Julie (Julia) Akers Ernhart

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Margaret Van Ness Nelson, mvnelson@ix.netcom.com

Julia Akers was born between 1819 and 1825 and married by 1845.  In 1850, her family was husband Lorenzo Ernhart 24, born in Indiana, son Eli, 4, born in Indiana, and son Robert, 1, born in Indiana.  By 1860 they also had three daughters - Sarah M., 9,  Martha J., 7, and Mimi (?), 1.  In this census their 11 year old son is named Arthur L. Akers (whereas in 1850 he was called Robert).

No marriage record for Julia has been located in Indiana or Ohio.  Her married name was given in Clay County, Indiana documents - her father's will and the quit-claim deed when her mother, Catherine Akers, died.

Census records show that there was a Manuel Ernhart, born 1820 in Indiana, who lived in Brazil, Clay County, Indiana in 1850 and 1860, so he may have been Lorenzo's brother.  It was probably their mother, Jane Ernhart, born in North Carolina, who lived with Manuel in 1850.  Manuel's wife Mary was also born in North Carolina, 1823.

However, no Ernharts at all in the Indiana census appear in the index for 1830.  If they were born and lived there by 1830, the census indexer must have missed them.  In 1840, there is John Ernhart, Lawrence p. 352 and Peter Ernhart, Scott Co., p. 473.

Tracing the name to North Carolina, we find no Ernharts at all in the 1800 census although there are many Earonharts in Rowan County, including Henry Sr., and Jr.  The 1810 North Carolina census index shows Henry Earnhart in Rowan County, p. 85, and Peter Ernhart in Cumberland County, p. 376.  There are several Earnharts in North Carolina in 1820.

Clay County, Indiana marriage records show Martha A. Ernhart (perhaps a sister of Lorenzo) married George Mose, 22 February 1855, and Sarah M. Ernhart (daughter of Julia and L. D.) married Clark B. Thompson, 8 August 1867.   Clark died before 1880 when his widow and children lived with her parents in Brazil Township, Clay County, Indiana.  The 1880 census shows that L. D. Ernhart, 54, was born in Indiana to parents who were born in Ohio, Julia, 61, was born in Ohio to parents born in Indiana.  Their son Eli, 34, was single and a coal miner.  Daughter Sarah Thompson, 29, was a widow with children Austin, 12,  Dan, 9,  Mary, 7,   and Rosa, 2.

In 1880, Arthur P. Ernhart, 30, lived next door to his parents with his wife Lois, 22, born in Indiana to a father born in Indiana and a mother born in Maryland,   stepson Edward Stewart, 5, and daughter Mary, 1.  the children were born in Indiana.

Sometime between 1880 and 1885, Julia, L. D. and their son Arthur, with families, moved to Neosho County, Kansas.  Julia's brother Silas Akers had homesteaded there, as is described in another section of this paper.  The 1885 Kansas State Census shows L. D. Ernhart, 59, Julia, 60, Eli, 39, with Dan Thompson, 14.   It appears that their daughter Sarah Thompson stayed in Indiana with her other children, although no census search has yet been made for her.

In 1885, A. P., 36, and Lois Ernhart, 26, live next door to Julia and L. D. Ernhart.  It appears that A. P. has adopted his step-son David, 9, who now goes by the surname Ernhart whereas their daughter Mary is now called Edith and is six years old.   Alice Neill (Keill?), 25, born in Ohio, lives with them, having moved there from Illinois.

In 1890, A. P. Ernhart, who apparently went by the name Perry, bought a red heifer and calf for $15.25 at Silas Aker's estate sale in Neosho County, Kansas.

The 1895 Kansas Census shows A. P., 46, and Lois Ernhart, 36.  Now the Ernhart children are listed as David Stuart 19, Edith Ernhart 16, and Grace Ernhart, 9,  Grace being born in Kansas.  Harry Thompson 24, born in Indiana, lives with them.  The agricultural census shows E. P. (sic) Earnhart with 160 acres, 100 under cultivation, 160 acres under fence, fence 280 rods hedge, 280 rods wire, the value of farm including improvements $3000, the value of farming implements and machinery $75, acres sown or to be planted in spring 1895: flax 10 acres; brown corn 17 acres.

Apparently L. D. Ernahrt died before 1895, although no cemetery records have been located, because Julia, 76, lives with her son Eli Ernhart, 49.  The Kansas 1895 agricultural census shows Julia Earnhart with 160 acres, 120 under cultivation, 160 acres under fence, 480 rods hedge, 102 rods wire, value of farm including improvements $3000, value of farming implements and machinery $75, acres sown or to be planted in spring 1895: corn, 20 acres; flax 15 acres.

In 1900, Manuel F. Ernahrt, 80, born 1819, in Indiana, lived in Washington Township, Putnam County, Indiana with wife Mary, 77, born May 1823 in North Carolina; son-in-law Robert McCurdy, 45, born March 1855, Pennsylvania; daughter Belle McCurdy, 39, born July 1860, in Indiana; and the McCurdy children, all born in Indiana - Samuel W., 16,   Mary B., 14,  Candasa, 11,  Cora H., 6,  and William G., 3.