|Sarah Dove and Paulser Whetsel, according to census records, were living in Rockingham Co., Virginia, in 1850; Sullivan Co., in 1860; and Swinney's, Washington Co. in 1870. |
In the 1850 Census for 5th District, Rockingham Co., Virginia, Paulser's parents, Martin Wetzel and Catherine Shaver Whetsel, both age 70, were living with Paulser & Sarah, and their son, James Whetsel , age 6 months.
The 1860 Census shows Paulser & Sarah with children: James H. Whetsel, age 10; William Whetsel age 8; Martha, Whetsel age 6; Mary Whetsel, age 3; and John Whetsel. Millia Wetzel, (daughter of brother Jessie Wetzel,) age 27, was also listed in the household.
In 1870 Census, Paulser (spelled Polser) Whetsel and Sarah Dove are shown in Pleasant Plains, Dist. 13, Sullivan Co., with all 8 children: James Whetsel; Martha Whetsel; Mary E. Whetsel; John Whetsel; Susan E.Whetsel; Sarah M.Whetsel; Solomon Whetsel ; and Conrad Whetsel (spelled Coonrod, ) who was 2 years old. Paulser owned $600 in real estate, and $350 in personal estate, and was listed as a farmer.
Sarah is the daughter of James Dove and Catherine Fitzwater.After Catherine's death, James married Margaret 'Peggy" Dove, his cousin. They had 3 children: Julia, Nimrod Corsey, and Socrates Henkle. These were Sarah's half siblings.