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* The Etherton-DeWitt Family Home Page*

Updated August 10, 2008

We are researching two families. Major surnames you will find in our REPORTS:

(James R. Etherton)
(from southern Indiana & Kentucky)

(Sandra DeWitt Etherton)
(from central Ohio & Holmes Co.)


Included are "old" pictures and only 1 current family picture.
You will find the family name ETHERTON or DEWITT to indicate which of the 2 families the pictures are related to, as well as dates and information on each picture to help you.

Check out our "reports" (and "pictures") and let me know if I can be of any help to you. Happy to exchange information and appreciate any help you might share with us.

I have separated my information into 2 reports:
ETHERTON FAMILY (my family) & DEWITT FAMILY (my wifes family).

"Notes" sections now have a lot of extensive new "notes" and more ancestors! "Notes" sections also now contain most of the "sources!"

UPDATED - September, 2005


We are especially in need of information of the PARENTS & FAMILIES of the following:

Benjamin Franklin EATHERTON(1811-1883)of Wolf Creek,Ky. He came from Virginia to Ky. to farm. Buried in the Eatherton cemetary in Wolf Creek, Ky. with other family members. Wife is Catherine Troutman (married across the river in Indiana). His son William (b. 1848) and wife Amelia (Flannery)(1866-1913) also buried there as well as many of their children. LOOKING FOR HIS PARENTS.

Peter MARTIN(1741-1807)(wife-Sarah REDDING)of Vir.& Ky. Still much controversy on his parents and how he got here. Some think he came over from Prussia on a small boat with about 100 people and settled in Germantown. Others feel he is the son of John Joseph Martin (of the 12 German families from Nassau-Siegen) and his second wife Eve. Some even say he is a grandson of John Joseph thru his son Henry. Possibly someone near Shelbyville, Ky. (where he is buried) or someone in Virginia (where he came over and landed or was born) can shed some light. I finally settled on the John Joseph & Eve Martin theory. (Henry would be the same ancestors). THAT "THEORY" (Under notes for John Joseph Merten) IT IS WHAT YOU WILL FIND HERE. STILL LOOKING FOR "POSITIVE" PROOF OF HIS PARENTS.

John LAMB,Sr.(d.1831) & buried in the Gray Friaars Church yard in Edinburgh, Scotland. LOOKING FOR HIS WIFE AND PARENTS.

James R. Etherton
268 S. Campbellton Ln.
Pensacola, Florida 32506
A-United States

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Family Photos

  • DEWITT-William, Sr. & Anna Williamson Lamb - 1912 (73 KB)
    50th anniversery picture of William & Anna Williamson Lamb - parents of William Lamb, Jr. - Sandy DeWitt Etherton's grandfather.
  • ETHERTON - Sanford Martin Family (abt. 1897) (136 KB)
    Ida Belle Martin Gurtz was Jim Etherton's grandmother. Sanford is the son of Manoah, the son of Lewis, who was the son of Peter Martin & Sarah Redding. Sanford's wife, Elizabeth Davis, is the daughter of Robert & Jane Pennington Davis. Jane's father was Dennis Pennington.
  • ETHERTON-Sanford & Elizabeth MARTIN FAMILY PICTURE (268 KB)
    Picture taken on their farm in southern Indiana. Year unknown.
  • DEWITT-William,Jr. & Laura Workman Lamb-aft.1893 (91 KB)
    Sandy DeWitt Etherton's grandparents. Laura is the daughter of Zachariah & Mary Ann Wolfe Workman.
  • ETHERTON - Gus Gurtz Family Picture-abt. 1910 (188 KB)
    Ruth Gurtz Etherton was Jim Etherton's mother. Gus Gurtz is the son of Michael & Annetta (Lafaivre) Gurtz. Michael is the son of Martin & Otilda Goertz. The Martin Gurtz and Lafaivre families came to this country on the same ship when Michael was 14 years old. Goertz family from Germany & the Lafaivre family from France. The families didn't know each other until later, settling in Frenchtown, Indiana.
  • Elizabeth Martin & her grandchildren (856 KB)
    (Left to Right) Row 1 - Frances Gurtz, Allean Martin, Ruth Gurtz , Freda Eaton, Norma Davis, June Davis Row 2 - Thelma Eaton, Elizabeth Martin, Lena Helen Martin Row 3 - Jean Eaton, Jay Davis, Hugh Martin, Wanda Gurtz Row 4 - Ormond Martin, Arvil Eaton, Dolph Davis, Randall Eaton,Jerome Davis, Drue Eaton, Robert Martin, Alton Martin,Boone Davis, Eldred Eaton, Gaylord Gurtz Picture and information came from Pauline Davis, wife of Dolph Davis, of Ramsey, Indiana.
  • ETHERTON-The 3 sons of MANOAH MARTIN (1816-1866) (139 KB)
    The 3 sons of Manoah Martin (1816-1866)and Sally Ann Woods (1812-1880). L to R: Richard (b. 1844); George (b. 1845); Sanford (1848-1936). Manoah was the 9th child of Lewis Martin (1763-1849) & Mary "Polly" Wright - Lewis was the son of Peter Martin (1741-1807) & Sarah Redding (1743-1830).
  • DEWITT-3 Generations of Lamb's - bef. 1922 (93 KB)
    William Lamb, Jr., William Lamb, Sr. and Ella Lamb (Sandy DeWitt Etherton's mother & daughter of William, Jr.)
  • ETHERTON-Three Generations of Ethertons-abt. 1935 (162 KB)
    James R. Etherton, Sr., was the son of William & Amelia (Flannery) Etherton. William was the son of Benjamin Franklin Eatherton of Wolf Creek Ky. Both were farmers in Wolf Creek. JRE, Jr. was the father of James (Jim) R. Etherton, III. JRE Sn. migrated from Wolf Creek to Louisiville, Ky.
  • ETHERTON-1934 Birthday party for RICHARD MARTIN (226 KB)
    Newspaper picture of a photo taken at the Dec. 27, 1934 birthday party for Richard Martin held in Bordon, Indiana. L to R: Elizabeth Davis Martin (83)(wife of Sanford Martin), Richard Martin (90), Mrs. George Martin (83), George Martin (89). The 3rd brother Sanford died in 1923 (@75). The three are the sons of Manoah Martin.
  • DEWITT-Chet & Ella Lamb DeWitt(w/Sandy)-1934 (44 KB)
    Chester (Chet) DeWitt & wife Ella Lamb DeWitt holding Sandy DeWitt. Chester is the son of Commodore DeWitt and Lucy Marchand DeWitt.
  • ETHERTON-4 Generations(Martin-Gurtz-Etherton)-1934 (57 KB)
    Jim Etherton on lap of GGrandmother Elizabeth Davis Martin. Grandmother Ida Belle Martin Gurtz and mother Ruth Gurtz Etherton (standing)
  • ETHERTON-Early picture of ELIZ. & SANFORD MARTIN (49 KB)
    Could be a wedding picture of Elizabeth "Lizzie" Davis (1851-1936) & Sanford Martin (1848-1923). Picture was in very bad shape. She met Sanford when she worked as a housekeeper for his family who was quite wealthy. They lived their entire lives on a farm about 4 miles from Ramsey, Indiana.
  • DEWITT-Twins: Lulu & Lucy - 71st Birthday -1938 (91 KB)
    Marchand twins Lulu Marchand Krieger and Lucy Marchand DeWitt on their 71st birthday. The 2 were separated only 5 years of their lifetime. See the "Story of the Marchand Twins" in Sandy DeWitt Etherton's Report.
  • ETHERTON-Etherton Family Picture-abt. 1942 (145 KB)
    Ruth Gurtz Etherton and James R. Etherton, Jr. with 2 sons: Don Etherton & Jim Etherton.
  • ETHERTON: Annetta LaFaivre Gurtz (1932-1902) (128 KB)
    Annetta was the wife of Michael Gurtz. See the picture of the 4 Gurtz brothers (her sons).
  • DEWITT-Sara Bear(Bair) & William Wolfe-before 1882 (155 KB)
    The original picture of Sara and William Wolfe is printed on "metal" and painted (for color). It is the oldest picture of family that we have. Their daughter, Mary Ann Wolfe married Zachariah Workman. They were the parents of Laura Workman Lamb, who was the mother of Ella Lamb DeWitt (Sandy's mother).
  • ETHERTON: Late picture of ELIZ. & SANFORD MARTIN (69 KB)
    Late picture of Elizabeth (1851-1936) & Sanford (1848-1923) Martin. Taken on their farm.
  • DEWITT-Zachariah Workman Family - aft. 1890 (113 KB)
    Zachariah Workman and his children. His wife Mary Ann Wolfe Workman died in 1890. They had stillborn twins, Osborn, Ida, Laura (Sandy's grandmother & mother of Ella Lamb) and Ella.
  • DEWITT-Charles & Barbary Korns Uhl Picture-ab.1860 (253 KB)
    Charles & Barbary are the parents of Hannah Uhl (who married Frederick Marchand, Jr.) They are buried in the Uhl Cemetary in Holmes Co., Ohio which we visited in 1997. Charles is the son of Charles Uhl,Sr. and Catherine Close. Charles Sr. was from Germany and fought in the Revolutionary War while a settler in Pennsylvania.
  • ETHERTON: Dennis & Eliz. (English) Pennington (123 KB)
    These are the pictures that hang in Indiana's first state captiol building in Corydon, Indiana. The building was built by Dennis Pennington.
  • ETHERTON-The Gurtz Brothers - bef. 1939 (149 KB)
    There were 6 Gurtz sons born to Michael Gurtz. John died in 1880, Joseph died as an infant in 1867. The remaining 4 sons are pictures with their wives. L to R: Gus (& Ida Belle); Henry (& Martha); Martin (& Linda); Frank (& Katherine)
  • DEWITT-Frederick & Hannah Uhl Marchand-bef. 1902 (104 KB)
    Frederick & Hannah Uhl Marchand are the parents of the twins Lucy & Lulu. Lucy married Commodore DeWitt the grandfather of Sandy DeWitt Etherton.
  • ETHERTON-Twins Edna & Effie Rowe - 1900 (194 KB)
    Effie Rowe Etherton was the wife of J.R. Etherton, Sr. She died during childbirth in 1911 (her 2nd child who also died). She was the grandmother of Jim Etherton. The twins graduated from New Albany, Ind. High School in 1904.
  • DEWITT-Commodore & Lucy Marchand DeWitt-abt. 1895 (167 KB)
    Lucy Marchand married Commodore DeWitt in 1894. They are the parents of Chet DeWitt the father of Sandy DeWitt Etherton. Sandy (1952), Chet (in 1919), and Lucy (in 1885) all graduated from Millersburg, Ohio high school.
  • ETHERTON-Michael Gurtz (very old photo) (200 KB)
    Michael Gurtz (1832-1908) repairs his families shoes. He is the husband of Annetta Favire and father of Gus Gurtz.
  • ETHERTON-NEED HELP-Is this the Robt. Davis family? (234 KB)
    Found this picture in some old family pictures after my mother died last year. No I.D. on the picture. I believe it could be part of the Robert Davis family. They had 18 children (I have 12 listed in my "report.") Robert's wife was Jane Pennington (daughter of Dennis Pennington). The girl in the back (2nd from left) looks a great deal like my mother who looked like Elizabeth Davis (wife of Sanford Martin) and was my mothers grandmother. Appreciate an e-mail with any help or ideas.
  • ETHERTON FAMILY - 2006 (94 KB)
    ETHERTON FAMILY - 2006 - 50th ANNIVERSARY AT CAPE SAN BLAS, FLORIDA. L to R & back row first: White shirts: David & Stacy(daughter) Fowler, Branden(cousin), sons Cody & Cole(seated). Yellow shirts: Jim & Sandy Etherton. Blue shirts: Jay(son) and Carla Etherton, daughters Kelly, Caitlin, & Kathryn(seated)

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