Jacob BRAKE, the captive (b. c 1753/1754 Frederick Co. VA; d. 1831 Lewis now Upshur Co., WVA) m. Mary SLAUGHTER died 1830 in Upshur County, WV and is buried in the Heavner Cemetery. Jacob was captured by the Indians on the Wappatomaka when eleven years old, and remained in captivity ten years and ten months
Children of Jacob BRAKE and Mary SLAUGHTER Brake:
Elizabeth's data and family are incomplete. We have been unable to confirm all her children. Adam is confirmed as a grandson of Jacob Brake in "Brake vs Brake" chancery case in Lewis Co., WV. In the 1850 census for Lewis/now Upshur Co., Elizabeth Shreve is age 69 (b. ca 1781) living with son, Adam Shreve and wife Rachel. Living next door are John and Nancy Slaughter, who are probably relatives on the Slaughter side of the family. Nearby are John B. Shreve and Absolom probably sons of Elizabeth and Joseph. Martin Shreve is living next to John B., his father.
A 1781 birth for Elizabeth would make her the first born child of Jacob and Mary Slaughter Brake. She was probably named for her grandmother, Elizabeth Cooper Brake, who was killed by the Indians at the time of Jacob's capture.
Known Children of Joseph and Elizabeth Shreves
B. Lucinda Jane b ca 1841 Lewis Co.; m. 10 Jan 1867 Upshur Co. James Dexter Deen b. ca 1838 Lewis Co. s/o Lair and Mahala Deen
C. Catharine E. b. ca 1843; m. 1 Apr 1865 Upshur Co., William S. Newcome, b. ca 1837 Albemarle Co., VA; s/o M. and M. Newcome.
D. Maryetta b. ca 1846
E. Jacob D. b. ca 1848; d. 10 Sept 1853, 4y11m23d; Bk: 1:1
F. John W. b. ca 1850
G. Charles M. b. ca 1852
H. Silas B. b. ca 1856
I. Babe b. ca 1858
Note: bondsman for Henry and Betsy's marriage was Adam Shreve.
Children of David and Helen Shreve Morrison
Jerome married Susan Heck and he lived in a house that stood just across the road form the M. P. Church in Vandalia. Here, in a shop that stood east from his residence he plied his trade as blacksmith during the Civil War and for some years afterward. He later moved to Buckhannon where he continued his trade and accounted the most skilled smith in all the country. He was a large man, of uncommon strength, possessing no surplus flesh, and no horse however wild could get away from him after he had once gotten a firm hold on its foot. He was exceedingly quick and to show his skill often won wagers in effectually welding broken caseknife blades. He finally retired, purchased a farm on Sand Run east from Buckhannon where he continued to live until he died well advanced in years. (Hardman. p. 48).
After Helen's death, David m. Hannah Powers. Two children: Ora Ellen b. 1869 and Camden b. 21 Apr 1874.
Source: Lewis and Upshur County Records; History of Big and Little Skin Creek Community (Vandalia) prepared by Sam W. Hardman - 1928.
Unconfirmed but believed to be children of Joseph and Elizabeth
Source: Hardesty's Histories p. 148/149: no date on sketch. At time of writing Spotswood was dec. and all lived in Upshur Co., Union District with the exception of Viola, Elizabeth and Martha. Spotswood A. Padgett was born in VA in 1798 and Elizabeth Bridge Padgett was born in 1804. Martin E. was for twenty-five years superintendent of roads in Upshur county; was school commissioner 1864-7; was appointed notary public in 1880 and in May, 1883, elected school commissioner for four years. He was a farmer and practical surveyor of Union district, with post office address at Hinkles Mills, Upshur Co., WV.
Mt. Rupert Cemetery is located in Union District, Upshur Co., WV on Rt. 33 East on the left side of the road, across fron Mt. Rupert Church.
Kesling Cemetery is in Union District, Upshur Co., WV.
Elizabeth and Joseph Shreve may also have been divorced. There is a Joseph Shreve age 67 b. PA farmer (b. ca 1783) living in Barbour County in 1850 with Rebecca age 37...Johannah 16, James 13 Mary E. 3 and Verdilla 8/12. Johannah and James may be Rebecca's children of a prior marriage. It is interesting to note that Helen Shreve Morrison named a daughter, Verdelia Jane in Feb. 1858. Could this child have been named after Helen's half-sister?
Isaac inherited the Reger homeplace on Big Run, (Burnersville) and in 1830 he sold it and settled on Upper Hacker's Creek (Upshur Co., WV)
1. Isaac H. b. ca 1839
2. Thomas J. b. ca 1841
3. Olive b. ca 1844
4. Rolandus R. b. ca 1846
5. James R. b. ca 1848
It is family tradition that although Abraham inherited the largest portion of his father's estate he died a pauper at age 94. Record of Upshur County 1880 Census list Abraham Brake, white male, age 95, Pauper; living in the County Poor House.
Marriage record for Abram Reger (1795 - 1883) and Leah Ann Brake (1795 - 1835)
(In Donald Farrimond's historical account of his family he states that Abram Reger lost his military discharge papers and had to submit several lengthy affidavits to show he was indeed the same Abram Reger who served in the War of 1812 and was honorable discharged from the Army in 1815. These affidavits (on file in the National Archives) proved to be invaluable in collecting family data.)
a. Baby son d. 28 Jun 1881; bur. Heavner - weathered stone.
b. Rita Bessie Brown b. 1864; d. 31 Jan 1946; age 42; m. Franklin Porter Maxwell (Tombstone: 1870-1946 age 76)
1) Virginia Lee b. 1899; d. 1944; m. Hudson Farnsworth (1899-1945); both bur. Heavner's
a. Anna Lee Hawthorn b. Aug 1869; d. 1955; m. 2 Sep 1890 Buckhannon, William Post.
" William Post built the large stone house on the island. (family resided at 8 Island Ave, Buckhannon) He had two sons, Isaac and John. One of the sons, Isaac, I believe it was, developed a mental condition and had to be confined in the end, most of the time being held in the family residence, the windows to his room being barred with iron rods. I have seen the rods. Mr. Post was an influential and leading businessman of the town. He moved to Miami, Fl in 1936 and d. there 9 May 1942 at the age of 89. His wife and son, John, survived him." (Our Neighbors, p. 16)
1) Isaac Hurst Post b. 1893; d. 1936. He was a graduate of WV Wesleyan College and a WWI Veteran - Coast Guard Station 206. He later attended Harvard University pursuing law when his health broke down and he became an invalid. He is bur. Heavner's Cemetery
2) John Hawthorn d. aft 1942
3) William Louis b. 5 Sept 1891; d. 22 July 1892; bur. Lot 4 Heavner's Cemetery.
b. Marion R. b. 1875 m. P. H. Koblegard from Clarksburg. He had a connection with the wholesale house known as Armstrong, Crislip and Day, later the Weidenhamer, and now the Gaston establishment. Marion lived at 218 E. Main St., Clarksburg, WV.
1.) Hurst Hanson
a. Mary Rebecca b. Sep 1882; m. Harry Philson. Mary was a 1902 grad from the Seminary in Buckhannan. Family resided in Meyersdale, PA
b. Roberta Anna b. Nov 1892 m. Dr. Lakin Roberts; resided in Delaware, OH; in later years Roberta made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Melvin S. Risinger in Elkins, WV. (Warren Lee Witschey, " A Brief Biography of Reverend John West Reger, DD")
a. Edna m. Bernard Dennis
b. Albert m. Olive Bernier; 2 children: John Allen and Robert Bernier.
Above last three married and lived in/nr Mason, Nebraska
Obituary: Mrs. Rebecca Ann Reger Seay was born at the old Carper Place near Buckhannon, W. VA., February 10, 1831, died at her home in Chelsea, Atlantic City, N.J, 29 Mar, 1916. Mrs. Seay was connected with a very prominent line of ancestors, both in reference to the history of our country and of the Methodist Episcopal Church. She was a cousin of "Stonewall" Jackson, and , in a sense possessed some of his characteristics. (not a blood cousin, but probably through marriage in the Brake family). During the Civil War she helped nurse the wounded soldiers while her husband was at the front, and at the same time kept her little family together during the long years of strife. Her grandfather, John Reger, Sr., built the first Methodist Episcopal Church in West Virginia at Peck's Run. Two of her brothers were ministers of the Methodist Episcopal Church, one of whom, the Rev. John W. Reger, was the founder of the Wesleyan University at Buckhannon, W. V., and a member of the Baltimore Conference. The other brother, Rev. A. A. Reger, organized the Methodist Church at Carthage, Ill. Her father was the late Major Abram Reger, and her mother was Leah Ann Brake Reger. Richmond (VA) Times Dispatch.
[Many of the family of Jacob Brake and Mary Slaughter claim that they are cousins to Stonewall Jackson. This relationship is made only by marriage through the family of Jacob's brother, John. John's sons, Isaac and Jacob, married sisters of Stonewall's father, Mary and Rachel Brake, respectively who were daughters of Col. Edward Jackson, grandfather of Stonewall. John's daughter, Elizabeth Weatherholt Brake married Col. Edward Jackson as his second wife. Thus, she became the step-grandmother of Stonewall and was credited with raising him. Families lived close together and interacted in each others lives. And, there are many intermarriages with the Brake/Jackson families down the line. It is only natural that they would consider themselves cousins of sort, however, there is no blood relation to Stonewall that is known. - Linda]
1. Sarah T. b. ca 1847
2. Alfred E. C. b. Apr. 1850 prob. Barbour Co., (W)V.
"Miss Frances A. Ludington, a true and noble woman, one in every way adapted to the high calling of minister's wife, who, wherever their united lot was cast left an enviable record, and constantly encouraged her husband onward and upward in his ministerial and intellectual achievements.
( History of Uphsur Co., W. VA. p. 548). Children: 4
After the death of Leah Anne, Abram m. Permalia Rohrbough b. 1811 Harrison Co., (W)V. In April 1855 he moved to Carthage, Illinois and lived there for about 20 years returning to WV after Permalia's death. There were seven children born to Permalia and Abram.
"Abram had a powerful physique, a champion of all sports of the period and an exceptionally fine marksman. He was in the War of 1812, 1st Lt. in his uncle's, Capt. John Bozarth's, Company Va. Militia. Prior to the Civil War he and his second wife moved to Illinois". (History of Upshur Co.)