OGLE, Catherine (Mrs. James LEMEN, Sr.)
Born January 14, 1764. Catharine was a brunette with slightly curly hair as black as a raven, finely-formed features, blazing black eyes, straight and perfect form, a little above the medium in height, and to these good physical traits she added a strong, practical mind and a happy, even temperament. She was one of the first persons baptized by immersion in Illinois at New Design Baptist Church, Fountain Creek on February 10, 1794. At a ripe old age and in full possession of all her faculties, she died at her home in New Design, IL and was buried by the side of her husband. Her son Rev-Joseph preached her funeral sermon.
In 1664 John Ogle, a descendant of the younger brother of the first Lord Ogle, with his wife, Elizabeth, came from England to America and settled in what is now Newcastle, Co., DE, where they reared their family. They were the great-grandparents of Captain Joseph Ogle,whose daughter Catherine, married Rev. James Lemen, Sr. The Ogle family has a well preserved history both in this country and in England. In England they were of early Saxon origin, having descended from an early line of Saxon Kings. They finally held a vast landed estate on the river Blythe in England, which, by the royal decree of King William the Conqueror, was confirmed to them the title vesting in Humphery Ogle; and continuing to hold the estate by feudal tenure, the family occupied it for a long period of time. The estate was called "Ogle," and there were two castles on it, Castle Bothal and Castle Ogle. The latter was built by Robert Ogle, a leading member of the early family, and it became the scene of many stirring events. It was at that castle that David Bruce, King of Scotland, was imprisoned after his defeat, before his removal to London. It stood for over four hundred years, but just before 1898 its materials were put into other buildings near by; but the site where it stood is yet well marked. Among the noted members of the family were seven Lords Ogle, barons and peers of the realm, and many other prominent in British history; and among their descendants are Sir Wiliam Cavendish, Marquis and First Duke of Newcastle; Sir William Bentick, Duke of Portland, and several other prominent English leaders. The succession of the Lords Ogle occupied Bothal Castle, and, with their brothers and sisters, were descended through a female branch from Edward the First, King of England, by his second marriage, and not Edward the Second, as the types make it in some former sketches. He received 800 acres of land on White Clay Creek, near Castle, DE on the Delaware River.
OGLE, Joseph, Capt.
Born June 17, 1737. Joseph Ogle was a fourth generation American, tracing his ancestry back to Great Britain through his great grandfather, John Ogle, immigrant, who had arrived in Delaware in 1666 with Col. Nicholl's expedition. John's son Thomas remained in Delaware, but the next generation began the trek westward. Thomas's son, Benjamin, moved to frontier Maryland with his brother Major Joseph Ogle and their Half brother Alexander Ogle (from Thomas' second marriage). The Ogle families amassed vast acreages of land around Frederick County, and settled to raise their children. Joseph and his brothers moved further west. By the time of Lord Dunmore's War (1774) they had settled that part of Virginia which is now West Virginia, serving at Ft. Fincastle. With the start of the Revolution, Governor Patrick Henry recommended a militia be formed to protect Fincastle (later named Ft. Henry).
The Captain's Commission of Joseph Ogle, signed by Governor Henry, was long treasured as a family relic. The adventures of the Ogle family during the Revolution are detailed in the histories of the Panhandle of West Virginia recording the time when Joseph was proving his worth as a soldier and a leader.
Impressed with his Revolutionary war exploits, Ogle County, IL was named in honor of Joseph to "perpetuate the memory of Capt. Ogle whose coolness courage and daring were so conspicuous in the long and bloody conflict attending the siege of Ft. Henry during the early days of our Country's history" (from the History of Ogle County, IL).
Capt. Joseph Ogle arrived in Illinois in 1785, settling first in an area which was to become Monroe County. He continued his role as pioneer, Indian fighter, and leader when he moved to Illinois in the days prior to statehood. Indian skirmishes plagued the county and Joseph and friends were frequently called upon to use their fighting skills. His son Benjamin was severely injured in one attack, while his niece Elizabeth provided one of the most famous episodes of Indian history. Elizabeth Ogle, daughter of Joseph's deceased brother Jacob and his wife Mary, resided in New Design with the Joseph Ogle family. She married James Andrews and they were the parents of three young daughters. The Indians attacked the family in their outlying cabin and killed the father and the youngest child, abducting the other two young girls and their pregnant mother. Elizabeth was killed a short distance from her home, and Dursilla was left as the sole survivor of the family when her elder sister died in captivity.
The Indians carried Dursilla further north with the tribe while Uncle Joseph negotiated and followed leads to determine her whereabouts. He eventually regained her freedom through ransom and returned her to St. Clair County where she later married Henry Mace.
In 1802, he and his family moved and settled on his farm in Ridge Prairie, St. Clair Co., IL where Capt. Joseph remained until his death at his home in February 1821, aged four score years. Capt. Ogle was a devout member of the M.E.Church, and was greatly esteemed for his many noble traits.
Born December 8, 1351 and christened in Ponteland Church, Northumberland, England.