Oil Creek McClintocks
and related families
121. LYDIA5 MCCLINTOCK (James4, Hamilton3, Hugh2, Francis1); born in late March or early April 1834 in Pennsylvania;545 interred 4 October 1919 in the McClintock lots546 of Greendale Cemetery, Meadville, Pennsylvania; married LEVI LAMEY,547 born circa 1834 in Pennsylvania,548 interred 1 September 1879 in Greendale Cemetery.549 (There is a mistake here, since Levi was enumerated in the 1880 federal census.).550
Venango Spectator, 16 July, 1856
Married in Cornplanter Township on July 10th by Rev. Joseph Hooten, Mr. Levi Lamey and Miss Lydia McClintock.
Lydia was not listed in her parent’s household in 1850;551 probably she was simply missed. The family possibly moved to Denver.552 Levi was a farmer. In 1860 Levi, Lydia and daughrer Sylvia (Zylpha) were still in Cherrytree Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania (census page 87). By 1870 the family had moved to Vernon Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania (page 760). In 1880, the family was still in Vernon Township, where Levi was still farmer.553 Also in Levi and Lydia’s household in 1880 was Lydia’s mother, Louisa (Reynolds) McClintock (#64), and Lydia’s brother James (?A.) McClintock (#124), and John Benninghoff, born circa 1862. Levi Lamey was a younger brother of John Lamey, who married Lydia’s sister, Maria McClintock. In 1900 Lydia Lamey was living in Vernon Township, Crawford County, with her brothers Hugh C. McClintock and James A. McClintock.
122. ADALINE5 MCCLINTOCK (James4, Hamilton3, Hugh2, Francis1); born February 1836 in Pennsylvania; died March 1895; buried 9 March 1895 in the McClintock lots of Greendale Cemetery, Meadville, Pennsylvania;555 married JONATHAN LONG,556 born circa 1835 in Pennsylvania, interred 15 October 1896 in Greendale Cemetery.
Jonathan, husband of Adaline McClintock, was probably the Jonathan Long, born circa 1835, enumerated in 1850 with his parents, Samuel Long (born circa 1793) and Eve Long (born 1800).557 This is supported by a Venango County, Pennsylvania, Query Forum item reporting a Johnson Long, born circa 1833 in Logan Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania; he was a son of Samuel and Eva (Herschberger) Long; in 1857, Samuel and family moved to Ohio.558 In 1865, Jonathan and Adaline were living in Akron, Ohio.559 By 1870, they had moved back to Pennsylvania, being in Vernon Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania. Jonathan Long was a retail dry goods merchant in 1870 and an undertaker in 1880.560
126. MARY5 DAVIDSON (Ann4, Hamilton3, Hugh2, Francis1); born 10 June 1826; died 26 January 1883; buried in Plumer Cemetery, Cornplanter Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania; married WILLIAM G. WOLF,563 born 19 April 1829; died 4 February 1899; buried in Plumer Cemetery.564
In 1870, Alexander Davidson and Hamilton Culbertson, administrators of the estate of Ann (McClintock) Davidson, sold 7 3/4 acres of land in Cornplanter Township to Mary Wolf for $1,970.565 In 1880, William, Mary, and children James and Sarah were still living in Cornplanter Township.566 Also in the household was Thomas McClintock, born circa 1855, “nephew.” He was probably the Willis McClintock, son of Mary's sister Eliza Ann (Davidson) McClintock—see #283. Have found only one other nineteenth century Thomas McClintock in Venango County (see the apparently unrelated McClintock family "Alexander McClintock of Franklin").567
129. RACHEL5 DAVIDSON (Ann4, Hamilton3, Hugh2, Francis1); born circa 1833; died 5 June 1897; buried in Grove Hill Cemetery, Oil City, Pennsylvania; married HAMILTON CULBERTSON, born 23 December 1825; died 13 October 1886; buried in Plumer Cemetery, Cornplanter Township, Venango County. Hamilton was a son of Francis Culbertson, and a grandson of Patrick and Jane (McClintock) Culbertson. Rachel and Hamilton would have been first cousins once removed.
Children of Hamilton and Rachel (Davidson) Culbertson were
(a) Francis Culbertson.
(b) O. Oscar Culbertson.
(c) Lawrence Leslie Culbertson.
(d) Harry Holland Culbertson.
(e) Ernest Eugene Culbertson.
(f) Florence Thaylers Culbertson, (married [—?—] Rodgers).
For information on Hamilton and Rachel Davidson Culbertson and their descendants, see #32 of “Culbertsons.”
131. ALEXANDER5 DAVIDSON (Ann4, Hamilton3, Hugh2, Francis1); born circa 1834 in Pennsylvania;570 died 1900; married in 1862 PHOEBE ELEANOR MORGAN, born 1845 in Pennsylvania; died 1921.571
In 1870 and 1880 the family was living in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, where Alexander was listed as a farmer in 1870 and as self-employed in 1880. In 1900 Phoebe E., widow, was head of a lodging house in Williamsport, Pennsylvania—no children were living with her at this time. In 1920, still in Williamsport, Phoebe was living with her widowed daughter Frances Coryell.572
In 1857, a few year before the oil excitement, George Washington (#80) and Angeline McClintock sold 19 acres and 71 perches of land in Cornplanter Township for $160 to Alexander Davidson.573 The deed was recorded about a month before Alexander’s father, Moses, died. In 1860, Alexander purchased another 19 acres of land bordering on this tract; this from William and Margaret Story.574 The total tract of 38 acres 41 perches was to become the famous Hyde and Egbert Farm (Map 3)—see “Oil and Our Oil Creek Ancestors.”
There is a biographical sketch of our Alexander Davidson in Culbertson (1923), pages 431–434. According to this biography, Alexander became wealthy from the oil produced on his farm in the Petroleum Center, Cornplanter Township, Venango County, Pennsylvania, area. The family eventually moved to Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, where Alexander became a gentleman farmer.
132. ELIZA5 ANN (OR ANNA ELIZA) DAVIDSON (Ann4, Hamilton3, Hugh2, Francis1); born circa 1836,576 died 1862;577 possibly as a result of childbirth; married JOHN S. MCCLINTOCK. He was a son of James R. and Mary (Folwell) McClintock (#74); hence Eliza and John S. were second cousins. After Ann died, John S. McClintock married Permelia (or Pamela) Popplewell. At least three land deeds between John S. McClintock and wife Pamela (with one transcribed as Permelia) and Jerusha McClintock (admrx) confirm that the John S. McClintock of Titusville in 1870 and of Cherrytree Township in 1880 (census page 5) were the John S., son of James and Mary (Folwell) McClintock (see (#74).
In 1870, John, Permelia and children Theodore McClintock, Willis McClintock and Blanche McClintock by John and Permelia; and children Edward P. McClintock and Alice J. McClintock by John and Permelia were living in Titusville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, where John was enumerated as a stationary engineer (page 654). For more information on John S. and Pamela (Popplewell) McClintock and their family, see #165.
In 1868, Theodore, Willis and Blance McClintock, heirs of Ann Davidson and minor children of John S. McClintock, petitioned the court to appoint a guardian.583 The same day the court appointed Edward Chase. Chase then issued a series of petitions instructive in learning about John and Eliza (Davidson) McClintock’s family.584 On 14 September 1869, Edward Chase, guardian of the minor children of Eliza A. McClintock, who was deceased at that time, petitioned the Court for money from the Estate of Ann (McClintock) Davidson (Eliza’s mother) to support the minor children: “The father of the said minor children J. S. McClintock is living and supporting them by his labor, that the said J. S. McClintock has lost one arm, has very little real estate . . .” On 14 February 1870 (but reported with the August Term 1869 document), Chase reported that son Willis would like to have his residence changed to that of William G. Wolf, “his uncle by marriage” [Eliza’s sister, Mary Davidson married William Wolf], but still receive support via Ann Davidson’s Estate. Also on that date, Chase reported that Theodore was “in feeble health and is affected with an infirmity that renders him unable to obtain a proper sustenance by manual labor and is need not only of medical treatment but is dependent on the charity of others for his maintenance.” Therefore Chase petitioned the court for $156 annually from Ann Davidson’s estate for Theodore. The last petition is dated 13 January 1873 (but reported in the August Term 1869 document) where Chase petitioned the Court for money from Ann Davidson’s estate to support Blanche who “is now about eleven.”.585
133. NANCY5 JANE DAVIDSON (Ann4, Hamilton3, Hugh2, Francis1); born October 1841 in Pennsylvania; died 1920; married 1864 JOSHUA E. EWING, born 1823; died 1888.586 The family was in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania in 1880, when J. E. Ewing was listed as a farmer. In 1900 and 1910, Nancy, widow, was head of household with unmarried children Lottie and Frank in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Nancy was living with her unmarried son, Frank, head of household, and Nancy's unmarried daughter Lottie in South Williamsport in 1920.587
141. JOHN5 WASHINGTOM STEELE (Culbertson4, Hamilton3, Hugh2, Francis1); born 1843588 in Sheakleyville, Sandy Creek Township, Mercer County, Pennsylvania; died December 1920 at his home in Fort Crook, Sarpy County, Nebraska; buried, along with son Oscar Steele, in Fort Crook.589 In 1862, Johnny married ELEANOR J. MOFFETT, who Johnny had known since childhood.590 Eleanor was born in 1845; died 6 August 1926 in Lincoln, Nebraska.591 She was the eldest daughter of Robert and Ann Jane Moffett of Sugarcreek Township, Venango County.592
Mrs. Eleanor J. Steele, 80, died at 5 o'clock Friday morning at the home of her grandson, Oscar M. Steele, 1980 Ryons street. She leaves three grandsons, Oscar of Lincoln, John H. of Chicago and Leonard E. of Tulsa, Okla. The family requests that no flowers be sent. The body is being held at Hodgman's pending funeral arrangements.—The Lincoln Star (Lincoln, Nebraska), 6 August 1926; online in the "Stories" section of ancestry.com.
In Johnny’s autobiography, see References for an assessment, Johnny calls Sarah McKnight McClintock “Aunt Sally” and always refers to Eleanor as “Mrs. Steele.” Johnny mentions he was born in Sheakleyville, Mercer County, and that he and his sister Permelia were adopted by Culbertson and Sarah McClintock. There is no mention of Johnny and Permelia’s parents.
As indicated in more detail in "Tell the boys to drink water" of the Oil Creek Flemings, in 1864, Johnny inherited a large amount of money from Sarah, his adoptive mother, (Culbertson McClintock was deceased by that time) and immediately packed, left the Oil Creek valley, and began a spending–drinking spree that would make him the most notorious playboy of the oil rush era. These events took place from 1864 to 1867, mainly in Philadelphia.
In 1850, Johnny was living in Cornplanter Township with Culbertson and Sarah (McKnight) McClintock.593 The year 1859 heralded the beginning of the oil excitement along Oil Creek. In 1860, Johnny was living as a boarder and listed as an oil miner in the household of J. A. Brawley in Cornplanter Township.594 Then, starting in 1864, came his escapades in Philadelphia and other areas.Here is John Steele’s chronology after his Philadelphia days, as taken from Steele (1902), pages 165–210, and from federal censuses.
1867. Left Philadelphia for the last time. Johnny, without family had short stays in Franklin, Rouseville, Petroleum Centre, and then Titusville.
1867. Left Titusville for a trip west, first to Cleveland, then Buffalo and eventually to Kansas City, where he joined his old minstrel buddies. Johnny accompanied the troupe to various cities in the United States and Canada.
Late 1867. Johnny received a letter “to come home.” In the autumn of 1867 he joined his wife, son, and in–laws in Dempseytown, Venango County.
Autumn 1868. Moved with his family to Franklin. Hauled barrel staves, but the factory went out of business and Johnny did not receive a cent for his efforts.
Autumn 1869. Moved with family to Rouseville (Cornplanter Township), where he first was a teamster and later a baggage and freight handler. Johnny eventually bought a house near the depot.
1870. John W. and Eleanor Steele were enumerated in Cornplanter Township, Venango County (page 165), with their child Oscar and two oil workers, David Shrimp, age 19, and John Hilter, age 20. At that time Johnny was listed as a teamster with $5000 in personal estate.595
Autumn 1873. Left Rouseville for Pittsburgh where he took a course at the Iron City Business College.
Spring 1874. Johnny and family were back in Franklin, where he put money in a meat market venture with “my brother–in–law.” Johnny said the venture did not pay and he withdrew.
Sometime in 1874. Johnny and family left Venango County for Dennison, Iowa, where he first worked on bridge construction.
Autumn 1874. Johnny worked as a manager of the grocery section of a large department store in Dennison. He then worked for Issac Schofield running a flour and feed store in Dennison.
Summer 1880. Johnny, Eleanor and Oscar were enumerated in Dennison, Crawford County, Iowa, where Johnny was enumerated as grain dealer (census page 101C).
Autumn 1880. Schofield voluntarily went out of business. Johnny (who was in poor health at this time because of flour dust) and family then moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where they could place their son in college.
Autumn 1881. Moved to Kearney, Nebraska, where Johnny took a position in a general merchandising store.
Summer 1882. Johnny took a job at Burlington Station, where he was eventually made a cashier of the railroad line.
Spring 1886. Johnny was transferred to Louisville, Nebraska, and put in charge of the railroad yards there.
1888. Moved to Ashland, Nebraska, where he remained for 10 years, “when I was called east by the serious illness of a near relative and our time has been divided between the East and my western home ever since … And so I have written my story.”596
1900. Johnny and Eleanor were living in the household of their son Oscar, listed as a railroad station master, and his wife Lois [—?—] in Crete Township, Saline County, Nebraska (1A). Johnny was listed as a railroad yard master.
1910. Johnny and Eleanor were living by themselves in Douglas Pct., Douglas County, Nebraska (census page 82A).
1920. Johnny and Eleanor were living with their daughter-in-law Lois and her family in Bellevue Township, Sarpy, Nebraska (census page 11A), where both Lois and Johnny were enumerated as station agents.
[Johnnie died in December 1920 in Fort Crook, Sarpy County Nebraska, and Eleanor died August 1926 in Lincoln, Nebraska.]
McClintock workers are indebted to Helene Rogers (Ridgewood, New Jersey) who worked out Permelia and John Steele’s genealogy, reported in Rogers (1973/1995). According to Rogers, Permelia Steele and John Steele were children of James David Steele and Maria Foulk who possibly were not married. One account reports both David and Maria died of diphtheria, but this is apparently erroneous.597 David Steele was a cousin (I do not know the exact relationship) of William and Mary Steele, brother and sister who married children (Sarah Ann McClintock and David McClintock) of Hugh and Jane (Nelson) McClintock, see #63. Perhaps through this connection with the McClintocks Permelia and Johnny were adopted by Culbertson and Sarah McClintock. John M. McClintock, another child of Hugh and Jane (Nelson) McClintock, married a Mary Jane Foulk.
Venango County Panorama has a picture of Coal Oil Johnny and beneath the photograph: “Coal Oil Johnny–John W. Steele is seen looking at the ground of the farm which gave him his fortune in the oil boom days.”598
142. ELIZABETH5 HAZEN (Rachel4, Hamilton3, Hugh2, Francis1); born 28 August 1843 in Pennsylvania; died 8 October 1909; married FRANCIS BUCHANAN BROWN; born April 1841 in Pennsylvania; died 19 July 1922.
Francis was a son of Michael and Jane (Wall) Brown. Both Elizabeth and Francis are buried in East Troy Cemetery, Troy Township, Crawford County. I am indebted to Willis Brown, Mesa, Arizona, for sending me information on Francis and Elizabeth (Hazen) Brown and their descendants, and for Willis Brown’s publication, “The Family of Carl Grant Brown,” 1995, 6 pages, see Acknowledgments. Francis was a farmer in Troy Township, Crawford County. In 1880 (census page 318) and 1900 (page 1A), Francis, Elizabeth and family were living in Troy Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania. In 1910 and 1920, Francis, widower, no occupation listed,was living with his son Clyde and his family in Troy Township.
143. MARY5 HAZEN (Rachel4, Hamilton3, Hugh2, Francis1); born 15 January 1845 in Troy Township, Crawford County; died 12 January 1928 in Springwater, Livingston County New York; married 28 April 1864 DANIEL HAMMOND FOSTER, born 24 April 1836 in Pennsylvania; died 31 January 1915 in Scottsburg, Livingston County, New York.601
In 1870 (page 408), 1880 (page 370), 1900 (page 138), and 1910 (page 94A), the family was living in Sparta Township, Livingston County, New York, where Daniel was enumerated as a physician. Also in the household in 1880 was J. H. (John Hamilton) Hazen, brother of Mary (Hazen Foster) (see #147). In the household in 1910 was Ralph Foster, widower, brother of Daniel H. Foster.
144. FRANCIS5 MONROE HAZEN (Rachel4, Hamilton3, Hugh2, Francis1); born 26 September 1847 in Troy Township, Crawford County; died 17 May 1913; married 9 September 1869 ELIZABETH ANN MINIUM, born 31 December 1846 in Pennsylvania; died 16 February 1916 in Franklin, Venango County.602
Several "Miniums" are mentioned in the History of Crawford County, Pennsylvania, 1885. The parents of Elizabeth Ann Minium were probably Jacob and Mary Minium who lived in Woodcock Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania in 1860, where Elizabeth was listed as born circa 1844 in Pennsylvania (census page 1101).
Francis, Elizabeth and family lived in Venango Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, in 1900 (page 4A) and 1910 (page 4B), when Francis was a farmer.
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