__ | ___________________________| | | | |__ | _Charles LUMB _______| | (1840 - ....) m 1866| | | __ | | | | |___________________________| | | | |__ | | |--Katie L | (1872 - ....) | __ | | | _Susan ____________________| | | (1814 - ....) | | | |__ | | |_Mary L PENNINGTON __| (1843 - ....) m 1866| | __ | | |_William PENNINGTON trader_| (1820 - 1897) | |__
 [S142] DE Census 1880
_Caleb BALL III "Bloomer"_______________________+ | (1728 - 1782) m 1755 _Ezekiel BALL ___________| | (1761 - 1812) m 1787 | | |_Mary PARROT ___________________________________+ | (1738 - 1777) m 1755 _John BALL __________| | (1789 - 1826) m 1816| | | _John PECK Esq and Judge________________________+ | | | (1732 - 1811) | |_Elizabeth PECK _________| | (1767 - 1842) m 1787 | | |_Mary HARRISON _________________________________ | | |--William Steward BALL | (1820 - 1860) | _John CRAVEN ___________________________________+ | | (1741 - 1829) m 1766 | _Thomas CRAVEN Carpenter_| | | (1767 - 1814) m 1794 | | | |_Ann STEWART ___________________________________+ | | (1738 - 1776) m 1766 |_Ann CRAVEN _________| (1794 - 1883) m 1816| | _Joseph ASPRIL attorney --Deed NC Co DE W2 P110_+ | | (.... - 1802) m 1775 |_Mary ASPRIL ____________| (1775 - ....) m 1794 | |_Mary SKEER (SKEAR) ____________________________+ (1755 - ....) m 1775
 [S49] DE Archives Birth/Baptism Card File
 [S168] DE Archives Orphan Court Ledger New Castle Co DE
 [S24] Journal of Susannah Elizabeth Vandegrift
_Philip LOHR _______________+ | _Frederick L LOHR __________| | | | |_Elizabeth WENTZ ___________+ | _Isaac B. LOHR _________| | (1848 - 1923) | | | _John BANKERT ______________+ | | | (1778 - 1866) | |_Sarah BANKERT _____________| | | | |_Louisa YINGLING ___________+ | (1778 - 1864) | |--Frederick A LOHR | (1877 - 1955) | _John Daniel Jr STONESIFER _+ | | (1780 - 1849) | _Abraham Daniel STONESIFER _| | | (1800 - 1846) | | | |_Elizabeth BAUER ___________ | | (1772 - 1846) |_Martha Ann STONESIFER _| (1845 - 1931) | | _Ferdinand Frederick HOPPE _ | | |_Rachel HOPPE ______________| (1805 - 1846) | |_Catharine SNOUFFER ________
 He farmed near Gettysburg, retired in 1920, was an invalid the last 36 years of his life.
 [S14] "History and Genealogy of the Stonesifer Family of MD and PA"
John Wesley VOSHELL Jr
________________________ | _Stephen L MINNER ___| | (1826 - 1900) | | |________________________ | _Eugene MINNER ______| | (1864 - 1951) m 1914| | | ________________________ | | | | |_Eliza ______________| | (1827 - 1908) | | |________________________ | | |--Ruth Ann (Anna) MINNER | (1916 - 1985) | _William SLAUGHTER _____ | | (1825 - ....) m 1845 | _Ezekiel SLAUGHTER __| | | (1845 - 1927) m 1871| | | |_Caroline PRICE ________ | | (1828 - ....) m 1845 |_Idella SLAUGHTER ___| (1884 - 1976) m 1914| | _Matthew FORD __________+ | | (1830 - 1900) m 1854 |_Mary Lydia FORD ____| (1855 - 1951) m 1871| |_Nancy Fisher WILLIAMS _+ (1835 - 1894) m 1854
Ruth Ann Minner was born in Smyrna, DE. The farmland next to the Odd Fellows Cemetery had a very large white mansion that at one time in the 1970's was a candy store. Her mother- Idella took her granddaughter, Ruth V to visit the store in the 1970's and said this was the house she came to live in as a bride. She stated that her daughter Ruth Anna had been born there. (The home is Woodlawn built in 1853, however, it is quite likely that Eugene and Idella were tenant farmers on this property in the first years of their marriage. A C. W. Cummins who was in business with Idella's grandfather Matthew Ford owned the farm.
Little Ruth Anna Minner met with an accident Sunday. While playing she fell and dislocated a joint in the elbow and fractured a bone. She was taken to the Delaware Hospital, and we are glad to report is now getting along nicely. September 9, 1926 MT
1932, Dec 29 Middletown Transcript: "Who's Who in the Class of '33'?
Birth-Although I can't remember it. I have been told that I was born while my parents were living on a farm named "Woodlawn," one mile south of Smyrna.
Residence - I how live on a small farm one mile south of Middletown. If I had had the choosing of a residence I could think of no place I would rather live than on "Silver Lake Farm."
Description- I am five feet inches tall, weigh 130 pounds, Straight, dark brown, stringy hair, green-gray eyes, peering at the world through glasses, prominent nose--that's me.
School's attended-The only school I ever attended is Middletown.
Activities-French Club, Secretary of Latin Club, member of the Senior Debate Team, Girl's Volley Ball Team.
Favorite Study-Probably the study I like best is literature, although French and Home Ec. Rank close to it.
Favorite Authors-With the many good books on the reading list it is hard to decide on my favorite author, but I think it is Joseph C Lincoln and Booth Tarkington for humorous novels, Robert Louis Stevenson for poetry, Mayo De La Roche for deeper novels and Margaret Pedler for romance.
Something I do Fairly Well-I have never noticed anything I ever excelled in, however I think I can cook an dsew fairly well.
My most interesting experience-In my sixteen uneventful years the most outstanding event was a trip to Washington DC taken about five years ago during which I visited nearly all the most interesting and important buildings and places.
Plans after leaving school--My plans are now somewhat indefinite, but I hope to attend the University of Delaware to take up Home Economics work. R A Minner
1933, April 20 Middletown Transcript: Last Thursday the Seniors took their annual one day trip to Washington DC Leaving Middletown at 5:15 am they arrived in Washington about 9:00am where they visited the Capital, Bureau of Printing and Engraving, Washington Monument, Lincoln memorial, White House, Corcoran Art Gallery, Red Cross building, Franciscan Monastery and Congressional Library, In the evening they attended a stage show and movie at the Earle theatre and left Washington at about 11:00 on for Middletown. Ruth Ann Minner Extra Curricular."
1933 June Middletown Transcript: "Senior Class of 18 is graduated. Baccalaureate in St Anne's. Ruth Anna Minner the class valedictorian presented a charming farewell address."
She preferred to be known as Ruth Ann. Graduated from the University of Delaware in Home Economics, 1937, (picture of the farm near St Anne's Church in Middletown in a snow blanket says "winter 1934 first year college").
Middletown Transcript 1923-1924 lists Ruth Anna Minner several times in the first and second grades as Honor Roll list. Several entries show Frank Voshell and Dorothy Todd on the same list.
Taught school at Middletown High School before she married. (Joseph Rees Voshell says he had her as a teacher then) Moved to Miami, FL and started a family. Ruth Ann worked as a nurse's aide. The Family moved to Florham Park, NJ while her husband flew out of La Guardia Airport. (Picture dates this abt.1947). The family moved back to Middletown in the early 50's when her daughter Ruth V was 3 years old to 205 North Cass Street. Ruth M . taught home economics at the high school. The family moved to 9 North Cass Street and Ruth Ann hung out her sign to sell real estate in addition to her teaching.
Some notes about the house at 9 N Cass: The house shows up on the town maps of 1884 with an extension towards Pennington Street that John remembers as a laundry area etc. He also related the house was purchased from the Hall family of Hall Buick in town in the early 1950's. Apparently they were rather large of frame and did quite a number on the framing of the house. Ruth and Jack had to rebuild most of the back wing of the house and put in a knotty pine kitchen and a great laundry chute to the down stairs. (The children had fun locking the bathroom door and climbing down the chute. Another trick was to bomb the box and make it turn over into the dark reaches of the utility room.)
As of 1999, the same family that bought the house from Ruth and Jack still live there. A visit back by Ruth V in 1999 and the youngest daughter remember our family and the first thing she said was her parents had taken out the laundry chute.
Her mother invited Ruth V in to show her the great new kitchen and the porch to the side had been enclosed. She also told stories of many BB pellet holes in the walls of the back bedroom that John and Frank occupied. John confirmed, that yes he and his brother had spent many hours hitting the targets they taped to the walls of their bedroom. The owner also says the names of John and Frank remain on the closet door carved into the wood probably by handy pocketknives.
John also remembers that a date of 1872 is in the mortar of the chimney in the attic. That helps to confirm with the map data gathered. The red barn still exists and was used as a livery stable complete with two horse stalls and horseshoes on the wall. The tree in the back yard that John fell out of and broke his leg still grows.
The family moved to 2033 Floral Drive Wilmington DE in 1959 and she taught in the Marshallton-Mckeon School District, Brandywine Springs JR High School Home Economics. They retired to New Port Richey, Florida where she and her husband took up golf.
Many talents, most of her children's early photos were taken and developed by her in her own dark room. Any kind of needlework, knitting, sewing and other crafts were easily mastered. Avid reader and loved to do crossword puzzles. Great cook and threw some great parties, loved to travel. She lived 68yrs.
 [S27] Personal notes Ruth Voshell Stonesifer
 [S28] Tombstone Odd Fellows Cemetery, Smyrna DE
 [S6] Middletown Transcript
 [S67] Marriage Certificate