Husband: John Demouth (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9)
Born: 1794 in New Jersey
Married: 1818 in CT
Died: 1861 in Gravesville, Calumet, WI
Father: Jacob Demouth
Mother: Deborah
Wife: Mariah Levi (10 11 12 13 14 15)
Born: 28 Feb 1797 in Sharon, Litchfield, Connecticut
Died: 02 Dec 1877 in Charlestown, Calumet, WI (16)
Father: William Levi
Mother: Abigail Tryon
01 (M): Samuel DeMouth (17 18)
Born: about 1820 in connecticut (19)
Spouses: Elizabeth McMunn
02 (M): Chalon S. DeMouth
Born: about 1826 in NJ (20)
03 (M): James DeMouth (21 22 23 24 25 26)
Born: about 1829 in NJ (27)
Spouses: Elsey Jane McMunn
04 (F): Frances Elizabeth DeMouth (28 29 30 31)
Born: 31 Aug 1830 in New Jersey
Died: 29 Nov 1901 in Clark Co, WI
Spouses: Joseph Lanning Barber
05 (M): Jacob Demouth (32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43)
Born: 03 Oct 1834 in Pequannock, Morris, NJ (44 45)
Died: 07 Sep 1905 in Christy, WI (46 47 48)
Spouses: Cordelia Elirt Martindale
06 (F): Semantha Parle DeMouth (49 50 51)
Born: 23 Dec 1836 in Morris Co, NJ
Died: 1922 in Bov Creek, Rooks, Kansas
Spouses: Bradley Webster
Additional Information

John Demouth:

Cause of Death: Falling tree

Buried: Charlestown Union Cemetery, Calumet Co., WI


February 22, 2006
Dear Children,

Tonight I want to tell you about the first Demouth who migrated to Wisconsin.

John Demouth
(1794 - 1861)

Most of what we know about John has come down through his granddaughter, May Sommers. It is written as what I call The Demouth History. Aunt Musa had a copy of it which she misplaced in her Bible. She hunted and hunted for it and felt terrible that she had lost it. When she died my dad and brother went to Seattle to clear out her apartment. They called me and asked what I wanted. I said, "No, I don't want anything." And then as an afterthought I said, "I would like to have her old Bible." When I opened the package out fell the May Sommers' Demouth history going back to Jacob (b. 1763). Here's what May had to say about John Demouth.

"It was in the great mansion Jacob and his wife's children were born nine of them who were: Frederick, Adam, James, John, Thomas, Jacob, Mary, Betsy, and Charlotte. . . . At the age of twenty-four (John) became acquainted with Mariah Levi. She had come from Connecticut to New Jersey to keep house for her brother. At the age of twenty-three she and John Demouth were married (my grandparents). The wedding was in the year 1818. The first two years of their married life were spent in Connecticut, after which they returned to New Jersey. John was a farmer. To this union six children were born: Samuel, Chalon, James, Jacob, Frances and Semantha, my mother the youngest of the family. John and Mariah raised their family in New Jersey then migrated to Wisconsin in 1848. Semantha was twelve years old when her parents moved to Wisconsin. It was in Wisconsin John Demouth was killed by a tree falling on him that he had just chopped down. "

Isn't it interesting that they came to Wisconsin in the year we gained statehood.

In 1848 Calumet County was a dense wilderness. At that time railroads and steamboats were hardly heard of and roads through the wilderness were nothing better that Indian trails. The first non-Indian person arrived in the county in 1845, only three years before our John and his family. The following description of Calumet County as first experienced by white settlers comes from the Wisconsin State Historical Society Website ( It is quoted from "Chilton's History a Frontier Epic" by Col. Jerome Anthony Watrous as published in the Milwaukee Sentinel on 11 April 1910.
"(Calumet County) was miles and miles of beautiful woodland, hundreds of thousands of stately maples, enough of them cut down and burned in log heaps to bring millions of dollars if they were there to market today: oak, birch, beech, baswood, elm, cedar, hemlock, some pine - not much - and ironwood. . . . The greatest concert company ever organized could not provide music that could compare . . . (with) daily concerts the birds of those old forests gave us without price or praise.

"In those days the county was one great deer park. There were tens of thousands of them. No one wanted for fresh meat or dried venison. . . They came to cabin doors at night as did bears, panthers, wildcats, and other game. Between the clearings of Hayton and Gravesville, (That's precisely where John's homestead was.) two miles apart, I have seen droves of deer in which there were hundreds. . . . There is one thing of those days I would not ask to be repeated, and that is the unearthly howling of wolves. Then there were the dancing waters of rivers and brooks so shaded that only now and then a bit of sunshine touched them."

Here are excerpts from another article from the same site. This one's from The Chilton Times 8 Feb 1930, an article entitled, "A Pioneer Settler." It was written about a woman whose family pioneered in the same county as John and Mariah and their kids. Her family came 16 years later than our John's did, but I'm sure their experiences were very similar.

"They bought an 80 acre tract upon which their humble, one room, log cabin was erected, the bare ground serving as a floor, the cracks in the logs, plastered with clay and leaves, the roof was covered with shakes, a sort of shingle split from a straight grained, 4 foot log and laid on like our shingles. The first soil of the pioneers was broken with grub hoes, corn, peas, and a few potatoes constituting the first crop. The corn was ground in a hand mill, the peas were roasted, ground, and used as a coffee, and it had a bitter taste. The cornmeal was made into mush. After more land was cleared a bit of wheat was seeded, the first large crop they had consisting of six bushels of wheat which required two days for threshing. . . .The six bushels of wheat were taken to a grist mill and exchanged for a barrel of flour. . . .(The) father walked to (the closest grist mill in) Green Bay over the winding Indian trail and carried back a sack of flour on his shoulders. . . .Several Indian tribes had their camps along the Lake and the River. They were very friendly to the old settlers and their families, usually came in groups of 5 or 6 and asked for pork and flour. In exchange they would bring the settlers venison and game and sometimes tanned hides and buckskins. . . . (She) picked berries (and sold them in the closest town) for 6 cents a quart. She also carried butter and eggs to (closest town) the price received being 6 cents per pound for the butter and 8 cents per doz. for the eggs and in those days butter and eggs were considered a luxury. . . . Pigs and cows roamed the woods as there were no fences and often when cows failed to come home they were obliged to search for them finding them after hours, many miles from home. . . .
"Snakes were very numerous as were squirrels and other animals, the squirrels became a regular pest. They would go into the wheat fields and eat off the heads of the wheat. Deer also molested them by feeding upon the grain and the vegetables. One of the children's chores was to shoo away the deer when they came into the grain fields. After more clearing was done, rail fences were built and sheep kept chiefly for the wool to supply their needs for woolen cloths and mittens, caps, shawls, and stockings. Flax seed was planted for the family linens and homespuns. "

In 1850, after John and his family had been there for two years, there were still only 381 families in the whole of Calumet County.

All of John and Mariah's children came out to Wisconsin. After John died from the falling tree in 1861, Mariah and her children continued to farm in Calumet County. Here's what we know about the rest of the family:

Samuel, the eldest, was born in 1820 in Connecticut before John and Mariah returned to New Jersey. Samuel wasn't around for the 1850 census, but in 1860 he was living with his parents and siblings in Charlestown, Calumet County. He was a shoemaker. By the time of the 1870 Census, it looks like he had married and lost his wife because two young girls, Anna A., and Almanza are living with him as well as his mother, Mariah. His daughter Almanza married her cousin, Albert Barber, son of John Demouth's sister Frances.

Chalon was born about 1826 in New Jersey. He was listed with his parents family in Calumet County, Wisconsin on the 1850 census as "Chilion." I have found no trace of him after that.

James was born about 1830 in New Jersey. He married a girl named Elsey Jane. She appears on the 1860 census living with the John Demouth family, as does their first child, Jenny L. Their other children were Helena, Sherman, Mary, and Nathan. James served in the Union Army in the Civil War, with the 16th Wisconsin Infantry and also with the 42nd. It is interesting that he named his boy born in 1864 Sherman. His brother, Jacob spent time with Sherman's army down in Georgia. Perhaps James did also.

Frances Elizabeth was born in New Jersey on August 31, 1830. She didn't show up with her parents on the 1850 Census but made up for it in 1860. That year she was on the census with her birth family with the occupation seamstress, and also with her husband, Joseph L. Barber, who also had moved to Calumet County, Wisconsin from New Jersey. Frances and Joseph had seven children. They were Hannah, Semantha, Theodore, Albert A., Joseph L., Frank W., and Lillian. In addition Samuel's daughter Almanza came to live with them sometime between 1870 and 1880. Two of their children married Demouth cousins. Albert married Almanza Demouth, and Lillie married John C. Demouth, son of Frances's brother Jacob. After 1880 Frances and Joseph moved to Clark County, Wisconsin. They are both buried there in the Christie Cemetery.

Jacob was our ancestor. We'll hear more of him later.

Semantha was born 23 December 1836 in New Jersey. She was in Calumet County with her parents in 1850. In November of 1852 she married Bradley Webster. Together they had eight children as follows: Freeman, Ann, May, Bertha, Weltha, Almeron, Frances, and Charles. Semantha is the person whose tales inspired her daughter May to write down the family history and we are very glad of that.

Besides these six children several other interesting Demouths appear on the 1860 Census living with John and Mariah. There is Martha Demouth, age 24, a service worker. Then there is Jonas Demouth, age 33, a farmer born in Connecticut. And finally, Maria Demouth, born in Wisconsin, age 10. It's possible Martha could be Samuel's wife. I don't have a clue about Jonas and Maria.

Our ancestor John Demouth raised his family in the comfortable surroundings of his ancestral home. When the yougest was twelve he transplanted them all to Wisconsin in the same year as statehood was granted. He was a pioneer in Calumet County when it was still covered by virgin forest. With the help of four strong young sons he cleared the land and built a farm. He provided two sons for the Union Army in the Civil War but he did not live to see that, dying tragically as a tree being cut fell on him. Perhaps the forest was having its revenge. We are very proud of our Wisconsin Pioneer ancestor, John Demouth.

Here's how we are related to John Demouth. John Demouth married Mariah Levi and they had a son Jacob Demouth. Jacob married Cordelia Martindale and they had a son Samuel Demouth. Samuel married Elzora Pierce and they had a daughter Thelma DeMouth. Thelma married Forrest Zimmerman and they had Dianne Zimmerman. Dianne married Paul Stevens and they had Dawne Stevens. Dawne married Jason Pamplin and they had . . .Sarah, Hannah, Timmy, and Becky. So Hooray for John Demouth!

Love, Granny

John appears to be among one of several related families that moved from Morris Co, NJ to Calumet Co., WI in the 1860's. Many of these families later moved on to Clark Co.
Hiram Kayhart

Mariah Levi:


"Mariah learned to write on birchbark, by the light of the fireplace. She learned to spin wool on a tall spinning wheel. Being very young and small, her father had to make her a bench on which she would walk back and forth as she spun." May Sommers "Demouth Family History"

In 1818 Mariah is reported to have gone from Connecticut to New Jersey to keep house for her brother. That is where she met her husband, John DeMouth, and in that year, married him. They spent the first two years of their married life in Connecticut and then returned to New Jersey where they lived until their move to Wisconsin in 1848.

Three Levi siblings married three DeMouth siblings.
Mariah Levi - John DeMouth
Betsy Levi - Thomas DeMouth
Oliver Levi - Mary DeMouth

Photograph of Mariah Levi taken in Neillsville, WI - personal files of DZStevens.

1870 Census lists occupation as "Keeping House" and indicates she is living with her son Samuel.

(02) Chalon S. DeMouth:


On 1850 Census name is spelled "Chilion" and middle initial "S"

Mother's obituary spells it Chaleon

  1. May Sommers, May Sommers personal family history of the DeMouths, Written for her children in 1936 (unpublished).
  2. Census, Federal - 1860 - Calumet Co., WI, Charlestown twsp, p. 129 (Ancestry p. 8 of 24).
    (27 Jul 1860)

    John age 65
    Maria age 64
    Saml 40 shoemaker b. Conn.
    James 30 farm laborer NJ
    Frances 29 seamstress NJ
    Jacob 26 farm NJ
    Martha 24 service NJ
    Jonas 33 farmer Conn
    Jane 18 NY
    Jenny 5/12 WI
    Maria 10 WI

  3. Census, Federal - 1830 - Morris Co., NJ, Pequanac Twsp, Roll m19-82, p. 141.

    1830 Census lists John as having 2 male children under 5 yrs (Chalon ?) and
    one male between 5 & 10 Probably Samuel.
    1 male 30 - 40
    1 female 30 - 40

  4. Census, Federal - 1840 - Morris Co., NJ, Pequannock.

    1840 Census:
    1 male under 5 years ?
    2 males 5 - 10 (jacob and James)
    1 " 10 - 15 (Chalon)
    1 " 40 - 50
    1 female under 5 (Semantha)
    1 " 5 - 10 (Frances)
    1 " 40 - 50

  5. Fowler, Alex. D., Boonton, NJ, Demouth Report.
  6. Census, Federal - 1850 - Calumet Co., Wisconsin, District 36, Ancestry p. 30 of 42.
    (4 Sep 1850)

    1850 census John appears on Wisc. census as John Demoth with wife Maria and 4 children Chilion, James, Jacob, and Samantha

  7. Findagrave (

    Birth: 1795
    Death: 1861


    MAN KILLED BY A TREE FALLING ON HIM – On Thursday last John Demouth, an old and respectable resident of Charlestown, met with an accident which resulted fatally on Saturday. He was chopping down a tree about a quarter of a mile from the house and when it commenced to fall he stepped back as he supposed a safe distance, but it turned out otherwise. The tree in falling struck a stump causing the butt to fly around and strike Mr. Demouth knocking him down, breaking one of his legs and otherwise injuring him. His cries soon brought assistance and after great exertion he was extradited. Dr. LaCount was immediately summoned who set his leg and did all in this power to relieve him but in vain. Mr. D. was a very old man and near sighted and could not possibly see what course the tree would take when falling. He was buried on Sunday.
    Chilton Times – May 1861

  8. Rootsweb (, 1855 Calumet County, WI state census.

    Demouth, John 021 Charlestown

  9., WI Census 1855.

    Wisconsin, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1820-1890 about John Demoth Name: John Demoth
    State: WI
    County: Calumet County
    Township: 36th District
    Year: 1855
    Database: WI 1855 State Census Index

  10. May Sommers, May Sommers personal family history of the DeMouths, Written for her children in 1936 (unpublished).
  11. Census, Federal - 1870 - Calumet Co., WI, Charlestown twsp., p. 64 (Ancestry p. 4).
    (1 Jun 1870)
  12. Census, Federal - 1860 - Calumet Co., WI, Charlestown twsp, p. 129 (Ancestry p. 8 of 24).
    (27 Jul 1860)
  13. Letter from Mrs. Chas Webber to Mr. Alexander Fowler.
  14. Census, Federal - 1850 - Calumet Co., Wisconsin, District 36, Ancestry p. 30 of 42.
    (4 Sep 1850)
  15. M Celius (<>), email.


    DIED – At the residence of her son-in-law, Jos. L. Barber, Esq., Charlestown, Wis., Dec. 2nd, 1877, Mrs. Maria Demouth, aged 80 years, 9 months and 4 days.

    Mrs. Demouth was born at Sharon, Conn., on the 28th day of February, 1797, and in early life moved with her parents to Morris Co., New Jersey, where she afterwards married John Demouth, the father of Samuel, Chaleon, James, Jacob, Mrs. Barber and Mrs. Bradley Webster, all formerly, well, and favorably known in this community. She came with her family to Wisconsin and settled at Elkhart Lake, in Sheboygan Co., in 1848 and early in 1850 removed to Hayton, this county, where she has since resided.

    Mrs. Demouth was a woman of many noble and generous qualities, strong in her likes and dislikes, yet charitable withal, firm in her convictions of right and steady in the pursuit of well doing. No person ever left her door in want if it was in her power to relive them and many's the time has she shared her last loaf with a hungry way worn traveler. Mrs. Demouth commanded the respect and admiration and regard of all the early settlers in Charlestown with most of whom she was personally acquainted and in her death the few remaining pioneers lose another link in the chain that formerly bound then together as one harmonious whole.

    "The year rolls round, and steals away
    The breath that first it gave;
    Whate'er we do, where'er we be,
    We're trav'ling to the grave."
    Chilton Times

    [article originally printed in Chilton Times]

  16. Obituary, From Chilton Times, Chilton, WI.

    [sent by M Celius]

  17. Census, Federal - 1870 - Calumet Co., WI, Charlestown twsp.

    1870 United States Federal Census about Samuel Demouth Name: Samuel Demouth
    Birth Year: abt 1821
    Age in 1870: 49
    Birthplace: Connecticut
    Home in 1870: Charlestown, Calumet, Wisconsin
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Value of real estate: View image
    Household Members: Name Age
    Samuel Demouth 49
    Anna A Demouth 8
    Almauza Demouth 4
    Maria Demouth 73

  18. Census, Federal - 1860 - Calumet Co., WI, Charlestown twsp, p. 129 (Ancestry p. 8 of 24).
    (27 Jul 1860)
  19. Census, Federal - 1870 - Calumet Co., WI, Charlestown twsp., p. 4.
    (1 Jun 1870)
  20. Census, Federal - 1850 - Calumet Co., Wisconsin, District 36, Ancestry p. 30 of 42.
    (4 Sep 1850)
  21. Census, Federal - 1870 - Calumet Co., WI, Charlestown twsp., p. 84 (Ancestry p. 24 of 32).
    (8 Jun 1870)

    1870 United States Federal Census about James Demouth Name: James Demouth
    Birth Year: abt 1838
    Age in 1870: 32
    Birthplace: New Jersey
    Home in 1870: Charlestown, Calumet, Wisconsin
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Value of real estate: View image
    Household Members: Name Age
    James Demouth 32
    Elsey J Demouth 28
    Jennie L Demouth 10
    Helena Demouth 8
    Sherman Demouth 6
    Mary Demouth 3

  22. May Sommers, May Sommers personal family history of the DeMouths, Written for her children in 1936 (unpublished).
  23. Census, Federal - 1860 - Calumet Co., WI, Charlestown twsp, p. 129 (Ancestry p. 8 of 24).
    (27 Jul 1860)
  24. Census, Federal - 1880 - Calumet Co, WI, Charlestown, p. 43A Ancestry p. 13, NA film # T9-1418.
  25. Census, Federal - 1850 - Calumet Co., Wisconsin, District 36, Ancestry p. 30 of 42.
  26. Rootsweb (, WI Soldiers and Saliors Regimental Reunion Roster, 1880 Calumet County.

    Demouth, James Gravesville 16th Infantry Company D

  27. Census, Federal - 1850 - Calumet Co., Wisconsin, District 36, Ancestry p. 30 of 42.
    (4 Sep 1850)
  28. Census, Federal - 1860 - Calumet Co., WI, Charlestown twsp, p. 135.
    (30 Jul 1860)
  29. Clark County, Wisconsin Rootsweb site (
  30. Census, Federal - 1860 - Calumet Co., WI, Charlestown twsp, p. 129 (Ancestry p. 8 of 24).

    [Frances appears to be listed twice on 1860 Census.]

  31. Findagrave (

    Birth: Aug. 30, 1831
    New Jersey, USA
    Death: Nov. 29, 1901
    Clark County
    Wisconsin, USA

    Died, at her home in Christie, Clark County, Wis., Mrs. J. L. Barber, Nov. 29, 1901.

    She was born in Booton, N.J., Aug. 30, 1831. She was married to J. L. Barber in 1846, and their first housekeeping was at Horsehead, N.Y. In 1851 they moved to Hayton, Calumet Co., Wis., where they purchased 80 acres of wild land and remained there until 1884, when they moved to Christie, Clark Co., Wis., and have resided there up to the time of her death. On Nov. 15th she was about the stove doing some work and in a moment's time she discovered herself afire, and before the flames could be put out, her right hand, arm and shoulder extending to the knees, were burned so badly as to leave the flesh bare. She was beyond medical aid, and remained a great sufferer until the Great Physician called her home.

    She leaves a husband, four sons, three daughters, two brothers, one sister, grandchildren and many friends to mourn her loss.

    The funeral was held at Christie, Sunday, Dec. 1st, Rev. Kloster officiating. The remains were laid to rest in Weston Cemetery.

  32. May Sommers, May Sommers personal family history of the DeMouths, Written for her children in 1936 (unpublished).
  33. DeMouth, Jacob - civil war letters.

    [Copies of the Civil War Letters - files of DZStevens. Originals were in the possession of Erma Schaper of Butternut, WI in 1983 when I made the copies. She kept them in a bank vault in Park Falls.]

  34. Civil War Certificate from WI State Historical Society.
  35. Census, Federal - 1870 - Calumet Co., WI, Charlestown twsp., p. 71 (Ancestry p. 11 of 32).
    (1 Jun 1870)
  36. Census, Federal - 1860 - Calumet Co., WI, Charlestown twsp, p. 135.
    (30 Jul 1860)
  37. Census, Federal - 1880 - Clark Co., WI, town of Weston. ED 174, Ancestry p. 1.
    (27 Sep 1880)
  38. Census, Federal - 1860 - Calumet Co., WI, Charlestown twsp, p. 129 (Ancestry p. 8 of 24).

    1880 Federal Census--Weston, Clark, WI
    Jacob Demouth age 45, b. NJ, Farmer, Father b. NJ
    Wife: Cordealia age 36, b. VT, Parents b. VT
    Son: Don A. 17, b. WI
    Dau: Eva 16, b. WI
    Son: John 12, b. WI, Student
    Son: Samuel 6, b. WI, Student
    Dau: Sharlet 3, b. WI
    Dau: Lucindah 1, b. WI

    [Jacob is listed twice on 1860 census]

  39. Census, Wisconsin - 1875 - Weston Twsp, Clark Co.
    (20 Jun 1875)

    Demouth, Jacob - 5 males; 2 females

  40. Census, Federal - 1850 - Calumet Co., Wisconsin, District 36, Ancestry p. 30 of 42.
  41. Clark County Genweb site (, Gleaner 9-7-1900.

    Jacob Demouth went to Chicago to attend the Reunion.

  42. Ibid., The Clark Republican and Press Date: 9-16-1886.

    Frank Barber is attending the high school at Neillsville.
    C. P. LaFluer, Charles Kayhart, and Jacob Demouth, are the jurymen from this section in attendance at the September term of Court which is in session at Neillsville.

  43. Wisconsin Veterans Museum (

    NEW HOLSTEIN 21ST WIS. INFANTRY, CO. E - See more at:

  44. Census, Federal - 1830 - Morris Co., NJ, Pequanac Twsp.
  45. Census, Federal - 1840 - Morris Co., NJ, Pequannock.

    [Gravestone, of which I have a rubbing says he was born in 1834.]

  46. DZStevens, gravestone rubbing.
  47. DeMouth Family Bible.
  48. Jacob DeMouth Obituary (Neillsville Republican Press; Neillsville, Clark Co., WI; 14 Sep 1905).
  49. Bybee, Marsha<car 2106>.
  50. Census, Federal - 1850 - Calumet Co., Wisconsin, District 36, Ancestry p. 30 of 42.
  51., Wolf Family Tree, Owner: boulderwolf4.
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