Polly’s People – The U. S. beginning of the Endly family

I have a number of brick walls in my search for my ancestors.  I thought this might be a way to toss out some ideas and see if anything useful came from so doing.

I will start with my paternal grandmother’s family – The Endly Family:

My grandmother was born Harriet Bertha Endly.  She was born in Edgerton, Johnson County, Kansas 23 Mar 1878.  Her parents were William James Endly (born 01 Jan 1850 in Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio).  His father was William H. Endly (born 12 Mar 1812 near Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio).  William H. Endly was the son of Jacob Endly, born 30 Apr 1779 in, perhaps, Frederick County, Maryland.  And, there the trail ends.  We think perhaps his father was either a James Endly or a Melchior Endly.

There are many Endly’s in and around Guernsey County, Ohio and most of these seem to have come there from Fayette County, Pennsylvania.  My theory is that both my people and those who spell their name Endley are all from the same family.  I have used only one spelling throughout just to keep thing simple. Here’s what I think may be the line here in the United States:

Melchior Endly was most likely born in Germany between 1750 and 1753. I believe he and his wife ( whose name may be Anna Maria) had at least four sons: 1) Michael Endly, born 02 Dec 1772; 2) Jacob Endly, born 30 Apr 1779, 3) John Endly, born ca 1782 and 4) George W. Endly, born ca 1797. There were also probably at least two daughters: Anna Maria, born around 1773, and Catarina born around 1776.

I find Melchior Endly listed in the 1820 Census in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. No wife is named, nor are any children named, but by that time, the children would most likely have been on their own. I looked for, but didn’t find immigration records for anybody named Endly, but found nothing. That doesn’t mean there’s nothing there, it just means that my ability to peruse immigration records is limited.

Jacob Endly, above named, is my direct line. 

  • The first mention I find for Jacob Endly is in a list of Names of persons recommended as Tavern Keepers in Fayette County at November Sessions 1809. (,498235)
  • In the 1810 Census for Redstone Township, Fayette County, we find listed:

Jacob ENDLEY with 3 females and 1 free black. We can assume one of those is his wife, Mary Rabe and the one other his daughter Evaline, but who the 2nd female is, I do not know – perhaps a sister?

  • In 1820, the family is in Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio

1820 ; Township: Cambridge ; County: Guernsey ; State: OH

  Jacob ENLY

1M@<10 (William)

1M@26-44 (Jacob)

2F@<10 (Elizabeth)

1F@10-14 (Eveline)

1F@16-25 (?)

1F@26-44 (Mary)

1 in agriculture

1M@14-26 slave (Question, is this the same black who was free in 1810? Wouldn’t he still be free or is this someone else?)

and then there is this: JACOB ENDLEY, father of Mrs. Kate M. Lawrence, has his birth in Pennsylvania in 1779, and his wife, Mary Rabe, was born in 1787. Their wedding ceremony was in 1805. They remained in Pennsylvania six years, and he then purchased a farm in Belmont county, Ohio, and lived on it until 1816. From 1816 to 1832 he kept a hotel in Center township, and from 1832 until his death in 1852, he kept the hotel at Washington, Guernsey county. His wife died in 1842. They left five children – Elizabeth A., wife of John E. Boyd; Sophia L., wife of James S. Boyd; George A., Jacob., and Kate M. The latter was born in 1823, and married Albert G. Lawrence in 1843. Mr. Lawrence was born in 1816. They spent their married life in Washington, where he was a merchant until his death in 1866. Their children were: Albert E.; Catharine E., wife of Charles Merrick; Ada V., wife of Theodore Haines; and Charles E. They live well on their one hundred and twenty acre farm. – Pg. 522
History of Guernsey County, Ohio
with Illustrations
Cleveland: T. F. Williams.

Note: Jacob Endly and his wife, Mary Rabe, actually had nine children.  We shall deal with them later.