Everhard Hupp, also spelled "Everhart," was born in 1746 and is said to have lived to the age of 109. Some sources identify his parents as Phillip Casper Hupp, an emigrant from Germany, and Elizabeth Hesson, from Dortrecht, The Netherlands.
In early life, he resided in Culpeper County, VA.Then at the age of about 20, in 1766, he and four brothers relocated to what is now Greene/Washington County, PA. Accompanying the Hupps was their friend George Bumgarner. Everhard settled in what today is East Bethlehem Township, Washington County, on a tract of land next to his friend Bumgarner's.
Everhard was considered a “German settler” and thus, if not having emigrated directly from Germany, spoke the language and carried on its culture and traditions.
After establishing his initial home, and “seeing the possibilities of the section,” said Howard Leckey’s book The Tenmile Country and Its Pioneer Families, Everhart constructed a large log cabin in Blackdog Hollow about two miles from the mouth of Tenmile Creek, Greene/Washington County.
There, “where the first bridge spans the creek,” Everhart's home is said to have become “a place of entertainment (perhaps for a price) for the immigrants, as well as a temporary stopping place. Famous personages are said to have stopped at Hupps, including George Washington on one of his western trips. We are told that one of the main attractions at Hupp’s place was his wife, the former Margaret Thomas, who it is reliably claimed, was he first white woman to settle west of the Monongahela River.”
Margaret (Thomas) Hupp ( ? - ? ) is said to have been born in Washington, Washington County, PA. Some sources say she was the daughter of Michael Adam Thomas. She too had longevity in her genes and reputedly died at the age of 105. This all needs to be confirmed.
Everhart and Margaret produced 11 known children – Elizabeth Perkins, George Hupp, Annie Hupp, Lewis “Rezin” Hupp, John Hupp, Philip Hupp, Francis "Frank" Hupp, Michael Hupp, David Hupp, Henry Hupp and Margaret Teagarden.
With an eye on the future, Everhart believed in “the possibilities of the section” and in about 1769 purchased additional tracts along Tenmile Creek “near the present village of Tenmile” in the vicinity of Clarksville, Greene County. One of these, totaling 400 acres, was done to include legal title to his original settlement. They are said to have "lived opposite Fort Redstone at Millsboro."
According to the 1888 book History of Greene County, by Samuel Penniman Bates, Margaret was well known for her welcoming strangers and friends. "Her frugal repast consisted of johnny cake [journey-cake] shortened with bear fat, dried venison and Adam's ale. Their hospitality soon became proverbial with the sparse inhabitants, who were else all males, and the Hupp cabin became the Sunday morning rendezvous for all the men in the settlement. Nauseated with their own unpalatable cooking, they would carry their choice game and fish to her, and enjoy a toothsome meal prepared and served by the veriest lady in the land."
Added the History of Greene County (later reprinted in the Monongahela Daily Republican):
[They] purchased of the Indians a large tract of land on Ten Mile Creek, for which he paid one black mare and one rifle gun. On running the lines agreed upon with the Indians, he found it contained 1,400 acres, and embraced lands north of Ten-Mile Creek and stretching across the North Fork, and consequently overlapping a portion of Morgan Township, where some of his descendants live to this day. The Hupps were always on good terms with the Indians, for the reason that they were always made welcome and given whatever the cabin afforded. Mr. Hupp used to declare that a feeling of fear of the Indians was never excited in his mind but once. On that occasion he had gone out upon the creek to do some work in a grove where he was shielded from view of his cabin, but where he could himself observe it. Going to the only point of observation, he was startled to see several stalwart Indians, tricked out in his own militia trappings, marching around the house and pretending to go through the evolutions of a squad of soldiers. At this sight his heart was in his mouth, fearing that his wife had been murdered and that the savages were bent on mischief. His agony for the moment was indescribable; but to his great joy he soon saw his wife coming from the spring-house, bearing a pan of milk, evidently preparing something for the red men to eat. He soon returned to his dwelling and had a friendly chat, while they partook of the table d'hote set for them by Madame Hupp, when they departed, highly elated by their entertainment.
If threatened by Native American Indians, the Hupps' nearest place of refuge would have been Old Fort Red Stone, near what today is Brownsville, Fayette County, PA. Records show that a John Hupp Sr. (1747-1782), husband of Anne (Rowe) Hupp, was "slain by Indians" on Easter Sunday, March 31, 1782, at Miller Blockhouse in nearby Donegal Township, Washington County.
When the American Revolution broke out, Everhart joined the Washington County Militia in Capt. Robert Sweeney’s Company Fifth Battalion, with the rank of lieutenant. His commission was dated May 1, 1783. Records published in the Pennsylvania Archives series suggest that Everhart also was involved in the Indian wars of the Ohio River Valley as a member of Captain John Miller’s Company as part of Col. William Crawford's expedition to Sandusky, OH in 1782.
As a fighting man, he commanded part of several militia groups that gathered at Mingo Bottom along the Ohio River, and traveled through a heavy wilderness of woods. They reached and crossed the Muskingum River near the junction of the Tuscarawas and Whitewoman Rivers. In June, arriving at Sandusky Plains, they engaged hostile Indians in action, and then retreated. (Virginia Revolutionary Pension Applications, Abstracted, 1978) He also saw service with the Westmoreland County Militia, again seeing movement against hostile Native American warriors.
He is rumored to have lived to the age of 109 years and his wife to 105 years of age, as stated by the History of Greene County and supported by records of the Sons of the American Revolution. Other research suggests that Margaret died in 1788, at age 35, and that Everhart survived her until his demise in 1824 (age 70). Neither of them is named in the 1850 United States Census. This all needs to be sorted out.
Everhart is mentioned in a number of other works of authorship. A series of articles in the Monongahela (PA) Daily Republican in 1935 mention him frequently. One of the Daily Republican articles said that a half century after Everhart's death, "the crumbling stone chimney of his old cabin could be seen, standing on that part of his farm occupied by Hiram Homer." Another in the Daily Republican series said that "The descendants of Everhart Hupp are very numerous in Washington County."
Other works and papers include The Monongalia Story: Prelude, published in 1974 and authored by Earl Lemley Core -- and The Hupp's of Duck Creek, written by Timothy Hupp of Harrisonburg, VA and published by Lee M. Hupp of Maple Heights, OH. When the Fredericktown community celebrated its bicentennial in July 1990, the Pittsburgh Press printed a feature article naming Everhart, calling him a "German immigrant" and stating that he "first moved into an area near Fredericktown in 1768."
Margaret earned her own recognition over the years. In April 1938, Judge Sara M. Soffel -- the first woman to be appointed a County Court Judge in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania -- presented a paper to the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, entitled "The Pioneer Women of Western Pennsylvania." Margaret was named in the judge's presentation, reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, as "Among the earliest pioneer women ... supposed to have been the first white woman to have crossed the Monongahela. A year after the treaty of Fort Stanwix, in 1768, she followed her husband across the mountains into Washington county to a cabin on Ten Mile creek, which empties into the Monongahela, venturing courageously into the unknown wilderness."
According to a story in the Uniontown (PA) Evening Standard in June 1966, the original Hupp farm at Clarksville, comprised of 295 acres was known as Hupp Bottom. The tract "as indicated by early survey reports [is] still extant," said the article, "the present acreage is much less. Today, the remaining plot stands in the midst of major residential and recreational developments, including the boating center now springing up at the junction of Ten Mile Creek and the Monongahela River south of Millsboro."
A great-great grandson, John Clemens "J.C." Hupp of Fairmont, Marion County, WV, was admitted to membership in the Sons of the American Revolution, based on Everhart’s service. The admittance was issued on Feb. 22, 1923. He is considered a historian of the Hupps generally. See further below.
During the 1960s, Congressman James L. Fulton of nearby Allegheny County, PA puchased an old "restored Hupp homestead" near Clarksville from the estate of Clark B. Johnston. Reported the Evening Standard, "It is estimated that the log structure now being restored was built at about the time of the War of 1812. While the year of building is not definitely known, the manner in which the logs are notched at the ends and the fact that it is two stories high and contains a number of windows fairly well dates the time of its building, according to those versed in American colonial building practices. Most of the log homes built by the very first settlers in the district were one room cabins, with mud plastered chimneys and in many cases were entirely devoid of windows."
Another direct descendant, Frank Carney Simms, married Maude Barnett, profiled elsewhere on Minerd.com. Frank was the son of Melvin Porter and Anna (Carlin) Simms; the grandson of George and Clara (Hupp) Simms; and great-grandson of Everhart and Hannah (Scherich) Hupp.
A great-granddaughter, Melissa Ann (Hupp) Ullom, was the great-great grandmother of the founder of this website.
~ Son George Hupp Sr. ~
Son George Hupp Sr. (1773-1850s?) is believed to have been born in 1773 near Ten Mile Creek, Washington County, PA.
He apparently married Ellen (1885- ? ), a native of either New Jersey or Delaware.
They had two children, George Hupp Jr. and Clarinda (or "Claudia") Virginia.
In 1850, the Hupps lived in East Bethelehem Township, Washington County, with the family of their married son George Jr. dwelling next door.
George Sr. is believed to have died during the 1850s.
Now widowed, Ellen moved into the home of her son George Jr., and is enumerated there in the 1860 federal census. Her final fate is not yet known.
George is mentioned in detail in the booklet Historical Magazine of Monongahela's Old Home Coming Week, Sept. 6-13, 1908, in an article authored by Boyd Crumrine and headlined “"The Old Home and the New":
And do you not remember old George Hupp, the son of Everhart Hupp, who with George Bumgarner and Abraham Teegarden had settled at the mouth of Ten Mile Creek about 1769, upon the land a part of which is now occupied by the Town of Millsboro; that you were a very little boy when this George Hupp, then seventy-five or eighty perhaps, at least an old man, but strong and sprightly, would come to your father’s house in the dead of winter, in a cook-skin cap, fringed hunting shirt, deer-skin trousers and moccasins, his old-time tomahawk and long knife stuck in his belt, his powder-horn and bullet-pouch hanging at his side, and his long-barreled flint-lock rifle thrown over his shoulder? Your father liked the generous old man with the loud voice, and the best in the house was put before him, and especially the big round-bellied black bottle from the corner cupboard; but you trembled as you listened with strained attention to the tales told by the old man of the stalking of Indians as well as of the panther and bear when on his ranging with his own father; and you will never forget that old rifle, and the tomahawk and scalping knife which had done active service in the days of blood.
Son George Hupp Jr. (1819- ? ) was born in about 1819 and was a farmer in East Bethlehem Township, Washington County. He married Susanna "Susan" Garee (1822- ? ). Their known children were Andrew "Harrison" Hupp, Abraham L. Hupp, Ellen Hupp, John Hupp, Elizabeth Ann Hupp, George Hupp III, Sarah "Clara" Bane Buckingham, Brewer Hupp, Priscilla Hupp and William "Willie" Hupp. In 1850, they lived next to George's aged parents. By 1860, George's widowed mother had moved into their home. The 1870 federal census enumeration shows the family remaining on their farm west of Millsboro in East Bethlehem Township, with six children still living in the household. When the Atlas of Greene County, Pennsylvania was published in 1876, the page showing East Bethlehem Township shows the precise location of the Hupps' 100-acre farm due west of Millsboro. When the census again was taken in 1880, the Hupps are shown in East Bethlehem.
~ Son Lewis "Rezin" Hupp ~
Son Lewis “Rezin” Hupp ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).
He is said to have wedded Mahala Harris ( ? - ? ).
According to a 1935 article in the Monongahela Daily Republican, the couple "resided on Fish Creek."
~ Son John Hupp ~
Son John Hupp (1773?-1839?) was born in about 1773 or 1778 near Clarksville, Washington County.
He married Hannah Horner (1786-1816), occasionally misspelled “Homer,” daughter of William and Susanna (Mitchell) Horner of Maryland.
Their one known daughter was Cynthia Wise, born in 1812.
Hannah apparently died young, just two days before Christmas 1816, when their daughter Cynthia was just four years of age. Burial was in what became the Hupp Cemetery in Washington County.
John seems to have married again, to Barbara "Barbary" (?) (1785-1843).
His only known children to the second marriage were Elizabeth Hupp and Uriah Hupp. There may well could be more.
John is believed to have died on Oct. 16, 1839. His place of burial, marked with an upright sandstone, was near what became the coal mining patch town of Besco. Today this is known as the Hupp Cemetery. The inscription on his marker reads: "In Memory of John Hupp, who departed This life Oct. 16t 1839, aged 66 Years & 15 Days."
Heartache further enveloped this family when Barbary, age 58, died on Aug. 1, 1843. Her remains were placed into rest in the Hupp Cemetery. [Find-a-Grave]
About a century later, the Hupps were named in an article in the Monongahela (PA) Daily Republican, which said that the couple "lived near Clarksville."
Daughter Cynthia Hupp married Adam Wise (1809-1897). They had three children -- Esther Miller, Frederick Wise and Henry Wise. Cnthia died on April 13, 1848, leaving behind three children under the age of 10. Burial was in the Wise Cemetery in or near Fairfield, Washington County.
Daughter Elizabeth Hupp was born on Feb. 13, 1825. Her life only reached into her 21st year. She died in October 1846. Burial was in Hupp Cemetery.
Son Uriah Hupp (1831-1911) was born 13 days before Christmas in 1827 or four days before Christmas in 1831 in Washington County. (Records differ.) He wed Amelendia "Marinda" Cox (1831-1910), of Greene County, and the daughter of William and Abigail (Rush) Cox. Her name also has been spelled "Miranda." Their large family included a dozen children – Elizabeth Arnold, Abigail Miles, Jane Sharpnack, Aaron Hupp, John Hupp, Mina Teagarden, Sarah Murray, Harry Hupp, David Hupp, William Hupp, Alonzo Hupp and Frank Hupp. The family farm was near Clarksville, Washington County. Marinda was considered "an earnest christian woman, having been a member of the Christian church for more than fifty years, and always took an active part in all church work," reported the Waynesburg (PA) Republican. "She was most highly esteemed." She also was a loving wife, as shown by the fact that she bore two sons in 1859, separated in age by 10 months. Felled with stomach problems, Marinda died at age 69 in Morgan Township, Greene County on March 13, 1910. Burial was in Horn Cemetery at Zollarsville near Marianna, Washington County. The Republican said she was survived by a sister, Sarah Jewell. Uriah lived for a little more than a year after his wife's death. At the age of 85, stricken with blockage of his heart, he passed from this life on June 23, 1911 in Morgan Township, Greene County. An obituary in the Republican said he was "a highly respected citizen" who had "died suddenly at his home." His son William, who signed the death certificate, was able to give his father's father's name as "John Hupp" but did not know his father's mother's name. Uriah and Marinda are named in a profile of their son in law Stiers Sharpnack in the book, A Biographical History of Greene County, Pennsylvania, authored by Samuel P. Bates.
~ Son Francis "Frank" Hupp ~
Son Francis "Frank" Hupp (1784-1861?) was born in about 1784 or 1786.
He married Martha DeBolt (1780-1849).
In 1840, they resided in Aleppo Township, Greene County, PA. At some point they also apparently lived in Washington County.
They had one son and perhaps many more children -- Everhart Hupp II.
Martha passed away in 1849 at the age of 69.
Francis lived for another dozen years. He died in 1861. He was laid to rest near the Quiet Dell Church along Harts Run, Aleppo Township. More will be added here when learned.
Son Everhart Hupp II (1824-1895) was born on Nov. 18, 1824 in Washington or Greene County, PA. When he was 22 years of age and unmarried, he resided in Buffalo, Washington County, PA with John and Letitia Moore. In 1855, when he was age 31, he was united in marriage with Hannah Scherich (1835-1921), the daughter of Henry and Rachel (Van Syhock) Scherich. A native of Washington County, her maiden name also has been spelled "Scherrick." They had a family of at least one daughter and nine sons, among them Clarissa Hupp, Henry "Sumner" Hupp, John Clemens Hupp, Elmer Ellsworth Hupp, Ward Joseph Hupp, Orange Isaac Hupp, Wilson G. Hupp, Oliver Clinton Hupp, William Warren Hupp and Albert E. Hupp. The family were farmers and in 1860 resided in the Liberty District of Marshall County, VA (later West Virginia). Their home in 1866 was Setonsville, Marshall County. Everhart died on Sept. 10, 1895, at the age of 71. His remains were interred in Big Run Cemetery near Cameron. Hannah outlived him by a remarkable 30 years. Having endured chronic heart disease, she passed into eternity on Sept. 8, 1921, at the age of 86. Burial was with her husband in Big Run Cemetery, where many of their sons someday would be lowered to rest. Her son Orange signed the death certificate.
Great-grandson John Clemens "J.C." Hupp Sr. (1885- ? ) was born on April 14, 1885 in Garrett's Station (later renamed Woodruff), Marshall County, WV. He married Ethel Walter and made their home in Fairmont, Marion County, WV. They had four children -- John Clemens Hupp Jr., Walter A. Hupp, Lois Lynn Hupp and Henry E. Hupp. During World War I, John served for a year as secretary of the YMCA under the National War Work Council. He was admitted to membership in the Sons of the American Revolution, based on Everhart’s service. The admittance was issued on Feb. 22, 1923. He is considered a historian of the Hupps generally.
~ Son Michael Hupp ~
Son Michael Hupp ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).
He reputed served as a soldier in the War of 1812 with his elder brother Philip. They were members of the Pennsylvania Militia, 1st Regiment, serving under the command of Lt. Col. Joel Ferree. Their company is said to have left East Bethlehem Township for training "late in the year 1812," reported the Monongahela Daily Republican.
After the war's end, Michael returned to Washington County, where he and his brother Frank both married and resided.
~ Son David Hupp ~
Son David Hupp ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).
In his young manhood, David is said to have "learned the stone mason's trade," said the Monongahela (PA) Daily Republican in 1935. "He and his brother Henry both took fever and died."
Nothing more is known.
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