Nathan Means was born in Bedford
Co. in September 03, 1826, a
son of Charles Means, whose parents
arrived in Bedford County prior to 1780. Nathan married Barbara
Ellen Fletcher in about 1850.
Barbara born October 04,
1832, was a daughter of Jacob & Deborah Fletcher and a granddaughter
of Philip and Maria Mary Sullivan
/ Fletcher. Philip and Mary Fletcher
were married in Taneytown, MD on
July 5, 1794, and arrived
in southern Bedford Co., prior to the 1800 census.
There were at least 7 children
born to Nathan and Barbara Fletcher
Silas Means was born September
03, 1851 and died May 15, 1869.
Caroline Means was born about
Jesse Fletcher Means was born
April 04, 1856.
Henry Means was born about
Jefferson Lee Means,
born July 30, 1863 and died November 10, 1883.
Deborah H. Means was born July
04, 1866 and died May 22, 1869.
Infant Means born and died
May 08, 1869.
Barbara and Nathan Means and
several of their children are buried in a small unnamed cemetery
off of Rice road, in Monroe Twp., Bedford Co., PA., along with
Barbara's father Jacob Fletcher
(1794 - 1875).
Hugh E. Linn was the 5th child
out of 8 children (and the third son) of Charles & Martha
who came to Bedford Co.
from Franklin Co., Pa. Charles' father, John Linn was born in Down,
Catherine Von Stein born about
1838, was a daughter of George & Mary Murray /
Von Stein. George Von
Stein was born in Hesse Darmstadt,
Germany in about 1806, and came to Bedford Co. from Franklin
Co., Pa., just prior to the 1840 census.
Hugh Linn and Catherine Von Stein
were married on November 11, 1858 in Monroe Twp.,
Bedford Co., PA. Their first
child was born September 30, 1859. They named her Martha Jane
In May of 1869, Jesse Fletcher Means lost
his mother Barbara when she was giving birth.
The infant died as well.
A week later his older brother Silas died at the age of 18.
Another week passed and
his younger sister Deborah, 3 years old, also died.
Jesse Fletcher Means was about
12 years old.
When Jesse reached the age
of about 18 years, he left home to strike out to the west.
In April of 1876 Jesse went
to Iowa to work as a farm hand and stayed until 1878, when he
on the California. He returned
to Iowa in the fall of 1879 and worked on the railroad for awhile
and then finally decided
to enter farming. In late 1882 Jesse returned to Bedford Co.
Martha Jane "Jennie"
Linn on January
They returned to Iowa (Marcus,
Cherokee Co.) shortly after their marriage and began raising
Jesse and Martha Jane had
* The Jesse &
Martha Jane Means Family
* Back Row (l to r): Cora Lee, Mary Gertrude,
Jessie Clifton, Deborah, and Pearl Louise
Front Row (l to r): Frances
Virginia, Louis Wendel, Jesse, Jennie, Judie Marie, and Silas
* Deborah Means was born November 14, 1883
Mary Gertrude Means
was born February 19, 1885
Jessie Clifton Means
was born October 11, 1887
Pearl Louise Means
was born November 11, 1888
Cora Lee Means was born April
Silas Clay Means was
born October 22, 1895
Frances Virginia Means
was born April 26, 1897
Judie Marie Means
was born July 22, 1899
Louis Wendell Means
was born April 01, 1903
Jesse Fletcher Means died on
March 08, 1922 in Tucson, Ariz.
Martha Jane Linn / Means
died March 01, 1925 in Marcus, Cherokee Co., Iowa.
* The above Jesse & Martha Jane Means
Family photo and family information appeared in the book "The
Clan Linn in the Twentieth Century" by Roger B. Linn and
is used with the kind permission of the author.
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