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Elma Ruth Kolb (b: 10 Dec 1927 Holly Ridge, LA; m1: Lester Edward Wheatley 3 Feb 1945; m2 Billy Norris Bruce; d: 29 Oct 1982 Pima, AZ)


Elma Ruth Kolb was born in 1927 in Holly Ridge. Elma Ruth met Lester Wheatley when he was stationed in Louisiana for WWII (never saw overseas duty) and followed him back to St. Louis after the war where they had kids Cheryl Ann in 1946, Thomas Edward in 1948, and Barbra Jean in 1950.  Not long after Barbra was born, Lester had an affair with Dorothy “Dot,” who was a secretary at the auto dealership where Lester was employed as an accountant, so Elma Ruth moved with her kids back home to family in Rayville, Louisiana.  Back in Louisiana, Elma Ruth married her high school sweetheart Billy Norris Bruce.  Unfortunately Billy had anger issues when drunk and Elma Ruth would frequently send kids to Granddaddy and Mamma Kolb’s house for protection.  Elma Ruth was working as a switchboard operator in Baton Rouge at Channel 9 WAFB and helped son Tommy get a job in January 1969 at $2.50/hr. as a floor man to move lights, countdown to being online, film editor, etc. working for shows like Buckskin Bill, 6pm news, 10pm news, and commercials.  Elma Ruth was in Pima, Arizona in 1982 where Billy was working when she died with blood pressure swings (spiked up and then dipped).  Her ashes were brought back to Rayville, Louisiana for burial. 

Elma Ruth Kolb 

Siblings of Elma Ruth Kolb include:

  • Otis West Kolb (b: 23 Nov 1914 Marco, LA; d: 5 Feb 1917 Natchitoches, LA)

  • Oswald Clifton Kolb (b: 14 Mar 1916 Marco, LA; d: 1 Nov 1923 Delhi, LA)

  • Clyde Hedley Kolb (b: 28 Oct 1917 Marco, LA; m: Bessie Ruth Thornhill (1921-2018); d: 27 Mar 1979 Jefferson County, TX) worked at paper mill in Evadale, TX.

  • Sybil Elaine Kolb (b: 1 Feb 1920 Dehi, LA; m: John Wesley Robinson; d: 11 Feb 1998)  Sybil and John had three sons: Charles Wesley Robinson, Donald Joe Robinson, and John Alton Robinson.

  • Alda Belle Kolb (b: 8 Mar 1923 Rayville, LA; m: Carlisle O’Neal; d: 1 Feb 2017 Rayville, LA)

  • Tandy Alton Kolb: (b: 8 Oct 1930 Holly Ridge, LA; m: Joy Lavon Webb; d: 6 Jul 2020 Idabel, OK).  Lived in Missoula, Montana, but last years of life and death were in Oklahoma. There is an article 16 Sep 1972 in Lethbridge Herald newspaper that reported that Tandy volunteered space at his bar called the Reno Inn for a head start program for young kids as schools and churches were not providing space…offered to make some modifications to a back room and promised not to start serving alcohol until kids were gone.  Tandy and Joy had three kids: Linda Joy Kolb, Shane Alton Kolb, and Tanya Ann Kolb.

Mary Alma West, Clyde Hedley Kolb, Tandy Otis Kolb

Kolb Siblings: Sibyl Elaine, Alda Belle, and Tandy Otis

Billy Norris Bruce (b: 26 Dec 1922; m1: Juanetz Elizabeth Ward 10 July 1946;  m2: Elma Ruth Kolb; d: 11 July 1995)  Billy served in WWII in the Philippines as a Private in US Army and had two boys with Juanetz (one unknown because went with wife in divorce and William Keith Bruce.  Billy was an electrician who worked on missile silos, the Lake Powell Dam, and Louisiana National Bank (LNB) bank in Baton Rouge.  Billy got sick with lung cancer (smoking) and moved from Arizona to Eufala, Oklahoma where Barbra (daughter-in-law) helped nurse him back to health…and then back to Rayville where he eventually died in 1995.  

William Keith Bruce (b: 8 Nov 1947 Winnsboro, LA; d: 12 July 1977) worked on nuclear subs with the US Navy. After the release from the Navy, William was involved in turquoise business in Arizona and somehow ended up murdered with his girlfriend on 1 Jan 1977.  Newspaper articles show Paul Frederick Coatney II was charged mid-1977, but also showed two hung jurys with the last in Nov 1978 at 10 for acquittal and two for conviction).  

Elma Ruth Kolb and Billy Norris Bruce

Tandy Otis "Granddaddy" Kolb (b: 28 Feb 1890 Sparta, LA; m: Mary Alma West "Mamma Kolb" 1914; d: 27 Sep 1969 Rayville, LA) 

Tandy Otis Kolb was a carpenter working in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA). He was also very musical and led worship at Church of Christ Rayville and played the violin at weekend Stockyard Jamborees and Dances.  Tandy lost a pointer finger during a lawnmower accident sometime around 1956-1958 and tried to teach grandson Thomas Wheatley how to play, but Tommy didn’t want to learn because he was “too stupid.”  Tandy and Alma had a farm in Holly Ridge, Louisiana where Tandy built the house and farm with his carpenter skills.  The farm had 4-6 dairy cows, chickens (chicken manure used to squish between toes when walking out back door), pigs with a mud hole, and a pond.  The main product from the farm was growing corn for cattle and chicken feed. They had a tenant farmer who lived across the street in a rent house where Tommy would play “mom and dad” and kiss with their daughter.  Mamma Kolb never worked outside the farm…always plenty to do there.  At some point in the early 1960s and towards the end of Tandy’s career as a farmer and carpenter, they sold the farm and moved to 6011 Pine Street in Rayville, Louisiana. Tandy died in 1969 of prostate cancer at age of 79 and Alma died of lung cancer in 1982, though she did not smoke.

Tandy Otis Kolb 

Siblings of Tandy Otis Kolb include:

  • Daisy Ann Kolb (b: 9 Jan 1886 Sparta, LA; m: Allen Augusta Smith (1885-1954); d. 25 May 1974 Haughton, LA)

  • Hattie Geneiva Kolb (b: 14 Dec 1887 Bienville, LA; d: 5 Feb 1900 Castor, LA)

  • Robert Manning Kolb (b: 24 Feb 1888 Sparta, LA; d: 20 Jun 1929, Delhi, LA) Married Rachael Louisiana "Annie" Anderson (1894-1956) and had a son Allison Ray Kolb (1915–1973) who was a Louisiana lawyer and Democratic auditor (1952-1956) fighting corruption and tangled with many people including Earl Long.  Allison Kolb ran for Lieutenant Governor in 1956 as a Democratic candidate and was defeated.  He switched to the Republican Party in a political comeback in 1968 for State Treasurer and again was defeated by Long cronies. 

  • Thomas Guice Kolb (b: 12 Jul 1892 Sparta, LA; m: Bertie Treadway (1904-1945); d: 5 Aug 1940, Cook County, Illinois)

  • Beadie Maybell Kolb (b: 18 May 1894 Castor, LA; m: Daniel Isaac Sutton (1886-1955); d: 5 Jan 1951 Pineville, LA)

  • Annie Lee Kolb (b: 26 Mar 1896 Bienville Parish, LA; m: Henry Sutton; d: 22 Dec 1912, Natchitoches Parish, LA)

  • Ruby Dee Kolb (b: 25 Mar 1900 Bienville Parish, LA; m: Oscar Andrew Worsham (1896-1973); d: 12 Jul 1973 Pineville, LA)

  • Trudie Jane Kolb (b: 30 Jul 1903 Bienville Parish, LA; m: Thomas Cicero Robinson (1896-1976); d: 27 Dec 1933 Castor, LA)

  • Ludie Kolb (b: 25 Nov 1904 Bienville Parish, LA; d: Dec 1904)

  • Bennie Neal Kolb (b: 28 Jul 1906 Bienville, LA; m: Lottie Mae Pittman (1910-1986); d: 1 May 1983, Alexandria, LA)

Tandy Otis Kolb and Mary Alma West

Mary Alma West "Mamma Kolb" (b: 24 Oct 1898 Natchitoches Parish, LA; m: Tandy Otis Kolb 1914; d: Jan 1982 Richland, LA)  Mary Alma West was born to George Albert West (b: 8 Jan 1875 Henderson, TX; d: 28 Oct 1943 Port Sulfur, LA) and Lelia Bostick (b: 24 Jun 1880 Winn, LA; d: 24 Sep 1937 Franklin, LA) and grew up in Natchitoches, LA.  She was commonly known by grandkids as Mama Kolb and was well known in the family for her cooking and doting on family members when they frequently visited.  Siblings of Mary Alma West include:

  • Viola West (born and died in 1900 Natchitoches Parish, LA)

  • Alfred Noel West West (b: 9 Sep 1906 Marco, LA; m: Thera Ethel Bechtel; d: 12 Oct  1981 Vidor, TX)

  • George Arnold West (b: 24 Oct 1908 Marco, LA; m: Louise Gertude Milan 1929; d: 8 Feb 1978)

Mary Alma West

Tilman Robert Kolb (b: 17 Jun 1861 Bienville, LA; d: 11 Apr 1930 Cottonport, LA) married Margaret Lucinda Wiggins 10 Dec 1884 (b: 22 Oct 1868 Butler, AL; d: 7 Feb 1939 Alexandria, LA) 

Tilman was born and raised in Bienville Parish, Louisiana, the oldest of 10 siblings to James Robert Kolb and Almedia Jane Leggett.  While Margaret was born in Butler, Alabama, the 1880 census shows at age 11 that she moved with her family to Bienville, Louisiana.  Her mother died in 1881 when Margaret was 13, and at age 16, Margaret married 23 year old Tilman Robert Kolb.  Tilman and Margaret had 11 kids in Bienville Parish and somewhere between 1910 and 1920, they moved to Rapides Parish, Louisiana where Tilman died in Cottonport in 1930 and Margaret in Alexandria in 1939.

Tilman Robert Kolb and Margaret Lucinda Wiggins

Wiggins - Cooper


Two interesting family tree branches are the Wiggins and Coopers.  Below are some of the interesting names (not all) that have been noticed during research:

  • James Elihu Wiggins (b: 22 Apr 1831 Pike County, AL; m: Susanah Watters 1851; d: 31 Aug 1906 Jamestown, LA) Participated in Civil War as a private in Company D, of 33rd Regiment Alabama Infantry

  • William Wiggins (b: about 1755 Johnston, NC; m: Elizabeth Cooper 1755; d: 8 Jun 1819 Monroeville, AL) Born to William Wiggins Sr. and Priscilla Brown.  Served in the Revolutionary War in North Carolina's 10th Regiment of Foot commanded by Col. Abraham Sheppard.  He enlisted in Coleman’s Company of the North Carolina line for 12 months, and served in the militia of the District of Wilmington in Wilkerson’s Company in 1781-1782.  William married Elizabeth Cooper (born about 1759 to Fleet Cooper, Sr. and Margaret Coor) around 1775 in Sampson County, North Carolina and after the war raised eight sons and one daughter. In the fall of 1817, William and Elizabeth Wiggins and their four oldest sons and their families, joined with their extended families and neighbors in a wagon train that was formed in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  Slowly they made their way through South Carolina, garnered passport through the Indian country of Georgia, until they connected with the Old Federal Road that brought them into Southwest Alabama.  One of the four sons (Elisha) left the convoy at Greenville and settled in Butler County.  Another son, Elihu, departed when the group reached Burnt Corn and settled in Sparta in Conecuh County. The other two sons, (Stephen and Elijah) and their father (William) moved on and settled in the Mexia, Alabama area.  Later, Elijah moved his family to what is known as the Red Hills area in northern Monroe County, where he resided until his death.  The order of business for the newly arrived Wiggins families was to apply for a land grant, clear the land for crops, and found a church.  On Nov. 28, 1817, William Wiggins and his sons joined the founding of Old Salem Baptist Church and served among its first deacons. This is believed to have been the first Baptist Church established in all of Monroe County, which in 1817 was still a part of the Alabama Territory (Alabama did not become a state until 1819) and included all the former land area claimed by the Creek Indian Nation. William Wiggins died on June 6, 1819 and thus only enjoyed his frontier home less than two years. Since there was no established cemetery in the area at the time of his death, he was buried in an obscure plot of his land.  Six years later in 1825, William Wiggins' wife, the former Elizabeth Cooper died and was buried next to her husband. Throughout the following years, other family members were buried nearby on the same plot. Today, there are 68 marked graves and 44 unknown graves that are marked with large rocks located at present day 430 Thompson Drive in Mexia in the Wiggins cemetery that is managed by Wiggins descendant.


  • John W. Wiggins (b: about 1716 Surry, VA; m: Catherine Bray Baker about 1748; d: 15 Jul 1786 Martin, NC) Sources differ on where John W. Wiggins was born…either Surry, Virginia, while others say he was an Englishman who came over and settled on the Roanoke River in Martin County, North Carolina about 50 years before the Revolution.  John was a very land conscious landlord running from Enfield to Hamilton.  John first married in 1748 to Catherine Bray Baker, the daughter of Colonel Henry Baker. Henry Baker (1684-1739) was commissioned Colonel in the Colonial Militia of his district. He was the proprietor of the first ferry crossing Chowan River, between Mt. Gallant Fishery and the mouth of the Meherrin River. This ferry was in operation prior to 1722, and was known as the Henry Baker Ferry. John Wiggin’s second marriage was to Ruth Chancey in 1724 in North Carolina. John Wiggin’s wife, Catherine died in 1766 and after he married Elizabeth Bevins on Sept. 30, 1766 in Bertie County, North Carolina.  He was a planter whose crops included flax.

  • Thomas Wiggin (b: 1640 Dover, NH; m: Sarah Barefoot 1759; d: 1700 Hampton, NH) Wife Sarah Barefoot had a brother, Captain Walter Barefoot, who fought with Thomas’ older brother, Andrew Wiggins, both in court and physically (bit face). The nature of the conflicts in court records stated molestation, stealing pistol, defamation, business takeovers, etc.

  • Thomas Wiggin (b: 1592 Douglas, Lancashire, England; m: Catherine Whiting; d: 22Mar 1666 Hampton, NH) Captain Thomas Wiggin first appears in colonial records as a signatory to the Wheelwright Deed in May 1629 which transferred land along the seacoast of present-day New Hampshire from the local Indians to a group of English colonists led by Reverend John Wheelwright.  He was a land owner and close ally of Governor John Winthorp of the neighboring Massachusetts Bay Colony.  In 1632, he traveled to England, and returned the following year with expanded powers and 30 Puritan settlers acting as governor of the plantation until it’s inhabitants established a more formal government in 1637.  When Massachusetts’s authorities asserted territorial claims over the New Hampshire plantations in the early 1640s, Wiggin represented them in the colonial assembly, and eventually rose to become a member of the Massachusetts council of assistants.  Wiggin was a Puritan and extremely religious. He ascribed fervently to the belief that the Anglican Church had to be cleansed of Catholic theology and ritual. He was convinced that God would punish England for its heresy, and believed that English Puritans needed to create a New England in a new world.  (A book has been published about him titled Shadow Echo Me the Life and Times of Captain Thomas Wiggin 1601-1666, the Making of American Values, by Joyce Wiggin-Robbins.)

  • Fleet Cooper (b: 1722 Philadelphia, PA; m: Margaret Coor 1747; d: 1795 Sampson, NC) Fleet Cooper, Sr. was born to Benjamin Cooper and Elizabeth Kelly in 1722 and moved with his family in 1725 to Isle of Wight County, Virginia, and then to Loudon County, Virginia.  He married in 1747 to Margaret (Marguerite) Coor of Loudon County, Virginia who was the daughter of Thomas Coor of Northampton County, North Carolina.  Margaret appears to have first married Fleets younger brother, Thomas, and then Fleet after Thomas’ death.  On January 21, 1764, Fleet was a resident of Dobbs County, North Carolina, when he bought 100 acres on Great Coharie, Duplin County, North Carolina.  Later he received grants for more than 1,000 acres of land located at Concord, six miles west of Clinton on Highway 24.  At the beginning of the American Revolution, Fleet Cooper, Sr. was the 17thof 21 signers of the “Oath of Allegiance and Abjuration” (November 1777) passed by the General Assembly at New Bern declaring his loyalty to North Carolina and not to Parliament or the King of Great Britain. Immediately after the surrender of the British Army at Yorktown, he was among those who worked to establish Sampson County and was appointed by the Governor as one of the 12 justices appointed to the Court of Please and Quarterly Sessions in 1784 and held that position until ill health forced him to retire.  After the Coopers arrived in what is now Sampson County, they were members of Coharie Baptist (Rowan) Church where Fleet was pastor from 1785 to 1787.  After his death in 1795, the Religious Herald (February 22, 1828, pg 27) said Fleet was an “advocate for the doctrines of the cross in the Baptist church for fifty years” and the Goshen Baptist Association Minutes, 1828 (North Carolina) said he “appeared somewhat blunt in his manners, on a superficial acquaintance; but was found to be essentially kind and polite on further intercourse...His public discourses, in the judgment of the worldling, were often a little rigid, but strictly scriptural in the opinion of the Church, generally doctrinal, though he chiefly excelled in practical and experimental preaching, the impressions of which will long remain on the hearts of many who have been refreshed and built up by his searching addresses.” Fleet Cooper Sr.'s son John (1748-1792) was a Captain in the North Carolina militia, his son William was a Lieutenant in the 5th Continental Line, and his son Fleet Jr (1750-1828) is said to have fought in the Revolutionary War, but no records have been found.

  • Benjamin Cooper (b: 1691 Philadelphia, PA; m: Elizabeth Kelly; d: 1761 Granville, NC) Benjamin Cooper was born to parents James Benjamin Cooper and Hester Burrows.  He first married Sarah Ester Burton who was born about 1701 in England.  Later, he married Elizabeth Kelley November 28, 1720 in Christchurch, Philadelphia who was born 1699 in Philadelphia.  According to Murphy Rowe Cooper (The Cooper Family), "Benjamin Cooper was somewhat visionary. He imagined that if he could leave Philadelphia and get into the 'great out of doors' he could soon become a great county Gentleman. So, he left Philadelphia going to Isle of Wight County, Virginia, Loudon County, Virginia, and eventually Cape Fear River, North Carolina where he died in 1761.  Elizabeth died in 1780 in Loudon County, Virginia.

  • James Benjamin Cooper (b: May 16, 1661 Stratford on Avon, England; d: Dec 4, 1732 Philadelphia, PA) James Benjamin Cooper of Stratford-on-Avon, England was born to George Ashley Cooper (twin of Anthony Ashley Cooper) and Elizabeth Oldfield in 1661.  James immigrated to America in 1682 aboard the ship Welcome with William Penn and was given land in Gloucester County, New Jersey.  Tradition says that James was a minister and signed a note with some of his parishioners. It was a bad crop year, and they were unable to pay, and the creditors looked to him. At that time in England, when one could not pay a debt, he was put in prison. Out of respect for him, the authorities gave him the choice of coming to America. Tradition further states that he was visiting an old friend, Edward Byllinge, who carried him around and showed him several sites, watching to see which one appealed to him most, then gave him the deed to it the next day. Whether that story be true or not, we do not know, but the deed, dated September 21, 1682, reads: “Edward Byllinge to James Cooper 50 acres, consideration out of good will and kindness for ye truth's sake he beareth unto you said property.''  In December 1684 James bought a lot on Chestnut St. between 4th and 5th Streets in Philadelphia, across from where the old marble customhouse would later be built.  He sold the New Jersey land on Oct. 20, 1685 and settled in Philadelphia, where he was a Petit Juror in 1686 and Foreman of the Grand Jury in Feb. 1701.  He married first Hester Burrows, but there is mention of a wife named Mary in his will.  James was a first cousin of Judge Cooper of Burlington, New Jersey who was father of the author James Fennimore Cooper.

  • George Ashley Cooper (b: 22 Jul 1621 Wimbourne, England; m: Elizabeth Oldfield 1645; d: 28 Jan 1683 Stratford on Avon, England) Cooper was born to Sir John Cooper, 1st Baronet of Rockbourne in Hampshire, and his mother was former Anne Ashley, daughter and sole heiress of Sir Anthony Ashley, 1st Baronet. He was born on 22 July 1621, at the home of his maternal grandfather Sir Anthony Ashley in Wimborne St. Giles,  Dorset.  Twin brother Anthony Ashley Cooper (July 22, 1621 – Jan 21, 1683), also known as the 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, was a PROMINENT English politician during the reign King Charles II, a founder of the Whig party. The history and life Anthony Ashley Cooper is well documented with stories of starting a riot at Exeter College, Oxford, serving as a Royalist, and illness with a hydatid cyst that left a tube inserted to drain fluid and being nicknamed "Tapski" from enemies.

  • Sir John Cooper (b: 24 Oct 1597; m: Ann Elizabeth Ashley 1617; d: 23 Mar 1631 Rockburn, England) John Cooper married Ann Elizabeth Ashley, daughter of Baron Sir Anthony Ashley II (1551 - 1628) Secretary of Queen Elizabeth I's Council of War, and King James I's Privy Council and knighted for his services at the capture of Calais, Knight of Wimborne, Saint Giles, co. Dorset.  In 1623, John Cooper was living with his father-in-law in St. Giles-in-the-Fields and was probably recommended to the electors of Poole in 1625 by his wife’s uncle, Sir Francis Ashley. Despite his hostility to popery, Cooper displayed no obvious puritan leanings, being ‘of an easy and an affable nature’ and a compulsive gambler. Ann Ashley Cooper died of smallpox in 1628, shortly after succeeding the Ashley estate, and Cooper, who was reputedly ‘very lovely and graceful both in face and person’, married again to another wealthy widow. According to family tradition he kept three houses fully furnished and staffed, and exercised great hospitality at each of them.  He died of consumption in March 23, 1631 at Cassiobury, his wife’s jointure estate, and was buried at Wimborne St. Giles, leaving debts computed at £40,000 or more.  Sir John Cooper and Ann Ashley Cooper had two twin sons, Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper (1621-1683), usually known as “Lord Ashley,” the 1st earl of Shaftesbury, who became one of the leading politicians of the Restoration era and George Ashley Cooper (1621 - 1682), who went to America in 1681, settling in Philadelphia, where he had eight children.

  • Sir John Cooper (b: Dec 1558 Drew, England; m: Martha Skutt; d: 13 Jan 1627 Whitchurch, England) John Cooper married the daughter of Anthony Skutt, Esquire of Stanton Drew, in Somersetshire.  He received the honor of knighthood from Queen Elizabeth.  He was a soldier who sat for Whitchurch in 1584 and 1586 and died in 1627 a prosperous landowner, owning nearly 7,000 acres in Somerset and Hampshire, including the Rockbourne estate, in the county of Southampton, which he had only recently purchased.

  • Richard Cooper (b: 8 Jan 1538 Rudgwick, England; m: June Kingsmill; d: 8 May 1566 Manor Paulette, South Hampton, England) Richard Cooper inherited large estates from his father (John Cooper, Esq. of co Hants.) and brother in Sussex and Southhampton. Richard married June Kingsmill, daughter of Sir John Kingsmill of Sydmonton (died 1509) and Joan Gifford.  He purchased the Manor of Paulette in 1532, the 23rd year of Henry VIII.

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James Elihu Wiggins

Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper

James Robert Kolb (b: 16 Sep 1821 Darlington, SC; d: 11 Feb 1885 Castor, LA) married1 Susan Powell (b: 1830 GA; d: 1853 LA) married2 Sarah Ann Littleton (b: Jun 1839 FL; d: after 1911) married3 Almedia Jane Leggett (b: 28 Feb 1840 GA; d: 20 May 1911 Castor, LA)

It is not clear when James Robert Kolb migrated from South Carolina to Louisiana, but likely started with his parents as his father, Josiah Kolb who was born in South Carolina, moved somewhere between 1844 and 1853, and died in Alabama.  Also, James married his first wife, Susan Powell, in Lowndes, Alabama in 1852, his second and third wives were married in Bienville Parish, Louisiana (Sarah Ann Littleton and Almedia Jane Leggett).  The gravestone for James Robert Kolb at the Castor, Louisiana cemetery says he participated in the US Civil War, Company H of the 6th Louisiana Calvary.  History says this group assembled near Minden, LA in January 1864 and in March 1865 were patrolling the West side of the Mississippi River.

From here, the following is the Kolb family line:

  • Josiah Kolb (b: Nov 3, 1797 Darlington, SC; m: Frances King; d: 1858 Lowndes, AL)

  • Jehu Kolb (b: Agu 4, 1758 Georgetown, SC; m: Lucreita Sarah Benton; d: May 2, 1844 Darlington, SC)

  • Dielman Schumacher Kolb (b: 1720 Skippack Township, PA; m: Beersheba Watkin Dec 19, 1738; d: 1775 Sumter, SC)

  • Johannes Schumacher Kolb (b: May 19, 1683 Wolfsheim, Germany; m: Sarah Schumacher; d: Jan 31, 1759 Cashua Ferry, SC)  In early 1707, three Kolb brothers of Wolfsheim, Hess, Germany, set out on an adventure that most of us can barely imagine. They were the sons of Mennonite parents, Dielman Kolb and Agnes Schumacher, and they were seeking a home where they would be free to worship and to make a living as they best saw fit. They had been preceded by their grandfather, Peter Schumacher in 1685, but he died in 1707, the year of their arrival. Peter Schumacher had been a Mennonite, but he had converted to the Quaker faith. Martin (1680 – 1761) was the oldest of the three and probably brought a wife. Johannes, the next in line, born in 1683, was single and would seem to have been the most adventurous of the brothers. Jacob (1685-1739) would marry three years later in the new country. Two older brothers stayed behind in Germany. Heinrich would follow two years later with his wife and three children, and Peter, a bishop in the Mennonite Church, died in Mannheim, Germany in 1727. A fifth and younger brother Dielman Jr. would follow in 1717. Johannes, Jacob and Martin arrived in Germantown in 1707 but did not join the other Mennonites at the Germantown Church until 1708. A 1708 listing of members shows Johannes and Jacob as single men and Martin as married. By 1710 the three brothers would own adjoining farms in Skippack and be part of the new Skippack Mennonite Church there. Johannes was the only one of the five brothers who did not stay in Montgomery County. He sold most of his land in Skippack in 1712 and moved to Coventry Township, Chester County. He paid taxes there until 1735 and then moved to South Carolina by 1737 and sold the last of his land in Skippack by 1739. He joined the Welsh Neck Baptists on the Pee Dee River in South Carolina. There are many Kolbs in the South who are descendants of Johannes. 

  • Dielman Kolb (b: Jan 28, 1648 Baden-Württemberg, Germany; m: Agnes Hendricks Schumacher; d: Oct 13, 1711 Mannheim, Germany)

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