JOHN DETWILER was born 1805 in Strasburg, PA, and died 1884 in Bonaparte, IA. His family moved to Fayette County, PA in 1812. His father died here in 1823. After his father died he returned to Franklin County and was apprenticed to a tanner and was a member of the Franklin County Rangers. When his apprenticeship was finished he returned to Fayette County by foot, stopping near Uniontown. He located his log cabin and first tannery by Indian Creek. Later he added a sawmill.
He married CYNTHIA BAIRD 1832 in Perryopolis, PA, daughter of JOHN BAIRD and URSULA. BURGESS. She was born 1808 in Near Ripley, OH and died 1877 in Bonaparte, IA. Cynthia Baird's mother's family is descended from William Coale who was in Jamestown in 1617. The Burgess and allied families settled very early in Virginia and Maryland. The Bairds were probably Scotch Irish immigrants--coming to the colonies about 1720.
For twenty-six years he active in the community and Flatwood Baptist Church. However, 1852 he felt the urge to move westward again. They went as far as Zanesville, Ohio and settled in a little town named Adamsville. These were disappointing years and in 1854 he again felt the urge to go westward. In Wheeling, West Virginia they boarded a riverboat on the Ohio River to the Mississippi to Hannibal Missouri. From there they went north in search of farming land in Iowa. He and Cynthia Baird had seven children. Three sons fought in the civil war.
John Detwiler Obituary, 08 April 1884 Born at Strasburg, Franklin Co., Pennsylvania, John Detwiler was the second son of Henry and Mary Detwiler. At the age of 23 years he crossed the Allegheny Mountains on foot and settled in Fayette Co., Pa. and here near the city of Perryopolis he married Miss Cynthia Baird at the age of 27 years. These two walked together 46 years when she hastened home and left him alone. This parting occured on Dec 10, 1877.
When they left Fayette county, they settled in Muskingkum county, Ohio, in 1852, from thence they came to Van Buren County in 1855.
Mr. Detwiler was the father of seven children, four sons and three daughters. (Words unreadable) Isaac W. and Clarence S. have gone on before. There remain John H., George M., M. Frank Sedgwick, Lucy A. Miller and (Hattie) E. Akers.He was converted under the teaching of Rev. Wm. Wood and with his wife was baptized into the Baptist Church by Rev. Benoni Allen in 1835.On his removal to this place, he united with Mt. Zion, now the Bonaparte Baptist Church.
Although since the death of his wife, he had lived alternately with Mrs. Sedgwick and Mrs. Akers, his church relations never changed. His demise was not unexpected. (Words unreadable) for often he expressed himself as "ready and only waiting the masters's call." He had unbounded confidence in God and the promises of his word. A few hours before he crossed the river of death as by faith he viewed the prospect, he shouted again and again "Hallelujah, I am going home."
Cynthia Baird DETWILER’s obituary--In Bonaparte, December 10, 1877, from slow consumption, Mrs. Cynthia Detwiler, wife of John Detwiler, aged 69 years, 2 months and 7 days. Mother Detwiler's name was originally Cynthia Baird. She was the daughter of John and Ursula Baird and was born October 3, 1808 near Ripley, Ohio. At the age of 5, she removed with her parents to Washington county, Pennsylvania and subsequently to Fayette County of the same state. Here, near the city of Perryopolis, she was married to John Detwiler, January 19, 1832, being 23 years of age, so that she lived with her husband nearly 46 years. She was the mother of seven children, 4 sons and three daughters, all of whom survive with the exception of her son, Isaac, who died in the Army and was buried in Elmwood Cemetery at Memphis, Tennessee.
Mrs. Detwiler was converted together with her husband, in 1835 under the preaching of Rev. Wm. Wood and they were baptized by the Rev. Benoni Allen. They became two of the nine constituent members of the Flatwoods Baptist Church of Fayette county, Pennsylvania. In 1852, the removed to Adamsville, Ohio, and from there to this place in 1855, uniting themselves with Mt. Zion, now Bonaparte Baptist Church. For ten years, the family resided in Harrisburg township and for twelve years they have lived in the town of Bonaparte. The original cause of Mrs. Detwiler's sickness seems to have been a severe cold taken fourteen years ago while on a mission of mercy to the sick. This settled in her lungs and she was never entirely well afterward s. She doubtless inherited a tendency to her disease, for her mother was also for fourteen years an invalid with the same complaint.
Her departure was long looked for by herself and her friends, and she often expressed her readiness to go, and recently she has longed to depart as she expressed it "to her home". Five weeks ago, she thought herself dying. Her friends gathered at her bedside, and she gave them her parting words. But she revived again and she has been patiently waiting at the river's bank. Early last Monday morning, she sweetly "fell asleep" without a struggle, none being present except her husband and two daughters. She exhibited no signs of change until two munites before she was gone.
As one remarked, "The angel of death smoothed every look of pain and sorrow, leaving her face calm anb serene, and telling to those left behind what true religion can do for the dying. We need not dwell upon her Christian character, standing, for they are well known in this community, and the respect in which she has been held has been manifested better than any words of ours could express it by the number in attendance at her funeral.
John and Cynthia's daughter, HARRIET Elizabeth DETWILER (JOHN2, HENRY1) was born 1847 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and died 1916 in Chicago. She married MARION WESLEY AKERS 1876, son of SPENCER AKERS and ELIZABETH ADER. He was born 1849 in Grundy, Missouri.
Decatur County Journal
Thursday, April l3, l9l6
MRS. M.W. AKERS, a former resident of this county, passed away at her home in Chicago on March 29th, and was laid to rest in Mount Hope Cemetery at three o'clock on April 2. MR. and MRS. AKERS will be remembered by many of our people and especially by the residents of the community in which they made their home when in Iowa.
HARRIET ELIZA DETWILER AKERS was born February l4, l847, in Fayette County, Penn. She came west to Van Buren County, Iowa, at the age of seven years. She was married to M.W. AKERS on October l, l876. All extend sympathy to the bereaved ones. MRS. AKERS is an aunt of C.O. ANDREW and ARTHUR ANDREW, of Leon.
Mrs. Hattie E. Akers, IL, died at her home Wednesday, March 29th, 1916 of pneumonia. She was ill 9 days and then peacefully passed away.
She was the youngest daughter of John Detwiler, one of the pioneer settlers of Van Buren county. Born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania in 1848. Was 7 years old when she came with the family to Iowa and settled 3 miles north of Bonaparte.
She was married October 1st, 1876 to M. W. Akers, then pastor of the Harrisburg church. To this union 3 children were born: M. Frank, a jeweler in Lewiston, ID., Dwight L. assistant secretary, City Club, Chicago; and Lou M., wife of Rev. Jesse Dancey, pastor of Englewood M. E. church. Besides these she was a "good litle mother" to D. C. Akers, a step-son, discounting a hundred-fold the oft unjust insinuations against "the step-mother."
Mrs. Akers was a woman of fine intelligence, superior judgment and rare tact that fitted her for the difficult position of a pastor's wife. Her good humor and kind heart made her much beloved by all who knew her and her death will be a source of sorrow to her many friends throughout the country.
Lucy A. Detwiler was born near Uniontown, Fayette Co., Penn., March 25, 1845. When she was six years of age the family removed to Adamsville, Muskingum county, Ohio and from there to Bentonsport, Iowa, in April 1854. She was married Oct. 18, 1863 to George W. Miller who departed this life May 30, 1896, aged 59 years and 10 mos.
Mrs. Miller was the mother of nine children, seven of whom are living, Mrs. Hattie E. Morris, Mrs. M. Franc Hixon, John C., George M., James M., and Ray P. Miller of this vicinity; also Hugh H. Miller of Branson, Kansas. She also leaves four grand-daughters, two brothers and two sisters.
John Henry Detwiler s/o John and Cynthia Detwiler b 3 Nov 1832 near city of Perryopolis, Fayette Co., Pa. d 6 Nov 1911 age 78 yr 3 da. Moved with parents to Ohio Jan 1852, to Iowa 1855 to St. John, Kansas 1886. Married Cordelia H. McComb at Birmingham, 3 Aug 1857. Five children born, three survives him. William and Lucy at home, Mrs. Ella Prindle of Greencastle, Missouri. Leaves wife, son, two daughters and two sisters.