Deering Reunion

The Deering Family of Lawrence County, Ohio

Submitted by Martha J. Kounse


James Madison Deering was born in Wayne County, West Virginia, December 27. 1914. His father, John Deering, was born in 1769 In Stokes County, North Carolina. From N.C. he moved to Cabell County, West Virginia, on to Greenup County, Kentucky, and then to Lawrence County Ohio, in 1830 — where he died in 1843. At the age of 12 years, he was a teamster for General Washington. His father and uncle were guards for Washington.

James M. Deering’s mother was Ruhamah Davis Deering whose nephew was Jefferson Davis. president of the confederate states during the Civil War. She was a sister of Jefferson Davis’ father.

James Madison’s cousin was Dolley Payne, who married James Madison. president of the United States for whom James was named. Before moving to Ohio, James M. and his brother worked In the furnace business. They were among the first to work the old fashioned forge to smelt ore. James M. and Lyrlia Owen were married in ice Creek, February 18, 1836, where they lived until about 1850. When gold was discovered in California in 1849. James M. made the long Journey over (and to dig gold. He was successful. When he returned two years and eight months later he purchased a section of land in Ferry township.

He built a home at the intersection of Route 243 and Deering Bald-Knob Road, which at that time was a well-traveled pathway to the upper part of the county. Deering home became a stopping place for travelers and visitors. The Deerings entertained many famous people, among them were Presidents Harrison. Grant and Garfield.

James Madison Deering donated four acres of land for a school and public use. The old one-room Deering School is still on this land. He and his wife were among the founders of Zoar Church in Coal Grove. Ohio. At that time. he and his wife lived on a farm on Big Ice Creek at a place renamed California Hollow after his gold digging adventures.

James and Lydia raised a large family They were: Mary F (Stayley) born December 18. 1836: John L.. January 4, 1838: William W.. July 5. 1839: Elizabeth A. (Howell). March 16. 1841: Martha A. (Falwell). March 21. 1845: James H.. December 7. 1847: Richard B.. February 25 1849. Two of James M.’s sons enlisted in 1861 in the 41h Ohio Cavalry They were discharged in 1864. James H tried to enlist but was under age and his father brought him home protesting all the way James H remained in Deering. married Ellen McCabe of New Orleans. La.. and they had four children: Mattie M (Pancake): Mary C (Alien); Lydia (Gholson) and John H.

James H. was a farmer and grocer. He was clerk of Ferry Township for 60 years. He served the community as treasurer and clerk of the board of education several times. John H also remained on the family farm He married Estelle Sparling and they had one son. Earl Franklin. John was a farmer and served as township clerk for 50 years. Earl Franklin remained in Deering. He was a farmer and employee of the county. He married Nellie M. Langdon and they have three children: Mildred E. (Foster); Doris L. (Goldcamp. Phelps) and John M. Mildred Deering Foster has one daughter Janice (Snider. Sultenfuss). Doris Deering Phelps has three children. John W Goldcamp. Julia Goldcamp and Jimmie Phelps John M. has one son. William.

The descendants of James M. and Lydia Owen Deering still occupy a farm on the original section of land Submined Mildred E. Foster.

From Lawrence County History Book 1990

Also in Ironton Register 31 Jul 1890: 76 yrs old died 27 Jul 1890 at his home in Perry Twp. after sickness of several months. Born in Wayne Co, (W)VA 24 Dec 1814 married Lydia OWEN 1836.