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John Breidenthal & Ellen Beeler
25 Feb 1806: Elizabeth Beeler was born in Washington County, MD.
10 Apr 1809: John was born in Pennsylvania. His middle initial is often given as "B", but brother Matthew referred to him as "John Matt."
John was briefly married to Rachel Woodcock, but there were no children.
8 Jun 1835: John and Ellen were married in Washington County, MD.
1840 Census, Bedford County, PA: There were two John Breidenthals in North woodberry Township . . .
1) 2 males under 5, 1 10-15, 1 30-40; 1 female under 5, 2 5-10, 1 30-40.
2) 2 males under 5, 1 15-20, 1 20-30, 1 30-40; 1 female under 5, 1 30-40.
22 Aug 1850 Census, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA: Drayman John Bridenthall 35, born PA; Ellen 40, born MD; William H. 13; Hezekiah 11; Margaret 9; Samuel 8; John 3; Ellen McMinn 22, born MD; draymen Henry Saunders 24, , Henry Smith 25, and B. Rinehart 22, all born in Germany. Where is daughter Katurah?
Brother Matthew went out to Minnesota in 1855, but John apparently followed soon about his heals. In one letter, dated 9 May 1855, Matthew wrote that " It would be best for John to try to sell the wagons, if he can get anything like a fair price for them, so as to have some funds on hand if I should send for some."
7 Jun 1860 Census, Le Sueur County, MN (Ottawa Township)" Farmer John Breidenthal 51, born PA, with real and personal property valued at $1,800 and $1,000 respectively; Ellen 55, born MD; farmer Harrison 23, born PA; farmer Samuel 18; John 13; Katurah 16.
26 Oct 1877: Ellen died in Louisville, KY. She was buried in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.
19 Jun 1880, Clark County, IN (Jeffersonville Township): Flour miller Henry Bridenthal 42, PA PA MD; Mary 37, KY VA KY; Samuel 12, KY PA KY; William 10, KY PA KY; Hattie 7, IN PA KY; Ella 4, IN PA KY; Rachel 1, IN PA KY; father John 73, a widower, PA PA PA.
6 May 1886: John died in Vincennes, IN . . .
John Breidenthal, of Louisville, Ky, died at the residence of his son, Mr. H. Breidenthal, in this city, at 4:30 Thursday morning, May 6, in the 78th year of his age. He had been failing for several months, age having at last overcome his robust frame and rugged constitution. His death was painless, the machine was simply run down.
The remains were taken to Louisville Friday night, accompanied by H. Breidenthal of this city; Harry Breidenthal of Sumner; and Samuel Breidenthal of Evansville, sons of the deceased; and the funeral took place from the Trinity M. E. Church at Louisville at 10o'clock Saturday morning. The burial took place at Cave Hill, where the family owns a beautiful lot. Mr. Breidenthal was born 10 Apr 1809 in Bedford Co., Penn. He was of German descent. During his early life he followed farming, but abandoned this for teaming, in which he amassed a great deal of money, for many years controlling all the bus lines of Pittsburg, PA. After leaving the latter city, he removed to Louisville, where he organized the Louisville Transfer Co. with which he was long engaged.
He was twice married, first to Rachel Woodcock, who soon died leaving no children. He next married Ellen Beeler, who born him seven children, and who died some eight or ten years ago. five of the children survive: Hezekiah of Vincennes, Ind; John Mathews of Louisville . . . Mrs. Maggie Becket of Pittsburg; Samuel of Evansville. All are married but Samuel.
Mr. Breidenthal has 19 living grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He never held public office, his inclinations running in other directions. He was a lifetime Methodist. He died full of years and the fair honors of a well-spent life.
Children of John and Ellen Beeler Breidenthal:
William Henry Harrison Breidenthal (Oct 1836, Pittsburgh, PA - 1916, IN)
Hezekiah Breidenthal (1839, Pittsburgh, PA - 12 Mar 1916, Lewis and Clark Co, MT; m. Elizabeth Hull)
Margaret Jane Breidenthal (Sep 1838, Pittsburg, PA - 16 Jan 1913, Pittsburgh, PA; m. William Matthew Beckett 4 Nov 1855)
William had been born c. 1831 in Antrim, Ireland and died 23 Oct 1877 in Pittsburgh, PA. William and Margaret married in Cuyahoga County, OH.
Samuel Breidenthal (1841, Pittsburgh, PA -
Keturah Ann Breidenthal (6 Nov 1842, Pittsburg, PA -
John Matthew Breidenthal (Jul 1847, Pittsburgh, PA - Aug 1933, KY; m. Lydia Jennie Durr 1878)
Nancy Anna Breidenthal & William Bingham
13 Mar 1808: William Bingham was born in Pennsylvania.
Nancy Anna was born 5 Jan 1811 in Pennsylvania.
25 May 1830: Nancy married William Bingham.
26 Jul 1850 Census, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA: Transporter and corn merchant William Bingham 40, born PA, with real property estimated at $5,500; Anne 35, born PA; William 9; Thomas 1; Nancy Gappin 26, black born in PA; Biddle Cargrove 20, born Ireland.
1856-1857: William served as Mayor of Pittsburgh.
1 Jul 1860 Census, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA: Produce dealer W. Bingham 52, born PA, with personal property worth $600; A. 49, born PA; clerk W. age 19; T. 11; C. 9; female R. 7; female J. 4; servant B. Hamson, a female age 18, born Ireland, married within the year.
11 Jul 1870 Census, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA: Notary Public William Bingham 62, born PA; Ann 59, born PA; produce merchant Thomas 21; railroad agent Charles 19; Kattie 17; Ida 14.
c. 1873: William died.
1 Jun 1880 Census, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA: Thomas Bingham 31, born PA PA PA, employed as a clerk in an executive office; Emma 27, PA Ireland PA; Nancy 65, PA PA PA.
17 Jun 1891: Nancy Ann Breidenthal Bingham died . . .
Wednesday night, June 17, 1891, at 10:30 o'clock, saw the close of Mrs. Ann Bingham's long and sad life. Born at Martinsburg, Pa. in 1811, she passed her girlhood and early married days in that charming mountain neighborhood. She was the widow of the one-time mayor of Pittsburgh, Pa. and always a prominent supporter of Christ Methodist Church. She was a resident of Pittsburgh for over 50 years.
Some years ago she resided on Butler St., corner of 42nd, and was well known in Lawrenceville. During her long life she experienced more than the usual amount of bereavement. Death frequently entered her home of peace and plenty and left her desolate; several children of her early married life were left in the church-yard of her country home. A number of the little mounds in Allegheny Cemetery tell their own sorrowful story of loss and heartache.
Her son William Bingham, with his wife and two children, found graves in the restless Atlantic Ocean. Eighteen years ago her husband went over the wide river, and since his death, her life has been only one of waiting. She bore the losses and crosses of this world as a Christian women; the last few weeks she passed in suffering beyond words, until Death came in as a welcome friend, and the worn spirit took its flight to join the many loved ones gone before. She leaves two sons, two daughters, and a number of grandchildren to mourn her loss. the funeral takes place on Friday afternoon, June 19, 1891, from the residence of her son-in-law, Charles Burdette McConnell . . .
Children of Nancy Ann Breidenthal and William Bingham:
Saran Bingham (2 Mar 1831 - 4 Mar 1831)
Samuel Bingham (11 Dec 1831 - 11 Dec 1831)
Hezekiah Bingham (5 Jan 1833 - 8 Apr 1833)
Keturah Bingham (3 Sep 1834 - 9 May 1838)
Henry Hudson Bingham (16 Sep 1836 - 4 May 1838)
Eliza Margery Bingham (25 Jun 1838 - 8 Mar 1841)
Cokesbury Bingham (25 Feb 1840 - 25 Jan 1841)
William Bingham (1 Dec 1841 - 17 Oct 1870)
Nancy Ann Bingham (8 Jul 1843 - died in childhood)
Margaret Jane Bingham (29 Jun 1845 - died in childhood)
Robert Matthew Bingham (12 Aug 1847 - died in childhood)
Thomas Hudson Bingham (1 Mar 1849 - 10 Nov 1927; m. Emma S. Nichols 27 Mar 1879)
Charles Doering Bingham (2 Jun 1851 - 19 Apr 1920; m. Annie Harper 11 Jul 1870)
Kittie Simpson Bingham (6 Jul 1853 - 16 Jul 1928; m. James Earle)
Ida Mary Bingham (13 Apr 1856 - 5 Jan 1918; m. Charles Burdett McConnell 17 Oct 1876)
Henry B. Breidenthal & Susan Smith
17 Mar 1815: Henry was born in Pennsylvania.
12 Jul 1925: Susan Smith was born in Bedford County, PA.
13 Apr 1841: Henry and Susan were married in Bedford County.
21 Aug 1850 Census, Blair County, PA (North Woodberry Township): Farmer Henry Bridenthal 35, born PA; Susan 32, born PA; Elizabeth 8; Petorian 5, a female; Thomas T. 4; Sarah R. 2; Robert M. 5/12; Henry C. 5/12; blacksmith Samuel Rouser 24; Harrison Carl 21, a laborer with real property valued at $240. Harrison was the only one enumerated with real property.
17 Jun 1855: In a letter to brother Matthew in Minnesota, father Henry wrote that:
Henrietta rec'd a letter from Henry in which he says a great many things, but the most is about their children all having the hooping [sic] cough and that very bad too, and that their youngest little girl Susan Martha died, but that the rest of them appeared to be getting better again. He invites you and family very urgently to come down there during harvest, that there are abundance of cherries and fruit of all kinds, and that there is a farm adjoining his which, if you would come down, you could buy it outright. He laments of having both places to attend to, meaning in the cove and at home. But the worst about Henry I have to tell yet. From the letter he sent Henrietta in which he lamented so much about the health of his little baby, I had got to think that it would perhaps do him some good and keep him from drinking whiskey, but since I am told that he was in the Town of Woodberry on a real tare, as they called it, and he let Wilkerson put a mare on him that will not work at all and gave his note of seventy five dollars for the mare. Now just think of it, him looking and expecting help from you to help him pay for his farm. This mare, if she will not work, he will no doubt some day, when he gets in a spree, swap away for some old watch or something else that's of no value.
12 Jun 1860 Census, Bedford County, PA ( St. Clair Township): Farmer Henry Bridenthal 50, born PA, with real and personal property worth $1,800 and $200; Susan 44, born PA; Cotura Ann 15, doing sewing; Thomas T. 12; Sarah Rebecca 11; twins Robert and Matthew 10; Ann E. 4; John William 2; Mary C. 6/12. The twins were not Robert and Matthew, but Robert Mathew and Henry.
8 Jun 1870 Census, Bedford County, PA (St. Clair Township, Spring Meadow P.O.) Farmer Henry Bridenthal 53, born PA, with real and personal property valued at $3,000 and $5,000; Susanna 50, born PA; Henry 20; Ann 16; John 12; Mary 8.
7 Jun 1891: Henry died in Cessna, Pennsylvania..
22 Feb 1900: Susan Breidenthal died in Cessna, Pennsylvania.
Children of Henry and Susan Smith Breidenthal:
Elizabeth Breidenthal (c. 1842 - )
Keturah Ann Breidenthal (c. 1844 - )
Thomas Thornton Breidenthal (c. 1847 - 22 Jul 1930; m. 1st Sarah Synder, m. 2nd Catherine Ferguson)
Sarah Rebecca Breidenthal (4 Jul 1848 - 16 Mar 1893)
Robert Matthew Breidenthal (c. Apr 1849 - )
Henry C. Breidenthal (c. Apr 1849 - )
Margaret Breidenthal (m. Jacob McCleery)
Ann Elizabeth Breidenthal (c. 1855 - ; m. Charles Henry Mortimer)
John William Breidenthal (c. 1858 - )
Mary C. Breidenthal (c. 1859 - 2 Mar 1933; m. George Hoagland 1884)
William Findley Breidenthal & Elizabeth Sensenbaugh
12 Feb 1818: William Findley was born in Pennsylvania.
21 Aug 1850 Census, North Woodberry Township, Blair County, PA: Farmer William F. Bridenthal 31, born PA, with real property estimated at $7,200; Elizabeth 28; Nancy J. 6; Barbara E. 4; William S. 2; Caroline M. 5/12; Samuel Sufficool, a laborer age 18.
1 Jun 1860, Martinsburg borough, Blair County, PA: Farmer William F. Bridenthal 42, with real and personal property valued at $10,000 and $500 respectively; Elizabeth 36, born PA; Ann Jane 16; Barbara 14; W. Scott 12; Anna Maria 10; Martha Ellen 8; John Charles 1.
May 1865, District 17, PA: F. W. Bridenthal of Martinsburg was assessed as a retail liquor dealer, a hotel keeper, and also on income.
1 Aug 1870 Census, Martinsburg Borough, Blair County, PA: Hotel keeper William Briedenthal 52, born PA, with ral and personal property worth $3,500 and $800; Elizabeth 47, born PA; Nancy 25; Barbara 23; Caroline 20; Martha 18; Wesley 10; Maud 8; Madge 6.
12 Jun 1880 Census, North Woodbury Township, Blair County, PA (Village of West Martinsburg): Finley Bidenthal 61, PA Germany PA; Elizabeth 57, PA PA PA; Barbara E. 32; Wesley 20, suffering from spinal disease; Mary 17, teaching school; Maggie 15; Edgar 9.
15 Jul 1885: William died in Martinsburg.
William Findley Breidenthal, after some three weeks of extremely painful suffering from calculi, has gone to his reward. He was 67 years old at the time of his death. His life was spent in this city, Martinsburg, where he was , with the exception of a few years on his farm in this township.
He was a man of positive convictions, indeed, so strongly were they fixed that frequently prejudice supplanted the better judgment. He was a good husband and the kindest parent. Of our own knowledge, we never knew a man so passionately fond of his children as was Mr. Breidenthal, and being loved by them in return. He leaves behind him a family that is a credit to any community. The deceased had a high a high regard for the Christian religion and the Christian Church, although not a member of any church. He was always ready to resent any attempt to annoy or ridicule and form of sincere religious worship.
William is buried in Fairview Cemetery.
Children of William Findley and Elizabeth Sensenbaugh Breidenthal:
Nancy Ann Jane Breidenthal (5 Feb 1844 - 15 Feb 1895; m. David S. Bloom)
Barbara Elizabeth Breidenthal (30 Mar 1846 - 9 May 1920; m. Cephas Heffner Frass)
Winfield Scott Breidenthal (23 Mar 1848 - 7 Oct 1869)
Carolina Marie Breidenthal (5 Mar 1850 1 Apr 1914)
Martha Ellen Breidenthal (20 May 1852 - 15 Dec 1935; m. Lewis Zimmerman)
John Charles Wesley Breidenthal (24 Sep 1859 - 10 Jun 1888)
Mary Ida Breidenthal (30 Mar 1862 - 12 Mar 1953)
Margaret Jennie Breidenthal (29 Dec 1864 - )
George Edgar Breidenthal (17 Jul 1870 - 13 Aug 1927)
Matthew John Breidenthal & Henrietta Eleanor Young
11 Nov 1819: Matthew was born in Pennsylvania. Photos of Matthew can be found at www.louises-homepage.com/images/Breidenthal3.jpg.
30 Apr 1823: Henrietta was born in Pennsylvania.
1840-1847: Matthew ran a foundry in Bedford County. See photo.
14 Dec 1841: Matthew and Henrietta were married in the Methodist Church, Bedford County, PA. Due to parental objections, they eloped.
In 1848 Matthew and Henrietta lost their three eldest children to scarlet fever within three days.
Aug 1850 Census, Lawrenceville Borough, Allegheny County, PA: Mathew Breidenthal 26, born PA, proprietor of omnibuses, with real property valued at $14,000; Henrietta 21, born PA; Hetty E. 1; Melinda Lenox 18. He would seem to have been extremely successful, omnibus company being responsible for the transfer of all passengers and freight from the Pennsylvania Railroad to the Ohio River, but in 1855 he decided to venture westward to Sibley, MN to farm and engage in the lumber business.
9 May 1855, Le Sueur County, MN:
Dear Wife and Children,
This is the 4th letter I have written to you since I left home, but I have received none from you or any of the friends. I made arrangements to have anything that might arrive at different points, to have it forwarded to me, and last of all to have anything that would come to Mankato forwarded to this place; but in short I have received nothing, which is very unpleasant to me. If only I knew that you were all well, then I could feel easy. Frank Polyard's boy arrived Tuesday, May 2nd, in the evening. I was glad to see them so soon. Their trip from Pitt. was 3 days shorter than any trip made by any boats that came round this spring. It is much better to ship to St. Louis and reship boats loading at Pitt. for St. Paul. Generally have sicknesses on board freight and passenger, etc to St. Paul from St. Louis - $150.00.
We left St. Paul Thursday at half past twelve o'clock, proceeded some 3 1/2 miles on the Fort Snelling Road, stopped by a little brook and there was our dinner of crackers and beef. Those crackers you put in the carpet bag were of service to us. We then proceeded on past the Fort and reached Gepson's Tavern, distant from St. Paul 17 miles. Next day, Friday about 12 o'clock, we stopped at a spring on the road side, fed our horses in an old trough, and then let them eat prairie grass for some two hours, then proceeded to Atwood's, distant from Gepson's some 21 miles. This is a log cabin, but we got good food served Saturday at 7 o'clock.
Under the advice of Mr. Atwood, who it seemed had [sic] some interest in the Sand Prairie Road, we started by that road to Mankato. But here our trouble commenced. We had only proceeded about 1/2 mile when we came to Sand prairie river. We put both teams to one wagon, but could not make it. We stuck on the bank, wagon in the river. We took the horses out. I then rigged what we used to call a Yankee Boat when we used to pull ferry boats on the bank. With this we pulled the wagon out. The second wagon, the horses pulled through, after we made some improvements on the roads. We then proceeded on the prairie until we came to a slough. Here the horses all mired - fell down. Of course we had a time getting the harness off, unloading the wagons, and finally we got the horses out, and next the wagons by hitching chains to the end of the tongue. So we worked all day Saturday making 18 miles. Sunday, we had a hard day going through the Big Woods, which are 15 miles through. We made this point Sunday evening, intending to leave for Mankato in the morning but our horses were worked down.
Ascertaining that the Indians had possession of the Blue Earth river, I thought I would stop and look around a little. so Monday, in company with the landlord, we started across the river opposite to this place. After traveling some time, we came to a place that I thought was the Promised Land. Accordingly, we took a surveyor yesterday and made 2 claims - about 240 prairie and 60 timber. Small lake, running water, as good as any that was ever drunk by any person. Today we put up the tent frame, and tomorrow, we will move out.
It is 2 1/2 miles from town and we will be the first settlers on this side of the river opposite this town. Emigration is looking that way now. There is a Hope Ferry just started and a Territorial Road to be laid out from this place to the next fort on Red Wood River. This road I think will run along north line of our tract. At least I have been pulling the stick to have it run there. This is a great country, so great that if I were to tell you all about it, you could not believe it. The ravine that runs through our claims is a beautiful one - some places there are little pools 4 or 5 feet deep, clear as a crystal and cool as at the spring. There are large fish in the lake and small ones in the ravine.
I think we will commence plowing on Friday. Franklin said he told the folks he was coming back in 5 years, but he says that I should tell you that he likes the country so well, that he doesn't think he will ever see Pittsburgh again. Cattle and horses are high and scarce. We have no cow yet. This would be a good country to go into the stock business. I could run 1,000 tons of hay 'round where we are as easy as falling off a log. The grass is 5 to 7 feet high. The land in the woods is best. I think I will make another claim. In the woods joining ours is fine timber and the best soil in the world to produce anything, fall or winter.
Now I have not written for [brother-in-law] John Elliot yet. I fear [ed] I would not have money to carry me through. Now I want John Matt. to send him $30.00 to carry him to this place, as I am afraid to send the money by mail. I intend to start sometime next week, with the team to St. Paul. I will send him a draft for $30.00, which will help you along. I hope John will tend to this immediately as I stand very much in need of John Elliot here.
In regard to payment on that property in Wooster, Ohio, that has bothered me a great deal. [John Anthony Breidenthal had lived in Wooster from 1824.] I wish [brother] John would try and pay that man $100.00 as soon as possible. I have been very afraid there would be difficulty about it. He had agreed to take $200.00 and wait until August for the balance. It would be best for John to try to sell the wagons, if he can get anything like a fair price for them, so as to have some funds on hand if I should send for some. [John Breidenthal also moved his family to Minnesota.]
I may write for Hezekiah or "Harry" B. to come to put them on sale. I only wish you were all here. Hezekiah was the son of Matthew's brother John Breidenthal.
I am offered 16 lots and a seat for a saw mill, if I will bring myself to build one next season - that is in this town. It is a beautiful location on the Mint River - Contains some 16 houses - Wants a store very much, and a blacksmith shop, etc.
Tell Quincy [Young] he could do well here in any of these little towns with a store. William Bingham had better come and see this country. I must close for want of time. I hope John will send that money to John Elliot, as we want him to, and I will write him today.
I wish you all were here. I could board you cheaper than we can in Pitt. We had little or no rain here for six months, but vegetation has not suffered any from the effects. My health is good. I hope yours has improved. I am satisfied your constitution would suit this climate better than Pitt. The climate is beautiful, clear and dry.
Tell Henrietta and Anna that if they were here, they could hear the birds singing in the morning and the pheasants drumming in the evening. We have all kinds of the feathered tribe singing here.
The first day we went out to the prairie, we shot 4 squirrels, 1 duck, 3 pheasants, and 1 prairie hen. I have not taken the gun since.
I wish Quincy would get R. M. Biddle [or Siddle] to send my paper to this place instead of Mankato. LeSueur County, Minn. Terr.
I feel very anxious to see you all, but if I could only know that you were all well, I would feel better satisfied.
I thought I would have a letter from Father, before this time. Excuse pencil writing as it is impossible to write with ink until we get fixed. Do try and get Henrietta to school. I often look at those likenesses. It hardly ever fails to bring tears.
My love to all and accept the same for yourself.
Eventually joining Matthew were brother-in-law and sister John and Elizabeth Elliot and family, brother John and family, and father Henry.
8 June 1860 Census, Henderson, Sibley County, MN: Farmer Martin Brightenthau 40, born PA, with real and personal property worth $500 and $500; Henrietta 37, born PA; Henrietta 11; Anna M. 8; Elmira 6; John W. 3, born MN; Emory H, 4/12, born MN. They were residing next to the family of [brother-in-law and sister] John and Eliza A. Elliot.
During the Sioux Uprising of 1862-1864, the settlers built a fort in Le Sueur for the safety of the women and children while the men ventured out only for essential work. It's not known whether the Breidenthals were among them.
May 1866: M. Bridenthal was assessed taxes for personal property of one gold watch in Division 14, Collection District 1, Minnesota.
1867: Matthew decided to open a grain business in Terra Haute, IN. On 9 Jun 1867, he wrote his family.[21a]
My Dear Wife,
Having no pen and ink at hand I am going to use the pencil, but now Lizzie came and handed me the pen. I am now writing to you in the room occupied by Hezakiah and Lizzie at the Benton House. I arrived at the place yesterday about 5 o'clock p.m.
Thank fortune the wheels that have been carrying me so swiftly from home have stopped and I can at last look towards home again, if I can not go there.
My reception by the friends here was a very warm one; but with all this I am home sick. My thoughts are all the time about home. Oh if I could be with you today, how happy I would be. If I just knew you were all well, it would be a great satisfaction.
Poor little Charly asked me at the cars when I would be back. I had to tell him I did not know. A very hard answer to give a child.
I wrote you from St. Paul - hope you got the letter. I forgot to say a thing about the rain we had in St. Paul Wed. night. It rained about 6 hours - Came down in torrents. Did it rain at home the same time?
I came over some very poor country coming from La+ to this place. Minnesota is a paradise compared to a great portion of the country thru which I came. This place, Terre Haute, is quite a city - perhaps 25,000.
My pass was no go. It cost me just $35.00 dollars to get here. I stopped at the Terra Haute House when I came. I then found out where the "nave house" was and called there, but neither Sammie or Hezakiah was there. Sammy was so excited he told Lizzie to tell Hezekiah that Uncle was at the Binting house, meaning the Terra Haute House. [Sammy was Hezekiah's brother.] They were soon down to see me. I just came out from supper. Hezakiah paid the bill, and of course I had to go to the same home where they are stopping - a very good one, by the way.
Hezakiah invited me to take a walk in the evening, and treated me to a very nice hat as a present, worth $3.00 - said he had not seen me for 6 years and could afford to buy me a hat. Of course, it was acceptable.
We had strawberries today for dinner, which would have been very nice, if I could have been with you at home to share with me.
I can say but little about business at present. No doubt I might build up quite a lucrative business, but how can I live so far from my family?
Lizzie is quite unwell today with sick headache. The babe is well, a very fine little puss.
I will expect you to write often. I forgot to send my knife back to Johnny.
I will send you some money, just as soon as I can get hold of some.
I will send money to pay Moss for those potatoes. You ought to to cut off the eyes and plant them along side of the oats, where the ground is partly ploughed. I will write again soon.
I remain as ever your affectionate husband. I will expect the girls to write.
7 Jul 1870 Census, Terre Haute, Vigo County, IN: Grain dealer Mathew Breidenthal 50, born PA, with real and personal property worth $8,000 and $2,500; Harriet E. 48, born PA; Anna M. 19, born PA; Almira J. 16, born PA; John W, 13, born MN; Emery H. 10, born MN; Charles 7, born PA; Harriet Dalson 21, born PA; Emma J. Dalson 1, born MN.
Jun 1880 Census, Elm Grove Township, Labette County, KS: Farmer Matthew Breidenthal 60, PA Prussia, MD; Henriette E. 57, PA Prussia PA; Emery H. 19, MN PA PA, helps on the farm; Charles M. 18, MN PA PA, also works on farm; granddaughter Emma J., MN MI PA.
A biographical sketch of son John William Breidenthal included:
Mathew Breidenthal "was born near Pittsburg, PA, but at an early day moved to Minnesota. subsequently he came to Kansas and in 1868 located in Elm Grove township, Labette county, where he took up land . . . He was very successful and became one of the wealthy and prosperous farmers of the community. From the first he took a prominent part in local affairs and politics, being one of the first members of the Greenback party. He was a leader both politically and socially, being elected to various county offices which he filled with marked ability . . ."
5 Apr 1884: Matthew died while in Oswego, KS on business.
GONE TO REST - DEATH OF HON. MATTHEW BREIDENTHAL
On Wednesday of last week, Mr. Breidenthal, Commissioner of the 2nd district came to Oswego to attended a special meeting of the Board. At about 9 o'clock Thursday morning, while in the Clerk's office, he had a chill, growing worse, a carriage was procured and he was taken to the residence of Mr. Felt, when it soon became evident that he had a severe attack of pneumonia. Mrs. Breidenthal and John W. Breidenthal were sent for. They arrived Thursday evening, but the husband and father could scarcely recognize them. All that medical skill, or the solicitude of loving relatives and kind friends, could suggest, were of no avail; and at 5 o'clock Saturday afternoon, the spirit of Matthew Breidenthal passed beyond the confines of Time. His remains were taken to the house of John William Breidenthal in Chetopa, and on Monday the funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church, conducted by Rev. McCreery, in the presence of a large number of friends from Chetopa, Oswego, and surrounding country.
Matthew Breidenthal was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania on Nov. 11, 1819. At the age of 21 he engaged in the Foundry business in the town of Martinsburg, Pa., continuing in that business for some time and afterwards engaged in the Omnibus and Transfer business, which he carried on extensively for several years, having all the transferring of freight and passengers from the Pennsylvania R.R. to the river and canal; employing over 100 horses. During this time he was an intimate friend of Tom Scott, who afterwards became the great Railroad King. In 1856 he moved to Trumpalo, Wisconsin and engaged in the lumber trade. In 1857 he removed to Sibley County, Minnesota, on a farm. In the fall of 1862, he was appointed Provost Marshall for what was classed as the worst district in the State, owing to the disloyal sentiment of many of the citizens. This sentiment prevailed to such an extent that Sergeant Britts of the Minnesota Cavalry was detailed with 25 mounted men to assist Mr. Breidenthal in the discharge of his duties. He held the position until the close of the war, and enjoyed the reputation of being one of the best Marshalls in the State. In 1868 he removed to the city of Terre Haute, Indiana, where he engaged in the grain business. During this residence in that city he was twice elected a member of the Common Council, serving four years and doing efficient service in the interest of the city, always opposing any attempt to defraud the city, and encouraging all measures calculated to benefit it. Meeting with heavy losses during the dull times from 1874 to 1877, he was compelled to move westward, and in the spring of 1878 came to LaBette Co, landing in Chetopa on the 5th day of April. He located on his farm in Elm Grove Township where he resided up to this the time of his death. His whole life was characterized by the great energy displayed in all his undertakings.
In 1882 he was elected Commissioner from the 2nd district of Labette County, and was in charge of his official duties when the grim monster Death laid his icy fingers upon him. He was a painstaking, conscientious officer, always looking after the people's interests, and enjoying the confidence and esteem of his associates on the Board.
Politically, Mr. Breidenthal was first a Whig, then a Republican, and since 1874 has acted with the Greenback party. He was an energetic man, of strong convictions, and always exerted great influence in the community where he lived. He leaves a wife and 7 children to mourn his death; two of whom are unmarried and live with their mother on the farm.
A faithful officer; a worthy citizen; a kind husband; and affectionate father, has departed. We extend sympathy to the bereaved family and friends in this hour of affliction.
A brief description of Matthew was included in a biographical sketch of son Emory H. Breidenthal:
M. Breidenthal was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, in 1819. At the age of twenty-one years he engaged in the foundry business and in 1847 entered the transfer business at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. At one time he had over 100 head of horses in use. In 1878 he located in Elm Grove Township, Labette County, Kansas, where he resided until his death, which occurred April 7, 1884. In politics, he was formerly a Republican, and afterward a Greenbacker. He married Henrietta Young, who was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. They reared: Henrietta, Anna, Ella, John W., Emory H., and Charles.[25a]
Henrietta died in Elm Grove six years later, on 8 Aug 1890.
Children of Matthew and Henrietta Young Breidenthal:
Ketturah Ann Breidenthal (6 Nov 1842 - died in infancy)
Clay Henry Breidenthal (2 Nov 1844 - died in infancy)
Samuel Lee Breidenthal (18 Nov 1846 - died in infancy)
Henrietta Eleanor Breidenthal (27 Nov 1848 - )
Anna May Breidenthal (19 Nov 1850 - 10 Mar 1923)
Ella Jane Breidenthal (25 Nov 1853 - ; m. William Cornthwaite)
John Warren Breidenthal (22 Jun 1857 - 15 Jan 1910; m. Julia Slaughter)
According to a biographical sketch of brother Emory, John ran for governor of Kansas.[26a]
Emory Henry Breidenthal (21 Jan 1860 - 3 Feb 1930; m. Ella Bickham 22 May 1884)
EMORY H. BREIDENTHAL. This gentleman has been one of the public spirited farmers of Labette county, Kansas, since 1878. He resides on the north half of the southeast quarter of section 33, township 34, range 19, in Elm Grove Township. He was born in Sibley County, Minnesota in 1860, and is a son of M. Breidenthal.
M. Breidenthal was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, in 1819. At the age of twenty-one years he engaged in the foundry business and in 1847 entered the transfer business at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. At one time he had over 100 head of horses in use. In 1878 he located in Elm Grove Township, Labette County, Kansas, where he resided until his death, which occurred April 7, 1884. In politics, he was formerly a Republican, and afterward a Greenbacker. He married Henrietta Young, who was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. They reared: Henrietta, Anna, Ella, John W., Emory H., and Charles.
Emory H. Breidenthal received his early mental training in the common schools of his native county, and at the age of eight years moved with his parents to Indiana, where he completed a common school education. In March 1878, he located in section 23, township 34, range 19, in Elm Grove Township, Labette County, Kansas, where he lived until 1890, when he located on his present farm, on the north half of the southeast quarter of section 33. He carries on general farming and stock raising. Mr. Breidenthal is well liked in his vicinity, and his assistance is always sought in any enterprise which tends to benefit the community in which he resides.
Mr. Breidenthal married Ella Bickham. Rev. Mr. Bickham was born in Pennsylvania, and for many years conducted a nursery business in Ohio. He located in Kansas in 1869, and resided there until his death. His widow is now the wife of S. M. Stansbury. Mr. and Mrs. Breidenthal had the following children: Otto and Mary A., deceased; Oren; Hazel; and Leslie.
Mr. Breidenthal is a member of the People's Party. He has served as clerk of this township for one term, and has been a member of the school board for three years. Religiously, he and his family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
John W. Breidenthal, his brother, was state bank inspector from 1893 to 1901, and was nominated by the People's Party and the Democratic Party for governor of the state of Kansas, but ws defeated by a comparatively small majority.[26b]
Charles Matthew Breidenthal (10 Jun 1862 - 5 Jan 1949; m. Harriet Allen)
David Steele Breidenthal & Esther Jane Rhodes
1 Mar 1822: David Steele was born in Pennsylvania.
9 Oct 1845: David married Esther Rhodes, daughter of Paul and Mary Rhodes, in Woodbury, Bedford County.
21 Aug 1850 Census, Blair County, PA (North Woodberry Township): Farmer David Breidenthal 28, born PA, with real property valued at $6,000; Espy 24, born PA; Mary E. 4; Margarett A. 3; William H. 8/12; Henry Baker 14; Margaret Young 13. A Young family was listed next to them.
Father Henry scolded David in a letter written 16 Aug 1859: ". . . Now if you have not already taken or sent the money, I do hope and trust that you will attend to this matter immediately for I do think that between Burgert and yourself, Matthew has been treated very bad, and myself along with Math. On account of your not paying up, Math. was obliged to give interest at the rate of 31 per cent & in order to save him from such extortion I had to send Math. of my money . . . Now you see the situation I am in, and this is all because you did not pay your note when due. . . don't be put off by Burgert merely saying that he has not got it and that he cannot borrow it & tell him that you must have it. . ." He also tried to interest David in buying land situated next to his brother in Minnesota., but David remained in Pennsylvania.
20 Jun 1860 Census, Bedford County, PA (Middle Woodbury Township, Pattonsville P.O.): Farmer David Bridenthal 38, born PA, with real and personal property estimated at $4,000 and $950; Ester 34, born PA; Mary E. 13; Margaret A. 11; William H. 9; Catharine 8; Amanda E. 6; Clara 4; Esther J. 4/12. Next door were Paul rhodes 45, "priv. gent." with property valued at $14,000 and $1,400; Mary 42; and female M. A. Bridenthal 12.
4 Jul 1870 Census, Bedford County, PA (Middle Woodbury Township): Farmer David Bridenthal 48, born PA, with real and personal property worth $15,000 and $2,500; Esther 44; Mary 23; William 20; Catherine 16; Amanda 15; Clara 13; Harriet 8; Franklin 4; Irvin 2. Listed next to them were Mary Rhoads 73 and Margaret Bridenthal 22.
15 or 25 Feb 1897: David died in Millerstown, PA.
13 Jun 1900: Esther died at home in Woodbury.
22 Jun 1900, Bedford Gazette:
Esther Breidenthal, whose death was mentioned last week, died at her home in Woodbury township on Jun 13. She was the daughter of Paul and Mary Rhodes and was born on the old homestead - her - late home - seventy-three years ago. fifty-four years ago she was united in marriage to David Breidenthal, who died three years ago. She is survived by the following children: Mary, wife of A. O. DeFord, of Martinsburg; Maggie, wife of John Tetwiler, of near Woodbury; Kate, wife of Isaac Price, of Waynesboro; Amanda, wife of Lawrence Wolf, of Saxton; Hattie, wife of A. J. Deardorf, of Waynesboro; Frank of Allegheny; and Irvin, of Saxton.
Both David and Esther/Espy are buried at Hickory Bottom Cemetery, Bedford County.
Children of David Steele and Esther Rhodes Bridenthal:
Mary Elizabeth Breidenthal (23 Aug 1846, PA - 13 Oct 1921; m. Asberry O. DeFord)
Margaret Ann Breidenthal (23 Dec 1847, PA - 11 Mar 1932; m. John W. Detwiler 28 Feb 1871)
William Henry Breidenthal (24 Dec 1848 - 2 Jul 1919)
Catherine "Kate" Breidenthal (18 Aug 1851 - 6 Feb 1940; m. Isaac Newton Price 3 Feb 1876)
Amanda Ellen Breidenthal (29 Sep 1853, PA - 6 Apr 1930; m. Robert S. Isenberg 22 Mar 1881)
Clara Henrietta Breidenthal (29 Jul 1856, PA - 14 Mar 1930; m. Lawrence C. Wolff 1 Aug 1895)
Esther Jane Breidenthal (9 Nov 1859, PA - 15 Feb 1864)
Sarah Harriett Breidenthal (12 Oct 1861, PA - 14 July 1935; m. Aaron H. Deardorff 5 Oct 1886)
David Mathew Breidenthal (25 Oct 1863, PA - 11 Sep 1864)
Charles Franklin Breidenthal (20 Oct 1866, PA - 2 Nov 1933; m. Alice Leonora Bryant 26 Nov 1895)
Irvin Grant Breidenthal (27 Oct 1868, PA - 12 Jan 1958; m. Daisy Bechoeffer 28 Nov 1894)
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Nancy Denty Breidenthal
Any information is only as reliable as its source. Evaluate the following sources accordingly.
 Bedford County 1840 Census, p. 354
 Bedford county 1840 Census, p. 351
 Allegheny County 1850 Census, p. 266
 Le Sueur County 1860 Census, p. 21
 Clark County 1880 Census, p. 22
 Transcription of unknown newspaper, Vincennes, IN, 1886, in surnamearchive.com/obits/breidenthal
 Allegheny County 1860 Census, p. 214/831
 Allegheny County 1870 Census, p. 24
 Allegheny County 1880 Census, p. 4
 Transcribed by Oren Breidenthal, but not identified
 Marijo Vik, from "Family and Ancestors of John Hubert Bridenthrall", Martinsburg Community Library
 Blair County 1850 Census, p. 66
 Blair County 1860 Census, p. 51/595
 Bedford County 1870 Census, p. 8
 Blair County 1850 Census, p. 66
 Blair County 1860 Census, p. 1
 Blair County 1870 Census, p. 7/391
 Blair County 1880 Census, p. 30
 Transcribed by Oren Breidenthal, but not identified
 Allegheny County 1850 Census, p. 710
 Sibley County 1860 Census, p. 13
 Vigo County 1870 Census, p. 56
 Labette County 1880 Census, p. 9/269
 Transcribed by Carolyn Ward on http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1912/b3/breidenthal_john_william.html, from Kansas: A cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons . . . Go to that site for the complete bio on John William Breidenthal.
 Transcription by Oren Breidenthal of unknown newspaper
[25a] http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/labette, from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens
 Marijo Vik, from "Family and Ancestors of John Hubert Bridenthrall", Martinsburg Community Library
[26a] http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/labette, from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens
[26b]http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/labette, from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens
 Beverly Slater
 Blair County 1850 Census, p. 67
 Bedford County 1860 Census, p. 43/333
 Bedford County 1870 Census, p. 10
 Transcribed by Beverly Slater
 Beverly Slater
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