The Loudermilch Family

Loudermilch: More German Influence

Loudermilches/Loudermilks of various spellings were of German origin and lived in distinctly German communities in Lancaster County, Lebanon County and Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.  It is virtually impossible to sort them out before our John's family arrives in Ohio.

John Loudermilch was born May 6, 1788 in Pennsylvania, according to family records, and his wife Elizabeth was born in March 1790.  We know quite little about the couple other than their daughter Catherine was born March 12, 1811 in Dauphin County, PA, making her parents’ arrival in Ohio some time after that date.

The other information we have is that John died June 12, 1844 and that his wife Elizabeth died October 20, 1865 (75 years, 6 mos).  Elizabeth is buried in the Armstrong Cemetery, row 5, grave G-1, located in Richland township, south of Wharton on the south west corner of the intersection of US 30 and TH 87.  This is a very small, old Wyandot County cemetery.

Prior to our John and Elizabeth, however, official Pennsylvania records show various land transactions involved Loutermilks by the name of Vandel, Gottfried, and Hans (John).  It is likely that all these folks were related in one way of another, but old records do not make the relationships clear.  With regard to religion, the Old Laudermilches were Reformed.

Tradition says there were three Laudermilch brothers who originally settled in Lebanon County.  Among early warrants in Heilberg township were: Godfried Latermill, 100 acres, 11 MAY 1738; John Loutermilk, 100 acres, 1 SEP 1738; and Wendal Lautermill, 200 acres, 14 SEP 1738.

It appears that the earliest members of the family arrived in Philadelphia in 1731. A Georg William Lautermilch, 27, and Magdalena Lautermilch, 22, arrived in Philadelphia on the ship Britannia from Rotterdam in 1731.  Wendel and William Lautermilch arrived September 27, 1731 also on the Britannia.

Johann Lautermilch arrived in Philadelphia September 26, 1732 on the ship Mary of London from Rotterdam and Gottfried Loudermilch, 28, arrived September 16, 1736 in the ship Princess Augusta also from Rotterdam.

Catherine Loudermilch Dempsey

We know Catherine came from an old Pennsylvania Dutch family.  We can’t help but wonder what the family thought when the young woman married the Scotch-Irishman John Dempsey.  John, too, was born in Dauphin County, PA – on February 9, 1802.  The couple was married August 27, 1839.

We do not know in what year John and Catherine Dempsey moved their family from Dauphin County to Ohio, but we find them in the 1870 federal census for Marsailles post office, Kirby Township, Wyandot County:

John Dempsey, 61, farmer, born PA; Catherine Dempsey, 58, born PA; and son Hugh Dempsey, 20, also born PA.

The story of the Dempsey family is a sad one.  Out of the six children born to John and Catherine, only one survived childhood, married, and had children – that was our Hugh, above.

The twins, David and John, died at the age of two in 1843.  Their brother John, born in 1844, died at the age of four in 1848. Robert, born in 1853, died in January 1858 of causes unrecorded at the age of five. Sister Marget, now ten, died two days later.

Hugh, our ancestor, born in 1850, was left an only child at the age of eight. 

The deaths of the children were carefully recorded in the family Bible and passed down from generation to generation.  Did the children die while the family was still in Pennsylvania? Or did they die after arriving in Ohio?  Wew don’t know.  Whenever they arrived, they stayed and made their home in Wyandot County.

Mother Catherine died in August 1892. The obituary, published in the Findlay Weekly Jeffersonian, p. 6., August, 4, 1892, read:

DEMPSEY: -- Mrs. Catherine Dempsey died at the home of her son, Hugh Dempsey on North West Street, Tuesday, aged about 80 years.  The remains were taken to Wharton today for interment.

Catherine’s husband John is buried near his mother-in-law Elizabeth Loudermilch in the Armstrong Cemetery. The stone says "Demsy" or "Demry", d. 06 JUN 1876 (row 5, grave G3).  Our John Dempsey died 6 JAN 1876. Too close a match, not to be ours. 

Other Loudermilches

Before we leave John and Catherine (Loudermilch) Dempsey of Wyandot County, we should take a look around the vicinity.  Catherine was not alone – family members came from Pennsylvania together and John and Catherine may very well have traveled with others.

Nearby John and Catherine, in 1860, we have who I believe may be Catherine's brother:

John Loudermilch, 49, farmer, born PA;

Sarah Loudermilch, 46, born PA;

Nancy Loudermilch, 25, born PA;

George Loudermilch, 22, born PA; and

John Loudermilch, 10, born OH.

Also, a younger man:

William Loudermilch, 27, born PA;

Harriet Loudermilch, 20, born OH; and

Montey Loudermilch, one, daughter, born OH.

We have information on William but we have no idea what his relationship may or may not have been to Catherine (Loudermilch) Dempsey.  His story still reveals much about the times, the neighborhood, and the on-going migration west. We will also note some familiar families, like the Ensmingers. Remember that one of the Rangler daughters married a son of Rev. Lyman French.  William Loudermilch married one of the Reverend’s daughters.


WILLIAM J. LOUDERMILCH was born in Dauphin County, Penn., June 28, 1843, son of Joseph and Sarah (Lemon) Loudermilch, natives of the same county. Their children were William J., Mary E., George L. and John A. The parents removed to this county in 1858, and two years later to Jones County, Iowa, where they now reside. William Loudermilch worked upon his father's farm till August, 1861, when he enlisted in Company -, Forty-ninth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, for four years and a half, and participated in the following battles and skirmishes: Shiloh, Surret Hill, Liberty Gap, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, Knoxville, Buzzard's Roost, Dallas, Kenesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta, Lovejoy Station, Nashville, New Market and Greenville. In the battle of Chickamauga be was wounded in the stomach by a grapeshot, which disabled him several weeks. He joined his regiment at Chattanooga, and veteranized at Knoxville, receiving his discharge at Columbus, Ohio, December, 1865. He returned home and engaged in farming, purchasing his present farm in 1877. He was married, October 24, 1867, to Hattie H. Ensminger, daughter of Rev. Lyman and Debora (French) Ensminger, natives of Ohio. Their children are Montie M., born January 4, 1869; Blanch, January 23, 1871, and Joseph L., March 19, 187-5. Mrs. L. was born in Allen County, Ohio, August 10, 1848. Mr. Loudermilch served as School Director several years, is a member of the G. A. R., and a Republican in politics. Joseph Loudermilch, father of our subject, enlisted in Company F, One Hundred and First Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in August, 1862, and participated in the battle of Berryville, after which he was on detached service as private guard until his discharge at Columbus in January, 1864.

William's obituary says that he was born in Dauphin County, PA June 28, 1843 to Joseph and Sarah (Lemon) Loudermilch "both long since deceased".  William died in 1913. It then says William "came to near Kirby (Ohio) in 1858".  His parents moved on to Iowa after the Civil War. This must have been a big exodus because people were taking advantage of the Homestead Act of 1862 since the War of the Rebellion had ended. William's surviving brothers and sisters were Mrs. Mary McFarland of Anthony, Kansas, George Loudermilch of Davenport, Iowa, and John A. of Hastings, Nebraska.

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