Catherine Pedan was born 02 Sep 1823 in Guernsey County, Ohio.  She was the daughter of James Pedon (1767-1833) and Margaret K. Burkholder/Burkholter (1792-1863).  She was the sixth of twelve children.  Her siblings were: Benjamin M. (1812 – after 1870), Steven G. (1816-unknown), Isaac M. (1870 – before 1870), Permelia Jane (1821-1865), Henry E. B. (1826 – between 1870 & 1880), Mary E. B. (twin to Henry) (1826-1900), Julian B. (1828-1829), Mary B. (1831-1901), George C. (twin to Mary B.) (1831-1832), and James H. (1833-1862).

This is from the Probate and Juvenile Court of Columbus, Ohio. The record of marriage of William H. Endly and Catherine Pedan on November 2, 1848. A certified copy may be had for 50 cents. [pwc: I ‘ll bet not any more!]

I wish we knew more about Catherine’s life.  My records show that both her husband and her mother died in the same year.  Her son, William James would have been only 13 at that time.  We might suppose that her brother, Henry, probably lent a hand, but he had a wife and two children to see to, so ????? Henry Paden married Emily Dugan 16 Oct 1840 in Guernsey County, Ohio.  By 1870, Henry and his family were in Leavenworth County, Kansas.

Obituary of Catherine Pedan ENDLY from the Independence, Kansas newspaper of 1894:

Catherine Pedan was born in September 1823. She married Wm. Endly and came to Kansas Territory in 1857, where in 1863 Wm. Endly died.
Catherine Endly after years of loneliness and weeks of helplessness and suffering passed away December 6, 1894 at the home of her child W. J. Endly of Independence, Kansas. Her remains were taken to Edgerton Kansas for burial. Although her funeral had been preached at Independence, many relatives, and old neighbours followed the remains to the cemetery and err the evening shades descended, a mound had covered the form of another Johnson County pioneer.
The deceased had been for many years a member of the Presbyterian Church and the last time the writer saw her she spoke of hope beyond the river, and the joyous welcome awaiting there.
[The death certificate says she died of locomotive ataxia.]

Catherine Pedan, third wife of William H. Endly, and my great, great grandmother, was the daughter of James Pedan and Margaret K. Burkholder.

Unfortunately, all of those surnames can and have been spelled in a variety of ways so it’s hard to discover which of the many listings is the actual relative. Margaret K. Burkholder has also been listed as Margaret K. Burkholter. She married three times, apparently.

Her first husband, James Pedan/Paden/Pedon/Peden/Payton/Patton, [b 02 Nov 1767, d 25 Feb 1833] was the father of her children. From the Ohio tax records we glean this:

Name: James Paden

Residence: Centre Township, Guernsey , Ohio

Tax type: Personal

Year range: 1828-1830

Reference number: 142

Film number: 506584

Digital GS number: 4021629

Image number: 00536

Collection: Ohio Tax Records 1816-1838

We also find this:

James Pedan, “United States Census, 1800”

Name: James Pedan

Event Place: Chanceford, York, Pennsylvania

Page Number: 1378,1379

Affiliate Publication Number: M32

Affiliate Film Number: 44

GS Film number: 363347

Digital Folder Number: 004440910

Image Number: 00202

Some researchers believe that the James Pedan and James Paden are one and the same and further believe that he is likely to be the son of Benjamin Paden and Jane Griffin. From the page for Benjamin Paden found under Paden/Peden Family History and Genealogy we find these facts about Benjamin:

Justice of the Peace for Chanceford TWP, York County, PA in 1777. Elected to State Legislature in 1805. Served in the Revolutionary War effective 4-16-1778 with the York County Militia 3rd Co. 6th Bat. Capt. Ferry’s Co. as a Private 1st Class.

We know that Benjamin Paden b. 7 Oct 1737, d. 6 Nov 1813, , York County, Pennsylvania did have a son, James, born around the time of our James, but there is nothing to prove or disprove if they are one and the same.

James and Margaret’s children are as follows:

Benjamin M. Pedan, 1812-Before1870. Spouse: Mary B. Lucas

Stephen G. Pedan, 1814-Unknown

Isaac M. Pedan, 1817- Before 1870. Spouse: Margaret Lucas

David K. Pedan, 1819-Unknown. Spouse: Elizabeth Gilpin

Permelia Jane Pedan, 1821-1865. Spouse: John Gray (also listed as Pamela Jane and Amelia)

Catherine Pedan, 1823-1894. Spouse: William H. Endly

Henry E. B. Pedan, 1826-after 1870. Spouse: Emily Dugan

Mary E. B. Pedan, 1826- Before 1900. (Twin to Henry) Spouse: Alexander Williams

Mary B. Pedan, 1831-1901. Spouse: D. William Stewart

George C. Pedan, 1831-1862. (Twin to Mary B.) No marriage data available.

James H. Pedan, 1833-1862. No marriage data available.

We assume James, husband of Margaret died around or before 1833 since she married her second husband, Weat Slater 15 Aug 1833 in Guernsey County, Ohio. He died four years later (1837) and she married her third husband, George K. Bellman 9 Jan 1838. I don’t have information about Bellman’s death or burial, but Margaret joined her daughter Catherine, son-in-law, William H. Endly, and their son William James Endly, when they immigrated to Kansas. She died there 10 Sep 1863 and is buried in the Edgerton, Kansas Cemetery. Her Find A Grave # is 125936581. [A picture of her stone gives her birth and death dates as well as the name of her first husband.] Three of her children, Catherine, Henry, and Mary B. are also buried in Kansas. photo by Stevem Brekel, FAG #48917574