Hartzell Narrative: Details with Historical Perspective


1. The oldest records seem to be of Jacob Herzel, who was born and died in Pfaffikon Parish, Zurich, Switzerland. The Herzel name may or may not be from the nearby village of Herzel. Ruth Salley Johnson describes Herzel as being "19 miles south of Zurich".

Jacob Herzel was born in 1580, his baptism "recorded in what is believed to be the first Church Register, after the Reformation, in that Parish." Luther had nailed his theses on the door of the cathedral in Wittenberg, Germany in 1517; in 1525 the anabaptist movement (adult, not child, baptism; the roots of the Mennonite and Amish sects) was taking hold in Switzerland. In 1535 the government in Zurich began imprisoning anabaptists and a long lasting war, stirred by the French, began between the Catholic and protestant areas. By the time Jacob was born, the area was torn by constant warfare. In the nearby Germanic states (there was no "Germany", just loosely allied and constantly fighting small kingdoms with a somewhat useless "Emperor") were also warring over the protestant/Catholic question. The Palatinate (which included part of present-day Switzerland, and had it's capital in Heidleburg) changed it's religious affiliation regularly, and persecuted the out-of-favor sects, especially the Reformed Church to which so many of our ancestors belonged.

Jacob married Madalen Keller in 1601 in Pfaffikon, and they has eleven children between 1603 and 1621, including our ancestor Heinrich Hans Hirzel, born in 1619 in Pfaffikon.

By the time Jacob died (probably in the 1620s) the area was into the Thirty Years War (about 1618 to 1648) between Protestant and Catholic factions. The death toll of the war for both civilians and soldiers was high, but refusal to participate in war is a tenent of the anabaptist belief, and Jacob and his sons seem to have survived. back


2. Jacob's son Heinrich Hans (1619-1663) married Maria Steiner (1622-1663) in 1646 and had three children in Switzerland, in 1648, 1650, and 1652.

The whole area had been devastated by the time of the Peace of Westphalia (Oct. 24, 1648); agriculture basically stopped, disease was rampant, and perhaps a third of the male population of the Germanic states had been killed.

To rebuild his land, the (Catholic) Prince Elector of the Palatinate, Karl Ludwig II, offered farmland to one thousand Swiss whose religion had previously caused them to be considered undesirable residents. Heinrich Hans and his family took up the offer and moved to Reihen near Heidelberg in the Palatinate where their daughter Anna was born in 1654, daughter Maria Barbara in 1656, and our ancestor Clemens Hirtzel on Feb. 20th, 1656.

They arrived in an area emptied by war. Whole villages had been destroyed and no doubt the farmland was in bad shape (not to mention full of dead bodies.) The Hirzels apparently came in a large family group to the area, and the Prince Elector got his money's worth out of them.

Peace was temporary. In 1672 the Louis XIV's army crossed the Rhine and invaded the Netherlands and in 1674 the Palatinate was laid waste by the French troops. Having recovered the Alsace region, the troops exited across the Rhine in 1675. All this religious warfare eventually lead to the establishment of the separation of church and state in the US Constitution; may we never forget! back


3. Clemens Hertzel (1656-1707) was born and died in Reihen in the Palatinate. (The family changed their name's spelling when they moved. Spellings were not regularized for centuries, and the spelling was usually rendered phonetically in whatever language or dialect they were using. These were not illiterate people, so it wasn't an accident.) His godfather was the pastor of the Reformed Church, also named Clemens Hirtzel, who may have been the person who led the move from Switzerland. Clemens married in 1680 to Anna Sinter (1664-1738) in Reihen, and they had ten children between 1681 and 1705, including our ancestor, Hans Georg, on Sept. 25, 1686. Anna was a midwife who delivered more than 400 babies. Children: Hans Heinrich, Hans Georg, Maria Esther, Christoph "Stoffel", Hans Jonas, Anna Christina, Johann Jacob, Maria Margretha, Anna Margretha and Hans Ulrich.

The year after they were married, in the British American colonies, William Penn was given a land grant (1681) in hopes that he would take the dissenting sects in England over there to live. Then in 1682 the Black Death stuck Europe again. Louis XIV laid claim to the Palatinate after Ludwig II's death in 1685... and also repealed the Edict of Nantes (he was getting old and mean) and began persecuting Protestants again.

Many French Protestants moved to the Palatinate, which in 1688 joins in the War of the League of Augburg against Louis XIV. Predictably, the powerful French army invades, sacks and burns and rampages. In the middle of winter, people are homeless. (The object was apparently the toll castles that impeded the French on the Rhine River.) In 1693 Heidleburg was attacked and burned, it's fortifications destroyed. All this time Anna Sinter Hertzel was having (and delivering) lots of babies. What was that about "living in interesting times"?

But wait, there's more. The endless warfare, combined with the German princes' desire to have French-style lavish castles, led to ever increasing taxation.

And more... This period was in the time known as the "Little Ice Age" when the weather cooled significantly and agricultural outputs (and incomes) dropped. Famines in 1693 - 94 were some of the worst ever recorded, due to failed harvests. Malnutrition led to increased disease.

Clemens Hirzel died in 1707 in Reihen. The winter of 1708-1709 was unbelievably bad; not only did people freeze to death, but reports were that firewood wouldn't burn in the open air; chickens died on their roosts; wine froze in the cask; and the fruit trees and vines--a major part of the region's agriculture--were killed.

During this same time, pamphlets were distributed across the region describing the Americas in glowing terms. The origin was England, and they were decorated with pictures of Queen Anne. Known as the "Golden Book" they seemed to imply that the English crown would help those who emigrated to the British Colonies. How much the Queen had to do with the pamphlet is debatable, but it was to the advantage of the English to populate their territories with the hard-working farmers of the Palatinate. And it was to the financial advantage of the receivers of British land grants to sell the land they had been given to immigrants; and so British agents traveled about, talking people into going to the American colonies. The first group from the Palatinate went up the Rhine to Rotterdam, and then to Dover, and then to America, in 1708. back


4. Our ancestor, Clement's son Hans Georg Hertzel (1686-1755) married in January of 1713, to Anna Margaretha Conrad (1684-1796), who had been born in the nearby village of Ittleingen. They had five children by 1726. They would have seen the "Golden Book" pamphlets, and read the dissenting view pamphlets presented by disgruntled people who had gone and returned. They would have listened to agents of landowners and agents of ship captains make their pitch. Warfare, disease, cold, and the growing population limiting the available farmland were all reasons for leaving. And in the Americas, there would be no nobles, with their taxation and their limiting of the use of the forests. In 1727, the family, with younger brother Hans Ulrich and two other relatives, Dietrich and Hans Ernst Rudi, made the decision and took the trip.

It wouldn't have been something undertaken as an adventure by a 40-year-old man with a family (though it might have been for Ulrich, Dietrich, and Rudi) but rather as a chance for a large amount of farmland. (The religious atmosphere in the Palatinate was tolerant, despite a Catholic Prince Elector, and is not usually mentioned as a reason for emigrating...but the British did make some political hay out of helping the Protestants.)ref.

The trip up the Rhine, with constant tolls, would have sapped their finances. In Rotterdam they boarded the "William and Sara" to a stop in Dover, England and then on across the Atlantic to Pennsylvania; a tiny ship with 400 or so people crowded aboard. The ship's list shows our ancestors as passengers:
Hans Jerg Hertzel, 41;
Margretha (Conradt);
Hans Georg, 13;
Hans Jacob, 11;
Anna Margretha, 8;
Johann Dieterich, 6;
Johann Leonhard, 2.
(Used to be online, but someone seems to have "claimed" it. Write to me if you have a link to the whole list.)

Typhoid, Yellow Fever, and other diseases of cramped spaces without enough clean water affected many of the ships. There were rats, lice, and bad food. When they disembarked in Pennsylvania, they were supposed to go swear allegance to the English king; Hans Ulrich was "lying sick on board, never came to be qualified." (Declaration) A clerk wrote down his name as Ulrich Hetzell, yet another spelling. He survived, and so did all of the rest of the family, but others didn't.

"Between the years 1727-1750 over 20 persons (I think she means heads of household) by the name of Hartzel arrived in the port of Philadelphia. All these immigrants settled in PA., most in Bucks Co. It was the custom of these people to give two baptismal names and drop one in common usage, usually the first name was dropped." (Ruth Salley Johnson) These included Hans Heinrich b. 1684 and Hans Paul b. 1677, sons of Hans Heinrich, Clement's brother; and Peter Knecht, son of Clement and Hans Heinrich's sister Anna. They arrived in 1732.

Once in Pennsylvania, the family first purchased land about thirty miles from Philadelphia and then in 1734 sold it and purchased 300 acres on the east branch of Saucon Creek, near Epithelium, Lower Saucon Township, then Bucks County, now Northampton County. (map of Hertzel farms) (map of East Branch Saucon Creek)

That's a lot of territory to farm! It will be interesting to find out more about the land transactions.
From a book with a chapter about the German settlers, "Davis's 1877 History of Northampton Co, PA": "In 1735, these lands ("the south bank of the Lehigh, at and above the month of the. Saucon") were thrown open to settlement, and the Proprietaries of Pennsylvania had planned and advertised a lottery to be drawn for the disposition of one hundred thousand acres in the wilderness portion of Bucks county-to be laid out anywhere, except on matters and lands already settled-not excepting lands to which the Indian title had not been extinguished, and the scheme provided that squatters who had illegally established themselves, might, by drawing prizes, have their claims ratified. Great numbers of tickets were sold, but, for some cause, the drawing never took place, However, in lieu thereof, the holders of tickets were permitted to locate the lands in question, on certain favorable terms..."
I'll bet. (This is followed by a chapter titled "LATER MASSACRES".)

In 1764, towards the end of Hans Georg Hirtzel's life, he transferred title of the farm to his son-in-law and his partner.

Hans Georg Hertzel died in 1755, in Northampton Co., PA. Anna Margaretha Conrad Hertzel died Sept. 20, 1796, Lower Saucon Township, Northampton Co., PA. Children: Hans George Jr. b. 8 Jul 1714, Hans Jacob b. 16 Jan 1716, Anna Margaretha b. 17 Apr 1719, Johann Dietrich (Rudi?) b. 31 Oct 1722, Johann Leonard b. 29 Sep 1726.
"Hertzels in Lower Saucon Townchip (south of the Lehigh River) should not be confused with Hartzels in Bethlehem Township (north of the river) which is now called Newburg, and is located where the road between Easton and Bath crosses the road between Bethlehem and Nazareth. Here, at the crossroads, stood the old Inn, built in 1760, operated by Jacob Hertzel (brother of George, Jr), and later by Jonas, son of Jacob. The land of Jacob ran from this corner to the Drylands Churchyard at Hecktown, where he is buried. His son, Jonas Hartzel, was sheriff of Northampton Co. and filled a number of prominent positions during the Revolution. In later life Jonas bought an Inn at Allentown and is buried there. There is still an Inn at the crossroads in Newburg. A descendant of Jacob Hertzel, Mr. Elmer Kriedler, who now lives just opposite the present day Inn, said in 1932 that Hartzels was later called Newburg, because, as it sat on a hill, the pioneers aproaching it from the south, called it New Burg (hill or mountain)." From the book "Hartzell & Allied Families of Bash Stauffer Worman & Shallenberger - Ancestors & Descendants of Michael & Nancy Hartzell, Pennsylvania to Illinois, 1836" by Helen Jackson Black, Wichita, Kansas, 1943. back


5. Hans Georg Hertzel's son Hans George Hertzel, called "John" (1714-1767) was born on Jul y 7,1714 in Reihen, Baden, Germany. He died on January 21, 1767 in Easton, Northampton, PA. He was married in 1737 to Catherina Schmetzer (b.1713) in Lehigh, PA, and had eight children. He farmed 200 acres next to his father's land on Applebutter Road, which he purchased in 1737, the year he was married.

The Lower Saucon Reformed Church met at his house (1747), and his children are entered in the earliest church books (1756.) "He wrote his will in German on Feb 21, 1757. Jan 1, 1767 he and George Heckman were drowned at Easton, probably as they attempted to cross the Lehigh River. The family continued to live on the farm for about six years until the youngest child married. Feb 1, 1769, son-in-law Jacob Gross agreed to take over the plantation for 400 pounds. They had a sale at which John, the oldest son, bought most of the farm equipment and some animals, other sons-in-law purchased items, the total coming to 638 pounds, 7 shillings, 4 pence for the personal property of the estate."

He had two other sons named John, John Adam and our ancestor Johann Hans George Hartzel. He was buried in Lower Saucon Reformed Church Cemetery, Easton Road, Hellertown, PA. (Now a Lutheran Church; info and directions) Catharine Schmetzer was born March 3, 1713 and died on 20 Sep 1796 in Lower Saucon, Northampton Co, Pa, while living with her son-in-law, Jacob Cross. She was buried in Lower Saucon Reformed Church Cemetery, Easton Road, Hellertown, Pa.
Children: Magdalena, Anna Christina (Eva), John, Anna Maria Margaretha b. 1743, Friedrich, John Adam, John George, Mary Magdeline, Susanna Catharina, Nathan.

Why was she living with her son-in-law?

In the online records of Northampton wills I find this:
262 Hartzell, George Lower Saucon
31-3-1785 - 25-3-1789
wife Mary-Magdalena
son Henry
dau Mary
dau Margaret
son Solomon
step-son Adam Schmetzer
step-dau Magdalena Schmetzer
ex. John Rothrock

I don't know what all the numbers mean, or the dates, but there's that Schmetzer name. back


6. John/Johann Hans George Hartzel (1749-1824) married Hannah Philitz Kreiling (1751-1830.) They had 15 (yikes) surviving children, including a set of twins, John George and John Philip, born Dec 31,1771; Hannah still managed to live to be 79! Our ancestor was twin John Philip. The children's names are all variously spelled, Hartzel and Hartzell. Their second daughter was Christine Hartzell -- me too.
Children: Barbara, Christine , Matthew, John Phillip & John George (twins), Catharine, Leonard, Sarah, John, Elizabeth, Hannah, Jacob, Susanna, Mary, and Henry.

John George served in the revolutionary war in Captain John Santee's Company, 2nd Battalion of the Militia of Northampton County, Pa. He was discharged September 15, 1781. "Davis's 1877 History of Northampton Co, PA" discusses the Morivians opting out of the Revolutionary War:
"Our declining to exercise in the use of arms, is no new thing; nor does it proceed from certain considerations, being a fundamental principle of the Brethrens Churches-a point of conscience, which our first, settlers brought with there into this province."

His family first lived in Lower Saucon Township, Northampton County and then to Menallen Township, York (now Adams) County, in 1780. (a beautiful old map of Allen County.

He owned 150 acres on Possum Creek , and built a sawmill there. The family attended the Lutheran church. He built a red brick house of brick imported from England that may still be standing. He seems to have been prosperous as well as energetic. "In 1799, George Hartzell had property assessed at $1359." He died Nov 3, 1824 (at age 75) and is buried in Fairview Cemetery, Arendtsville, Adams Co, PA. His death notice in the Gettysburg Compiler, November 17, 1824 states "Father of 17 children, 13 married, grandfather of 100 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren". back


7. John Phillip Hartzel b. Dec 31,1771 in Lower Saucon township, Northampton City, Pa. d.1824 in Straban Twp, Adams Co, Pa. m. Elizabeth (?) b. 1778. Buried in Fairview Cemetery with his parents. He died without a will. Not too much about him, they seem to have lived on his parent's farm. Did this mean they were running out of available farmland? After his death, six sons and a daughter moved to Ohio, including out ancestor, John Jeremiah.
Children were:
Hannah Hartzell b. 1802 m. 1820 Jacob Ziegler, moved to Ohio
Jonas Hartzell 1803-1893, m. Elizabeth Welty
James Hartzell b. 1805
William Hartzell 1807-1844, m 1. Susanna Schriver, m 2. Barbara Shriver
Henry Hartzell b. 1808, m. Martha J. ?
Phillip Hartzell 1810-1873 m. Julia Harmon
George Hartzell 1812-1857, m. Rachel Shriver
John Jeremiah Hartzell 1815-1853, m. Nancy Westfall (our ancestors)
John Daniel Hartzell 1819-1896, m. Mary Warvel. back


8. John Jeremiah Hartzell
After John Phillip Hartzel died, Henry, George and Jeremiah went to Darke County, Ohio in 1833; Philip and Jonas in 1836; and "Daniel, at the age of 19, started for the wilderness, his destination being Darke Co. whither he came to join his brother Philip. He eventually returned to Pa. and soon, in the company of his mother and stepfather, again set out on the weary journey to Ohio. It is recorded that he walked the entire distance, except for three miles." (Ruth Salley Johnson, quoting "The History of Darke County", Chicago, W.H. Geers and Co, 1880.) Their sister Hannah also came to Ohio with her husband, Jacob Ziegler.

Driving gives only a small sense of what this must have been like. Setting out without roads, over mountains and heavy forest, across Pennsylvania and across Ohio for 450 miles. And when they got there they were faced with swampland with its diseases and forest to clear before they could plant. But they did get their land.

John Jeremiah Hartzell was born in Menallen Township, Allen County, PA on December 1, 1815. He walked to Darke County, Ohio with his brothers when he was 18. He married Nancy Westfall, who had been born in Darke County on January 22, 1823. "The family farm was located about 6-9 miles north of Greenville and 1 mile west of Beamsville, Ohio, Section 36, Richland township." (Beamsville and Richland Township map) (Adams Township showing Hartzell Road)

Their children were William (1842-1858), Philip (1843-1919) , David Daniel (1844-1937) (our ancestor), John J. (1846 - 1868), Josiah (1849-1853), and James A. (1851 - 1853). "Jeremiah was a Democrat of the true Jacksonian school and he was a zealous advocate of the party cause throughout the course of his life. He and his wife were devoted members of the German Reformed Church."

Jeremiah died in Darke County on Sept 19, 1853. Nancy died November 11, 1866. They are buried in the Beamsville Cemetery, Richland Township, Darke County (map) along with all of their sons except for David. The cemetery is on the west side of Highway 127, on the southwest edge of Beamsville, by Stillwater Creek.

Philip (1843-1919) went west in 1864, to Omaha, NE "teaming for about 1 1/2 years between Omaha and Denver City." He returned and married Caroline Dill and farmed 115 acres, part of his father's farm. A year after his mother died (1866) he purchased the farmand in 1879 built a large house on the homestead and used the small house they had grown up in for a wash house. He also built a small house for his son Charles Dill. After Caroline died he remarried, to Laura Sharp in 1889. The farm was sold in 1920. back


9. David Daniel Hartzell was born September 28, 1844, and baptized in the German Reform Church. He went to Ozawakie, KS in 1867 after his mother died (he was 23) to work as a plasterer. A cousin, John Daniel Hartzell, was a plasterer who had been in the Civil War and had moved to Kansas in 1866, so maybe David knew something about it. Maybe he was just a farm boy that was big, strong, and a quick learner, and talked someone into hiring him--how could an employer go wrong? I know from a tour of the Michigan state capitol that at the time there was a tremendous need for skilled labor to help with the tremendous building boom going on across the west. Plasterers were especially in demand.

In 1868 he was working for a Gregory Navarre "driving across the county by wagon" who brought him to Rossville, Kansas "to plaster the Alex Nadeau Station west of town." (In trying to figure out where this might be, I found that Alexander P. Nadeau (1830 - 1903), a Pottawatomie, ran the ferry on Cross Creek and had an overland stage waystation described in "Colorado: A Summer Trip" by Bayard Taylor, printed 1867: "After a drive of twenty-two miles (from Topeka), we reached a neat, whitewashed cabin, with the sign: "Hotel, A. P. Neddo." The landlord was a giant half-breed, remarkably handsome and remarkably heavy, familiarly known as "Big Aleck." He has four hundred acres of superb land, and is accounted wealthy." ref. This may have been on the road that is now Highway 24, which goes over Cross Creek.)

David must have liked what he saw in Rossville because after a job plastering the officers' quarters at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, he returned to Rossville in 1872 and used the money to open a pharmacy with Altmont Allen. Presumably, one of them knew something about it. Then again, maybe not--"find a need and fill it." Maybe he had learned something while working for Alex Nadeau about the Potawatomie and their healing arts--they were famous for their knowlege of herbal medicines, and Hartzells are famous for schmoozing and getting to know people and finding out stuff. David's pharmacy seemed to have specialized in herbal medicines, learned from the local Indians. (Grandpa remembered going out in a wagon with his father and the Indians, collecting herbs on the prairie, and trading for roots and herbs on the Pottawatomie Reservation to the north of Rossville.) And then in Rossville there was Matilda Jane Boots (born Sept. 25, 1851, in Sturgis Michigan); they married on Feb. 21, 1875.

Later David joined with a trained pharmacist, Meville F. Tatman, in 1878, and added western medicine to the store on Main Street, which was then called "Hartzell & Tatman, Druggists." They did a very good business, $6000 in 1881. "The drug store was a popular place especially in early September when he sold all the school books and school supplies. He was a very kind man, though quiet spoken, at times appeared gruff. But there was a twinkle in his eye that could not be hidden. A good manager, he kept things organized, tidy, and scoffed at any kind of waste." There's that tightwadishness that he was also known for, it's probably very German (or Swiss.) Here is a link to an 1899 photo of "Dave Hartzell", M. T. Tateman, Greg Navarre, and other leading lights of Rossville (from the Rossville web site.) Impressive beards!

David Hartzell retired in 1926, when he was 82, and sold the business.
His wife, Tillie, always seems to have a bit of a smile in the otherwise formal and stiff old photos. She lived to be 101 years old, and although I don't remember her I do remember that people always spoke of her with fondness. She "was Financial Secretary of the Knights and Ladies of Security in Rossville, later known as the Security Benefit Association. She was active in the community and the Methodist Church." And also a quilter. See more about her on the Boots page.

David Daniel died January 28, 1937 at age 93. Matilda Jane Boots died February 2, 1953 at age 101. Both are buried in the Rossville Cemetery.

Children: Ernest David Hartzell, Edna Augusta Hartzell, Frank Daniel Hartzell, Melvin Boots Hartzell, Leroy Philip Hartzell.

Photo, left to right: Melvin, Frank, Edna. LeRoy, Ernst. In front, Tillie Boots Hartzell


10. Ernest David Hartzell (1875-1960) m. 1896 Mary (Mollie) Elizabeth Starkey (1874-1960) Mollie came to Rossville at age 9 to live with an Aunt, Mrs. Jane Primley.
Ernest David was born on 6 Dec 1875, in Rossville. He died on 2 Jan 1960 in Myrtle Point, Oregon. "Engaged in farming, trucking (when dray was the term used), mercantile, and garage business at various times during his life. They moved to Myrtle Point in 1946 to live near their oldest daughter and family."
Children Orville Burnette, Gladys Irene, Ralph Ernest, Allyn Starkey, Ayleen Minerva, Mary Ann, Edna May (1912-1968), Elizabeth Winona (1916-1924), Clifford Edward, Clyde Evert.
(descendants of Ernest David Hartzell )

10. Edna Augusta Hartzell was born Jan. 22, 1886 in Rossville, Shawnee Co, Ks. She died Jul y 12,1974. Married Walter Elliott Salley b. on July 9,1883 in Hampton, IA d. June 30, 1970. Both are buried in Silver Lake, KS.
Child: Ruth E Salley.
(descendants of Edna Augusta Hartzell )

10. Frank Daniel Hartzell was born on 1 Dec 1887 in Rossville, Shawnee Co, KS. He died on 8 Sep 1974 in Chillicothe, IL.
Frank Daniel was a football player, musician, Cubs fan, and worked for the Santa Fe Railroad as supervisor for 30 years in Chillicothe, Illinois. He learned to drive when he was 85 and tootled around in a little red car.
He was married to the lovely Mary E O'Hair on 20 Jun 1913. He was also very tall.
Children: Mary Kathryn, Paul David, Carl Daniel, Genevieve Rose, Frank Daniel.
(decendents of Frank Daniel Hartzell)

10. Melvin Boots Hartzell was born on 16 Jan 1890 in Rossville, Shawnee Co, Ks. He was married on 18 Nov 1911 in Kansas City, Jackson Co, Mo. to Blanche Eula Williams, born on June 19, 1886 in Lulling, Tx. died in March 1972 in Seattle, Wa. He was in the electrical business. Melvin died on 13 Sep 1970 in Lewiston, Idaho. His ashes were dropped over Idaho mountains.
Children: Melvin William Hartzell, Frederic Bullard Hartzell, Thomas Woodrow Hartzell, Eloise Alma Hartzell, Doris Pauline Hartzell.
(descendants of Melvin Boots Hartzell)

10. Leroy Philip Hartzell was born Feb. 3, 1897 in Rossville, Shawnee Co, Ks. He died on 22 Jun 1963 in Rossville, Shawnee Co, Ks. He was buried in Rossville. Farmed two miles east of Rossville. m. 1 Cora Cless in 1903. m. 2 in Lowell, Ark. on Sept. 27, 1911 Grace Eversole, b. Oct 21, 1886, d. June 22,1972. She was buried in Rossville.
Children: Gertrude Clair Hartzell (1913-1940), Philip E Hartzell, Richard Leroy Hartzell. (descendants of Leroy Philip Hartzell)