Daniel and Hannah (Yount) Olinger

One of the problems with genealogy is that we become so focused on moving back that we sometimes fail to take the time to look at an individual life. Often there is little documentation for a particular individual and their importance to us is passed over in search of a relative who “did something.” It is common for all of us to be excited by the ancestor who served in one of the wars, or had a special standing in his community. Those folks interest us so much because “doing something” usually means there are documents to follow. But, the simple fact is that most of us are descended from men and women who simply worked hard and lived good, if unspectacular, lives.

Daniel Olinger and Hannah Yount are two of those rather ordinary people for their time, and yet they were amazing people.

Daniel was born 20 September 1811, and Hannah Yount was born 25 December 1808,1 both in the Kittanning area of Armstrong County.

They were married 10 April 1830 in Kittanning,2 and had ten (known) children:

David (29 Mar 1830 – 17 Sep 1846)
Findley P. (17 Jul 1833 – 15 Aug 1916)
Esther Ann (9 Jun 1837 – 19 Nov 1910)
Mary “Polly” (abt 1840 -)
Margaret (17 Sep 1842 – 25 Jul 1932)
Caroline (1843 – )
Daniel Olinger (1846 – 3 May 1918)
Aaron F. Olinger (20 Nov 1849 – 25 Jun 1911)
Samuel Stoton (Feb 1853 – 4 Dec 1920)
Thomas K. (Aug 1856 – 2 May 1931)
More on the children and their marriages later.

The census records for Daniel and Hannah:
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18504
18605
18706
18807
19008

I found no obituary or death notice for Daniel Olinger. The date of his death was provided by Viola in her notes.

Hannah lived to be almost 100 years of age, dying just shy of her birthday on 22 November 1908.9

Daniel and Hannah are two people born before the War of 1812, who raised ten children, and lived through the upheaval and horror of the Civil War. They were born when the nation’s fourth president, James Madison was in office, and Hannah died while Theodore Roosevelt was in office – he was the 26th president. They cleared their own land, planted their own food, and carried their own water. Their lives may not have been as exciting as others may in this line, but they were no less extraordinary.

There were two death notices for Hannah.
[The Indiana Evening Gazette 28 Nov 1908, p1, c7]
MRS. HANNAH OLINGER
Mrs. Hannah Olinger, died at her home in Elderton on Nov. 22, aged about 101 years. She was the oldest woman in this part of the State, and she had lived in Elderton since 1834. Up until several years ago she went, about at will. Nine children survive.

[The Indiana Weekly, 2 Dec 1908, p4, c1]
A Centenarian Dead.
Mrs. Daniel Olinger died suddenly November 22 at the home of her daughter, Easter Ann Olinger at Elderton, aged almost 100 years. Mrs. Olinger was born on Christmas, 1808, and all her life has been spent in the community near Elderton, where her daughter and two sons, Dan and Thomas, live. The other son, Aaron, is a resident of Kittanning.

The obituaries are interesting in the confusion they create. In the first obituary, it states nine children survive. Daniel and Hannah had ten known children, but I could only find eight confirmed alive at the time of Hannah’s death. Oldest son, David died at age 16. Daughter Caroline’s death date is still a mystery to me, although her husband lists himself as a widower on the 1900 census.

In the second obituary only four children are named. The other four (five if you count Caroline) are not mentioned even though two of them (Margaret Olinger Scott and Findley P.) lived in Elderton, not far from their mother.

The next post will be what I know about Daniel and Hannah’s children. Then tombstone pictures before moving back a generation to Adam and Anna Maria (Yount) Olinger.



1. Pennsylvania Department of Health, death certificate 104508 (1908), Hannah Olinger; Division of Vital Records, New Castle.
2. Constance Louise (Leinweber) Mateer, Early Deaths & Marriages in Armstrong County, Pennsylavania (Kittanning, Pennsylvania: n.p., 1994), Kittanning Gazette Vol #V I.
3. 1840 U.S. census, Armstrong, Pennsylvania, Kittanning Twp., p. 173, line 10, Daniel Olinger; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 24 Jan 2012); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M704, roll 442.
4. 1850 U.S. census, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Plumcreek Twp., p. 353, dwelling 279, family 279, Daniel Olinger; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.Ancestry.com); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll 749
5. 1860 U.S. census, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Elderton, p. 613, dwelling 1195, family 1079, Daniel Olinger; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.Ancestry.com); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M653, roll 1069.
6. 1870 U.S. census, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Elderton, p. 372, dwelling 14, family 14, Daniel Olinger; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M593, roll 1301.
7. 1880 U.S. census, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Elderton, enumeration district (ED) 5, p. 123, dwelling 267, family 285; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.Ancestry.com); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T9, roll 1096.
8. 1900 U.S. census, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Elderton, enumeration district (ED) 11, p. 3A, dwelling 60; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.Ancestry.com); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T623, roll 1373.
9. Pennsylvania Department of Health, death certificate 104508 (1908), Hannah Olinger; Division of Vital Records, New Castle, Pennsylvania.

Climbing the Olinger and Yount Tree

Margaret Olinger’s ancestors are generations of Germans who, as I previously mentioned, have been in America since at least the Revolutionary War. While I have done some of the initial verification work, I am still working on most of this – use this line at your own risk. I am working on the verification and getting my own copies of the sources this summer. I have provided the sources I currently have and been clear about what is not sourced.

In order to tie the line together there needs to be some documentation that provides a parent/child relationship. Family stories are nice, but paperwork is best! So here’s what I started.

First and foremost, we need to remember that spelling is optional. Don’t think that a will or census records will provide the correct spelling. Wills and census records were recorded by individuals who may or may not have asked how something was spelled. They may have been asking people who could not read or write how to spell their names. Most of the entries were accomplished either based on the experience of the person doing the writing, or their best guess based on how the name sounded. Men who clerked or “scribed” had no special grasp of spelling. I have seen the same name spelled three different ways in a single document. Most names did not reach a finalized form until Social Security began. Once you spelled it a certain way with the federal government – that was pretty close to how it remained. Our family uses the spelling of Olinger, but there are many Ohlingers in the tree. So when searching for Olinger you need to flexible and search for Olinger, Ollinger, and Ohlinger, and try substituting an e for an i and the letter j for g. The Yount line is often found as Yont, Yunt, and Yundt. I have also seen it spelled Jundt in some trees.

I am sure of whom Margaret Olinger’s parents are for two reasons. First – Viola Lawton Scott gathered the initial information directly from Margaret Olinger when she was alive. This is why I’m comfortable with using the date of births that I have. Second – I have Margaret Olinger’s 1932 death certificate which names her parents are Daniel Olinger and Hannah Yount.1 This could get confusing as we work are way back since there are several Olingers who have married Younts.

Daniel Olinger was born 20 September 1811 in Armstrong County, the youngest known son of Adam and Anna Maria (Yount) Olinger. (Yes, Yount again. Daniel and Hannah are first cousins.) I have seen various locations listed for his birth including Kittanning and Elderton. Daniel’s family was enumerated on the 1820 census in Kittanning Twp., Armstrong, Pennsylvania. Elderton was not incorporated as a borough until 1859.

Daniel married Hannah Yount on 10 April 1830 in Kittanning Twp. The newspaper notice of their marriage reads “Mr. Daniel Ohlinger, to Miss Hannah Yundt, dau. of Jonathan Yundt all of Kittanning Twp.”2 Hannah is the fifth child of Jonathan and Maria Margaret (Riscinger) Yount. Jonathan is the brother of Daniel’s mother Anna Maria. More on Daniel and Hannah in the next post.



1. Pennsylvania Department of Health, death certificate 73280 (1932), Margaret Scott; Division of Vital Records, New Castle, Pennsylvania.
2. Constance Louise (Leinweber) Mateer, Early Deaths & Marriages in Armstrong County, Pennsylavania (Kittanning, Pennsylvania: n.p., 1994), Kittanning Gazette Vol #V I.

Margaret (Olinger) Scott (1842-1932)

Stepping back a generation in the Scott family, my next series of posts will focus on the Olinger and Yount lines. The Olinger and Yount families have been in Pennsylvania since before the Revolutionary War and are (fortunately for me) reasonably well documented. I have provided a pedigree chart from Robert Clare Scott in case you’ve lost track – I constantly have to refer back to my notes and charts in this family. It’s simply a lot of people to keep track of.

Margaret Olinger was born 17 September 1842 in Plumcreek Township, Armstrong County.1 She was the fifth child of Daniel Olinger (20 September 1811 – 23 May 1878) and Hannah Yount (25 December 1807 – 22 November 1908).2 I did not find a baptismal record for her in the church records in Gastown. It is possible that she may eventually be found in another church in the area, but many of those records have not been filmed or transcribed. Nor did I find a marriage record for Margaret and Zachariah. It is probable that they were married in the home of a family member. The records of a minister belonged to him not to the church, and there were no requirements to record these events at the courthouse or in the minister’s home church documents.

After Zachariah’s death 14 October 1900, Margaret Olinger Scott continued to live in the home that she had shared with him. Her grandson, Savandus “Curly” Taylor Schall (1900-1988) moved in and is enumerated with her on the
1910, 1920, and 1930 censuses.3,4,5 Margaret outlived Zachariah by almost 32 years and died at the age of 89 on 28 July 1932 in Elderton of Chronic Aortic Insufficiency.6 89 years on a weak heart!!!

Margaret is buried with Zachariah in the Elderton Cemetery. Curly and his family are nearby.

MRS. MARGARET SCOTT

A complication of disease caused the death in Elderton at 9:50 p.m., Monday of Mrs. Margaret (Olinger) Scott, aged 89 years, ten months and eight days. She had always lived in the vicinity of her death and was a member of the Presbyterian Church. She leaves two sons and a daughter. J. P. Scott of Idaho, D. G. Scott of Holton, Kansas and Mrs. Annie Schall of Elderton. She also leaves 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted in the Elderton Presbyterian Church at 2:00 p.m. Thursday [28 Jul], with burial in Elderton cemetery.7

Margaret Scott with sons Frank and J.P



1. Pennsylvania Department of Health, death certificate 73280 (1932), Margaret Scott; Division of Vital Records, New Castle.
2. ibid
3. 1910 U.S. census, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania population schedule, Elderton, enumeration district (ED) 37, p. 3B, dwelling 69; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.Ancestry.com); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T624, roll 1310.
4. 1920 U.S. census, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania population schedule, Plumcreek, enumeration district (ED) 15, p. 7A, dwelling 3; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.Ancestry.com); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T625, roll 1508.
5. 1930 U.S. census, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania population schedule, Plumcreek Twp., enumeration district (ED) 42, p. 1A, dwelling 4; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.Ancestry.com); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T626, roll 1994.
6. Pennsylvania Department of Health, death certificate 73280 (1932), Margaret Scott; Division of Vital Records, New Castle.
8. Obituary, “SCOTT,” The Indiana Weekly Messenger, 28 Jul 1938; digital images.

The Scott, Beatty, and Shaffer Page

The basic page with a pedigree chart is up for Scotty’s Scott, Beatty, and Shaffer lines. This family centers in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. His Scott line is a stalled while I try to figure out who James Scott is, and the same is true for his Anthony line. The same is true of his Beatty line. James Beatty appears from Ireland and marries Rebecca Beatty and it is possible they are cousins, but I haven’t gotten that far yet. I am working the Shaffer line because he is the only father that Anna M. Beatty ever knew. After her mother Nancy J. Beatty married him she was listed in his household as Anna M. or Mary A. Shaffer.

About the only line that I have had some real success with is the line of Margaret Olinger. You just have to love those nice solid record keeping Germans! The Olingers and Younts have been in Pennsylvania since before the Revolutionary War and left behind good church records including baptism records. There is still a lot of work to do, but the basics are there.