William A. Ennes and Margaret Elizabeth Snell

    William A. Ennes was born about 1796 in or around Sandyston, Sussex, New Jersey to Wilhelmus Ennes and Marie Ennis. He had two sisters, Lena and Elizabeth. William moved with his parents to upstate New York and later served in the War of 1812. He married first Margaret Elizabeth Snell in 1818 in Schenectady, Schenectady, New York. Margaret was born 29 August 1796 in Schenectady, Schenectady, New York to Major Snell and Elizabeth Gill. Margaret was the youngest in a family with four sisters, Elisabeth, Ann, Sally, and Polly, and three brothers, John, Robert, and Major. The Enneses moved to Ohio in the 1830s. Margaret died 7 April 1858 in York Township, Union, Ohio. William married second Mrs. Anna Richardson Dibble 27 October 1861 in Union County, Ohio. William died 7 November 1880 in Jefferson, Logan, Ohio. William and Margaret were both buried in the Makendrie Cemetery in York, Union, Ohio.

William and Margaret had:

1. Alonzo Havington Ennis, born 17 Nov 1819 in Schenectady, Schenectady, New York, married Olive Bird 19 Sep 1846 in Union County, Ohio, died 6 Jan 1879, buried in the Old Texas Cemetery, Texas, Henry, Ohio.
2. Margrete Marie Ennis, born in 1820 in New York, married Samuel Southard.
3. Frances Jane Ennis, born in 1823 in Canisteo, Steuben, New York, married Robert Davis 11 Jun 1842 in Union County, Ohio.
4. William Ennis, born in 1827 in New York, did not marry, died in 1871.
5. Priscilla Ennis, born in 1832 in New York, married Joseph V. Brooks 2 Sep 1851 in Union County, Ohio.
6. Ellen E. Ennis, born in 1834 in Union County, Ohio, married Matthew Elliott 8 Jun 1856 in Union County, Ohio.
7. Lorenzo D. Ennis, born in 1838 in Union County, Ohio, married Elizabeth Hornbeck 28 Dec 1858 in Union County, Ohio.
8. Franklin V. Ennis, born in 1842 in Union County, Ohio, married Mary P. Hornbeck 2 Jan 1862 in Union County, Ohio, died possibly 5 May 1865[1].

The William A. Ennes Home, Union County, Ohio (Picture taken in 2000.)
Gravestone of Margaret Snell Ennes:  Views 1,2,3,4,5,6

1. Ennes, Calvin, A Bit About the Ennes, Au Gres, Michigan, 1969.
2. Gravestone Inscription for Margaret, wife of Wm. Ennes at York, Union, Ohio.
3. Censuses: 1850, 1860, and 1870, York, Union, Ohio.
4. Union County, Ohio, Marriage Records, Book 2, pages 85 (Robert K. Davis and Frances Jane Ennis), 153 (Alonzo H. Ennis and Olive Bird) and 270 (Joseph V. Brooks and Priscilla Ennis) and Book A, pages 54 (Matthew Elliott and Eileen Ennis), 149 (Lorenzo D. Ennis and Elizabeth Hornbeck), 253 (William Ennis and Anna Dibble), and 263 (Franklin V. Ennis and Mary P. Hornbeck).
5. Probate of William A. Ennes, 29 May 1882, Logan County, Ohio.

Order of Distribution, 29 May 1882
From the Probate Records of William A. Ennes

Anna Ennes
Widow of said Decedent
Frances Davis $75.50
Priscilla Brooks $75.50
Ellen Elliott $75.50
Maggie M. Southard $75.50
Thomas Hornbeck
Guardian of Lorenzo D. Ennes
Martha Browne $10.79
Ellen Hanchett $10.79
Amanda Ennes: now Ballinger $10.78
Lincoln Ennes $10.78
D.K. Bowker
Guar. Of the minor children of Ordilla Bowker
Charles Hanchett
Guar. Of Sylvester & Sadie Ennes

Application for Letters of Administration, 8 Dec 1880
From the Probate Records of William A. Ennes

Frances Davis Daughter Bradner, Wood Co., O.
Priscilla Brooks Daughter Lexington, McClain Co. Ill.
Ellen Elliot Daughter Carolton, Caroll Co., Ia.
Maggie M. Southard Daughter West Mansfield, Logan Co., O.
Ordilla Bowker Dec'd: Having minor children Henry Co., Ohio
Alonzo H. Ennes Dec'd: having Children Henry Co., Ohio
Lorenzo D. Ennes Dec'd: Having a Son Guar. In Union Co., O.

Courtesy: Ruth Browne (and the Logan County Genealogical Society).

Extracts from History of Union Co., Ohio,
Volume I, written in 1883.

    p. 433: "The following list contains the names of the soldiers of 1812, who were residents of Union County: ...William Ennis..."

    p. 433-4: "Below are given the names of the soldiers of 1812 buried in the county, as far as can be learned, and among this number may be found representatives from almost every battle of any importance of that war: ... York Township-William Ennis, Elias Johnson, Timothy Knox, William Kirk, McKendrie Cemetery..."

    York Township, p. 525: "William Ennis hailed from New York. He settled on what is now the E. Haun place, in the northern part of Survey 3,237. He raised a family here, and removed to Logan County, where he died."

Excerpts from A Bit About the Ennes,
by Calvin Ennes, Au Gres, Michigan, 1969.

William A. Ennes Families

    WILLIAM A. ENNES son of Wilhelmus, son of Joseph, the ferryman, was born in Sandyston township, New Jersey about 1793 or 1794. His mother was Marie Ennes, a daughter of Lieutenant Benjamin Ennis who died in the Battle of Conneshaugh in 1780.
    At the age of three, William moved with his parents and other kinfolk to Spencer township, Tioga County, New York in Susquehanna Valley. About 1812 William's parents moved from Spencer township to Catherine township, Tioga County, Soon after this, in 1814, William went to Schenectady and enlisted in the army in heavy artillery during the War of 1812. He became an orderly sergeant and was stationed in northeastern New York.
    When the War ended, William returned to Schenectady where he had relatives, the Hornbecks. While there, he wooed and married Margaret Snell.
    MARGARET SNELL was born in 1795, the daughter of Major Snell and Elizabeth Gill. Margaret was the youngest of a large family. Major Snell was a merchant. He was born In Yorkshire, near Weston, in England in 1720. He died in 1818 at the age of ninety-eight.
    While living in Schenectady, William Ennes and Margaret lived in the first ward, thirteen houses away from Margaret's parents. It was in Schenectady that Alonzo Havington Ennes was born in 1819.
    William and Margaret lived in Schenectady until 1820. They are on the 1820 census there. They must have moved back with William's parents early that year for they also appear living on the 1820 census with Wilhelmus Ennes. Later that year, Margarete Marie, their first daughter was born. She was named after her mother and her father's mother.
    Soon after this William Ennes and his family moved northwest to Canisteo township, Steuben County, south of Rochester, New York. Times were good there. The Erie Canal was being built. They lived back in the woods a days ride on horseback. There, he and his family lived in a Dutch-style log building. It had double doors, one above the other.

Trouble with the Indians

    It was early spring. The family food larder was running low. William Ennes filled a large sack with grain and put the sack of grain over the horse and rode for a day to get the grain to the mill for grinding. He left his young wife, Margaret, and the children alone in the cabin. Mrs. Ennes latched the lower door but forgot to latch the upper one.
    Late in the afternoon of the second day, a band of hungry Indians came. They opened the upper door and entered the cabin. They were trying to tell William's wife, Margaret, who was frantic with fear, that they wanted something to eat.
While the Indians were inside, William Ennes arrived home and heard the Indians inside. He jumped off the horse, grabbed a bullwhip, leaped over the lower door into the house and lashed the Indians out of his house.
    According to census records, William and Margaret lived in this locality south of Rochester, New York until about 1834. In 1823 a daughter was born to them by the name of Frances Jane. She was named after a distant kin, Frances Jane Ennes, of Scotland who left an estate claimed to have been worth $10,000,000 to her Ennis heirs in America. The Ennis in York State and New Jersey held meetings, gathered money and were going to send a delegation to get the fortune. They began quarreling as to how much each one was to receive. Finally, one Ennis went over to the old country and found the estate had been confiscated by British Royalty.
    While living in Canisteo township, Steuben County, in 1828 another son, William was born. William was feeble-minded and required much care. He died in 1871. Here, too, in 1831 another daughter, Priscilla, was born.

The Spiritual Way

    Near Palmyra, New York, at the time, William Ennes and family lived at Steuben County, many new religious beliefs had their beginning-the Mormons-the Spiritualists-the Seventh Day Advents and others. The Ennis were originally Presbyterians, but here it is said that William became a Spiritualist and Alonzo, his son, became an Adventist. Sometime before 1834, William and family moved west.

Moves to Ohio

    In what is now Union County, Ohio, there was a large amount of land (formerly owned by the state of Virginia) known as the Virginia Reserve. This land was divided into smaller tracts after being surveyed. These plots had been given to the soldiers of Virginia as pay for fighting in the Revolutionary War. (1776-1783)
    When William Ennes and his family moved to Union County in 1834, they "squatted" on Plot No. 3237 which had been taken up years before by a Revolutionary War soldier from Virginia. The soldier had not paid taxes on the land, so it had reverted to the State of Ohio for taxes. This plot was purchased on an Ohio tax deed by a Mr. Buel.
    William Ennes built a cabin and started clearing and farming on this property. Since the property could not be legally sold for nine years, Mr. Ennes took a lease from Mr. Buel, who had the Ohio tax deed with the stipulation that William Ennes would be permitted to purchase this property if the original owner did not redeem it.
    So, in 1846, William Ennes and his son, Alonzo, who had just married Olive Bird, went into partnership and paid for this and other adjoining property on Bokers Creek in Union County. Over the years, William Ennes bought and sold much property in and near York Center in Union County, Ohio. Many other settlers came from New York to live in this area which became known as York Center. Land records of that county tell of William Ennes selling one parcel of his property at Sommerville, three miles from York Center, in 1875, when he was eighty-two years old.

    His daughter, Frances, married Robert Davis, a farmer, in 1842. The York Township Cemetery is located on the old Davis farm, which was part of the old William Ennes farm.
    William A. Ennes and his unmarried children lived on the Old Ennes Farm on Bokers Creek until 1858, when his wife, Margaret, died. Then they lived with his daughter, Priscilla, her husband and their family who now ran the farm.
    William Ennes remarried on October 24, 1861, Mrs. Anna Richardson Dibble. He was sixty-eight years old at the time. William and Anna then moved to Jefferson Township, Logan County, Ohio about ten miles west of his old home. Here he lived until he died on November 7, 1880. He was buried in the MaKendrie Cemetery on the Old Davis Farm in York township, Union County, Ohio near his wife Margaret Elizabeth. His second wife Anna died in 1895.

1850 Census
York Township, Union County, Ohio

Dwelling No. Name Age Occupation Value-Real Estate Birthplace
402 William Ennis 55 Farmer 1200 NJ
Margaret 53 NY
William 22 NY
Priscilla 19 NY
Ellen E. 16 Ohio
Lorenso 12 Ohio
Franklin 8 Ohio
403 Alonzo H Ennis 30 Farmer 1085 NY
Olive 21 Ohio
Ordilla 3 Ohio
Martha J 1 Ohio
(Call No. 58314 pt77)

Wife of Wm. Ennes.
April 7, 1858
Aged 61 Yrs. 7 Mos. 9 Ds.
Asleep in Jesus, O how sweet
To be for such a slumber meet
With holy confidence to rest
In hope of being ever blest.
(inscription from gravestone in Makendrie Cemetery, York, Union, Ohio)


[1] According to the History of Union County, Volume I, written in 1883, pg. 491, "Ennes, F. Z., e. January 6, 1864; died May 5, 1865, of wounds received at Averysboro, N. C., March 16,1865." He would have served in Company H of the 82nd Ohio Infantry The 82nd Infantry joined in the Atlanta campaign in 1864. "During the siege of Atlanta, the Eighty-second occupied an important but exposed position. On one occasion the regimental colors were carried away and torn to shreds by a cannon ball. On the 20th of August, it was removed to a position on the Chattahoochee...On the15th of November, it moved with Sherman's army to the sea...From Savannah it marched through the Carolinas...The regiment took a prominent part in the engagement at Averysboro, losing two officers and eight men wounded..."

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