Wrightstone ~ Arnold Families
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Like many of our families, the Wrightstone Family and Arnold Family are both early settlers of northern York County townships, which today include Carroll, Monaghan, Fairview, Newberry, Washington, and Warrenton (Warrington).

Our Wrightstone ~ Arnold relationship comes from our mother Dorothy Irene Klinger, who was the daughter of Irene Mary Wrightstone and Edwin Charles Klinger.

Edwin Underwood Wrightstone, met and married Hattie Amelia Arnold on December 2nd 1902. Hattie was the daughter of Luther H. Arnold and Annie Sollenberger.

The Wrightstone and Arnold families are both linked to the initial large scale German migration west out of 18th century Philadelphia; Pennsylvania’s many earliest Colonial Pennsylvania farm families. Edwin’s parents were Michael Wrightstone (1825-1903) and Elizabeth Jane Kline of Fairview and Monaghan Township York County. Edwin’s grandfather, John Wrightstone (1791-1856), died before Edwin was born.

When Edwin married Hattie Arnold, she was a 19 year old living with her grandmother, Mary Ann Diller-Sollenberger, in Uniontown Pennsylvania. [1] The Sollenberer ~ Diller Lineage are two more of our early German farm families that opened up western Pennsylvania in the 18th century.

Our great-grandmother, Hattie Arnold, was the daughter of Annie Mary Sollenberger and Luther H. Arnold. In the fall of 1882 Annie was a young eighteen year old women living on the family farm off Mountain Road in rural Franklin Township York County. During this time a fourteen year old named Luther Arnold lived about a half mile from Annie’s father's and her uncle’s farms. This Franklin Township map gives you a general idea of the area in 1880.

The family oral history is Anna was raped by Luther Arnold. Of course, there’s no way of actually knowing if this is true. Personally, we don’t think it was rape; the court documents, sequence of events, and the Diller-Sollenbegrer religious traditions don't entirely support the charge of rape. We suspect Annie and Luther had a casual relationship, and when Annie got pregnant, an attempt was to have them marry. Luther was fourteen in 1882, which may have had something to do with the marriage not occurring. When Hattie was born in June 1883, she was given the Arnold name. Two months later, on August 1883, a charge against Luther for fornication and bastardly [2] was filed with the York County Court. [3] Even though Luther Arnold didn't marry Annie Sollenberger, the Arnold family is still biologically related to the Edwin Wrightsone chidren.

Seven years later, in 1890, Hattie’s mother Annie Sollenberger married Tobias Bentz. With this marriage, the Sollenberger ~ Bentz Lineage became another connecting link link in our early 18th century Pennsylvania German heritage. Tobias was previously married to Alice B. Sollenberger [4], and they had four children before she died in 1887 giving birth to another child. At that time Annie went to help Tobias and his children in their home.

End Notes

[1.] Uniontown was a small farming community in the post office region of Clear Springs, Franklin Township in northern York County. The little village was located about 2 miles west of Dillsburg where Mountain Road intersects with Uniontown Road in York County Pennsylvania.

[2.] Bastardly is the child (Hattie) resulting from Fornication (messing around), which is not rape. In 1883, Rape and Assault were used in charges filed against the court. We suspect the lesser charge of fornication and bastardly were the result of consensual sex. Today we use DNA to match the child to a father, but in 1883, they relied on family or personal responsibility and honor.

[3.] Annie Sollenberger Charges were as they were filed in the August 1883 Quarterly Court Session, dated August 28th 1883, Number 41, York County Archives, 150 Pleasant Acres Road York, PA 17402

[4.] We have not been able to confirm what, if any, relationship there was between Alice Sollenberger and Annie Sollenbegrer. We know they are not siblings, but they could be cousins.