of our subject, lived in Huntingdon County, Pa.
Daniel Irwin, father of Abram R., was born in Huntingdon County, Pa.,
and was for some years located in the vicinity of Tyrone. About 1833 he
bought the farm now owned by the heirs of Frank Irwin, and resided in Gospel Hollow until the time of his death at the age of sixty-eight years. He was survived some years by his widow, who in maiden life was Catherine Crain.

Daniel and Catherine Crain reared the following children: Belinda, now deceased, who married Abram McCartney; Adie Crain Irwin, deceased: Evaline, deceased, who married Joseph Adlum; John, deceased; and Abram R., who is the only survivor.

Abram R. Irwin was reared on the homestead and attended the common
schools of the township. He began working on the farm at a very early age,
and was glad to be allowed twenty-five cents a year to attend the review in
Sinking Valley. He ultimately received a part of the home farm retiring in
1875, and moving to Bellwood, where he bought four or five lots on First Street and built a home. He then entered the employ of the Bell’s Gap
Railroad, and worked as rodman in laying out the roads from Lloydsville to
Coalport. He later ran on the road for some time as baggage master, being
with the company some ten or fifteen years. In 1881 Mr. Irwin bought a square of land and built his present home on the corner of Third and Martin streets. He also has three other houses and several lots left, and a son of his also owns six lots of this square.

On January 17, 1854, Mr. Irwin married Betanna S. Hileman, who was born
near Frankstown and died February 1, 1874. They had the following children:  Howard, born November 16, 1854, who lives in Depew, N.Y.; Isadora Blanche, born December 13, 1856, who is the widow of John Mingle and lives in Sinking Valley; Harry Hudson, born October 8, 1858, who lives on the home farm, in which his father still has an interest; Jessie Kate, born March 17, 1861, who married James Campbell, of Bellwood; George Brinton McClellan, born June 20, 1863, who lives in Gadsden, Alabama; Rose Leslie, born October 20, 1867, who is the wife of William Stafford and resides near Davenport, Iowa; Fred Bennett, born October 30, 1869, who lives near Davenport, Iowa; Hester Bell, born March 22, 1872, and now deceased, who was the wife of Clyde Greenland; Rebecca Hileman, born October 22, 1873, who married Harry Laird of Bellwood.

Mr. Irwin formed a second matrimonial union with Catherine Gwin, who is now deceased. On October 23, 1884 he was united in marriage with Jane Elizabeth Beigle, who was born September 17, 1835 in Franklin County, Pa. Mrs. Irwin is highly educated and was for about twenty years engaged in missionary work in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. She belongs to the Baptist church, Mr. Irwin being a member of the Presbyterian church.  The latter has charge of the Logan Valley Cemetery, serving as secretary.  he was for many years a Democrat but votes independently, voting for the man rather than for the party, and other things being equal, favoring prohibition candidates.

Corn-Husking Leads to Murder

November 23, 2009



On Friday of last week Edward Owings, a young gentleman about 29 years of age and son of the late Edward Owings of this county, was murdered by six of the slaves belonging to his father’s estate. The murder was committed about sunrise, and at a distance of a little more than 100 yards from the house. The circumstance attending this cruel transaction, as confessed by the blacks before the Jury of Inquest, and there is no other evidence on the subject than their own confession, we shall briefly state without any remarks as they are now in the hands of just ice and we would say nothing to prejudice the publick opinion.

The preceding evening it seems, the negroes had been assigned a certain quantity of corn to husk, and say that they were then told that on their failing to finish they should be corrected. In the course of the evening it was proposed by one of the fellows and to which they all agreed, that if Mr. Owings did attempt to whip any one of them they would all unite in killing him. Next morning upon Mr. Owings’ going to the corn heap he found they had not husked the quantity directed, and calling one of them to correct him. The fellow not going very readily he took hold of him, and led him to the barn which was but a few steps distant. On reaching the barn the fellow made some further resistance, when Mr. Owings called the others to his assistance, two of whom, by his direction seized the fellow and a third one seized Mr. Owings with whom he said he wished to have some talk. The one who first resisted, on promising to be more attentive in future, was ordered by Mr. Owings to his work, but immediately on being turned loose seized a club with which he made a blow at his master. This blow he parried with his arm, when the fellow caught him by the throat to prevent his alarming the family — another of them took up the club — and a third a rammer, such as is used in ramming posts in making fence, with which he struck the deceased several blows on the head & back and it appeared that five of the six concerned also gave him one or more blows.

They then concealed the body in some straw, and to prevent suspicion directed a small boy to bring Mr. Owings’ saddle and bridle, which they put on his horse when one of them rode him some distance from the house and tied him in the corn field until night, when he was taken to the village of Woodsborough, a few miles distant and there turned loose with the saddle and bridle on. The following day the horse was taken up, and brought home on Sunday morning by a neighbour. This alarmed the family and persons were sent in different directions, but could obtain no intelligence of the deceased. — On further search being made about the farm; the place where the horse had been tied and where some rails had been laid down to let him out were discovered.

This strongly confirmed the suspicions before entertained and the blacks were charged with the murder. At first all denied it, but upon being separately examined confessed the whole affair, and that they had thrown the body into a well on the farm of Mr. Dorsey, nearly a mile distant. Here on search being made, it was found mangled in such a manner that it was impossible to recognize any of the features.

On the night subsequent to the murder they attempted to remove the body, but it was so dark and from some cause they could not tell what, they became so alarmed that they abandoned it, and it was not until a little before day on Saturday morning that they carried it to the well.

On Sunday evening the whole of them were lodged in the new jail, which is now finished and from its strength and security precludes all hope of escape from the sentence of the law which awaits these infatuated, unfortunate creatures, all of whom, we understand by their late master’s will were to be free in a few years.

Ohio Repository, The (Canton, Ohio) Nov 30, 1815

Negroes Jonathan, Harry, Nimrod and Solomon, were hung at Frederick-Town, on the 26th ult. for the murder of Mr. Owings, in Nov. last. The concourse of people present was immense, great numbers attending from Virginia and Pennsylvania. The criminals appeared contrite.

Ohio Repository, The (Canton, Ohio) Feb 15, 1816