Mary Kephardt

Mary Magdalena Kepthart


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Henry (Johann Heinrich) Ault

Mary Magdalena Kepthart

  • Born: 7 Dec 1798, Centre County, Pennsylvania
  • Marriage: Henry (Johann Heinrich) Ault on 15 Dec 1835 in Gregg Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania
  • Died: 25 Jun 1883, Orangeville, Stephenson County, Illinois at age 84
  • Buried: Orangeville Cemetery, Orangeville Township, Stephenson County, Illinois

bullet   Another name for Mary was Mary Magdalena Gebhardt.


bullet  Noted events in her life were:

Census, 1840, Pennsylvania, Centre County, Roll 451 Book 1, Page 115a, Gregg Township.

Census, 1850, Illinois, Stephenson County, Buckeye Township, Roll 129 Book 1, Page 283b. Age 52 yrs.

Census, 1860, Illinois, Stephenson County, Buckeye Township, Cedarville Post Office, Roll 230 Book 1, Page 570. Age 63 yrs. Shown as widow. (Living in same household with her daughter Mary Ault, age 22 yrs.)

Census, 1865, Illinois State Census Collection, Stephenson County, Buckeye Township, Image 3 of 12.

Census, 1870, Illinois, Stephenson County, Orangeville Township, Lena Post Office, Roll 275 Book 1, Page 251b. Age 74 yrs. Keeping house.

Biography, 1880, Stephenson County, Illinois:. Mrs. Mary Louisa Sweeley, widow of Jacob Sweeley, and daughter of Henry and Mary M. (Kepthart) Ault, has been a resident of Winslow since the spring of 1871 where she owns and occupies a neat and well appointed residence, and surrounded by all the comforts of life, anticipates spending here the remainder of her days. The main points in the history of Mrs. S. are briefly given as follows: She was born in Centre County, Pa., on the 25th of August, 1837, and came with her parents to Illinois in 1841. Her father's family then included four children, and the journey was made overland by teams to Pittsburgh, after which they partially availed themselves of steamboats on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, by which means they reached Savanna, Ill., and thence came by team to a point near Freeport in this county. The now flourishing city of Freeport was then unpretentious hamlet of a few houses and two or three stores. Mr. Ault made a claim in what is now Oneco Township, and the family moved into a vacant log cabin to which the father afterward added a small slab shanty. He soon erected a frame house of native lumber, into which the family removed, and as soon as the land came into market he secured his title from the Government.
Mr. Ault continued the cultivation of the soil and occupied the homestead which he had established in the wilderness, until his death, which took place in the spring of 1858. He had in the meantime erected what was then considered a good set of frame buildings and had made other improvements which were looked upon with approval and admiration by the people of that section. The market for farm produce was at Chicago; whither their corn, wheat and pork were slowly and laboriously transported by teams, taking about two weeks: but in common with the patience and courage which characterized most of the people of that time and section of country. Mr. Ault and his estimable wife endured hardship and privation uncomplainingly, sanguine of future results.
Mr. Ault was twice married, his first wife having been Miss Mary Miller, of Pennsylvania, who survived twenty years, and of which union there were five children, namely; David, Elizabeth, William, James and Charlotta, all of whom reside in Stephenson County.
Mrs. Mary M. Ault, the mother of our subject, was a native of Centre County, Pa., where she was born in 1800. She died at the home of Mrs. Sweeley in the spring of 1883. Mrs. S. remained under the parental roof in Orangeville until her marriage, in 1871, to Jacob Sweeley. Mr. S. was born in Lycoming County, Pa., Aug. 4, 1818, where he grew to manhood and was married, Sept. 26, 1843, to Miss Elizabeth Sankey, a native of the same State. She died in 1869, in Winslow. Mr. S. came to Stephenson County in 1854, and located upon a tract of land in Winslow Township, where he was successfully engaged in farming until his removal to the town in 1862 or 1863, and where his death took place in 1887. Of his first marriage there were born three children, namely: Anna C., Jan. 30, 1847: Lydia A. K., May 27, 1853, and Mary, March 7, 1857. Of his second marriage there were two children, namely; Jennie May, born May 12, 1872, and Alla M., July 29, 1879. Mr. Sweeley was unostentatious in his manner of living, preferring the quiet of his own home rather than the turmoil of a public career. He was a member of Winslow Lodge No. 56, and his funeral was conducted with Masonic honors. The fine brick residence which occupies a pleasant position on the east bank of the Pecatonica River remains as one of the monuments of his thrifty and industry, and he left his family handsomely provided for at their present home at Winslow.

Newspaper Article: Freeport Daily Bulletin, 17 Apr 1883, Freeport, Stephenson County, Ilinois. John Frybarger and wife went to Winslow the other day to visit mother Ault, the step-mother of Mrs.Frybarger. Mrs. Ault is very feeble and may be called from earth at any moment.


Mary married Henry (Johann Heinrich) Ault, son of Johann Heinrich "Henry" Ault and Anna Maria Walther, on 15 Dec 1835 in Gregg Township, Centre County, Pennsylvania. (Henry (Johann Heinrich) Ault was born on 8 Jul 1793 in Springfield, York County, Pennsylvania, died on 17 Jun 1858 in Orangeville, Stephenson County, Illinois and was buried in Orangeville Cemetery, Orangeville Township, Stephenson County, Illinois.)

bullet  Noted events in their marriage were:

Marriage. The actual recorded entry shows:

1835, Dec 15

Henry Alt, residence of Gregg Township,
Molly Gebhardt, residence of Gregg Township,

Married by: Rev. P.S. Fisher

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