Obituary of George Ensley

George Ensley was born in New York County, Pa., Sept 12, 1815.  His parents soon after moved to Ohio, living in Stark and Seneca counties.  On December 13, 1838 Mr Ensley was married to Miss Lydia Noel, and three years later the young couple moved to DeKalb county, Indiana.  This was then a dense forest, and Mr and Mrs Ensley endured all the privations of pioneer life.  In 1868 they moved to Auburn, Indiana where Mr. Ensley became a prominent and highly esteemed citizen.  Mrs. Ensley died in February 1883, and a few months later Mr. Ensley came to Los Angeles.  Early in 1884 he located in Ontario, which has been his home up to the time of his death which occurred last Wednesday at the residence of his son, J. P. Ensley, on D street.  His death was sudden though his health has not been the best for some time.

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Michael Ensley

Notes on Michael Ensley by G. H. Ensley Nov 1959

Michael Ensley
Michael Ensley

I am not certain where he was born.  I have located him on two census records both of which state he was born in Pennsylvania. However census records are not always accurate.  In 1850 Michael was living with George Ensley in Dekalb County.  In 1860 he was living in Whitely County Indiana.  However, there are indications that he may have been born in Germany.  A short biography of his daughter Polly Beard Sattison stated she was the daughter of Michael Ensley, a native of Germany.  Also John P. Ensley in an interview by the Sons of California Pioneers stated that Michael Ensley and his wife Sally Nose were born in Germany.

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Lyle Luther Rathbun

Lyle Luther Rathbun
Lyle Luther Rathbun

Introduction: Lyle Luther Rathbun died in November of 1988 at the age of 86. During the preparations for his funeral, the transcriber of this document note that all 3 of Lyle’s Grandsons, David Bruce Hatton, James Lyle Rathbun & Michael Robert Rathbun were gathered in the den of the 747 North Euclid Avenue house. They were having a hilarious time which seemed highly inappropriate considering the circumstances. A quiet investigation revealed that they were telling “Grand Pa Lyle Stories”.

It needs to be explained that “Grand Pa Lyle Stories” was something that they had been exposed to their entire lives. These stories were random recollections told spontaneously by Lyle at various family functions or during one on one conversations over the years. They ranged from an oral family genealogy to various incidents in Lyle’s long life that covered a wide range of his life experiences.

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