Samuel, David, Joel & Robert Forrest McCorkle
Lawrence County, Ohio


        Samuel was the second oldest son of Robert and Elizabeth Forrest McCorkle. He predeceased his farther at about age thirty. The testamentary record of Robert's death names Samuel's three sons: Joel, Robert F. and David. A granddaughter of Samuel also names a daughter Anna, but this daughter must have died before Robert, her grandfather. Both Joel and David moved to central Indiana before 1850.
       At age thirty eight, Robert Forrest McCorkle, son of Samuel, married Athalia Mounts in 1863. This photo of Robert was taken about 1905. In the 1860 census, he is found living with his mother, Elizabeth Simmons McCorkle Mannon, who had remarried Wilson Mannon. Also in the home were Henry and Samuel Mannon, Robert's half brothers. Robert and Athalia raised eight children on tMap sgmentheir farm in Union Township: Charles, Mary Elizabeth, Augustus, Naomi, Marshall Forrest, Samuel, Effie and Anna. Athalia died at age seventy nine and Robert Forrest McCorkle died in 1917 at age ninety two, leaving a will. This small section of An Atlas of Lawrence County Ohio, Published by D. J. Lake & Co., Philadelphia, 1887, shows the farm of a Robert F. McCorkle in Union Twp. Lawrence Co., Ohio.  Adjacent is the farm of his cousin Henry Carty McCorkle. The area was known as Quaker Bottom, so named for some early Friend settlers from North Carolina. The stream to the west is the Indian Guyan. The larger road to the east is now State Route 775 and the dotted lines show the roads to the two residences. The original frame dwelling of the Robert Forrest McCorkle family still stands at the spot indicated on the map and is in use as a home.  Behind this home is the original log cabin that was first constructed as a temporary residence. An image of the frame house and some of the Robert F. McCorkle family c. 1905 can be viewed at the link below. The Lawrence County Ohio township maps have been republished as the Hardesty Lake Atlas of Lawrence County, Ohio. This and other books can be purchased from the Lawrence County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 945, Ironton, OH 45638-0945.

            Before 1850, Joel McCorkle moved to Hancock County, Indiana with several other Lawrence County residents. He, his wife Mary Ann Earls and daughter Elizabeth are enumerated in the October 1, 1850 Hancock census. They were joined by Joel's half brothers, Henry and Samuel Mannon, by about 1860. By 1870, the McCorkles had seven living children: Elizabeth Charlotte, Martha, Lucinda, Elisha, Charles, Mary and Sarah Ann.  Joel died in 1907 at the home of his son Elisha in Lincoln County, Oklahoma. Joel’s wife Mary Ann apparently died before 1900. Their daughter Mary married Elliot Thornton Billups

            David McCorkle seems to have moved to Indiana with Joel Simmons, his mother’s father. He probably never married and is buried with the Simmons family in the Sulphur Springs Cemetery, Henry County, Indiana. Except for the name, the tombstone is unreadable.



McCorkle Images

Robert F. McCorkle Family & Home

Robert Forrest & Athalia Mounts McCorkle

 Samuel M. McCorkle

 Effie & Anna McCorkle
Charles & Hattie Line McCorkle

Augustus McCorkle

John & Mary McCorkle Bame

Marshall McCorkle & Henry Mounts


Elliot & Mary McCorkle Billups


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Revised Jan 26, 2014