Joachim Ogle, 816-1879, Amanda Chadwick, 1822-1898

In February of 1816, Joachim Ogle was born in Frederick County, Maryland. His parents, Samuel and Mary already had seven children before him, and there were four more siblings born after. Joachim was a great grandson of Joseph Ogle, who had first settled in Frederick County from Delaware, by way of Pennsylvania, and a grandson of James Ogle, an American patriot captain in the Revolutionary War.

U. S. Census records before 1850 are vague, insomuch as inventories of households with few names listed. Birth records from the time are sparse, however there is a record of Joachim's baptism. It is recorded in a Baltimore Catholic Diocese record, though the baptism took place in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The record names four month old Joachim Ogle, parents "Sam'l" and Mary, as well as godparents Joachim Elder and Mary Livers. Oddly, the word “heretick” is written just above Samuel Ogle's name, encircled with the name so as not to confuse it with the previous record. Elder and Livers seemed to be prominent names in Emmitsburg. Joachim Elder was the Assistant to the U S Marshall and Census taker, listed on the 1820 Census for the Frederick County pages. Joachim Elder was also a long-time Postmaster in the Emmitsburg Post Office.

On June 13, 1840 at the age of twenty-four Joachim Ogle married Matilda Kessler (1822-1843) in Frederick County, Maryland, where she was also born and raised. A short time later the new family left the Monocacy Valley and moved to northwest Ohio, settling in Seneca County. The city of Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio were both founded just twenty years prior around 1820. There was, at the time, a large migration of people from the east coast, intent to settle in the Ohio valley and further west, taking advantage of inexpensive land and endless opportunities. This was still years before Horace Greeley famously urged “...go west, young man”.

On October 24, 1841 Matilda gave birth to Mary Elizabeth Matilda Ogle in Ohio. On May 26, 1843 Matilda died in Ohio. A later record indicates that Joachim had returned to Maryland with Mary Elizabeth Matilda and had her baptized in the Frederick German Reformed Church on October 12, 1845 at the age of three. Records later show that Mary Elizabeth Matilda had remained in Maryland, even though by this time Joachim had re-married in Ohio.

Later records of Mary Elizabeth Matilda's movements all appear in Maryland census records and newspaper items. In 1860, 18 year old Mary Ogle lived with a Gittenger family, with no occupation listed. Mary married Thomas Hammitt in 1864, but then he died in 1867. Thomas Hammitt was a 1st lieutenant Union soldier during the Civil War. In 1870, 28 year old Matilda Hammitt and her 3 year old daughter Susan lived with 71 year old Susan Bruner. In 1900 and 1910, Mary E M Hammitt lived with her daughter Susan Houck's family. Mary died in Maryland in the county of her father's birth.

Joachim married Ohio native Amanda Chadwick on February 9, 1845 in Seneca County, Ohio. Little is known about Amanda. Some accounts name her Amanda Armentrout or Amanda Glass, whose mother was Priscilla Wade Armentrout. This is dubious because in the 1850 census under the Abraham Armentrout household in Ashland County Ohio there is a 24 year old Amanda Glass and a 28 year old physician named S Glass. Ohio marriage records show that Amanda Chadwick married Joachim Ogle in Seneca County, Ohio in 1845, and the 1850 census for Seneca County, Ohio shows Joachim Ogle living with wife Amanda Ogle. Not many records exist to authenticate Amanda Chadwick, either before or after her marriage to Joachim, nor are records available to show her date of death, or place of interment.
Joachim and Amanda went on to have seven children together between 1847 and 1859. They were Theodore, Ann Elizabeth, Benjamin, Loretta, James, Emma, and Samuel. Theodore, 1847, lived in Iowa, and died in Evansville, Indiana. He listed his occupations as farmer and machinist. Anne Elizabeth Eckhart, 1847, lived and died near Lansing, Michigan. Loretta, 1852, lived and died in Seneca County, Ohio. A young domestic worker, she married Luther Rogers. James, 1854, was a farmer, laborer, and engineer. No information was found for his Sister Emma, born in 1857, other than a newspaper article from the Tiffin Tribune in 1871 listing an Emma Ogle as one of the graduates of Tiffin High School. Samuel was born in 1859. In 1880, 20 year old Samuel lived in a boarding house and was a laborer by trade. In 1900, 40 year old Samuel was married, a railroad laborer.

Joachim's older brother, William Clay Ogle, born September 6, 1810, also made his way to Tiffin, Ohio sometime after the birth of his daughter Mary in 1846, who was born in Maryland, and before their next child George, 1849, who was born in Ohio. People at the time likely traveled in wagons along the National Road which, by then, extended from Cumberland, Maryland to Columbus, Ohio. At an average of ten miles per day the journey to Tiffin, Ohio was probably about a month to six weeks. Part of their journey could have been made by train on the Baltimore and Ohio railway, but in 1840 it had only extended as far as Cumberland, where it connected with the National Road.

An established blacksmith, William married Barbara Emick in 1833 in Maryland. Together they had nine children from 1834 until her death in 1857. He then married a local Tiffin woman named Josephine Knott in 1857. He was twenty-seven years her senior. After their marriage they made their way to Wisconsin where they raised another nine children.

Another notable Tiffin resident was George H. Brickner. Born in Germany, he came to Tiffin with his parents at an early age. George worked as a shopkeeper in a couple of stores as a teen in Tiffin until 1855, when the twenty-two year old made his way to Sheboygen, Wisconsin, where William Ogle's family was then living.

George married William Ogle's daughter, Anna Elizabeth in Sheboygen. George became a local entrepreneur, owning and operating an ashery, farm and flour mill, until he finally bought half interest in the Sheboygen Falls Woolen Mills, later to become the Brickner Woolen Mills Company. He later started a glass manufacturing plant in Tiffin, Ohio. Mr. Brickner was elected to the U S Congress in 1888, representing the fifth Wisconsin District, and serving three consecutive two-year terms.

Both Joachim and William were preceded in Ohio by other Ogle relatives, likely the first being Thomas Ogle, son of Benjamin and nephew of Maryland patriarch Joseph Ogle. History says that Thomas died on the battlefield around 1782 while battling Natives during the Sandusky Plain battle of the Crawford Expedition. During the same time period Thomas' brothers Joseph and Jacob were among the forces patrolling along the Ohio River. Jacob was killed at Foreman's massacre at Fort Henry, now in Wheeling, West Virginia. Joseph was also in the 1777 battle of Fort Henry, but survived. Joseph later moved his family on to Illinois. Ogle County, Illinois was eventually named for him, though he never lived in Ogle County.

A founding family in Seneca County was another family of Joseph Ogle's descendants, also related to Joachim and William. Joseph Ogle, born 1781 was a grandson of Joseph Ogle, 1707, of Maryland. Joseph came to Tiffin in 1824 and built a log cabin in 1826. They were said to be the third non-Native American family to settle in the County.

Tiffin Ogles genealogy (two families):

                                   Joseph Ogle, 1707-1756

    James Ogle, 1753-1800                          Thomas Ogle, 1749-1790

    Samuel Ogle, 1780-1843                        Joseph Ogle,1781-1864

    Joachim Ogle, 1816-1879                       Benjamin Franklin Ogle, 1827-1906

    Benjamin Franklin Ogle, 1848-1910     

It is presumed that Amanda died or divorced Joachim, because he married Emiline Neeley on November 26, 1867, and lived for a while in Tiffin. Several area newspapers ran a gruesome story in 1868 stating that after drinking too much Joachim tried to cut his wife's throat, then his own, but only ended up causing superficial wounds. In their reporting, the Fremont Weekly Journal on March 13, 1868, wrote “Ogle is a drunken, worthless character, and his wife has sustained no better reputation.” He was jailed for the incident.3

In 1870, Emeline was living in Toledo, Ohio with two adult children. Joachim was not listed as a household member. In 1873 and 1879, Joachim was listed in US City Directories as residing at various addresses in Toledo. Emeline applied for Joachim's Civil War pension benefits in 1891 as his widow. Joachim was listed as having been a private in the Civil War.

It is worth noting that he probably pronounced his name “Joacum”, as it is spelled this way in many records. He may have gone by “Joe” as well because on his marriage certificate to Matilda his name is written “Joseph”.