Thomas D. Warner

Warner & Henninger Marriage (1840)
Thomas D Warner was born on 19 Jun 18141 in Sunbury, Northumberland, Pennsylvania.2 Currently his parents and siblings are unknown even though there were multiple Warner families from Northumberland County (Birth date was obtained by counting backwards using information provided by the headstone at his gravesite).

Thomas first appears in records in Wayne County in 1840 at the time of his marriage. A Peter Warner had moved to Congress Township in Wayne County as early as 1815, but a connection is unknown.

1850 Census for Warner Family
Thomas Warner married Christina Henninger on 13 Feb 1840 in Wayne County, Ohio.5

The new couple lived in Green Township, Wayne, Ohio in 1840 as neighbors of Christina's father Phillip & brother Jacob Henninger's families.6

By 1850 Thomas had purchased a house and farm land where he worked as a farmer in Cedar Valley in Chester Township, Wayne, Ohio with his wife Christina, daughters Anna Maria & Catharine and son Simon Peter.7

Over the next 20 years Thomas purchased multiple properties in the area. His real estate was estimated to be worth $3200 and personal estate at $224.8

Warner Property in Chester Twp. (1873)
Christina died on 20 Mar 1877 at the age of 62, in Chester, Wayne, Ohio. She was buried at Overton Church of God Cemetery in Chester Township.3

Thomas would remarry in 1878 to a local widow named Susan Daugherty. Susan caused quite a rift in the family. Especially with son Simon Peter.

Thomas died on 03 Apr 1879 in Chester, Wayne, Ohio.1 For whatever reason, burial records state he wasn't buried at the Overton Church Cemetery until 19 Feb 1889.B I have yet to discover the reason for this massive gap in the records, however, Thomas now rests with his wife Christina.

To detail the rift Susan Daugherty caused can be stated this way: After Thomas died, his will gave almost everything to Susan, his widow of one year...this did not go over well.C

At some point, the Warner family home in Chester Township was inherited by son-in-law John Wesley Winkler through his daughter Catharine Warner. Thomas' other property just north of the home appears to have been sold in the years leading up to his death.

Note: "Charles J. Warner, M. D., was born in Wayne township, Wayne county, Ohio, Jan. 1, 1836. His father, Peter Warner, was a farmer and a native of Sunbury, Northumberland county, Pa., with whom the subject of this sketch remained until he was eighteen years of age. The farm life, we are quite ready to believe, harmonized with the developing manhood of Dr. Warner, and enables us to describe him as a splendid specimen of physical and muscular outline. While thus engaged, he utilized every opportunity and employed his leisure hours in study and in the perusal of such books as he could make accessible, and which would most benefit him in establishing a foundation for future acquisitions and fields of usefulness." --- quoted from --- this same page lists that a Peter Warner and his family moved to the SW corner of Congress Twp in Apr 1815.

It's hard to argue with the number of coincidences. While there still is no hard evidence, everything seems to point to Peter Warner as Thomas' older brother! Here's what I've found... Thomas and Peter were both from Sunbury, PA, both named a child Simon Peter Warner, both lived in Wayne County and in their late life, both lived in Cedar Valley just down the road from each other. Finally, Both men are buried in the same row in Overton Cemetery (just a few yards apart) and Peter was only 6 years older than Thomas. It should also be mentioned that "cousins" Thomas' daughter Catharine Anne Warner and Peter's son Dr. Charles J. Warner married Winkler cousins John Wesley Winkler and Mary Melissa Winkler. Hopefully one day I can find hard evidence somewhere...

Attached Images: 






Christina Anna Henninger, 06 Mar 1815 - 20 Mar 1877


  1. Liza Warner, abt 1842 – abt 1842
  2. Anna Maria "Myra" Warner, 21 Jun 1846 – 21 May 1928
  3. Catharine Ann Warner, 21 Jul 1851 – 24 Jan 1942
  4. Simon Peter Warner, 26 Mar 1852 – 06 Sep 1935


Susan Cayhoe, 1827 - ?


A Thomas Warner was one of many Warners from the Northumberland area living in Wayne County, Ohio. It has been mentioned that he is most likely the sibling of Peter (1807-1877; married Ann) and possibly Jacob I. Warner (both of Wayne County) and that it might be mentioned in the Warner Reunion book held at the Wayne County Library, however I was unable to find any reference in the reunion book.

B Currently, I cannot find the record that originally caused me to state Thomas was buried 10 years later. This was very early in my research and was not properly documented, apparently.

C Just speculation at the moment to deepen the rift, but this could also be related to the delay in Thomas' burial if Susan had Thomas buried elsewhere and not next to his first wife/mother of his children (if there was a 10 year delay).

About 2nd wife Susan: Susan Cayhoe/Kaho was born in Pennsylvania about 1827. She first married David Daugherty, then Thomas Warner and after Thomas' passing she married John Snyder. You can find Susan and an unknown Ida Warner (age 6) with John Snyder in Marboro, Stark, OH in 1880.

Unanswered Questions: 

Who were Thomas Warner's parents?
Was Peter Warner really his brother or just a close cousin?
Peter Warner arrived in Ohio and settled in the SW corner of Congress Township in April 1815; Was the same true for Thomas?
Was 2nd wife Susan the reason Thomas wasn't buried in Overton for 10 years? / Was there really a 10 year delay in Thomas' burial?

Locations / Farms


1 Headstone of Thomas Warner, 1814-1879; Overton Church of God Cemetery; Chester Township, Wayne County, Ohio; Thomas Warner; Standing in the road the grave is left of the church, close to church & road.

2 Ohio Death Record for Simon Peter Warner; "Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 18 Jan 2014), Simon Peter Warner, 06 Sep 1935; citing Lodi, Medina, Ohio, reference fn 55981; FHL microfilm 2022526.

3 Headstone of Christina Warner, 1814-1879; Overton Church of God Cemetery; Chester Township, Wayne County, Ohio; Christena A. Warner; Standing in the road the grave is left of the church, close to church & road.

4 1830 United States Federal Census about Philip Heninger; 1830 US Census; Census Place: Canaan, Wayne, Ohio; Page: 117; NARA Series: M19; Roll Number: 142; Family History Film: 0337953.

5 Ohio Marriage Record for Thomas Warner & Christina Henninger; "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 18 Jan 2014), Thomas Warner and Christina Heninger, 13 Feb 1840; citing Wayne, Ohio, United States, reference 337; FHL microfilm 425754.

6 1840 United States Federal Census about Thomas Warner; Year: 1840; Census Place: Green, Wayne, Ohio; Roll: 432; Page: 152; Image: 310; Family History Library Film: 0020179.

7 1850 United States Federal Census about Thomas Warner; Year: 1850; Census Place: Chester, Wayne, Ohio; Roll: M432_740; Page: 331A; Image: 223.

8 1870 United States Federal Census about Thomas Warner; Year: 1870; Census Place: Chester, Wayne, Ohio; Roll: M593_1280; Page: 55B; Image: 115; Family History Library Film: 552779.

+ 1860 United States Federal Census about Thomas Warner; "United States Census, 1860," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 8 April 2016), Ohio > Wayne > image 3 of 50; from "1860 U.S. Federal Census - Population," database, ( : n.d.); citing NARA microfilm publication M653 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

+ Marriage of Thomas Warner and Susan Daugherty (1878), "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 8 December 2014), Thomas Warner and Susan Daugherty, 27 Aug 1878; citing Wayne, Ohio, United States, reference 152; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 425,757.