"CARTLICH, REV. ABRAHAM, was born 1807, in Fauquier county, Virginia, and when yet an infant his parents arrived in Clayton township, Perry county, Ohio. Alter a brief residence here, they lived in Kentucky nine years, and returned to Perry county, Ohio. Abraham
engaged in business as a saddler and harness maker, which he pursued very successfully for ten years, at Adelphia, Ross county, Ohio. From this forth for thirty-seven years he preached as an intinerant in the Methodist Episcopal connection. His ministry was attended with great success, and at least three thousand members were added to the church under his pastorship. During three years of his pastorate, one of which was 1850, he added at the rate of three hundred members per year. Sincerity and earnestness, combined with a purity of character which was maintained through life without a stain, added to his perseverance and fortitude, were the elements of his ministeral success. At the age of twenty-four, he was united in marriage to Miss Lucinda Will. This estimable lady departed this life in 1852. The children by this marriage are George W. of Creston Iowa, a merchant who landed there
with $40, in 1855, and is now estimated at $40,000; Jesse, now of Harlan, Iowa, a physician, who went from Ohio in 1865. Both these sons were in service of the war department during the late Rebellion. The only daughter living is Clara Tway, now of London, Ohio. Mr. Cartlich was always a small eater, and the proverbial "yellow-legged chicken,"
set apart for the preacher, could not tempt him from his code of prudence. As for tobacco and spirits, he never used either, and has managed to arrive now to a ripe old age of seventy-five years, in good health, without them. His father, Jesse Cartlich, though chronically feeble, by observance of the same temperate habits, lived to the age of eighty-three years, and died in Minnesota, about the year 1860.
The second and present wife of Rev. Abraham Cartlich, was Miss Jane Van Gundy, of Ross county, whom he married in 1854. Her father was Rev. John Van Gundy, who labored as a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church for thirty years, and after removal from Ross county, Ohio, where he possessed large landed estates, died in Atchison county, Missouri. He settled in Ohio in 1806, and served in the War of 1812. Her grand-father was also named John Van Gundy. Her mother's name was Margaret Search, whose father was Thomas Search. Margaret died on one of her husband's farms near Chillicothe, in 1833, when Jane was in her seventh year. Her brothers, all of whom are prosperous, are Jonas, St. Joseph's, Missouri; and James, John, William and Samuel, near Milton, Atchison county, Missouri. Tradition, which seems well founded, ascribed to the ancestry of this Van Gundy family close official relations to the Crown of Prussia, and a rupture of these relations which sent it to Pennsylvania, and thence to Ohio. The sisters of Mrs. Cartlich are Sarah Scarlet, who, when only seventeen, was successfully courted by a widower with three children, and she has never regretted her youthful resolution. The other sister is Rachel Williams, and both have the same postoffice address, as the brothers already named. Jane Cartlich is remarkable for her business like methods, economy, hospitality and kindness to the poor. Though the daughter of a Methodist minister, and for twenty-six years the wife of a Methodist minister, she preserves a commendable liberality and charity for others. She refers to the preservation of an aunt given up to die and yet living to rear a useful family, while her mother was taken from life in sound health, by cholera, in the same house and at the same time of her aunt's illness, as a remarkable dispensation of Providence. The same fact applies to her step-daughter, Mrs. Tway, who, when yet a child, seemed affected beyond possibility of recovery, and yet she grew to womanhood, and is now the mother of five children. Mrs. Cartlich, though in easy circumstances, labors as if she derived comfort, health and pleasure from exercise. Her husband, too, has a fine income, which secures ease and comfort, and they live alone, with no household dependents."
Residences & events:
It seems the family remained behind while most of Jane's family moved west.
8/2/1860 S Salem Twp, Ross Co, OH. At census time Abraham was 52, an ME clergyman with property = $1200/400. Jane was much younger at age 35 and their children were: Jesse, 14, Clarissa F, 10, and Nelson S, 4.