Notes for JOEL EMMONS:

Son of Serinus and Jane Frances (?) Emmons.
Born: About 1807 in Unknown.
Died: March 3, 1862 in Unknown.
1850 - German Township, Allen County, Ohio.
June 24 1860 - Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, Ohio.
Married: Phebe Stratton August 3, 1824 in Columbiana County, Ohio.

After Phebe died, Joel was obliged to farm some of his children out to other families. He later lamented that some of them seemed not to care about him, and never wrote. By 1859, he had lost track of Rachel. He wrote several times to her last address and finally found out who she was living with. He passed this information on to Elizabeth, and a trunk of Elizabeth's belongings held by her descendants includes letters from Rachel.

Joel's last letters to Elizabeth told of a lingering illness from which he seldom got relief. He had a plan come to live with her, traveling "by the cars." When the railway was destroyed, perhaps by Confederate operatives, he wrote to ask if she could send a sturdy wagon for him. Before this could be accomplished, he died.

1860 Census