LAWRENCE COUNTY OHIO
Submitted by Martha J. Kounse
Three sons and two daughters originally from Germany and settled in Eastern Virginia. The exact
location is unknown in Virginia. Abraham PANCAKE, the eldest of the three sons, was married to
Lucinda DUNN in Virginia in the early Spring of 1759.
Upon their journey west, the three brothers, crossed the Blue Ridge Mountains into what is now
known as West Virginia. The first stop they made was at a small place now known as the town of
Romney, Hampshire county, West Virginia. After resting while and viewing the land, Phillip
decided to make this his future residence and his brothers, Abraham and Isaac helped him build a
small cabin to protect himself against the wild beasts of the forest.
Leaving Phillip at this place, Abraham and his wife Lucinda, Isaac and a little adopted boy named
John KIMBLE proceeded to the Ohio River, going down to what is known as the city of
Guyandotte, Cabell county, West Virginia.
They had with them on this journey, two pack mules and a big yellow dog. They then crossed the
Ohio River and were in Lawrence county, Ohio, where they found the valley wide, the land rich,
and covered with dense forest trees. The next settlement they came to was Burlington, which
consisted of a few small log cabins and one large hewed log house with a large door in the center.
Upon asking what this was built for, they learned the this was the county seat and this large house
was the courthouse.
Upon learning that the land in this valley was all taken up by homesteaders, they became a little
discouraged, but decided to journey on down the valley and came to the town now known as the
City of Ironton. There they became acquainted with a gentleman named Leo. They later learned that
he was a Primitive Baptist Preacher who told them that the land along the valley was all taken up,
but directed them to go six miles Northeast of his place to a Creek called Storm’s Creek. They did as
directed and found the land even better than described and upon crossing the Creek, struck camp.
Abraham PANCAKE, who settled in Ohio, raised a family of seven sons, as follows:
child: Abraham D. (A.D.) b. before 1842; Abraham (A.D.) had William 7 May 1874-11 Jun
1959 married Mary Belle GILLENWATER.
moved to Minnesota
was a Doctor and died at the age of 28 with cholera
8.John KIMBLE (adopted)
Abraham, the father, was buried in the family graveyard at the old homestead. His wife, Lucinda,
outlived her generation several years. The following is a tribute to her:
She knew her place and occupation in her household. A gracious woman retaineth honor. Instead of
being the plaything or slave of marriage, she was his helper and noblest friend. If he was her
Abraham, she was his Lucinda. She reached forth her hands to the poor and the needy. She girdeth
her lions with strength and maketh strong her arms. Her lamp was kept burning by night. She is not
afraid of the snow for her household, for all her children are clothed in wool. She smiles at days to
come and openeth her mouth with wisdom. In her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to
the ordering of her household and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her sons raise up and praise her.
“Grandmother was a jewel”
After her children were all provided for, she sold the balance of the old homestead and went with
her son, Abraham, to the state of Minnesota, where she died. Death date is unknown. She lived a
widow for thirty one years.
After building a small cabin and getting things in readiness so that it would be safe to leave the wife
and the adopted boy, Abraham and Isaac started to the nearest land office, Chillicothe, Ohio, to enter
their land. Upon the way, they crossed a large creek named Bear Creek, which emptied into the
Scioto River, not far from Chillicothe. Upon entering the land back in Lawrence county, Ohio, in the
name of Abraham PANCAKE, Isaac, upon finding that the land at the mouth of Bear Creek had not
been tendered, decided to make this place his future home and settled there. Abraham returned to
his home on Storms Creek, where he resided with Lucinda and the adopted child.
In regard to the first son, Philip, who stopped in the state of West Virginia, we learned by
information received from John S. PANCAKE, a great grandson of Philip, now residing at Staunton,
Virginia, that Philip’s oldest son by his first wife, went to Ross county, Ohio.
Isaac was my grandfather and he had three sons:
Joseph was my father. Isaac died in February 1963 at the age of ninety-one years. Philip’s old
homestead near Romney, West Virginia, still bears his name, The Pancake Farm. My father,
Joseph, died 1874.
John S. Pancake
Speaking of the sons, they were thrifty, industrious and honest, true to their convictions and religous.
They were Baptists. In politics, they were Democrats, believing with George Washington in a
government of the people, by the people, for all people.
Reader, as we look back more than a century and a half ago, we have to acknowledge that we are
guilty of the sin of ingratitude in not remembering the blessings that have come to us. Through the
privations, toil, perils and hardships of our ancestries, who conquered the savage and sudued the
forests to make for us a home of liberty in the land of the free and the home of the brave, in our rush
for wealth and notoriety, with our thrills, we have forgotten 1775-1782, seven years war with Great
Britain; 1812 with England and 1847 with Mexico, in which every American citizen must bear his
part and they did it bravely. All honor to the brace ambitious American in ye olden times.
As we look back a century and a half ago, a hardy band, bringing with them their rifles and simple
household goods, walking ready, willing and eager to share the hardships, privation, toils and perils
of those who we believe were as fair and pure as any for whom in the olden times Lance was ever
shivered or Knight un-horsed. By their rude cabins they planted the vine, lily and the rose
indications of their refinement.
Let alone, however, did this tangible evidence attest the refinement of the people. In and about thier
homes, was a hospitality, a generosity, a grace and a charm, which can only spring from hearts of
women. Softened, refined and purified by the love of humanity, dwelling in that community of a
century and a half ago, no way farer sought in vain for a place to lay his head. The latch-string of the
door was ever on the outside. They gave a hearty welcome to the coming guest and were ever
thoughtful of the poor and needy.
The above sketch was written by a grandson, A.D. PANCAKE, who is now past the three score and
ten mark, and who resides in Ironton, Ohio. Typed April 18, 1912 by Edith Mae Henry
July 12, 1882, A.D. PANCAKE age 36 of Lawrence County, Ohio married Nannie HUFFMAN age
26 of Nicholas County, WV. They were married at Cabell County, WV. An Elmer PANCAKE age
26 from Cabell County, WV married an Ellen N. COLLINS age 17 from Lawrence County, Ohio on
17 May 1898 at Cabell County, WV.