This might be called “Blest Be The Tie That Binds”. When we see all the Limerick Twp., Berks Co. PA, Frederick Co. MD links of families, there can be no doubt that they are links between the 5 children of Peter "PVS" of Limerick Twp, PA.

Ross County was formed in 1798 near the Southeastern Corner of Ohio. It attracted families that were originally from “The Perkiomen Region” of Pennsylvania, as they joined the migration trail westward. Here we find the familiar names of the descendants of Nicholas Umstead, Mary Umstead DeHaven and Nicholas Bunn, who intermingled and intermarried to an amazing degree. It is a prime clue to the connection of a close relationship between Nicholas Umstead, Herman Umstead, and Mary Umstead DeHaven. Of the 11 children of Nicholas and Ann Umstead, 4 of them went to Ross Co. OH, 3 of their daughters, and their son David, where they are well-documented.

We are using the following sources:
1. The Marriage Records of Ross County Ohio, 1798-1849 , Compiled by Robert Casari, Chilicothe, Ohio, Copyright 1994, Closson Press. SLC Book #977.182, V2c.
2. Cemetery Records of Ross County from various sources, including “on site” inspections by members of team.
3. The County of Ross , Henry Holcomb Bennett, Editor, Madison WI, 1902, SLC film #35102.
4. Ross County, Ohio Families, by Ross County Genealogical Society.
5. A Standard History of Ross County Ohio, Reprint Edition of 1917 Edition, Compiled by Ross County Genealogical Society, Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore, 1987.
6. State Centennial History of the County of Ross, Reprint Edition of 1902 Edition, Henry Holcomb Bennett, Editor, Compiled by Ross County Genealogical Society, Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore, 1981.


John and Catherine (Umsted) Crouse [Nicholas Umsted Connection]

The relationship of the Crouse and our Limerick Twp. families began when Enoch Davis Esq. shows up on the 1769 tax list as Enoch Davis Esq. farming 180 A of his 330 acres adj. to his son John Davis farming 150 A; 1771 and sold all 330 acres of his land to John Crouse.
1798- Religious services were held early, but they had no church building until later. Among the earliest members were John Crouse and his wife.
1804- Bethel Methodist Episcopal Church was established in 1804 by Rev. James Quinn, who was transferred by request from the Baltimore Conference, and voluntarily took up the life of an itinerant pastor in the backwoods. [He had probably preached earlier in Frederick Co., which was in that Conference.] Among the early members of this church were the Bunn family.
[Herman of Berks Co. Connection] (The County of Ross, Green Twp. pp. 238-9)
The children of John and Catharine Crouse
a. David 1781-1837, OH state Senator 1824-25, 1835-36.

b. Nancy 1783-1845 m. John Entrekin, their son was OH state Senator 1879

c. Ruth, 1787-1864 m. Samuel Whitsel

d. Pheraby 1790-1811 m. Samuel Swearingen, OH State Senator 1825-27

e. John; 1792-1856, OH State Senator 1843-45

f. Daniel; 1798-1812

g. Jeremiah 1804-1832

h. Eliza 1806-1889 m. Wm. Ferguson.



Peter DeHaven, son of Harman and Mary (Umstead) DeHaven. [Mary Umstead DeHaven Connection]

Peter and his wife Elizabeth moved their family to Ross Co. in 1805 and are buried near Kingston, OH.

Their children were:
(a) Harmon b. 9 Mar 1777, Bap. Falkner Swamp Church, New Hanover Twp., Phila. Co. (now Montgomery Co.), d. 19 Mar 1820, m. 1798 in PA Magdalena Gearhart (1781-9 Dec 1862), came to Kingston, Ross Co. in 1805 from Columbia Co. PA. Military in the War of 1812 . Occupation: Woodworker and Undertaker. bur. White Church Cemetery Greene Twp., Ross Co. OH.
( 1 Pennsylvania Births Montgomery County 1682-1800, John T. Humphrey, 1993, p. 79); 2 Ross Co. History; Research of Earl DeHaven.).

(b.) Catharine: b. June 4, 1779, bap. Oct. 10, 1779, Phila./Mont Co., parents Peter and Elizabeth DeHaven, sponsor Catharine Roscho and Benjamin Schneider.
(Ibid, Humphrey; Baptism: CD: Pennsylvania German Church Records.)

(c.) John DeHaven - “Johannes” b. March 4, 1781, bap. Oct. 21, 1781, parents Peter Dehevin & wife Elisabetha; sponsors: Johannes Eigner & wife Elisabetha at Zion Lutheran "Lehigh" Church, Macungie, Northampton (now Lower Macungie, ) Lehigh County PA, m. 1st Mary Webster, who d. 1838 in Fayette Co. OH, m. 2nd Elizabeth Brown, 3rd died Grant County, Indiana 1870; m. 3rd. Elizabeth (Rowe) Ricobs, d. 1890 Tipton Co. IN
(Humphries, John, PA Births, Lehigh Co.; Baptism: Church Records:

(d.) Abraham DeHaven b. 1784 Lehigh Co., OH m. 1808 1st Mary Elizabeth “Polly Bunn”, b. 1782, Berks Co. PA, d. 1832 in Jackson Co. OH, m. 2nd Nancy (Maybee/Mabie Ransome (1801-June 1850); d. abt. 1856- burial in Stephenson County, Illinois, probably at Winslow. “Polly Bunn” was the dau. of Peter Bunn, son of Nicholas Bunn and Mary Peters of Limerick Twp./Amity Twp. Berks Co., and the granddaughter of Peter Bunn, neighbor and friend of Johannes Umstadt. Peter Bunn was the Capt. of the Militia in which Abraham and his brothers served in the war of 1812.

(e.) Mary DeHaven b.14 Sep 1785 died 25 June 1977 in Ross County, Ohio. Her husband, Peter Frederick died 03 October 1853 in Ross County. Both are buried in Ross Co,

(f.) Peter DeHaven b. 4 Nov 1789, bap. April 5, 1790, parents Peter Deheven & wife Elisabetha;
sponsors Henrich Eigner [Uncle] & wife Susanna at Zion Lutheran, “Lehigh" Church, Macungie, Northampton (now Lower Macungie, Lehigh) County, PA m. 1st Mary Currell (1790-1820), m. 2nd Elizabeth Crouse (abt. 1800- 1836/37 Hocking Co. OH)., m. 3rd Malinda “Molly Taylor (1819-1899) Peter died 15 July 1851 in Salt Creek Twp., Hocking County, OH.
(Birth and Baptism Source ibid #3 John, Research of Earl DeHaven.)

( g.) Rebecca DeHaven b. in 1797, m. 1819 in Ross Co., Jacob Strawser b. 14 Apr 1769 Berks Co. PA. Abt. 1801-1802 he removed to Ross Co. OH.

David Umsted, the son of Nicholas and Ann (Davis), came to Ross Co. in 1810. He was a successful farmer and a Methodist church member, d. Ross County June 10 1839, bur. Crouse Chapel, 4 miles from Kingston. He was well known as a breeder of longhorn cattle. He married Catherine Norris before coming to Ross Co.


(a) Bazel (b. Dec. 24, 1804 Frederick Co. MD,) m. Julie Ann Haynes Sept.19, 1833 d. Feb.12th 1851, Green Twp Ross Co. OH, his wife surviving until 1891. Brazil and Julia “Reared 6 children:” ... of whom William and Addison are dead, the others being : i. John,... ii. George ... iii. David ...iv. Norris.
[Only David’s line of children given]
iii. David Umsted, son of Bazil, was b. in Green Twp., Mar. 30th, 1844. He was a very successful cattle breeder. Dec. 13, 1871 he m. Mary E. Goodman. They have four children all of whom are well educated: Carrie E. a teacher... Edward B., farmer ... David C. graduated business school in Clevelland OH in 1896, and holds a responsible position as bookkeeper and city salesman in a mercantile house at Louisville, KY ... John A. at the Kingston High School took a course at Wilmington College in Clinton County.

(b) John d. unmarried

(c) Rachel m. George J. Moore and “retired to her farm in Twin Twp. 1833.” (The County of Ross, Biographical Sketches, Vol. I, p. 236, Vol. II, p. 714)


Children of Peter Bunn and Mary Rogers[?] [No marriages except significant ones. d. OH]:
Nicholas, b. 1773; d. 1842 .... John, b. 1774,, d. Mar 9, 1845 ... Jacob, b. 1777, d. Apr 25, 1850 ...
Henry, b. 1779, d. Mar 26, 1848 ... Peter, b. Jan. 1, 1780, d. Jul 18, 1853...
Mary (Polly), b. 1782; m. Abraham DeHaven, Mar 8, 1808, descendant of Harman DeHaven and
Mary Umstead ... Samuel, b. 1783, m. Elizabeth Nelson,[ ?] Jan, 1819, d. Aug 22, 1865 ...

10th day April, 1810 “Herman Bunn of Amity Twp. Berks Co., yeomen, and Sarah his wife, "sold land and shortly after they removed to Ross Co, OH.
Children of Harmon Bunn and Sarah ( ), All Baptisms shown recorded at St. Gabriel’s, Berks Co.
Nicholas - b. 30 Mar 1777 - bpt. 10 May 1777 ...
Mary Bunn - b. 26 June 1779 - bpt. fall of 1779 by Rev. John Wade - m. 20 Dec 1796 to John Jones in Reading, Berks Co....
Ezekiel- b. 12 Jul 1781 m. Mary Pretzman,/Protzman b. 1781 at St. Gabriel’s, Amity Twp., 27 Dec 1802, They show as communicants at St. Gabriel’s records, p. 53 in 1809, and are in the tax rec. of Ross Co. Oh in 1810. Although we have no Bap. rec. there are military records for David and
James who definitely were brothers, sons of Hermon Bunn, and were in Ezekiel Bunn's company.
David served in place of Ezekiel when Ezekiel was called home for some sort of emergency. He settled close to the sons of Peter Bunn. He d. in 1834 aged 53 yrs., bur. in Bethel Cemetery, Green Twp. , Ross Co. Mary was of the Swedish Pretzman/Protzman family of the Limerick family of Adam, who bought the land of “Peter “PVS Umstat.]
David - b. 26 Aug 1784 - bpt. fall of 1784 by Rev. John Wade - m. 5 Jan 1814 Sarah Ritter in Ross Co., OH
Harmon - b. 28 Aug 1787 - bpt. Nov 1789 by Rev. John Wade ...
Judith - b. 23 Dec 1789 - bpt. 17 Jul 1796 - m. 19 Feb 1812, Ross Co., OH
James - b. 13 Mar 1792 - bpt. 17 Jul 1796 by Rev. John Wade - m. 12 Sep 1814 to Elizabeth Sevyhock in Ross Co., OH
Charles - b. 31 Jul 1800 - bap. 6 Apr 1801 by Rev. John Armstrong - m. 1 Dec 1820 to Mary Cummins in Ross Co., OH



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