Oaken Heart

Do you have goals for your genealogy research? Are you making progress on those goals? I have to admit that I’m not making much progress on my goals. Lately, I’ve been researching the descendants of John Thompson and Sarah Iglehart. Even though this research is slow, it will hopefully help identify my Thompson and Evans DNA matches.

At times, I get bored with the monotony of adding children, census and Find a Grave records. During those times, I often research county records or follow hints for my 3rd or 4th great grandparents. In other words, I follow those ‘shiny bright objects’. Until recently, I felt somewhat guilty about these diversions. That was until I watched a recent video by Amy Johnson Crow titled, “My Most Controversial Genealogy Advice”

Now, I don’t feel guilty about diverting from my descendancy research. And that diversion led me to some really interesting information about my Igleheart ancestry.

My ancestor, John Thompson (1797-1857) married Sarah Iglehart in 1820 in Ohio County, Kentucky. Sarah was the daughter of Jacob Iglehart and Ann Beall. One of the hints for Sarah Iglehart was a photo of a newspaper clipping about the Jacob Igleheart family.

Fortunately, this article had enough information to allow me to locate the article and an article with additional information about the Igleheart family.

The Ohio County Times (Hartford, Kentucky)
April 6, 1972
page 15

The Family Tree
By Mrs. Agnes D. Ashby of Centertown

Jacob Igleheart
Jacob Igleheart was born in Maryland on March 30, 1774. He was the brother of John J. These 2 brothers came to Ohio County in 1816. Jacob was married twice, first to Anna Beall and by her he had 8 children:
Julia Ann was born November 8, 1798 and died March 1, 1861. She was married on September 14, 1817 to James Bennett. He was the son of Thomas and Nancy Ann (Tillet) Bennett. They had 8 children:
Samuel Bennett was born July 5, 1830 and died February 20, 1898. He married Fannie Ann Brown who was born February 26, 12837 and died August 12, 1920. She was the daughter of Isaac and Sally (Tichenor) Brown. This family I gave some time ago.
Charles Bennett
James S. Bennett
Jacob T. Bennett was born November 127, 1837 and married Fannie Jagoe on September 23, 1859. They had: Mary who married Richard Tichenor, Horace who married Sudie White, Lola who married Herman Render, Nancy who married Sciota Hocker, William who never married and Nellie who married W. E. Pate.
Mary Jane Bennett married George W. Barnard. These 5 lived in Ohio county
Alfred Bennett married Anna W. Igleheart.
Matilda Bennett married Joseph. These lived in Warwick County, Indiana.

  1. Sallie Igleheart ws born November 24, 1800 and died February 5, 187. She married John Thompson on February 1, 1820. They resided in Warrick County, Indiana, then onto Iowa. Their children were William T., Jacob, Benjamine F., Martha John, Jackson, Mary, Marion, and James.
  2. William B. Igleheart was born March 21, 1802 and married Rhoda Conditt in October of 1827. He was drowned in the Ohio River on April 10, 1828, at the time of the collision between the steam ship “General Carol and Lady Huntley”. They had one daughter, Anna William who married her cousin, Alfred Bennett.
  3. Janet Igleheart was born December 21, 1803 and married Jesse B. Miller. They moved to Warwick County, Indiana. She died on February 5, 1843. They married on March 17, 1825 and had 7 children: David L., Jacob H., Isaac N., John, Hester, Jesse Jr., and Janet.
  4. Eliza Igleheart was born December 14, 1805 and died August 12, 1834.
  5. Jacob Henderson Igleheart was born May 27, 1807 and died in August 1871. He married Anna Tichenor on September 17, 1829 and they had 12 children: William B. was born March 4, 1831 and died December 31, 1921 and married on June 13, 1866 to Davidella Long who was born March 3, 1848 and died February 29, 1908. They had 3 children, Jacob, David and Lula.
    Matilda J. Igleheart married Elias Atherton and had William. They lived in Central City and Jacob died in youth.
  6. Rebecca Urusla Igleheart was born in 1836 and married John Plain Rowe. They had Richard Perry, James A., Jacob and Robert Rowe.
  7. Levi Judson Igleheart was born November 25, 1838 and was married on September 9, 1861 to Louvenia Chapman. She was the daughter of Ellis and Nancy (Southard) Chapman. They had 4 children: Ellis F., was born September 25, 1862 and died in 1864; William was born December 8, 1864 and died in 1945; Ada – was born May 15, 1867 and died October 12, 1925; and Ettie was born April 22, 1871 and died February 20, 1922.
  8. John Collins Igleheart was born on November 25, 1840 and died on November 16, 1927. He married Mattie Ellen Pruitt who was born October 20, 1847 and they had 1 child.
  9. Nancy Sydney Igleheart was born in 1845 (had a twin sister who died at birth). She married James E. Coleman, son of Nathan and Judith (Southard) Coleman. They had Cortis, Jacob, Mary and Onas.

The next week, another column appeared in the paper with additional information about the Igleheart family.

The Family Tree
The Ohio County Times (Hartford, Kentucky)
April 13, 1972 page 13

Jacob Igleheart Family

Last week I gave among others, the children of Jacob T and Fannie (Jagoe) Bennett and omitted A. Lee Bennett, a school teacher. He married but had not children.
Also see more notes on family of George W. Barnard and wife Mary Jane Bennett. They had a son Herman W. who was born February 14, 1875 near Smallhouse and died in Bowling Green, Ky. July 23, 1964 at home of his son, Jacob H. Barnard and buried in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville. He married Amelia R. Summers who preceded him in death February 1962. Other survivors were Boggess W. Barnard, 3 daughters Mrs. Georgia Zanger, Miss Mary W. Barnard and Mrs. Jane Williams of Los Angeles, California.
The numbers in last week’s paper were slightly mixed. The last listed was Nancy Sydney Igleheart, daughter of Jacob H. and Anna Tichenor. Next in order of birth was Edwin Macay Igleheart, born November 23, 1847 who moved to Oklahoma and had Orville H. Millie M., Ursula Bell, Jacob Henderson, Bessie Grover C., Samuel DeWett, and Rosie B. then March 15, 1851, Sallie Christine Igleheart was born. She died July 2, 1885. She married 1st day of March, 1876 to Thomas Bishop. They had Rada and Minnie.
My near neighbor, years ago, was Lula Melvin Igleheart, born in 1854 and married Elijah Collins Brown, son of Robert and Lucinda (Ashby) Brown. I am sorry, but I have few dates. Igleheart material was given to me in 1957 and put aside and not filled in. They had Justson and William twins. Jutson never married and neither did his brother, Hardin, so many considered. Jut and Hardin twins. Another brother was Otis. Then, Lizzie, Ora, and Ida. Ora, who married Luther Addington is the only one living.
Other descendants of Jacob were James Wade, Betsy, Mary and Benjamine Tolbert Igleheart. Benjamine, born February 17, 1835, 1st married in 1860 to Catherine Patterson of Bullitt County, Kentucky. They had Clinton, Deborah, Harvey, Archie and Clark. His 2nd marriage was to Mrs. Lucy A. (Tichenor) Tichenor and by her he had Eunice.


Curious to see what else I could find about the Igleheart family, I did a Google search and uncovered a reference to a book titled ‘Oaken Heart’. This book was compiled by Donald and Clara Cureton of Evansville, Indiana. Thankfully, it is available on FamilySearch.

According to the book, the surname Igleheart means Oaken Heart and had its origins during the Third Crusade.

The Third Crusade was then organized under Philip Augustus of
France, Richard Coeur-de-·Lion England, and Frederick Barbar­ossa, the German ruler of the Holy Roman Empire. The English and French Knights went to the Holy land by sea, but the Germans marched overland by way of Constatinople and forced their way through Asia Min0r toward Jerusalem, following the course which Alexander the Great had taken centuries before. The German knights defeated the Turks at Iconium in Asia Minor and marched on to Antioch. While camping for the night at river Calycidnus, the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, fatigued by the day’s march in the heat, ventured to swim in ·the river and was swept away by the cold swift water and drowned. It is noteworthy that Alexander the Great, swimming in the same river, was also swept downstream but fortunately was rescued by his companions. The river, fed by the snows of the Anat0lian mountains is notorious for ite chilling· cold water and treacherous currents. After recovering the body 0f their Emperor, the German crusaders occupied Antioch, where Barbarossa’s remains were embalmed and returned to Germany. They were buried in a cave in the Lyffhauser forest, where it is said that he will sleep until the ravens no longer fly over the mountain forests. Then he will awaken and restore the Golden Age

page I-2
of the Holy Roman Empire. In accordance with the wish of the Emperor, his heart was removed from his body, embalmed and placed in a small oaken casket to be taken to Jerusalem to be buried in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. the casket was entrusted to one of the most faithful knights of his bodyguard, who overcame all obstacles and, upon reaching the Holy City, was chivalrously permitted to deposit the heart of the Emperor in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Having accomplished his mission, the gallent knight returned to Saxony, where he was designated the knight of the oaken heart — in German von Eichelhardt. In 1309, a date which often is used on the family coat-of arms, one of his descendants was confirmed as a count of the Holy Roman Empire.


Unfortunately my adventure into Igleheart family information has not uncovered a family crest with the 1309 year on it. However, I now have quite a bit of information to verify for my ancestor Sarah Iglehart Thompson, her parents Jacob and Ann (Beall) Iglehart and her siblings.

Whether the story about the Crusades has any truth to it or not, this was a fun and interesting side adventure.