Ankrom Family History



The Tenmile Country and Its Pioneer Families pg. 347 for a total of four pages.

"The Ankrom Family."
The Ankrom Family (also spelled Ancrum, Ancrom, Ankrim, etc.) of the Tenmile Country, are descended from one Richard Ankrom of Frederick County, Maryland, where at an early date he and George Fee, ancestor of the Tenmile Fee Family, joined in buying land from John Hawkins. (BB 3. pp. 57_ Annapolis Land Office.) While living in Frederick Co., Richard Ankrom made his will on November 29, 1790, which was probated February 8, 1794, in which he named his sons, Richard Ankrom, Jacob Ankrom, Aron Ankrom and John Ankrom. He says his son, John Ankrom, is deceased, and leaves that share in the estate to two sons of John Ankrom, namely: Richard and William. He also mentioned granddaughters, Nancy and Sarah Delashmutt. Richard Ankron's wife was Elizabeth ___ ___. (Frederick County, Maryland Will Book 2. pp 507.) When Elizabeth Ankrom, widow of Richard, died she also left a will, which she had made on August 24, 1796, and which was probated November 20, of the same year. In addition to naming the same sons as heirs, with John Ankrom deceased leaving children, she mentions the children of Mary Delashmutt, apparently a daughter and mother of the two girls mentioned in the will of Richard Ankrom. She also gave a portion of her estate to Elizabeth Thrasher, another daughter and probably the wife of John Thrasher, warrantee of a tract of land on Tenmile but one farm removed from the deceased John Ankrom. This tract called "Chance," warranted to John Thrasher May 7, 1785, by virtue of a Virginia Certificate, was patented to him on February 26, 1788. (Frederick County, Maryland Will Book 3. pp 149). It seems probable that another son William Ankrom, not mentioned by these two wills, but named one of the Executors of John Ankrom's Will in Washington County, Pennsylvania, made in 1782, had also died before the parents, brobably without issue.

"The Ankrom Family of Tenmile."
This Maryland family of English extraction was represented on the Tenmile prior to 1776 at which time John Ankrom maintained a fort, perhaps one of the stronger kind, since it was being used in 1777 as a rendezvous for the Frontier Rangers under Colonel William Crawford
. It is described in pension records as baing four or five miles from Fort Jackson (Waynesburg), and was certainly on the tract of land warranted to John Ankrom under the title "Pockey Money" on February 22, 1788, and was located to the east of the Mouth of Coal Lick on land still owned by the Ankroms. Joseph Archer had an adjoining tract and John Thrasher lived to the west of them. All three men were members of Captain James Archer Militia Company. James Pribble says he was stationed here in 1777 and several subsequent years under Captain Jess Pigman and frequently met men of Archer's Company on his patrols. Soon after getting the warrant for the land in 1788, John Ankrom died leaving a will with his brother, William Ankrom, and his brother-in-law, William Wells, as execurors of his estate and guardian of his children. William Ankrom refused to act, "Letters Testamentary dated May 21, 1789, were duly granted to said William Wells,--(Land Office Grants, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania). William Wells then secured the patent for the land as the Administrator of the estate and later went to the heirs of John Ankrom. The will states that Thomas Wells was living on John Ankrom's land at the time of the writing, November 2, 1782.
In addition to John Ankrom, son of Richard and Elizabeth Ankrom of Frederick County, Maryland, a brother, Richard Ankrom, also settled on the Tenmile, but a few miles west of Fort Jackson, taking titles to several tracts of land, including "The Square" on Pursley Creek and "Newburn" and "Elmsworth' between Purseley and Smith Creeks. From the sale of this land we know that he and wife, Ruth..., went to Tyler County, (West) Virginia, where Richard Ankrom died in 1828. (Greene County Deed Book 3, pp. 605.)
After service in the Revolution while living in Maryland, Jacob Duckett Ankrom, another brother of John Ankrom, went to Tyler County about 1784. His tombstone says he was born in 1752, the son of Richard Ankrom, Sr. The presence of the "Duckett" name and the similarity of surnames, along with the many inter- marriages with the Wells family, supports this belief of relationship as clearly as it points to the original locatuion of the family in Maryland, where we find the Ducketts
, Wells, Duvall, and other close neighbors of the Ankroms of Tenmile.
Tyler County deeds, Wills, Marriages, etc. show that the family moved to that location early, in some cases before they had sold their Greene County tracts, early enough to give their name to settlements, creeks, etc. From the numerous descendants still living there, we have received much help in uncovering the relationships and descendants of this pioneer family.

History of
Greene County by Samuel Bates, pp. 484, 485.
"About the year 1775, three German families emigrated and settled near the mouth of
Pursley Creek. Two of these, by the name of Sellers, appropriated the lands since owned by John Buchanan and Fordyce Thomas. The other family bore the name of Provator, and improved the tract where Edward Wood and Doc. Huffman live. A year later came Benjamin Pursley, and located the land now owned by George Hoge, Jr., and from him Pursley Creek was named. The family of the elder Sellers consisted of himself, wife, and four sons, Leonard, Jacob, George and John, the latter being demented. They lived in a cabin built for defense, located near a spring below the house of Mr. Buchanan, still standing. Leonard Sellers* married Mary, the only child of Gasper PROVATOR, with whom the young couple lived. One afternoon in the fall of 1780, or thereabouts, Leonard shouldered his gun, and journyed into the forest for game. Molly, the wife, with her twin children, and her sister-in-law, went out to gather grapes. Molly spred her apron upon the ground, and sat the two children upon it, and while busily engaged gathering clusters, Indians, creeping stealthily, fired or rushed suddenly upon them. Molly instinctively and instantly bounded away, oblivious to everything except the terrible vision of the inhuman savages rushing upon her, and firing after her. Having escaped their deadly clutch, she ran at her utmost speed, not halting till she had reached her own cabin, when some one exclaimed, "Why, Molly, where are your children?" This was the first thought that the terror-stricken mother had, that her babes had been with her in the woods. With a shrek and a bound she flew back over the ground by which she had come, to meet death if she must, only intent on rescuing her little ones. When she reached the spot, she found the children sitting upon the apron as she had left them, but horrible to behold, both scalped. Fearing pursuit the Indians had fled. On approaching the children, one of them looked up and smiled, when it recognized its mother. Folding them to her bosom in the apron as they sat, she hurried home, and upon her arrival, found a huge butcher knife in the folds of the apron, that the savage had dropped. One of the children died, and the other lived to become the wife of Joseph Aukram, and the mother of a family. The sister-in-law, who was with her, was carried away, and was never heard of more.
During the first run home the mother saw the bark knocked off a sapling before her by the ball from the Indian's gun, which passed between her body and her arm, but fortunately did not harm her, and when she jumped off the creek bank into the sand she made a greater leap than any man in the settlement was able to do. But the powerful exertion required for the leap, and the running back and forth, together with the shock produced by seeing her poor scalped babes, proved nearly fatal. She was completely broken down, and for over a year was in a very feeble and critical condition, never regaining her natural vigor. So violent was her hatred of the savages ever after, that she not only became much excited whenever she related these incidents, but usually added, "If ever I should see an Indian, no difference where he was, or who, or how friendly he pretended to be, I know I should try to kill him--I know I could not help it." The husband returned at evening, but so horror and grief stricken that he soon sickened and died. Thomas Hoge, who furnished many of the particulars related above, says: "My parents when first married, sixty years ago, settled on Pursley, where John Hoge now lives, on the improvement made by Ben Pursley, for whom both the creek and Ben's Run took their names. Old Molly was a practicing midwife. She also adds that when they settled on Pursley there were but two or three families above them on all the waters of that stream. There were in places two miles or more together of solid woods, without a stick amiss, where deer, wolves and wild turkeys were very plenty, with a sprinkling of bears and rattle-snakes. The deer were very troublesome in pasturing off the young wheat in winter and early spring, and wolves were so bold that it was difficult to raise poultry, lambs, or pigs." The Little Sellars babe who lived to marry, is said to be the progenitor of all the Ankroms of Greene County, Pa.!

Family of John Ankrom
John Ankrom served in Captain John Archer's Washington County Militia Company in 1782. His wife was Martha Wells, and is identivied as such since John Ankrom made his brother-in-law William Wells, one of the Administrators of his estate. She was further identified by William Wells in his will filed in Tyler County, West Virginia, on January 2, 1835, in which he names his sister Martha Ankrom, as one of his heirs. She remained a widow.
There is considerable confusion about the families of John and Martha Ankrom.
He made his will on November 2, 1782, but it is known that he was in the Cumberland Township, Washington County, Tax List for 1784, when he refused to turn in his property for tax purposes, claiming under Virginia law. He also received land warrant from Pennsylvania in 1788, and in same year was taxed in Franklin Township, Washington County.
His will was probated February 1, 1789, so that he died between the fall lf 1788 and the spring of 1789. His will named wife Martha, sons, Richard Duckett, and William, and an unborn child and is on file in
Washington County, Pennsylvania. (Will Record 1, p. 97; File a-8-1789 Orphan's Court records show no appointment of guardian for the children.
The Benjamin Lakin
Mss. states definitely that children of John and Martha Ankrom were Elizabeth, who married John Lakin, Debora, Sarah, Martha, Richard and William. On this basis and fact that nearly seven years expired between date of John Ankrom's will and his death we feel that children as named by Benjamin Lakin are correct.

Children of John and Martha (Wells) Ankrom
1. Richard Duckett (Ducat) Ankrom. The William Rhodes
Papers say he married Nancy Rinehart on January 3, 1798. She was a daughter of Thomas and Hannah (Inghram) Rinehart. She seems to have died before 1822, for on February 10, 1822, Richard D. Ankrom sold land in Greene County to John and Thomas Ankrom and is not joined by his wife in the deed. (DB 4, pp. 704.)

Children
2. William Ankrom, son of John and Martha (Wells) Ankrom, married Mary Eagon, eldest daughter of Solomon and Mary (Blackburn) Eagon. A number of letters in the papers of Daniel Bonar's estate, show that this family removed to Pickaway County, Ohio, soon after they had sold their land in Greene County, Pa, to Samuel Luse. (Greene County Deed Book 5, pp. 551.) These old letters show some of the grandchildren of William and Mary Ankrom, living in Allensville and Circleville, Ohio, in 1860, and are addressed to Uncle Dan and Aunt Sally, and give interesting accounts of their families, naming many of the descendants.

Children
3. Martha Ankrom, born between 1782-1789, married, December 20, 1804, according to the Rhodes Papers, Thomas Inghram, son of William and Agnes (Fee) Tighram. She is named as one of the heirs of her uncle, William Wells, in his will of January 2, 1835, in Tyler County. They sold land in Greene County on April 3, 1820, to Thomas Kent. (Deed Book 5, pp. 72.) She died November 4, 1857. Thomas Inghram's will was made in Tyler County, West Virginia, April 4, 1842, and is filed in Will Book 2, pp. 125 where it was probated on November 4. 1850.
Children of Thomas and Martha (Ankrom) Inghram
4. Elizabeth Ankrom, married John Lakin.
5. Sarah Ankrom, married Arthur Inghram.
6. Deborah Ankrom.

Family of Richard and Ruth Ankrom
Richard Ankrom owned several tracts of land on Pursley and
Smith Creeks, including ""The Square," "Emsworth," and "Newburn," which he had patented to him. In the deed for the sale of "The Square," on Pursley Creek in 1816, he and wife Ruth, are described as of Ohio County, Virginia, or what later became Tyler County, West Virginia. (DB. 3-605) They sold to John Burkhamer. On March 3, 1802, they sold "Emsworth" to Elizabeth Cree. When he died in Tyler County, he mentions only his son, John, by name, giving him the home place, stating he had already taken care of the other children, whose names were not listed.
1. Rachel Ankrom, who, on September __, 1797, married William Duvall
, was probably one of his daughters.
2. John Ankrom.
3. Joseph Ankrom?
Family of Jacob Duckett Ankrom
Jacob Duckett Ankrom, son of Richard Ankrom, Sr., was born in 1752, according to his tombstone, and died in Tyler County, West Virginia, where his will was probated in March 1824. His wife's name was Nancy ____. He served in the revolution, going to Tyler County, then a part of
Ohio County, Virginia, in 1784.

Children Named in Will
1. William Ankrom.
2. Richard Ankrom.
3. Jacob Ankrom.
4. Mary Ankrom.
5. Elizabeth Ankrom.
6. Delilah Ankrom.
7. Margaret Ankrom, married, October 2, 1821, William Wells.
8. Rachel Ankrom.
9. Julian Ankrom.
10. Cassa Ankrom, married, February 11, 1819, John Bowman
.
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