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Zibiah McCarley

Female 1786 - 1860  (73 years)

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  • Name Zibiah McCarley 
    Born 19 Dec 1786  , , Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 5 Feb 1860  Calhoun Township, Harrison, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Calhoun Cemetery, Calhoun Township, Harrison, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I454  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 27 May 2021 

    Family 1 James McDaniel or McDonald,   b. 24 Feb 1762, of, , Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1820, , Jackson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Married 19 Dec 1805  , Gallia, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Electa Sally or Sarah McDaniel,   b. 26 May 1806, Raccoon Township, Gallia, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1857, Trader's Point (now Council Bluffs), Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     2. Martha McDaniel,   b. 24 Feb 1808, Raccoon Township, Gallia, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1873, Trader's Point (now Council Bluffs), Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     3. Jane McDaniel,   b. 24 Feb 1810, Raccoon Township, Gallia, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1890, Bountiful, Davis, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     4. John McDaniel,   b. 10 Jun 1812, , Jackson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1884, Alpine, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     5. William James Thomson McDaniel or McDonald,   b. 12 Feb 1816, , Jackson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1885, Calhoun, Harrison, Iowa, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    Last Modified 28 May 2021 
    Family ID F293  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Charles Birdno or Beirdneau,   b. Abt 1775, , , Vermont, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1850, , , , United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Married 20 Apr 1823  Gallipolis, Gallia, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 28 May 2021 
    Family ID F369  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
      1. Censuses:
      1820 US: Madison Township, Jackson, Ohio, pg. 192, township had a little over 40 families; related families of Michael Stoker and Michael Graybill are in neighboring Bloomfield Township; columns are male 0-10, 10-16, 16-18, 16-26, 26-45, 45+// female 0-10, 10-16, 16-26, 26-45, 45+:
      David Stoker: 2,1,0,1,0,0//1,0,0,1,0.
      Peter Grabill: 1,0,0,1,0,1//0,0,2,0,1.
      Nancy Henson: 0,1,0,1,0,0//0,1,1,1,0.
      James McDaniel: 0,0,0,0,0,1//3,2,0,0,1. [I assume this could be the same James McDaniel.]

      1830 US: Bloomfield, Jackson, Ohio, p. 1 of 8 (Note: that index indicates "Burdine," but looking carefully at the actual image, it is "Burdino".):
      Charles Burdine, males: 1:5-10(Nehemiah Beirdneau), 1:10-15(William McDaniel), 1:15-20(John McDaniel), 1:20-30(uncertain identity), 1:60-70(Charles Birdino); females: 1:0-5 (Elizabeth Beirdneau), 1:20-30(Jane McDaniel), 1:40-50(Zibiah)

      1850 US: District 21, Pottawattamie, Iowa, 28 Nov 1850, p. 173 of 187, house/family 1358 (next door is Jeremiah Birdeno, age 26, b. in Ohio with his wife America, 21, KY, and dau. Emily, 2, IA):
      William McDonnel, 32, laborer, OH.
      Zibiah Birdeno, 60, PA.
      Elizabeth Birdeno, 20, OH.
      (Note: Jeremiah appears as Nehemiah married to America Steele in several Worldconnect databases.)

      1852 Iowa: Birdno or a variation thereof not listed in FHL book heads of household index for the 1852 Iowa census. There is a William Ridenour next to Levi and George Grabel [Graybill] which would be a long shot on a last name correlation except first names vary. Ridenour under that spelling does not show up in 1860 US census for that county. Children on the other hand of the Birdnos continue with Birdno in Utah and Arizona.

      1856 Iowa: for Calhoun, Harrison, Iowa shows N.W. Burdino and family a dozen homes away at 49/57. N.W. is 32 years old and had resided in Iowa 9 years. Birth was Ohio. McDonals (McDaniels) are at 36/39:
      Wm. McDonal, 35, 10years in Iowa, OH, farmer.
      Zebiah McDonal, 67, 10 years in Iowa, VA.
      Elizabeth McDonal, 22, 10 years in Iowa, OH.

      1860 US: Calhoun, Harrison, Iowa, p. 11 of 11, 3 Jul 1860, 390/340 (note that Zibiah is not listed from which we can deduce that she probably had died before the census date.):
      Wm. McDonald, 44, $2500, $1000 farmer, OH.
      Elizabeth Berdino, 25, house keeper, OH.
      Jerard Stoner, 16, farm hand, IL.

      2. The book "The Henry McDaniel family, 1755-1975," by Esta McDaniel Lee, 1975, FHL 929.273 M141L, p. 82: "Other McDaniels of Gallia and Jackson Counties, Ohio. David McDaniel, b. ca. 1738 m. 5 March, 1801, Elizabeth (Betsy) McCarley in Washington County, Ohio. Gallia County was a part of Washington County at that time. David McDanial was in Ohio long before it became a state for a son James McDaniel was born in what is now Jackson County, 24 Feb. 1762. He married 19 Dec 1805 Zebiah (Sibby) McCarley, b. 10 Dec 1786, Gallia County, Ohio, daughter of John McCarley. She died 5 Feb 1860. James died in Jackson County, 1820. They had the following children:
      1. Sarah McDaniel, b. 26 May 1806, Raccoon Twp., Gallia Co., O., d. 7 Mar 1857, m. John W. Stoker, 13 Mar 1827.
      2. Martha McDaniel, b. 24 Feb 1808, Raccoon Twp., Gallia Co., O., d. 4 Feb 1877, m. 1828/29 Michael Stoker.
      3. Jane McDaniel, 24 Feb 1810, Raccoon Twp., Gallia Co., O., d. 20 Jan 1890, in Bountiful, Utah, m. 1836, John Stoker.
      4. John McDaniel, b. 10 Jun 1812, Jackson Co., O., d. 11 Nov 1884, Alpine, Utah, m. Christina Stoker.
      5. William McDaniel, b. 1814, Jackson Co., O., d. 1889 unmarried.
      There could have been others."
      Page 83: "Jackson County Marriage Records. C.D. Massie:
      19 Apr 1827 Electa Sally McDaniel to John W. Stoker."

      3. Website accessed 12 Dec 2008 concerning her parents and siblings:
      "John McCarley was born in 1754 in possibly York County, PA and died on 17 May 1814 in Gallia County, Ohio. General Notes: John McCarley came to Gallia County, Ohio in 1806, probably from York County, Pennsylvania, via West Virginia. He took patent deed to the west half of section 13, Racoon Township in Febuary 1806, later adding the northeast quarter section 23, Racoon Township John died May 17, 1814 at age 60. Among his chattels were three Bibles, and a pot-still. John, his son William with wife Rachel Totten and his grandson John have been accepted as First Families of Gallia County, Ohio by the Gallia County Genealogical Society. Certificate in the possession of Ruth Hall. John's will: 'In the Name of God, Amen. I, John McCarly, of the County of Gallia and State of Ohio, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and memory, Blessed be Almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my Last will and Testament in manner and form following that is today. Further, after all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid. Further, I give and bequeath to my three Daughters, Elizabeth, Margaret and Zebiah fifty pounds each including that which they have heretofore received and also I give and bequeath unto my eldest son, William, all the Lands belonging to me on the South Side of Dryrun up on Indian Creek quarter section also twenty acres adjoining the same off Dryrun quarter section. Also all the Land that belongs to me on the East of Racccoon Creek below the mouth of Dryrun. to him, the said William, his heirs and assigns for ever. Also, I give and bequeath unto my son, John, my mills and Dutch Fan and all the Lands that belong to me on the East side of Raccoon Creek above the mouth of the aforesaid Dryrun with one acre remind, the west end of the mill dam by him, the said John, paying four hundred dollars in annual payments, one hundred dollars per year which money to go towards paying up my three daughters their legacies. This I give to the said John, his heirs and assigns forever. The remainder of my estate, real and personal, I wish to be equally divided between my two youngest sons, Samuel and Moses, to them, their heirs and assigns for ever. If either of my two sons mentioned, youngest sons, should decease without leaving lawful heirs, his part to return to the surviving one. Also, I hereby appoint John McCarley, Joseph W. Rose and John Cherington executors of this my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my Hand and seal this twenty sixth day of September, One thousand Eight Hundred and Fourteen. John McCarly. Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named John McCarley to be his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the Testator. Samuel W. Blagg William Blagg'
      John married (name unknown). Children from this marriage were:
      2 M i. William McCarley was born in 1783 and died on 20 Aug 1869 in Morgan Township Gallia County, Ohio.
      3 M ii. John McCarley was born about 1784, died on 31 Dec 1827 in Gallia County, Ohio and was buried in McCarley Private Cemetery. John married Ann Glenn on 9 Jun 1813. Ann Glenn died before 1815.
      John next married Martha Carr in 1815. Martha was born on 29 Nov 1793, died on 7 Sep 1851 in Gallia County, Ohio and was buried in McCarley Private Cemetery.
      4 M iii. Moses McCarley was born in 1799 and died on 17 Jun 1851.
      5 F iv. Elizabeth McCarley was born about 1785. Elizabeth married Noah Walp on 16 Aug 1847 in Gallia County, Ohio. Noah was born in 1820 in Pennsylvania.
      6 F v. Margaret McCarley was born about 1786.
      7 F vi. Zebiah McCarley was born about 1789 in Gallia County, Ohio, died on 3 Feb 1860 in Calhoun, Harrison County, Iowa and was buried in Calhoun, Harrison, Iowa.
      8 M vii. Samuel McCarley was born in 1798."
      The same website also notes:
      "Zebiah McCarley (John1) was born about 1789 in Gallia County, Ohio, died on 3 Feb 1860 in Calhoun, Harrison County, Iowa and was buried in Calhoun, Harrison, Iowa. Other names for Zebiah were Shebby, Sibby, and Tebiah. Zebiah married James McDaniel on 19 Dec 1805 in Gallia County, Ohio. James was born on 24 Feb 1762 in Jackson, Jackson, Ohio and died on 18 Jan 1820 in Jackson, Jackson County, Ohio Another name for James was McDonald.
      [Kerry's note: I do not believe Zebiah's birth was in Gallia County since in her 1850 census she says she was born in Pennsylvania which would be more likely considering that Gallia county in Ohio was not really settled until the early 1800s. Also, I James McDaniel's birth would not have been so early in Ohio since this area was not settled until several decades later. One of his children reports in a census that he was from Scotland.]

      4. Erroneous entries in the old LDS Ancestral File improperly added the following three sons to James McDaniel and Zibiah McCarley: Van D. McDaniel, John E. McDaniel, and Andrew G. McDaniel. According to the 1850 census for Morgan, Gallia, Ohio these three individuals were children (ages 16, 10, and 7 respectively) in another family with parents William McDaniel, b. 1806 Ohio, and Sarah ___, b. 1812 Virginia.

      5. The following information was found concerning the two children of Charles and Zibiah:
      A. Website accessed 10 Dec 2008:
      "Zebiah McCarley next married Charles Beirdneau on 20 Apr 1823 in Gallia County, Ohio. Charles was born in 1766, died on 5 Feb 1860 in Calhoun, Harrison, Iowa and was buried in Calhoun, Harrison, Iowa.
      Children from this marriage were:
      i. Nehemia Wood Beirdneau was born on 2 Feb 1824 in Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio, died on 7 Sep 1901 in Stafford, Graham County, Arizona and was buried on 10 Sep 1901 in Thatcher, Graham County, Arizona.
      ii. Elizabeth Gabrielle Beirdneau was born on 6 Mar 1827 in Jackson, Jackson County, Ohio and died on 8 Oct 1903. Elizabeth married Perrigrine Sessions on 25 Mar 1865 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. Perrigrine was born on 15 Jan 1814 in Newrey, Oxford, Maine, died on 3 Jun 1893 in Bountiful, Davis, Utah and was buried on 6 Jun 1893 in Bountiful, Davis, Utah."
      B. LDS Ordinance Index shows "ELIZ GABRIELLE BRIDNO" married and sealed to PERIGRINE SESSIONS" on 25 Mar 1865 EHOUS in Salt Lake City. Note that Perigrine Sessions, along with John Stoker, were founders of Bountiful. Stoker's wife, a daughter of Zibiah, may have had something to do with her step-sister's marriage to Peregrine.
      C. Per Worldconnect database "sgoates4093" of Sharol Goates 2 Jun 2007: Charles and Zibiah had a son Nehemiah Wood Bierdneau b. 2 Feb 1824 in Gallipolis, Gallia, Ohio, d. 7 Sep 1901 in Thatcher, Graham, Arizona, with many children born to Nehemiah in Iowa and Logan, Utah. Website has the descendancy. Notes Charles Beirdneau as born in France abt. 1775 with death in Kenawaha, Virginia abt. 1840. I do not know why Virginia. Most databases show this Nehemiah married to America Steele which is interesting because the 1850 census in Iowa has a Jeremiah Birdeno married to America ___ living next door to Zibiah Birdeno. Elizabeth, age 20 and apparently his sister, is living with her mother in the same census.

      1. FHL film 702: "Journal of John Stoker, b. 1817; Journal starts November 1, 1869." John was the son of David Stoker and Barbara Graybill. Selected family related passages from his journal:
      P. 1: Nov. 1-4, 1869: The journal starts with John leaving as a 52 year old missionary with Jesse N. Perkins as a companion from Salt Lake City on the railroad to Omaha, NE. The railroad had just recently been completed so he details the progress of the transcontinental railway journey.
      P. 2: Saturday, Nov. 6, 1869: "Went to Bluff City with J.N. Perkins. Sunday 7th, spent the fore noon with Moroni Stoker - took dinner with him." [William Moroni Stoker, 1834-1929, was John's first cousin thru John's father's brother Michael S. Stoker, 1805-1858.]
      P. 3: "Monday 8th. Went up to Musketoe to see Simeon P. Graybill. Stayed all night. Tuesday 9th, took dinner with Aunt Margaret Stoker, Uncle Eller Stoker's widow, and returned to Aunt Martha's at Trading Point, Potawatamie Co., Iowa. Wednesday, 10th. Wrote a letter to Mr. Wm. Atkinson in Bountiful, Davis Co., Utah. Thursday 11th. Visited Wm. McDaniel in Harrison Co. 40 miles north. Friday 12th. Visited the grave of Zibiah Birdno [could also be Binders], my wife's mother. Saturday 13th. Returned to Aunt Martha's at Trader's Point. Sunday 14th. Spent the day with Aunt Martha's family. Monday 15th. Went to Bluff City to look for a letter but got none and returned to the Point. [Simeon Graybill, 1816-1889, was John's first cousin twice thru his father's sister Polly Stoker, 1792-1864, and thru his mother's brother Michael Peter Graybill. Eller Stoker, 1816-1855, was John's father's brother and married to Margaret Judd, 1822-1893. Aunt Martha was Martha Carr McDaniel, 1808-1873, wife of John's father's brother Michael S. Stoker, 1805-1858. William McDaniel, 1810-1885, is John's brother-in-law. John's Mother-in-law, Zibiah (McCarley) McDaniels, 1786-1860, apparently remarried a Mr. Birdno after her husband James McDaniel, 1762-1820, died.]
      Pp. 4-9: The journal details their departure from Council Bluffs area by various means including railroad, hack, steamboat, packet boat, hired horses, and on foot with luggage to "Leith Co. 5 miles north of Estillville," Virginia via many detailed waypoints including but not limited to DesMoines, Chicago, Cleveland, Wheeling VA, Burlington on the Ohio River, the "Big Sandy" on the line between Kentucky and Virginia, the "Pound Gap" summit of Cumberland Mountain, the "High Nob the highest point in Virginia." John details with whom they stayed and what hospitality they received. Along the way they see and preach the Gospel to many McLelland/McClelland relatives of his companion. In Leith Co., VA, on Monday, Dec. 13, 1869, he "wrote a letter home to my family and one to Ash[e] Co., North Carolina to David and Henry Graybill" which they mailed the next day from Estillville. [John's mother, Barbara Graybill, had two brothers - Henry, ca1780-ca1843, and David, 1794-1874 - who remained in Ashe Co. where she was born; however, Henry was dead by then but his "Uncle" David responds later on Jan. 22.]
      Pp. 10-17: They stayed in the area doing missionary work mainly among McClellands. He notes on Christmas day while staying with Samuel McClelland, they went to a meeting and heard a Dunkard preach. On Monday, Dec. 27th, John notes, "wrote a letter to my family also one to my sister-in-law Martha Stoker at Bluff City, Iowa. [Martha Carr (McDaniel) Stoker was whom he referred to as Aunt Martha previously in his journal since she was married to his father's brother Michael S. Stoker, but she was also a sister-in-law since she was the sister to John's wife Jane McDaniel.] John notes on Saturday, Jan. 8th, that he "went to the widow Quillins to inquire concerning the Wampler family." [I am unsure who the widow was, but John's maternal grandmother was Christina Wampler, 1753-1844.] On Tuesday, Jan. 11th, John notes, "Went to Patsy Daughterty's to inquire after my mother's relatives." On Thursday, Jan. 13th, he notes that he "went to Wm. Wampler's, took dinner." [I do not have either a Patsy Daughterty nor William Wampler in my database - they must be of a later generation than John's grandmother Christina Wampler.] He also notes on the same day that he received a letter from his son-in-law J. Tolman and daughter in Utah. On Saturday, Jan. 22nd, John notes, 'Received a letter from my son David Stoker, Davis Co., Utah dated Jan'y 1st, 1870, gave particulars of my son John Stoker's sickness but getting better. Also received a letter from my uncle David Graybill, Ashe Co., Jefferson, North Carolina." On Jan. 24th, he writes back to his uncle David Graybill.
      Pp. 18-24: Starting on Jan. 26th, 1870, the missionaries are on the move: first to Bristol (VA?), then thru Chattanooga, Nashville, Sparta, to Putnam Co., Tennessee where they did missionary work with the Perkins and Mayberry families who relatives of his companion, Jesse Perkins. On Sunday, Feb. 13th, 1870, John wrote letters to his son David Stoker in Davis Co., Utah and one to Aunt Martha Stoker and cousins in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co., Iowa. On the next day he went to Gainesboro where he received a letter from his son David Stoker. Beginning Feb. 16th, 1870, John proceeds by boat down the Cumberland to Nashville then to St. Louis via the Mississippi River from Cape "Jerido". On Feb. 23rd, took the from St. Louis to Trader's Point where again he sees Aunt Martha. He sends money to his companion in Decatur Co., Iowa to help him get to Council Bluffs. He also sends a letter to Utah asking his family for money for himself and his companion.
      Pp. 25-33: John arrives Feb. 26 and remains in Pottawattamie Co., Iowa until March 24 when he, Jesse Perkins who arrives March 9, and several other missionaries from the East Coast join up in Omaha for the trip home to Utah by railroad which he notes cost $50.75. Generally he is staying with his Aunt Martha. Some journal entries during that time period dealing with family follow: "Sat., Feb 26th, 1870: Went up to Musketoe Creek to Simeon Peter Graybill, my cousin. Stayed over night. Sunday, 27th. Went to Walker's Grove in Harrison Co. to Sidney R. Graybill, my cousin, with Moroni Stoker to see some sick cousins Michael and Elizabeth Graybill. [Sidney Rigdon, 1836-1893, Michael S., 1827-1910, and Elizabeth, 1833-1891, are siblings and all children of Polly Stoker, John's father's sister.] Stayed over night. Monday 28th. Cold and windy. Remained all day. Stayed all night. Tuesday, March 1st 1870. Returned to Aunt Martha Stoker's at Traders Point. Read a letter from David Stoker, my son, to John A. Stoker, dated Feb'y 21st, 1870. Stayed overnight… Thursday 3d. Cousin Jared Stoker killed 2 turkeys, the 2 weighing 40 lbs. [John Alexander Stoker, 1837-1918, and Jared, 1843-1912, were first cousins and sons of Michael S. Stoker, brother of John's father David.] Stayed over… Tuesday 8th, being my birthday, age 53… Wednesday 9th… was weighed being 184 lbs… Friday 18th… went to Aaron Thomas, took dinner and spent the day with him and family. [Aaron Morris Thomas, 1833-1920, was married to John's first cousin, Elizabeth Jane Stoker, who was the daughter of John W. Stoker, a brother of John's father David.] Returned to Aunt Martha Stoker's… Saturday 19th… Sent a letter to Wm. Atkinson in Bountiful, Davis County, Utah, heard from home by a letter wrote to John A. Stoker dated March the 12th, 1870. All was well… Thursday 24th… John A. Stoker and Joseph Stoker took me and Bro. Jesse N. Perkins to Omaha with a wagon. Rained before we got there. Joseph Stoker went over the River with us met about 30 of the missionaries at the St. Charles Hotel. [Joseph Jehiel Stoker, 1846-1921, was a brother of John Alexander and William Moroni Stoker.] Left Omaha at 6 p.m. on the Emigrant Cars for home…"
      Pp. 33-35: John details the train trip which started March 24th and arrived home in Bountiful March 29th after switching to the Utah Central in Ogden. He notes his arrival "in the midst of family and friends with a hearty God bless you… and a hearty shaking of hands." The missionary journal ends at this point.
      Pp. 36-227: The balance of John's journal book is genealogical notations of family. Many pages are blank, which I did not copy. Besides family, John would also note many other unrelated Stokers who he must have gleaned from books and other sources. He also notes some totally unrelated non-Stoker individuals with whom he evidently has some acquaintance. I have entered the pertinent data with each family in my database.

      2. FHL film 702: "Journal of John Stoker, b. 1817; Journal starts November 1, 1869." John was the son of David Stoker and Barbara Graybill. The first 35 pages detail his mission taken from Utah to Virginia and Tennessee through Council Bluffs, Iowa, which I have summarized and included with his notes in this database. Pp. 36-227, the balance of John's journal, are genealogical notations of family. Many pages are blank. Besides family, the journal also notes many other unrelated Stokers who were probably gleaned from books and other sources. It appears as if maybe his son David may have taken over the book later. Many entries are repetitive at different times. Pertinent data for this family or individual is quoted verbatim as follows on pages:
      174: James McDaniel, Zibiah McCarley, children:
      Martha McDaniel (Stoker), b. July 24, 1808, Galia Co., Ohio, Raccoon Township, died July 4, 1873, Council Bluffs, Iowa.
      Sarah McDaniel (Stoker), b. 26 May 1805, Galia Co., Ohio, Raccoon Township, died Mar. 7, 1857, Trader's Point, Potawatamie Co., Iowa.

      3. The following is a partial quote from an article entitled: "The Michael and Catherine Eller Stoker family as early Mormons in Ohio and Missouri," by Jimmie "B" Stoker, November 24, 1993, as reprinted in the book "Our Stoker Family Histories 1731-1881," Vol. II, comp. and ed. by Elayne Stoker, 2004, printed by Stevenson's Genealogy Center, Provo, UT. See the notes of Michael Stoker (1762-1838) for the full transcript of this article:
      "The Stokers join the LDS Church.
      Mormon missionaries come.
      During the fall of 1833 Michael Stoker (1762-1838) and his family, living in Bloomfield Township, Jackson County, Ohio first heard the preaching of the missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These missionaries exhorted them to join the new church and told them about Joseph Smith receiving inspired revelations from God. In addition the Church was noted for its new scripture, the Book of Mormon.
      The Stokers were drawn to the message. Many accepted baptism before the end of 1833. They included sixteen-year-old John Stoker (1817-1881) who was baptized November 13, 1833 by Seymour Brunson(1) and four days later his double cousin, fifteen-year-old Joseph Levi Graybill, who was baptized by John A. Fisher.(2) These two grandsons of Michael Stoker (1762-1838) were among the first of the Stoker family to embrace the new church.
      In 1834 Seymour Brunson moved his family to Bloomfield and organized a branch of the Church.(3) John's parents, David (1795-1852) and Barbara Graybill Stoker, joined the branch during that year. David's younger brother, Michael, Jr., (1805-1858) was affiliated with the Mormons. Evidence of his affiliation with the church comes from the fact that his son, born on July 10, 1834 was named, "William Moroni." Clearly the name Moroni marked Michael as having read the Book of Mormon. Moreover, in his journal Michael, Jr., writes, "The names of the members who were baptized by me in February, 1836. Baptized James Toinbuson and ordained him an elder." He also baptized William and Barbara Stoker that year.(4) Michael held the Mormon priesthood to officiate in these ordinances. The Stokers and their relatives were very enthusiastic about their new church. They contributed to its growth and sustained its leadership.
      The McDaniel connection.
      The children and grandchildren of Michael Stoker (1762-1838) had an affinity to marry the children of James McDaniel and Zibiah McCarley, neighbors in Jackson County. John W. Stoker (1802-1857) married Electa Sarah McDaniel (1806-1857) on April 19, 1827. Michael Stoker, Jr., (1805-1858) married her sister, Martha Carr McDaniel, on Jan 1, 1829. A grandson, John Stoker (1817-1881), and a granddaughter, Christine Stoker (1815-1854), children of David Stoker (1795-1852), married Jane McDaniel (1810-1890) on January 21, 1836 and John Riley McDaniel on February 8, 1835. Nineteen-year-old John, in addition to marrying Jane, also adopted her son, Alma. Family tradition says that Alma's father would not consider joining the LDS church so Jane left him. About a month after her son's birth, Jane married John Stoker, the nephew of her two brothers-in-law.
      The Kirtland Temple is dedicated.
      In the spring of 1836, some members of the Bloomfield branch made the 200 mile trip north to Kirtland, Ohio to attend the dedication of the temple. In that group was Michael Stoker's son-in-law and grandson, Michael Graybill, Sr., and Joseph Levi Graybill. Michael Graybill's wife, Polly Stoker (1792-1864), was expecting the birth of her eleventh Child, a son who was born April 6, 1836. She didn't go with them. Michael Graybill while at the conference and temple dedication at Kirtland was impressed by Sidney Rigdon's two and a half hour sermon. Upon returning to Bloomfield, he named his newly born son, Sidney Rigdon Graybill.(5)
      Picture p. 3: "Barbara Graybill and her son, John Stoker."
      1. "The Life of John Stoker," compiled by Eunice Stoker Southwick
      2. "Early Members of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," Vol. III G.K. compiled by Susan Easton Black. Provo: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1993. p. 149.
      3. "Seymour Brunson," LDS Biographical Encyclopedia Vol. 3 compiled by Andrew Jenson. Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson History Co., 1901. p. 331.
      4. "The Howard, Leytham, Stoker, Von Dollen Family Histories and including the Bell, Teeple, Mackland, Bardsley, Graybill, Eller, Dick, Oman, Smith, and Koons Families," compiled by Doris Lewis, 2017 So. 80th Avenue, Omaha, Nebraska 68124. p. 92.
      5. Vivian Graybill, "Michael Graybill, Sr." Typescript sent to Jim Stoker by Alice Graybill Russell, 6120 Wincanton Dr., Shreveport, LA 71129 on October 6, 1993."

      4. This individual is mentioned in the following partial quote from an article entitled: "John Stoker (1817-1881) and Wives: Jane McDaniel, Harriet Susan Willis, and Jane Allen" in the book "Our Stoker Family Histories 1731-1881," Vol. II, comp. and ed. by Elayne Stoker, 2004, printed by Stevenson's Genealogy Center, Provo, UT." See John's notes for full transcription:
      "Beginning in 1869, John filled a short mission. The following is a copy of John's missionary journal, which after he returned was turned into a genealogical records - some believe it was not written by him. It is entered here exactly as it is written. John's journal is on microfilm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Family History Center, Salt Lake City, Utah. The whereabout of original journal is unknown and many pages have been ripped out before the journal was microfilmed.
      'The Journal of John Stoker, 1869 (direct copy from the hard copy, genealogical sheets provided by Ora and Vinal Barlow. The micro film copy shows many pages torn from the journal.)
      1. Parentheses are used to insert words and letters not used in the journal but believed to be meant.
      2. After Journal Page 1 below, the abbreviation JP2, JP3, etc. will be used on this transcript.
      3. As much as possible we have tried to copy the wording as it was written by John or others who wrote in the journal.
      4. A sort of preface is given before page (1) of the journal on the reverse of the cover page.
      Journal Page 1. (Labeled in error on the original journal.)
      'Elders went up to (station) left home on his (my) mission to the United States Nov 1 1869 1/2 past 4 AM Arrived at unita 9 minutes before 9 oclock left on the Cars 35 minutes after 2 oclock Arrived at Green River Tuesday 2nd- 5 minutes past 8 at Point of Rock Station half Past 9 the engine Switched off to Bring on the Main track 6 or 7 Cars of Coal in Running Back to hitch on Ran into the other Cars on the Main track and Broke the Coupling of 2 cars no body was Hurt by the Blessing of God'
      JP2 (Unlabeled in original journal)
      '(Minu)tes Past 11
      Wednesday 3rd- Arrived at Larima (Laramie) City 1/2 past 7 A.M. left at 11- fixed Cars. Crossed the Bridge in Black Hills 1/2 after 1
      Thursday the 4th Arrived at North Platt 20 minutes Past 10 A.M. all well Counted Missionaries 67 Arrived at FT Kearney 1/2 past 4 P.M.
      Friday the 5th Arrived at Omaha 20 minutes Past 10 A.M.
      Saturday 6th went to Bluff city with J N Perkins-
      Sunday 7th Spent the fore Noon with Moroni Stoker- Took Dinner with him'
      'Monday 8th went up to Musketoe to See Simoen P Graybill Stayed all night
      Tuesday 9th took dinner with Aunt Margaret Stoker uncle Eller Stoker's widdow and Returned at Trading Point, Potawatamie Co Iowa
      Wednesday 10th wrote a letter to Br Wm Atkinson in Bountiful Davis County Utah
      Thursday 11th visited We McDaniel in Harrison Co 40 Miles north
      Friday 12th visited the grave of Zibiah Birdno my wifes mother
      Saturday 13th Returned to Aunt Marthas at Traders Point
      Sunday 14th Spent the day with Aunt Marthas family
      Monday 15th went to Bluff City (Council Bluffs) to look for a Letter but gone none and Returned to the Point Traders..."

      5. accessed 28 Feb 2013 from Claudia Ray
      "Zibiah Mc Carley.
      Also known as Sibby Mc Carley; Shebby Mc Daniel, Zibiah Birdino
      Zibiah was born 10 Dec 1786 to John Mc Carley and Martha Carr.
      She was born in Pennsylvania, moved with her family to Virginia and then to Ohio. In Ohio she met and married James McDonald the 19 Dec 1805 (film 0,317,652) here they spelled her name as Sibby Mc Carley. They were married in Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio by Charles Buck Jr. They lived in Raccoon Twp near the Raccoon river in Gallia County, Ohio.
      They had five children, three girls and two boys. Electa Sarah, Martha, Jane, John and William, James died in 1820, leaving Zibiah with five children ages four to twelve years old. (1820 census.)
      The 20 of April 1823 Zibiah married Charles Birdino. Here she used the name of Shebby Mc Daniel. Her using the surname of Mc Daniel may indicate the Mc Donald clan using Mc Daniel for Church events. (Film 0,317652) They had two children, Nemiah Wood Birdino and Elizabeth Gabrielle Birdino.
      Charles had several spelling variations of his surname. It was spelled Birdino on his marriage certificate. Burdinano, Beirdneau and Birdino in the land grant papers. In the 1830 census his name was listed as Charles Burdino. His children always seemed to use the Birdno spelling.
      Charles Birdino had enlisted in the army and fought in the war of 1812. Because of this he received warrant no. 3809 for 160 acres of bounty land. I believe that his bounty land was located in Jefferson County, Ohio, because Charles Burdino, John Stoker, Michael Stoker and Michael Stoker Jr were all living in Steubenville; Ohio, in the 1830 Census.
      From the location of their residences next to each other Charles Birdino and Michael Stoker may have both receive bounty lands from the war of 1812. James Mc Donald may have also enlisted in the army for the war of 1812.
      The 1830 Ohio Census shows a Charles Burdino record with 1 male 5-10 Nehemiah Birdno, 1 male 10-15 William Mc Donald, 1 male 15-20 John McDonald-Mc Daniel, 1 male 60-70 Charles Birdno & 1 female under 5 Elizabeth Birdno, 1 female 20-30 Jane Mc Daniel and 1 female 40-50 Zibiah. (Census)
      This census proves that Zibiah did not have three more sons with James Mc Donald. If she did they would have been shown on this census record. The three extra sons Van D. Mc Daniel born 13 May 1815, John E. Mc Daniel born 5 Dec 1817 & Andrew G. Mc Daniel born 30 Mar 1820. If she did the census would have shown 2 Males 15-20 & 3 Males 10-15. These three never appeared as sons of James and Zibiah on any records until a computer match and merge was done to create the I.G.I. They should be removed as sons of Zibiah in the New Family Search.
      Next was the John Stoker family with one male under 5 one male 20-30 John & 1 female under 5, one female 20-30 Electa Sarah Mc Daniel.
      Next was the Michael Stoker family with one male 10-15, one male 15-20 John, one male 60-70 & one female 10-15 Christina, one female 50-60.
      Then the Michael Stoker Jr. family with one male under 5, one male 20-30 & one female 5-10, one female 20-30 Martha Mc Daniel. Charles Birdino had received a leg wound while serving in the war of 1812 while fighting in Canada. There was a military hospital in Kanawha, Virginia where he had gone to have his leg checked. He died in Kanawha in 1840 leaving Zibiah a widow again. This time most of her children were grown and married.
      An article in the Wellston, Jackson County, Ohio Historical Society published in August 19?? gives the following information about the Graybeal and Stoker families. (In 1815 Peter Graybeal Sr and his wife left Ashe County with their son Michael, his wife Mary Stoker and their two young children. Their daughter Barbara Graybeal and her husband David Stoker, Mary's brother and their Stoker in-laws Michael and Catherine Eller Stoker. They were on their way to the Great Western Reserve, which would become Ohio. They selected a location in what became Bloomfield, Jackson County Ohio. Here they learned of the early Latter Day Saint Church and every member of this group of baptismal age became members in 1833. The spelling of their name was changed to Graybill to set them apart as Mormons.)
      Some books say that the Mc Donald clan was a violent clan so when they joined a church they would change their name to Mc Daniel.
      Because of the Mc Donald clan using the surname of Mc Daniel I believe that Zibiah and her children who joined the Church were baptized as Mc Daniel.
      Our John Mc Daniel was baptized in 1 February 1833 by Seymour Brunson. Seymour Brunson's diary says that he baptized a large number of people in Ohio. I believe that Zibiah and her children that were baptized and joined the Church used the name Mc Daniel.
      All of Zibiah's Mc Daniel children married Stokers except for William who never married, never joined the church and never used the surname of Mc Daniel.
      Zibiah's oldest daughter Electa Sarah was born 26 May 1806 (film 184,658). She married John W. Stoker. They joined the Mormon Church and came west to Nauvoo and then to Council Bluffs, Iowa where they both died in 1857. They died at Traders Point, Iowa
      Her next daughter Martha married Michael Stoker Jr. They also joined the church and came west to Nauvoo, and then to Iowa where they both died. Martha died in Council Bluffs, Iowa 4 Feb 1873.
      Zibiah, her sons John Mc Daniel, William Mc Donald and Nemiah Wood Birdino and daughter Elizabeth Gabriell Birdino also came west with the rest ofthe family as far as Iowa.
      In the 1850 Iowa census Zibiah and her daughter Elizabeth Birdino were living with Zibiah's son William Mc Donald. His surname was spelled Mc Donal in this census.
      Jeremiah Birdeno, his wife America and daughter Emily were living next door, or with them.
      Zibiah remained in Iowa where she died in 1860 at the age of 73 years 16 days and was buried in the Calhoun Cemetery, (film 1,579,041) which is in Harrison County. Harrison county had been a part of Pottawattamie county until 1855.
      William remained in Iowa and was a farmer. At his death an obituary was printed saying. (William McDonald came in 1854 with his mother, who was of the Mormon Faith. She went to Utah, but he refused to go. He remained in Calhoon township and lived a single life ever afterwards. He accumulated over fifty thousand dollars worth of property. He died in 1885 and his estate was sold at auction.) (film 0,934,944 pg. 454) The probate of William's estate can be found in the (film 1,510,110 pgs 493, 404-496, 504, 510).
      It tells the names of his sister's family coming to claim his estate.
      William is buried next to his mother in the Calhoun Cemetery. (Film 1,579,041) I don't think the people who wrote his obituary knew that Zibiah Birdno was the mother of William Mc Donald."

      1. Elizabeth B. (Beirdneau) Sessions in the 1900 US Census for Bountiful, Davis, Utah indicates that she was born Mar. 1827 in Ohio and that her father (Charles Beirdneau) was born in Vermont and her mother (Zibiah McCarley) in Pennsylvania. The 1850 census also confirms a birth for Zibiah in Pennsylvania per her report to the census taker. Nehemiah Birdno in the same 1900 census for Graham County, Arizona notes his birth as Feb 1824 in Ohio and that both of his parents were born in Ohio (which we know to be most likely incorrect in regards to his parents.)

      1. Email dated 27 Feb 2013 from Claudia Ray with a scanned image of the following marriage entry (also available on "I do hereby certify that I have joined in the Bond of Matrimony according to Law James McDonald and Sibby McCarley on the 19th day of December Given under my hand the 29 day of December Anno Dom. 1805 State of Ohio Gallia county Gallipolis Township. Charles Buck J.P."

      2. Married Charles N. Birdno or Bierdneau or Birdneau 20 Apr 1823 in Gallia Co., Ohio.

      1. The tombstone in Calhoun Cemetery reads "Zibiah Berdno." Photos available on Find-a-grave.

      1. Look for Birdno or equivalent in censuses. See John Stoker's journal above.