William's History of Frederick County
who paved the roads of Frederick County
Society note: Shortly after this autobiography was
written in 1906, Elias began a new road asphalting
business, and over the following years became know as
the 'man who paved the roads of Frederick County.'
Clarence utilized his wealth to purchase large farms for
each of his children, one of which,
Black Flint, still remains in the Valentine
On of the
more interesting antidotes on Elias' life is that his
first wife was the sister of the murderer of his second
wife's brother ...
according to family flokelore, talking about that event
was family taboo ...]
Valentine, one of the foremost citizens of Creagerstown
and the only hotel-keeper of that place, was born near
Detour, Carroll County, Md., April 3, 1880. He is a son
of Elias T. and Maria (Wetzel) Valentine.
The first of the Valentine
family to settle in Frederick County came there very
early, being one of the first white men in that part of
Maryland. He took up a tract of land in the northern
part of the county, in what is now Creagerstown
District. This farm is still in the possession of his
descendants, being owned by an uncle of Clarence L.
Valentine. The property consists of about 200 acres of
good land and is known as the Valentine homestead.
Jacob Valentine, the
great-grandfather of Clarence L. Valentine, spent his
life on the farm first cultivated by his father. He was
born March 17, 1753, and died July 1, 1832. He was a
leading farmer. The name of his wife was Anna Mary. She
was born August 17, 1761, and died November 17, 1824.
They are both buried in the old graveyard at
Creagerstown. They had a son, William.
William Valentine, son of Jacob
and Anna Mary Valentine, was born August 9, 1802, and
died December 9, 1877. He is interred in the cemetery at
Rocky Ridge. He became the purchaser of the family home,
on which he passed the greater part of his life, making
his home there until a few years before his death. He
was an extensive land owner and well known throughout
Frederick and Carroll Counties, having farms in both
places. He was a prominent citizen in his day. Mr.
Valentine was twice married. His first wife was a Miss
Mehring, by whom he had one son, James, now deceased.
Mr. Valentine was married secondly to Lydia Mehring, a
sister of his first wife. They were the parents of these
children: Elias T.; Minerva D., the wife of John Anders,
a farmer of Creagerstown District; Sylvester, a retired
agriculturist of Creagerstown District; Lewis, deceased;
Albert, deceased; Sarah, the wife of George Albaugh; and
G. H., a merchant at Rocky Ridge.
Elias T. Valentine, son of
William and Lydia (Metering) Valentine, was born on the
parental estate in Creagerstown District, February 10,
1832. He received a common school education and worked
on the home place until he went to learn the trade of a
mason. This occupation he followed for three years, but
having no liking for his trade, returned to his father's
farm. Here he was employed until his father's
retirement, when he assumed the management of the farm.
He was thus occupied for seven years, and then bought
from Edward Biggs a farm of 100 acres, where he remained
for five years. Mr. Valentine then purchased another
farm from his brother, G. H. Valentine. Shortly
afterwards he bought still another, containing 254
acres, and situated in Carroll County, whither he
removed. For fifteen years he made his home there,
meeting with much success. He then secured the Miller
farm in Creagerstown and returned to Frederick County.
Here he has ever since remained, although he retired
from active work in 1899. He is one of the highly
respected men of the district. He was a hard worker and
made a success of his various undertakings.
Mr. Valentine votes the
Democratic ticket. He is connected with the Lutheran
Church at Rocky Ridge, in which he has filled the
offices of deacon and elder. M. Valentine was thrice
married. His first wife
was a Miss Munshower, by whom he had no issue. He was
married secondly to Susan Wetzel, daughter of
William Wetzel, by whom he had three children, two of
whom grew up: Albert, a farmer of Emmitsburg District;
and William. Some time after the death of his second
wife, Mr. Valentine was married to Maria Wetzel, a
sister of his second wife. By this marriage there were
twelve children, as follows: Martin E., a farmer of
Emmitsburg District; Dora, the wife of Charles Nogle, of
York, Pa.; Rose, the deceased wife of Edward Harmon;
Frances, married to David Wetzel, of Emmitsburg
District; Harry E., engaged in agriculture in Emmitsburg
District; Frederick E., also farming in Emmitsburg
District; Nathen L., lives in Carroll county and is a
farmer; Susan A., the wife of Harry Knipple, an
agriculturist of Emmitsburg District; Clarence L., whose
name heads this sketch; A. Ellsworth, a stock dealer of
Rocky Ridge; Bertha, the wife of James Shriner; and
Ethel L. V., married to Charles Wood, an agriculturist
of Creagerstown District.
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