John Chenoweth, III (1735 - 1812) MP

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Birthplace: St. George's Parish, Baltimore, Maryland
Death: Died in Jefferson, Kentucky, United States
Occupation: Soldier, farmer
Managed by: Maria Edmonds-Zediker, Volunteer Curator
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About John Chenoweth, III

The DAR lists John for service in the Revolutionary War. He served under a Capt. Rice in the Continental Line. DAR Ancestor # A021375

JOHN CHENOWETH III 1735-1812

Born in Baltimore Co., MD, John Chenoweth III, the second child of John and Mary Smith Chenoweth came to Virginia with his parents at an early age. John married twice, first in the late 1750s to a Mary, and second to Eleanor Parke.

As the dates of the death of Mary and the second marriage are unknown, the division of the children by mother is not known precisely known. Applications by his descendants for DAR status claim the marriage to Eleanor took place in 1761. If correctly interpreted, a recent discovery of a provision John's will, could mean that Mary was daughter of William Smith and that the one child of this marriage was the first son William. This provision left a special legacy to William from his grandfather William Smith. This would mean that both John II and his son John III married wives named Mary Smith.

Several researchers in this line currently think that Eleanor, the 2nd wife, may have been the daughter of Roger Parke and Hannah Arnold. It is not known where either marriage took place but it is thought that all John's children were born in Hampshire County, Virginia (organized from Frederick County in 1754). John had received land located in Hampshire Co. from his father upon his death, as did his brother William. William sold his share of the 248 acre division to John within that same year. John is known to have acquired other lands and held property totaling 792 acres at his death.

John died in Hampshire Co. at the age of 76. John's family and his land are known by his will, prepared on April 19, 1811, and probated in Hampshire County after his death in 1812. Elias, the youngest son, and John Monroe were executors. Unlike many other Chenoweth wills, John designated that all his personal property and land be sold. These monies were to be evenly distributed. The sale of the land may have been the impetus to move west as all John's children left Virginia. William would go to Warren Co., OH. The son, John, Jr., settled in Washington County, Indiana in 1807. Absolom, James and Elias went to Perry Co., OH, the three Ashbrook sisters, Mary, Rachel and Eleanor went to Kentucky, and it is believed that Elizabeth's Monroes went to Illinois.

Child of JOHN CHENOWETH and MARY ? is:

  • William S. b. Bet. 1755 - 1760, Frederick Co., VA; d. Abt. September 23, 1838, Bath Twp., Allen Co., OH; Stepchild; m. (1) CATHERINE RINKER, Abt. 1780, ?Winchester, Frederick Co., VA; b. December 08, 1765, Germantown, Philadelphia, PA; d. Abt. 1809, Frederick Co., VA; m. (2) ANN (LEWIS) MCCOOL, November 1811; b. Abt. 1779, Virginia; d. 1852.

Children of JOHN CHENOWETH and ELEANOR PARKE are (division assumed):

  • Elizabeth 'Betsy' b. 1764, Hampshire Co., VA (now WV); d. 1829, Southport, Marion Co., IN; m. ALEXANDER MONROE, JR., March 19, 1782, Frederick Co., VA; b. March 1756; d. November 20, 1842, Southport, Marion Co., IN.
  • Absolum b. 1767, Hampshire Co., VA (now WV); d. Aft. 1850; m. NELLIE REED; b. Bet. 1762 - 1778; d. Unknown.
  • James b. December 16, 1768, Hampshire Co., VA (now WV); d. May 1846, Delaware Co., IN; m. SARAH MCBRIDE, Abt. 1790; b. Bet. 1774 - 1780, Hampshire Co., VA (now WV); d. Aft. 1843, prob Grant Co., IN.
  • John b. December 16, 1768, Hampshire Co., VA (now WV); d. October 15, 1847, Posey Twp. Washington Co., IN; m. MARY ANN 'POLLY' SWITZER; b. September 07, 1773, Frederick Co., VA; d. November 29, 1851, Posey Twp. Washington Co., IN.
  • Eleanor b. 1774, Hampshire Co., VA (now WV); d. Unknown; m. LEVI ASHBROOK, Hampshire Co., VA (now WV); b. Abt. 1761, Virginia; d. Unknown, St Louis, MO.
  • Rachel b. 1777, Hampshire Co., VA (now WV); d. Bef. 1850; m. ABSOLUM ASHBROOK, Frederick Co., VA; b. Bet. 1770 - 1774, Hampshire Co., VA (now WV); d. Bef. March 1841, Kentucky.
  • Mary W. b. 1779, Hampshire Co., VA (now WV); d. Aft. 1810; m. JOHN ASHBROOK; b. Abt. 1769, Hampshire Co., VA (now WV); d. June 28, 1819, Allison Twp., Lawrence Co., IL.
  • Elias b. October 10, 1781, Hampshire Co., VA (now WV); d. Bef. 1880, prob Indiana; m. NANCY CARLETON, Abt. 1804, Hampshire Co., VA (now WV); b. July 02, 1784, Hampshire Co., VA (now WV); d. Bef. 1880, Prob Indiana.

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John Chenoweth, III's Timeline

1735
November 13, 1735
St. George's Parish, Baltimore, Maryland
1755
1755
Age 19
1761
1761
Age 25
1764
1764
Age 28
1767
1767
Age 31
Hampshire Co., VA
1768
December 16, 1768
Age 33
Hampshire, Virginia
1768
Age 32
1774
1774
Age 38
Frederick, Virginia Colony
1777
1777
Age 41
1779
1779
Age 43