I am related to the Holbert/Halbert family.
Lydia Holbert married Manassah Minear. My notes follow:
Source:HISTORY OF ADAIR, SULLIVAN, PUTNAM AND SCHUYLER COUNTIES, MISSOURI, The Goodspeed Publishing Co,Chicago,1888
Putnam Co, Rev. Alpheus Minear, farmer and stock raiser, was born in Randolph County, Va., April 1,1822 and is a son of Mannassah and Lydia(Halbert) Minear, natives of Virginia. The mother died in Randolph County in 1830. Mr.Minear moved to Elkhart County(Indiana), where he married and lived until his death.
Source:LDS Ancestoral File, Catherine Saylor b 10 Dec 1771
Maria Minear, of Wyoming supplied information on children of both marriages (Feb 1997) and states that Manassah and Sarah Middleton Minear lived at Elkhart, Indiana. After he died, Sarah, Eliza and Frederick Zieber moved to Missouri. Sarah is buried St. George,Tucker County, West Virginia. Manassah is buried in Middleton family cemetery at Elkhart,Indiana. second marrage
Source:HISTORY OF TUCKER COUNTY by Hu Maxwell.
Manassah had formed an attachment for a young lady by the name of Lydia Holbert, a beatiful girl, who lived on the bank of Holbert Run, four miles east of St. George. A match between them was no manner objectional to the Minears, only that Manassa was so young. He was eighteen, and Lydia was sixteen. Manassa fell into tne habit of visiting his affianced rather oftner than his father thought necessary, and the result was a rumpus in the Minear Family, and Manassa was told to go a little less frequently. This did not discourage Manassa in the least. The next Sunday there was a singing-School in the Horse Shoe, and all the young people for miles around went as usual. Manassa and Lydia were there, and between them they made it up that he was to accompany her home. His brothers and sisters tried hard to persuade him not to go, as David Minear, his Father, would certainly gumble. But, Manassa said,"let him gumble," and went ahead to accompany Lydia home. His siblings returned to St.George and reported what had taken place. David, Manassa's father, was much put out of humor, and after studing over the mater two or three hours, he desided to go in persons and settle the matter. Manassa and Lydia had enjoyed the fine walk from the Horse Shoe to the Holbert Place, about two miles. They had crossed the river at the Willow Point in a canoe, and then walked the rest of the way home. The Holberts were always glad to have Mannasa visit so the afternoon was a pleasant one at the Holbert Place. The evening which now looked so beautiful to Manassa and Lydia, soon appeared to them the ugliest they had ever seen. For presently foot steps were heard approaching, and when Mannassa and Lydia looked up they saw the massive frame of David Minear coming up. Manassas's heart sank within him; for he knew what was at hand. Lydia also looked scared. But they said not a word, and David walked boldly up and commenced flourshing a hickory switch, and uttered words to the effect that he wanted Manassa home early enough Monday morning to go to hoeing potatoes when the other boys did. Mannassa making no movement towards starting home, David with still more emphasis ordered him to "skedaddle for home". He realized his situation ; and casting toward Lydia one look, which seemed to say, goodbye, for the present, and receiving one of sympathy from her, he bounded off down the hill, with his father at his heels wolloping him with the switch with every jump. Poor Lydia saw him dodging this way and that way to escape the thrashing, and saw him bound with extra buoyancy whenever a swoop fell upon his shoulders. She also heard some of the words which the old man spoke to Manassa, and they fell heavily upon her, for he was telling Manassa that just as many jumps as it took him to get home, that many weeks it would be before he should come back to the Holbert Place.
Manassa apparently relized the force of the argument, and was trying t get to St. George with as few jumps as possible. It looked to Lydia that he was going ten rods at a bound. All the while, the hickory switch was falling across his back with amazing rapidity. The result of the affair might plainly have been foreseen. Thrashing Manassa was not the way to break him waiting upon the girl of his choice. So it proved in this case. Manassa resolved to marry Lydia, no matter who should oppose. She was as fully resolved to brave all opposition in her attachment for him. The Holbert Family did all they could to assist the couple, so the opposition was all on the Minear Family side. They laid plans to elope and get married. David knew nothing of this. He thought the trashing had broken up the affair, and thought Mannasa would pursue his foolish course no further. It was again on Sunday the young people of St. George started to the singing-school in the Horse Shoe. Manassa started with the others; but he had no intention to go to the singing. It was now the fall of the year. His course of love, since it had been interrupted on that summer evening, had not run smoothly. However he had managed to see Lydia in the meantime, and had arranged, it with her and the rest of the family that she should elope with him at any time he should call for her. On that morning, instead of crossing the river at the Horse Shoe, as he should have done to have gone to the singing, he continued uo the north bank, unobserved by his companions, who were some distance ahead of him. He was on horseback this time. He went directly to Holbert's and told Lydia to gett on the horse behind him, and not to waste time. Lydia's brother caught the only horse belonging to the family and was ready to accompany them. They took of for Maryland. It was not yet noon, but they did not wait for dinner. They knew that the Minears would follow them, and the success of the undertaking depended upon speed. They traveled seven miles and then turned up Led Mine, ny the old trail marked out by Capt. James Parsons. Thus they reached Maryland and were married. When they returned, three days later, the marriage was accepted by David Minear. The young couple did not find the cource of married life as poetical as they had expected. For Lydia was young, she had a great deal of industry about her, and she made Manassa work harder than he wanted to, and he tired of it, and to keep from hoeing in the truck-patch, he dug a hole under the fence in a weedy corner and toled the hogs in. his did not mend matters much, for Lydia found it out, and made him build new fences around every lot on the place, and, besides, made him build a pen for the hogs, and then pull weeds all summer to feed them.
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