David Heral/Herald/Harrold was born July 18, 1827, Stark (or Holmes)
Co, Ohio. His birthdate is a bit uncertain . . .
-his Army records give his year of birth as 1827
-his tombstone gives his birthdate as July 18, 1817
-the 1850 census shows 1824 as his birthdate
-the 1860 census shows 1830
-the 1880 census shows 1820
According to one of Will's daughters, Mary Ann gave David's birthdate
as sooner because she didn't want folks to know that he was younger than
His parentage isn't proven. The census shows both of his parents as
born in Pennsylvania. I have always believed that David's father was George
Harrold and George's father was Peter Harrold. Now, I am questioning that.
As I search the census records from 1820 to 1850, I find that George seems
to have lived with his parents all that time and at least in 1840 &
1850 he was unmarried. In 1830 Peter (age 50) had a young son (0-5) with
him who could be David (3). But he also had 2 girls 15-20. He did have 2
daughters that age (Elizabeth-20 and Catherine-17), but one of them could
also possibly be a wife of George's. Peter's wife was over 50 in 1830; seems
a little old to have a 3-year-old. Another strange thing is that in 1840
George (38) was still living with his parents, but David (13) was not. Where
David could't write his name, so it had various spellings until later
in his life, maybe until he got married. All his descendants spell their
name "Heral." I can find no family stories about David's parents or siblings
that were passed down and since his name appears to be spelled differently
than others in his family, I wonder if he and Mary Ann chose to put some
distance between them.
He married Mary
Ann Leathers (pictured below).
Mary Ann was born Oct. 1, 1824 in Ohio.
This quote from the Richland County Marriage Records, filed at Olney:
"I do hereby certify that on the Ninth day of January in the year of our
Lord 1845, I joined in matrimony Mr. David Hearld and Miss Mary Ann Leathers
in usual form according to Law given under my hand and seal date above written.
(signed) John Dollahan, J.P." The certificate on the left was created
for Mary Ann's pension file in 1894.
1850 Richland Co, IL, p. 162 (Oct. 28):
Bird, Thomas - 50 OH, farmer
. . . . Elizabeth - 40 OH
. . . . Mary A. - 15 OH
. . . . John - 12 OH
. . . . Susan - 9 OH
Harold, Devora? (male) - 26 OH, farmer [David Heral, b 1827]
. . . . Mary A. - 22 OH [Mary Ann Leathers, b 1824]
. . . . Marcy A. - 4 OH [Martha Ann, b 1846]
. . . . Elizabeth - 2 OH [Mary Elizabeth, b 1847]
Harold, George - 46, b OH, farmer
Harold, Peter - 61 PA, farmer (prob should be 70)
Harold, Elizabeth - 74 PA
David had been married 16 years and had 4 children when he joined the
Union Army Dec 24, 1861 and was in Co F, 60th Ill. Vol. Inf. as "David Herald".
He re-enlisted in Feb 1864 and was discharged at the end of the War,
July 31, 1865 in Louisville, Ky. He had enlisted as a resident of
laremont, Richland Co., Ill. His records describe him
as 6 ft., light complexion, grey eyes, light hair. "He contracted disease
of heart & liver from exposure to cold rain which settled in his system
and disabled him from soldier's duty...from which he never recovered."
(quote from military records).
There was a John Herald who also was in the 60th Ill. Infantry with
David. They were both from Claremont and enlisted the same day.
David had a brother and a cousin named John.
The History of the Sixtieth Infantry (from the Illinois Adjutant General's
Report) says that this infantry of volunteers was organized at Camp Dubois
in Anna, Ill. Feb. 17, 1862 by Col. Silas Toler. This group was in
the siege of Corinth May 1862, in the siege of Nashville Sept-Nov 1862, and
in the battle of Murfreesboro Jan 5, 1863. David re-enlisted Feb 22, 1864.
After the Civil War he lived in Richland Co, Ill. with his family.
In 1880 David was listed on the census as 60 years old and living with
his family in Lancaster township, Wabash County, Ill. (near the corner
of Richland, Lawrence & Wabash counties).
Mary A., 58
Harrison W., 20 (born Ill.)
William S., 13 (born Ill.)
(The girls, Martha, Mary E. & Emma would have already been married)
In 1881 David w
as still living in Wabash Co. in Mier, IL. Also living nearby was
Frank & Emeline Hinderliter (daughter Emma).
David did not drink or smoke, but suffered from trouble with his lungs,
heart trouble, rheumatism & diarrhea, all which he contracted during
the Civil War. "He was very sick from July 1890 to
Oct 1891, not able to make a living from manual labor" (quote from military
pension record), of course he was 63 years old then, too.
They moved to Colorado about 1893. Son Will married in 1892 in Nebraska,
but I don't know if he went ahead of them or they were with him then. Since
the railroad was complete, they probably traveled on that. The towns of
Kit Carson County were offering promises of a properous future to settlers.
David died in1894 at his home near Siebert, Kit Carson Co, Colorado
of pneumonia. He was buried in the Siebert Cemetery just outside of
Siebert on the NE side of town.
He wasn't listed in the death index of Kit Carson Co - http://www.archives.state.co.us/deaths/
- but his grandson, Franklin Heral was. (Will's 4-year-old son died
in Siebert, Colo. in Mar 1903. After he died, Will's wife Rosina wanted
away, so they all moved to Missouri.)
Family accounts say that Mary Ann was a small woman. After David
died she lived for a while with son, Will in Colorado, then moved to Missouri,
where they were in Howell County about 30 milres from her daughter, Mary
E. VonAllmen in Rover (Oregon Co.).
She probably lived with Will in Howell Co, Mo. from about 1903 to
1907. She visited her daughter, Martha Ransom, and her family in Illinois
in 1905 or 1906. She died in 1907 at Olden, Howell Co, Mo. and was
buried in the Mt. Zion Cemetery there. [To locate the cemetery, go north
out of West Plains, Mo on Hwy 63. At the sign for Olden, turn left (west)
onto dirt road. Go about 2 miles until the road comes to a T. Then
turn left (take the left fork) and go about 1 mile to the church. Mary Ann's
tombstone is just about in the middle of the cemetery.]
Not sure who all these people are.
Seated in front is Emma (Heral) Hinderliter (48 yrs old), daug of David
& Mary Ann Heral, and her nephew, Elmer Vonallmen (grandson of David
& Mary Ann). Looks like Elmer was about 16. He moved with his family
to Missouri in 1896 when he was 16, so maybe this was a picture taken right
before they moved away from Oblong, Crawford Co, IL. It makes sense that
this would be a family reunion before Mary Elizabeth's family moved away.
(David had already died and Mary Ann and son Will were living in Colorado).
The man on the left looks like it might be Wes.
The woman standing doesn't look like Martha Ransom (50 yrs old) or like Wes'
wife. (Her husband died in 1879 and her first son, David Oscar died in 1884.)
The only one who might look like her is Elmer's aunt, Mary VonAllmen Steward.
Children of David Heral & Mary Ann Leathers:
Ann Heral, born Sep 17, 1846, Richland County, IL; married Reuben
Allerton Ransom in 1863. Reuben died in 1879 in Illinois. Martha moved to
Ark. with her children about 1910, where she died in 1929, she was in Harrisburg,
(pictured at right
with John and Rosie)
1a) Mary Alice Ransom, born Nov 8, 1866; married Lemuel Prentice Shoemaker
1b) David Oscar Ransom, born Jan 21, 1869
1c) John Wesley Ransom, born Dec 23, 1874; married Cora Groff
1d) Rose E. Ransom, born Nov 24, 1877; married Samuel Crites
(pictured at left is Mary and
John with 7 of their children, taken about 1894 in IL)
Elizabeth Heral, born Oct 14, 1847, Richland County, IL. Married John VonAllmen Nov 1, 1866, Olney, IL.
Their first 5 children were born in Olney. In 1878 they moved to Oblong,
Crawford Co, IL, where their remaining 5 children were born. In 1896 they
moved to Rover, Oregon Co., Mo. John died in 1913, Mary in 1917. They were
buried in Jolliff Cemetery across the road from their home.
2a) Edward Von Allmen, 1867-98; m Marietta "Etta" Dickey
2b) Wesley O. Von Allmen, 1870-79
2c) Mary Ellen Von Allmen, 1872-74
2d) Alfred Riley Von Allmen, 1876-96
2e) Millie Von Allmen, 1879-1969; m George Spencer
2f) Elmer Franklin Von Allmen, 1880-1967; m Nora
2g) David A. Von Allmen, 1883-84
2h) Charley Orey Von Allmen, 1885-1968; m Ollie May Sparks
2i) Harlin Albert Von Allmen, 1888-1972; m Ethel
2j) Lillie Rosetta Von Allmen, 1891-1920; m Elijah
Since there is an 11-year gap in the ages of Mary and Emma, it seems
likely that Mary Ann may have lost a couple of babies.
Emmaline "Emma" Heral, born Feb 7, 1858, Claremont, Richlard
Co, IL. Married William Franklin Hinderliter. Lived in West Salem,
3a) Stella Elizabeth Hinderliter, b Mar 1880; m Alvin Aaron Nading;
d Nov 1957
3b) Kurt (Curt) Hinderliter
3c) Bert (Burt) Hinderliter
3d) Roy Hinderliter, b abt 1885
3e) Della Hinderliter, b Dec 27, 1889
Wesley "Wes" Heral, born Nov 3, 1859, Richland Co, IL. Married
Nannie Jane Shoemaker, Jan 27, 1884, Richland Co, IL. The first 6
children were born in Richland Co, IL. Then, Verona was born in 1897
in Williamson Co, Tn., Nova was born in 1899 in Hickory Ridge, Ark.,
and Anna was born in 1905 back in Richland Co, IL. If this is right then
Wes took a "tour" through Tn and Ark, coming back to IL before finally moving
back to Arkansas by 1914.
Died Oct 12, 1939, Hickory Ridge, Ark., buried Lewis Cem. with wife
and son Lemuel.
4a) Stella Emma Heral, b Nov 19, 1884; m Feb 1907, Odis Edward Groff;
d May 8, 1934, both buried Eureka Cem., Claremont twp, Richland Co, IL
4b) Clara Ellen Heral, b May 23, 1886, Richland Co, IL; m July 22,
1911 in Ok to Burl Eli McLemore (d 1961, OK). In 1976 Ellen was in
4c) Edna Alice Heral, b June 2, 1888; d age 23, Anna, Il
4d) Elsa Amanda Heral, b Mar 17, 1890; m in Il to Charles Bollinger;
d Apr 1962 IL
4e) David Lorenzo Heral, b July 22, 1893; m Oct 9, 1921 to Bessie
Lee Bonham; d Nov 25, 1974, Marion, Ind, buried Swayzee, Ind.
4f) Lemuel Elmore Heral, b Jan 2, 1896; d Apr 14, 1972, Ark.
4g) Nova Jane Heral, b Jan 28, 1899, Hickory Ridge, Ark; m Grover Cleveland
Marcus (1893-1940, bur Pocahontas, Ark); she d Apr 5, 1961, Gulfport, Miss.
4h) Venona Arlene Heral, b Aug 4, 1902 near Claremont, Ill; m Dec 24,
1924 to Thomas Beard
4i) Anna Corella Heral, b Oct 29, 1905, Richland Co, IL; m Sept 7,
1924 to Daniel Ezekiel Somers.
Sherman "Will" Heral, born Aug 19, 1865 near West Salem, Edward Co.
(SE) Il; in 1881 he was in Wabash Co, IL near his family. He was a wanderer
and managed to make his way from Illinois to San Francisco. While he was
in Omaha, Neb he met and married on Aug 19, 1892, Rosina Maud Chamberlain
(1873-1940, d Marquand, Mo).
Lived in Siebert, Colo abt 1893-1903 near his parents. Lived
in Howell Co, Mo abt 1903 to abt 1908, probably with his mother.
Then moved to Walnut Ridge, Lawrence Co, Ark abt 1908. Will was in
Auto Hit and Run near Manila, Ark, but did not die there. He died
in hospital in Batesville on 23 March 1933. Children:
5a) William Edward Heral, b June 8, 1893, Siebert, Colo; m 1st
Ila Mae Holder (d 1915 Ark); m 2nd Dora McKnelly (d 1923 Greene Co, Ark;
1 ch); m 3rd Willie Felicia Rickey, Sept 21, 1925, Lawrence Co, Ark (7
ch; d 1958, O’Kean, Ark). He died Oct 16, 197?, Paragould, Ark; buried
Walnut Ridge, Ark.
5b) Mary Augusta Heral, b Feb 8, 1895; m ? Oglesby; d Apr 13,
1971, Kirkwood, Mo; buried Blackwell Masonic Cemetery
5c) Carrie Emma Heral, b May 26, 1897, Siebert, Colo; m 1st Charles
Lee Baremore; m 2nd May 16, 1930, Farmington, Mo to Arden Bolton (b 1894,
The Dalles, Ore; d 1971, Prineville, Ore).
5d) Charles Franklin Heral, b July 1, 1899, Colo; d Mar 1, 1903, Colo
5e) Raymond Arthur Heral, b May 21, 1901, Colo.; d 1982; bur
Stephens Cem, Marquand, Mo
5f) Dacy Ruth Heral, b Sept 23, 1903, Howell Co, Mo; m Charles Baremore
5g) Rose Alice "Dollie" Heral, b Apr 17, 1907, Howell Co, Mo; dAug
13, 1992, bur Stephens Cem, near Marquand, Madison Co, Mo.
5h) Grace Marie Heral, b Mar 7, 1909, Walnut Ridge, Lawrence Co, Ark;
d Oct 8, 1970, Marquand, Mo, bur Stephens Cem
would like to check my database to see if the information on your family
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born before 1930 or no longer living are listed by name. I have names of
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