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...Joshua apparently was born in Maryland and went with the family to Kentucky and Adams County, Ohio. He lived on a farm on the east side of Ohio Brush Creek about two miles south of Newport (now Lawshe). About 1833 he and his family, except the eldest son, John, moved to a farm near Rushville, Rush County, Indiana. There he died and was buried in the Barrett Cemetery near Knightstown.
...There are few, if any, descendants of Joshua now in Ohio but they are numerous in Indiana. The greatest concentration of them now, however, seems to be in the Missouri-Iowa-Nebraska area.

Moved to Rush County, Indiana 1835/1840

NEWSLETTER ARTICLE
Sheepskin Deed
...Joshua Florea was the son of Albright and Ruthy Charity. A few days prior to Joshua's marriage he bought 150 acres, according to Adams County land records. This land lay about two miles south of Lawshe (then known as Newport) on the eas bank of the Ohio Brush Creek. It was known later as the Mccoy farm. joshua kept adding land until he owned 417 acres. Some of the last part of the land grant had belonged to four soldiers, Charles Consolver, William Stanley, Thomas Puryer and William Willis, who had served in the Revolutionary War.
...They assigned their right to Joseph Watkins, to whom the patent (deed) was issued on 14 May, 1796. this was a real sheepskin deed signed by George Washington and countersigned by the Secretary of State, Timothy Pickering. The parchment also bore the signatures of James W. Henry, Secretary of War and S. K. Taylor, Junior chief Clerk of the War Departmen. Josua's son, John, received the deed when he purchased the entire 417 acres from his father. The deed then was passed to Joohn's youngest son, Jeremiah, ho left it to his eldest daughter, Daisy (Florea) Edwards (Mrs. George Edwards), who lived in Portsmouth, Ohio
"The ink was undimmed, my father (Ernest) wrote when it was rescued from the Ohio river
flood in 1936. Chicago experts, under bond, examined it and declared it to be a genuine
George Washington original."

In 1984 James Harold Florea wrote that he did not know who had the deed at this time.

Happy ending
...James Harold Florea told of clippings his parents held concerning Joshua Florea. This story was about Joshua and his sweetheart, Polly Spurgeon. It was written on an old tablet, which was undated.
..."Polly Spurgeon and Joshua were old time lovers. After a continued courtship they were engaged to marry. He decided to go east to work in the furnaces to have a little finance for a beginnning to support he and Polly after their marriage. (There were a few iron furnaces in Ohio by that date but we don't know if he went to those or to Pennsylvania JHF) Joshua bid Polly farewell and expected to return later and take Polly as hi own. Time went on, soon a year had gone. the methods of communication at this early period were limited. Hearing nothing from each other, another year passed with no trace of Joshua. Polly decided Joshua was dead. During this time a young man by the name of Davis fell in love with Polly and they were soon engaged to be married.
...One spring morning Polly went to pick greens. One of her old neighbors came picking greens also. the neighbor asked Polly if she knew that Joshua had returned. She said no. the woman informed Polly that he was home. And sure enough she was rightly informed.
...Polly and Joshua went on horseback to West Union, where they were married. When coming out of the courthouse, they met Mr. Davis at the door. He had come to prevent the marriage. He was very angry and revengeful. With all the threats, Polly and Joshua escaped unharmed. They settled on a Brush Creek farm known as the Frank Mccoy Farm. (Source: Flory, Leslie E. and Bill. "Sheepskin Deed". The Flora-Flory-Fleury Family Volume 2, Number 3 (1 July 1989): pg. 6.) 
Florea, Joshua H. (I1989)
 
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...Lambert Huyberts Brink was baptized 4 January 1680. Witnesses were Lambert Huibertssee, Roelof Swartwout, Eva Alberts and Jannetie Lamberts. Lambert Huyberts married at Kingston, the banns being registered February 12, 1717, Cornelia Vierbrand, widow of William Ennis.
...Lammert Huybertz Brink and Angenietjen Bosch were listed as the parents of: Lammert Brink (Illegitimate), baptized 16 June 1717, no witnesses named. Six months later Hendickjen was baptized 15 Dec 1717; witnesses were Jan Bix & Eva Brink, sister of the father Lambert. (Source: "A Brink Book", Laurel Shanafelt Powell (1997), PDF, FamilySearch (http://books.familysearch.org/) and "Baptismal and Marriage Registers of the Old Dutch Church of Kingston, Ulster County, New York , Roswell Randall Hoes (1891); PDF, Internet Archive (http://archive.org/)) 
Brink, Lambert Huyberts (I6348)
 
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...Lambert Huybertse (Brink) and his wife Hendrikje Cornelisse left Wageningen, Gelderland, Holland and sailed for America on December 23, 1660 on the Ship Faith with their oldest two children Huybert and Jannetje. Soon after the family arrived in America at New Amsterdam, Lambert and his wife had their baby son baptized who had been born at sea, and then given the name "Cornelis". Cornelis was baptized on May 4th, 1661 in the Dutch Church in New Amsterdam. The family then went up the Hudson river to the Esopus settlement (Kingston). in 1662 Lambert Huybertse leased certain lands at Hurley for five years from Director Petrus Stuyvesant, the last of the Dutch Governors of New York who was succeeded by the first English Governor Richard Nicolls, on Sept. 8, 1664. At the expiration of the lease in 1667 he and his sons purchased these and other parcels there and in Marbletown, providing future property for his offspring. He had charge for some time of the lands of the Director, Petrus Stuyvesant, which were in Espous, and at one time he leased one of the Stuyvesant farms there. Lambert received " the Brink Patent" at Hurley, Ulster Co., NY, where his original stone house still stands on the homestead.
...Lambert Huybertse's wife and oldest three children were captured at the attack on Kingston and Hurley by the Indians June 7th 1663, and were captives three months.
...On April 27, 1689 Lambert Huybertse "makes over" to his sons Huybert and Pieter, 324 acres of land in "Horley" (Hurley), and on the 9th of March 1702, he conveys to Cornelius Cool, his son-in-law, 63 acres of land "at Horley, along the Espous."

WILL OF LAMBERT HUYBERTSE BRINK
The following is a translation of the will of Lambert Huybertse (Brink), of Hurley. The will is recorded in the office of the county clerk of Ulster county and is translated from the original Dutch.

IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, AMEN.
..."Be it known hereby to everybody, that to-day, the 12th day of February in the year of our Lord 1695/6, 1, Lambert Huybertse, of Hurley in the county of Ulster; well in body and in full power and use of my mind and memory, (praised be the Lord), considering the shortness and frailty of human life, the certainty of death and the uncertain hour thereof, and desiring to set everything in order, make this my last will and testament, in manner and form as follows: Revoking, annulling, declaring null and void, all and every testament and testaments, will and wills, heretofore made and passed, either verbally or in writing, and this alone to be taken far my last will and testament and no other.
..."First, I commend my soul to God Almighty, my Creator, to Jesus Christ, my Redeemer, and to the Holy Spirit. my Sanctifier, and my body to the earth, whence it came, to be buried in a Christian manner, and there to, rest until my soul and body shall be reunited on the last day and enjoy the eternal joy of immortality, which God in his grace has promised and prepared by the only merits of our Saviour, for all who truly repent and believe in him. Concerning such wordly state of houses, lands, money, goods. accounts or what further belongs to my estate, which the Lord has been pleased to grant me beyond my merits, I order, give, and dispose thereof in form and manner following.
..."First, it is my wish and will, that all my honest debts shall, in due time, be paid.
..."Secondly, I give to my youngest son, Pieter Lambertse two horses, also that the house in which he lives, shall be finished in garret, floor doors, windows, etc., out of my estate without anything being paid therefor to my other heirs. I further give to my said son, his order, heirs, or administrators, one just fifth part of my whole estate.
..."Thirdly, I give to my sons, Huybert Lambertse and Cornelis Lammerse, and to my sons-in-law, Cornelis Cool and Arrien Gerretsen, one just fifth part of my whole estate, to dispose, each for himself, of said fifth part of my estate, as he pleases, only under this condition, that Arien Gerretsen shall have and enjoy the just fifth part of my land, lying next to the land belonging to him, and that in consideration of the fertility of this land my other four heirs shall have and enjoy in ownership my house, barn, etc., without paying anything to said Arien Gerretse. but they shall divide in equal shares all other movable estate among themselves.
..."Fourthly, I appoint as executors of this my last will and testament my said heirs, to-wit, Huybert Lambertse, Cornelis Lambertse, Pieter Lambertse, Cornelis Cool, and Arien Gerretsen, demand this my foregoing testament shall be fully obeyed and carried out. Thus done at Kingston on the day and year as above.
..."Before signing and passing this it is my wish that my son-in-law Cornelis Cool shall have in one piece two shares of the land occupied by me, to wit, the one now made over to him, and the other bought by him from my son Lammert Huybertse.
"Lambert Huybertse.
"Signed, sealed and published by Lammert Huybertse as being his last will and testament in our presence.
"Wessel Ten Broeck
Jacobis Lameter
Arie Roose"

...Lambert's son Gerrit is not included in the above will. It was at first thought that perhaps he had died by the time of the will but he witnessed a baptism at a later date from that wil. He is not listed in the Kingston baptisms. Researchers have found that Gerrit's family surname became Terpenning, which on add to the mystery of Gerrit.
(Proved 11 April 1702, 8 Olde Ulster, pp. 153-5). 
Huybertse, Lambert (I6326)
 
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...Levi N. Robbins lived in Brown twp, Miami Co Ohio in 1840. There Levi laid out and founded a town called Elizabethtown, named after his wife. The town name was later changed to Lena.
...In 1860 they were living near Greenville, Dark Co Ohio. Levi and Elizbeth are buried in the Old Teagarden Cemetery near Ansonia Ohio. 
Robbins, Levi N. (I1209)
 
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...Lot # 3 was next to his father-in-law John Biggs. The Monocacy Manor consisted of 8,983 acres, a large land grant issued to Daniel Dulaney. In March of 1732 the proprietor of the Provence of Maryland desired to attract settlers to the Northern and the Western areas of his territory. Any person having a family to come to the land within three years of the proclamation and actually settle on the land could have two hundred acres without payment for 3 years. After 3 years the settler had to pay to the proprietor four shillings sterling for every hundred acres.
...The colonies induced the French and Indian War which began in 1755. All settlements of the western parts of Frederick County eventually came under attack. They were killed, tortured and buried out by the French and Iroquois Indians. 
Pittenger, Daniel (I5708)
 
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...Martha B. (Beck) Noland, born July 22, 1820 near West Charleston in Bethel Township, married James Nelson Noland May 2, 1839 in Shelby County. in December 1840 they settled in Piqua. after the death of her husband in 1887 she lived with her daughter, Almeda on East Main Street, Huntersville in Springcreek Township. there she died April 21, 1893.
...Her husband, James Nelson Noland was born in 1814 in Adams county, Ohio and was a carpenter and erected a brick home on Chestnut and Sycamore in Piqua. In 1874 he did the work on the catch basin at Lockington and served on the water works board. In spring of 1887 he was appointed Assessor of 3rd Ward to fill vacancy caused by the death of William Bennett. Mr Noland died at home on Sycamore and Chestnut October 23, 1887.
...Martha's father was of Scottish descent but born in Ireland. Her parents, James and Margaret Beck were born and married in County Down, Ireland. Soon after their marriage in 1804, they immigrated to America and located in the city of Philadelphia. After a short residence there they came west and settled in Dayton, Ohio. In 1810 he taught a subscription school, the second school in Dayton, which was then a mere village without a school system. some years later they moved to a farm near West Charleston where Martha was born. her father later taught several other schools in Montgomery and Miami Counties.
...Of Martha and James Noland's twelve children at least six married. Margaret Ann married John. H. Rain. James Frank married 1st) Mary E. Peck, 2nd) Tasty S. Winter and 3rd Mary J. Myers. John Nelson married Clara L. Freeman. Almeda married Andrew J. Cron. Volney Dorsey married Catherine Gorman and N. Adeska married Alphus Jeffryes.
...Two sons served in the Civil War. James Frank was in Company I 71st Regiment. John Nelson Noland was in Company E. 71st Regiment O.V.I. They are mentioned in Civil War Soldiers From Piqua, Ohio. At the Battle of Shiloh by T. Wright 1994, page 34. James F. collected data in 1917 for The Piqua Daily Call September 5 & 6 for The Part Which Miami County Ohio Took In Our Civil War, J. C. Smiley, compiler. In The First Century of Piqua - Biography and Reminiscences beginning on 359 James F., in 1907, wrote a ten page story telling of his boyhood in "grand old Piqua". James F.'s name appears also in Piqua Daily Call Monday, June 28, 1920. He was elected president of the organization of The Beck Family Reunion.
...Others elected at the reunion were Warren Beck, vice president and A. T. Beck, secretary and treasurer , Charles J. Hall of Dayton gave an interesting talk on ancestors and descendants of James Beck. Mrs. Nancy A. Hall, of Dayton, at eighty-five years of age was the oldest living descendant of James Beck present. Martha Noland Ryall, aged two years was the youngest descendant present.
...Pictured in a three-foot long photograph are 116 descendants of James and Margaret Beck, parents of Martha Noland. A circuit camera was used to scan across the group posed in front of the dining hall at Fountain Park in Piqua. The photo belonged to N. Adeska (Noland) Jeffryes, grandmother of James N. Jeffryes. (Source: Miami County Historical & Genealogical Society; typed and indexed by Lois J. Fair, "Miami County Family Histories Tired Iron book", (Ohio Genealogical Society. Miami County Historical & Genealogical Society, c2006, pg. 163, 164) 
Beck, Martha Burns (I2092)
 
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...Mary Archer, daughter of Joseph and Sarah Archer, was born Nov. 28th, 1756. She was married to Aaron Nutt, Tuesday, May 4th, 1779. Nine children were born to them. Mary, Joseph and Ann died in May, 1794. Their deaths were one week apart. I have heard my father say that three fifth days (Thursdays) he buried a child. The remaining six lived to be heads of families. Levi married Sarah Moon and they were the parents of six children. (Referemce: Joseph Nutt, Record of the Nutt Family: Joseph Nutt, 1824)

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Mary Archer, daughter of Jospeh and Sarah Archer, was born Nov. 28th, 1756. She was married to Aaron Nutt, Tuesday, May 4th, 1779. Nine children were born to them. Mary, Joseph and Ann died in May, 1794. Their deaths were one week apart. I have heard my father say that three fifth days (Thursdays) he buried a child. The remaining six lived to be heads of families. Levi married Sarah Moon and they were the parents of six children. [Referemce: Joseph Nutt, Record of the Nutt Family: Joseph Nutt, 1824] 
Archer, Mary (I666)
 
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...Mary Cordelia Melany was born on April 22, 1869 in Illinois, the daughter of Francis and Nancy (Crabb) Melany
...After Joseph's death in 1939, Mary lived with her daughter LaVena and family in Oakwood Ohio in Montgomery County, a suburb of Dayton, Ohio until her death October 4, 1958. Mary is buried along side Joseph in Hillsboro Cemetery in Hillsboro, Highland County, Ohio. (Source: Find A Grave Memorial# 137917463) 
Melany, Mary C. (I2879)
 
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...Mentioned in the will of Isaac Florea as son Henry Florea.
...The gravestone inscription has his name as Henry Flora. In the 1840 census record the name is Florea; 1850, 1860 and 1870 the name is Flora. The death certificate is also Henry Flora. 
Florea, Henry (I1350)
 
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...Mentioned in the will of Mary Vance as grandson Earnest Cress, he was also Executor of the will.
...Mentioned in the will of Henry R. Cress as 'my children' Earnest Cress. 
Cress, George Dewey (I2168)
 
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...Mentioned in the will of Mary Vance as grandson Earnest Cress, he was also Executor of the will.
...Mentioned in the will of Henry R. Cress as 'my children' Earnest Cress. 
Cress, Henry Ernest (I2172)
 
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...Moses Nutt Branson was born December 28, 1801 in Burlington County, New Jersey. His parents were Samuel and charlotte (Nutt) Branson. Moses was orphaned at the age of fifteen. He left New Jersey in 1817 and first settled in Montgomery county, Ohio. there on July 8, 1821 he married his 14-year-old second cousin Harriet Nutt. She was the daughter of Levi and Sarah (Moon) Nutt. Moses was 19 years old.
...Moses purchased land in Lost Creek, Miami County, Ohio on September 6, 1822. He lived there farming the land with his family until he relocated to near Piqua in about 1849. ~Miami County Historical & Genealogical Society; typed and indexed by Lois J. Fair, "Miami County Family Histories Tired Iron book", (Ohio Genealogical Society. Miami County Historical & Genealogical Society, c2006 ), pg. 21.

...On June 30, 1922, when Harriet was just 15 years old, Elizabeth, their first child, was born. According to the History of the Branson Family and Descendants written by Joy Branson Gibboney, who was Moses's great-granddaughter, Elizabeth lived with her grandmother, Sarah (Moon) Nutt until she was nearly 16 years old.
...Eight more children were born to Moses and Harriet. They were Philina, Levi, DeWitt Clinton, Wellington, Sally, john, Abigail and their last child, Harriet who died September 13, 1841 at just three months of age. Harriet died less than two months later on November 21, 1841 at the age of 34 years, 9 months and 25 days. With six children to care for Moses remarried on February 4, 1842, less than three months after Harriet's death to Phebe (Smith Mason), widow of William Mason.
...In an 1842 letter to his brother-in-law John P. Brady, Moses told of purchasing land eight miles northwest of Piqua, Ohio. in a another letter written in 1848 he described his plan to build a brick house, 36' x 46' and arranged with seven rooms below and nine above. Moses had 125,000 brick burnt and 20,000 feet of lumber seasoning for his new house. There would be a smokehouse, the smoke supplied by a cook stove in the basement and a 1' x 16' room for his bees. Moses designed an elaborate system to bring milk in from the milk house using cast iron pipes. Pipes would also carry dishwater and soapsuds from the kitchen to a swill tub.
...Moses build his wonderful house and it still stands today (1998). it was saved from demolition and was lovingly and authentically restored. it contains seven stairways. there are many beautiful walnut doors and built-in cabinets. the room that was once used for bees and the smokehouse can still be seen. In one of his letters Moses stated "we have 14 guests today." The arrangement of the upstairs rooms and imprint of numbers that were once on the doors suggest the house may have been used as an inn or stage coach stop.
...The 1870 Federal Census for Miami County, Ohio shows Moses and Phebe living alone in their 16-room brick house. His age was given as 68 years and her age was 73 years. Later, when they were probably in poor health, they went to live with Moses' married daughter Abigail and her husband Thomas P. Duncan. Abigail then died March 19, 1876 and apparently Thomas was left to care for his aging in-laws. After Moses died July 3, 1877 Thomas Duncan charged the estate $1, 274.75 for boarding M. N. Branson and wife, laundry, use of the Duncan horse and buggy, and extra attention during Moses' illness. Objections were raised by Moses' remaining children and the case went to arbitration. When the case was settled Thomas Duncan was awarded $611.75
...After Moses died Phebe lived with her son David Mason in Shelby County. Phebe died May 25, 1883 at the age of 85 years, 11 months, 17 days. Both Moses and Harriet are buried in the Fletcher Cemetery, Miami County, Ohio. (Source: Miami County Historical & Genealogical Society; typed and indexed by Lois J. Fair, "Miami County Family Histories Tired Iron book", (Ohio Genealogical Society. Miami County Historical & Genealogical Society, c2006 ), pg. 21, 22.) 
Branson, Moses Nutt (I5549)
 
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...Nicholas Brown and Sarah Rogers plead guilty to fornication and batardy in Monmouth County Court Sessions. pg. 133
...Nicholas Brown, was an Englishman, and a resident of Portsmouth, Rhodes Island, in 1638, when he was admitted an inhabitant of the Island of Aquidneck.
...1639, April 30, He was one of twenty-nine who joined to create themselves into a "civill body politickee," at Portsmouth.
...1640 to 1642. Nicholas Brown, of Aquidnecke, receipts for all money due him for sale of land to John Wickes, which was adjacent to Mr. Samuel Hutchinson's house lot. He signed by his mark.
...1646, Feb 4. He received twenty acres adjoining his other twenty.
...1649, Mch. 1. Nicholas Brown, of Portsmouth, R. I., sold to John Woods, Sr., of the same place, a parcell of land, "granted to me by the towne, in Portsmoouth, near Newport line." He signed by his mark.
...In 1655, he was a Freeman.
...1656, Feb. 6. Nicholas Browne, of Portsmouth, sold to Thomas Wood, of the same place, land.
...1656. Ncholas Brown, of Portsmouth, bought of George Parker, twenty acres, in portsmouth.
...1657, Dec. 10 Nicholas Brown was granted, with many others, six acres of land, in Portsmouth.
...1659, May 14. Nicholas Brown, of Portsmouth, for a consideration, sold to Ellexander Enos, one acre of land, in Portsmouth.
...1680. He was taxed 6s. 4d.
...1693-4, Mch. 15. He paid the town treasurer 20s., for twelve acres of land, which he bought of the said town Feb. 23, ...1693-4, lying in Portsmouth.
...Nicholas Brown married Frances, widow of George Parker, who died 1656: she died after 1669. Whether she was the mother of his children, or whether they were by a former wife, is unknown.
...1694, Nov. 16. Will of Nicholas Brown, of Portsmouth, husbandman; proved Dec. 27, 1694, mentioned: Eldest son, Nicholas Brown, received 5 shillings. Son, Abraham Brown, received 5 shillings. Daughter, Jane Badcock, received £10. Grand-daughter, Martha, Grand-daughter Jane "children of "my son William Brown, "deceased, each, £10, and a bed and blankets. To grandson, Tobias Brown, son of son William, deceased, the residue of his estate and creates him executor. He signed by his mark. (Source: Brown of Monmouth County) 
Brown, Nicholas (I1320)
 
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...No doubt the presence of several French families in this section attracted Francis Quince to this land of opportunity, but land of privation, want and hard toil, and "it was by faith they sojourned in this land of promise," not knowing of its future as the garden spot of Ohio. Some of our heroic pioneers lived to see the morning glint of the day of promise; others died not knowing or dreaming of the great future of this great country.
...Francis Quince was born in France, May 28, 1816. He came to this country when a young man and settled in Richland county. It was here that he married Catherine Shelley, daughter of Francis and Mary (Shanberg) Shelley, Feb. 13, 1842. She was born in France Sept 8, 1822. To Mr. and Mrs. Quince were born six children. Mary was born in Wayne county, Ohio, Nov. 1842, died May 1843. Solomon was born in Richland county, Nov. 5, 1845. Mary Celia was born in Richland county Sept. 10, 1847, who became the wife of John P. Radenbaugh and is still living. Francis A. Jr., was born in Richland county Aug. 2, 1849. Laura A. was born July 27, 1852 and died Nov. 8, 1879. Laura married Jarins Bobo to whom were born two children, Celia who became the wife of John Radenbaugh, Jr., and died in Anacortes, Washington, March 26, 1906, and Frank who lives in Spokane, Washington. Catherine was born in Paulding county Aug. 12, 1856 and died in October 1860.
...Mr. Quince came to Paulding county in 1856 and settled on the farm which is now owned by his grandson, Frank Radenbaugh. Here they lived exemplary lives true to their Catholic faith in which they raised their children. In their home the itenerant priest found a hearty welcome and performed his priestly offices. It was on one of these visits that Felicia Barbier (Mrs. Charles Pio) was baptized. The children attended what was called the Wiltsie school which was located in the angle between the Paulding road and the Wiltsie cemetery road. The teachers were Mrs. Theodora Merchant, Dr. Cunningham and Aelac Kilpatrick.
...Mr. Quince was township trustee for six years, and treasurer one year. His death occurred July 8, 1879, aged 63 years. Mrs. Quince survived him until Aug. 26, 1898, aged almost 76 years. They were both buried in the Snellenberger Cemetery.
...Solomon--whose name was Joseph Solomon Quince was married in Paulding county, Feb 12, 1872 to Mary Anastasie Socie who was the daughter of Eugene and Frances (Cholley) Socie and born in Stark county, Ohio, Aug. 28, 1850. Their family was Francis E., born November 22, 1872 and married Viola Smith--no children. Mary C. was born September 28, 1874, and married Christopher Vauble. They have one son Christian now a soldier. Charles J. was born January 4, 1878. Edward F. was born October 20, 1879, died February 7, 1881. Mary Celia married John P. Radenbaugh, December 7, 1866. Their family will be given later in business section of Payne. Francis A. Jr., was married January 13, 1873 to Miss Agatha Lothammer, born in France in 1852 and the daughter of Theobold and Mary M. (Gamber) Lothammer. To this union were born. Catherine M., Oct. 6, 1873 and married David Smith, they have two children, Celia and Charles. Mary Celeste born April 11, 1875 and married Charles Speice. They have no children. Morris O., was born June 29, 1877.
...A great tragedy occured in this family August 19, 1880, when the father working in a clearing started for the house when a storm came up. He had his ax on his shoulder when struck by lightning; the ax acting as a conductor. The widow afterward became the wife of John Pearl to whom was born one son, Vinie Pearl. (Source: "History of Payne and Vicinity". Written 1916 through 1918 by Florence N. Cartwright; Published in serial form, weekly, in "The Payne Reflector Newspaper, beginning November 1916, and continuing through August 1918, Pg. 28, Part XLII, September 13, 1917. Pioneers, Shelley-Quince Families)

Francis Quince--was born in France, May 28, 1816, where both his parents died. He married Catherine Shelley in Richland county, February 14, 1842. She was born in France, September 8, 1822. Their family are: Mary, born in Wayne county, Ohio, November, 1842, died May, 1843; Solomon, November 5, 1845; Mary Celia, September 10, 1847; Francis A., August 2, 1849, died August 19, 1890; Laura A., July 27, 1852, died November 8, 1879; Catherine, August 12, 1856, died October, 1860. Mr. Quince held the office of Township Trustee for six years; Treasurer for one year, and several other offices. His death occured July 8, 1879. The parents of Mrs. Quince were Francis Shelley, who was born in France, and died August 6, 1866, and Mary A. (Shanberg) Shelley, who was born in France, and is still living, aged ninety two. Francis A., one of the sons of Mr. Quince was killed by lightning, August 19, 1880; he was working on his farm in a clearing, and had an ax on his shoulder, which acted as an electric conductor; a wife and three children mourn his loss. Mrs. Quince's address is Payne, Paulding county, Ohio. (Source: "History of Northwestern Ohio-History of Paulding County" by Everett A. Budd, includes a part of the " Historical Hand Atlas", H. H. Hardesty & County, Pub. 1882 Pgs. 179-239, by Marjean Holmes Workman 1992, Pg. 214, Township and Personal Histories) 
Quince, Francis A. (I687)
 
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...Noel Bernard Honeyman is of the ninth generation on American soil, born Oct. 10, 1917 in Union Township, son of Walter Jacob and Ester Dewene (Rice). The father suffered with diabetes and was among the first to be treated with insulin, which proved ineffective. Their daughter, Doris Lee, through accidental circumstances, was struck by a car and killed two years later. in 1934, mother and son became custodians of the Laura School, serving in that capacity until its closing in 1938. He is a 1936 graduate of Milton-Union. Evelyn Irene Spitler entered his life and they were joined as life mates on Nov. 27, 1937 at Newcastle, Indiana. She was born march 12, 1918 in the country home of her grandparent Flory's near Phillipsburg, being the eldest child of Harold W. and Mary (Flory)
...He became a member of the Laura Volunteer Fire Department in 1939, giving thirty years of service. A strong supporter and organizer of the Miami county Emergency Service, serving as president and vice-president. He proposed the rural numbering system which was later put into action by this organization. During his seven years of membership with the Laura Lions Club, he held a perfect attendance record. He is with Hobart Brothers where he has been employed since 1955.
...She (Evelyn) was the only member of the Towne and Country Garden Club to serve three terms as president. Her natural ability with flowers won numerous blue ribbons. She was also a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club. As active members of the Potsdam Church of the Brethren, she helped create the first Junior Sunday School and served as Superintendent and teacher. Both were counselors of the C.B.Y.F. They operated Honeyman Furriers from 1950 to 1955 at Laura.
...Two children were born to them. Gale Edwin Spitler "The House of Spittler-Spitler 1736-1976" and "History of Laura and Area 1977." He is actively engaged in the pursuit of genealogy and history.
...Robert Elwood Honeyman, a 1958 graduate of Milton-Union, member of the Laura volunteer Fire Department and police force until his passing in 1971, married Patricia Zellers and had two daughters, Mary and Susan.
...The Honeyman family is from near Manchester, England from whence Samuel emigrated to Philadelphia about 1700. His grandson Samuel served with the First Philadelphia Regiment during the Revolutionary War. during the latter years of his life, he removed his family to Hampshire County, West Virginia, the only son Charles, with his wife Barbara Moore, moved to Miami county with most of their children. Their son, John bought the Honeyman homestead in 1834, which is still retained by Richard Honeyman. John and wife, Mary Orm were the parents of Eli W., who married Anna Miller. Their son Oliver Miller Honeyman, married Mary Elizabeth Cress, parents of Walter. The sur-name was derived in ye olden days when the family were bee-keepers. (Source: The Miami County Historical Society, Tipp City, Ohio, "The History of Miami County Ohio", Dallas, Texas: Taylor Publishing County, pg. 480-481) 
Honeyman, Noel Bernard (I4709)
 
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...On 29 November 1708, Richard Putinger of Middletown, Monmouth County gave his ear mark to be recorded thus, "The earmark that was formerly Adrian Lowes, that is a crop of the near ear and a hole in the right. Entered per me Elisha Lawrence".
...On 20 June 1710, "John Morford of Middletown of late, now of Middlesex, yeoman and his wife Margaret", conveyed to "Richard Putinger of Middletown, Monmouth County, weaver", for 240 Pounds a tract of 130 acres boundedon the west by Romenesin Brook. A few months later on 5 January 1711, Richard Putinger of Middletown, weaver, and his wife Sytche conveyed this same property to John Tyssen of Freehold, Monmouth County, yeoman, for 255 pounds.
...At the end of the deed is the standard phrase, "In witness whereof he the said "Richard Putinger and Sytche his wife have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year first above written 1711." This if followed by the words "Richard Putinger" and a seal symbol followed by "signed sealed and delivered in the presence of John Cox, Elizabeth Lawrence, William Lawrence Junr." There is no signature for either Richard or Sytche and no seal for Sytche.
...On 23 August 1712, Richard Putinger of Freehold gave the note payable to Anthony Pintar of Shrewsbury, a merchant, referred to above, for which Pintar sued John as adminstrator of Richard's estate.
...On 16 October 1715, John Pittenger was appointed administrator of the estate of Richard Pittenger. At p 114, Liber A, Middlesex Wills, is the notation, "Letters of administration was granted by his excellency Brigadeere Hunter to John Pittenger on ye estate of Richard Peitinger Deceased dated October ye sixteenth, 1715. At page 193 is the following entry, "John Pittenger administrator on ye goods, chatties and credits of Richard Pittenger late of Piscataway deed, having rendered acct of the estate which is file in ye Secretaries office according to law, and having made application to his Honor the foresaid writ of Huis Quietus Est which he was pleased to grant be ordered the Purogative Seal to be affixed to ye same it (illegible) August ye 26 1720 (illegible) Registrar."
...In between those entries John and Sycha filed a petition with the General Assembly for
permission to sell Richard's land to pay his debts, one of which was a note to Anthony Pinter and another was probably the money owing to the estate of Peter Watson a merchant of Freehold in Monmouth County.
...Although the file in the New Jersey State Archives does not provide any year in which it was filed, but obviously after October 1715, Anthony Pinter filed an action in the Supreme Court of New Jersey in Middlesex County against John Pettinger as administrator of the estate of Richard Putinger to collect on a note executed by Richard on 2 August 1712, for 21 pounds 8 shillings and 9 pence with the provision that if it was not paid when due on 2 November the amount owing would be 42 pounds 17 shillings and 6 pence. Unfortunately the only papers in the Archives files were the note, or copy of it, and the complaint. The note gives the residence of Richard as Freehold. It is clear that Pinter was a merchant in Shrewsbury (which is in Monmouth County and not far from Freehold) and supports the fact that Richard II and Syche were living in Monmouth County at least as late as 1712.
...The following entry was made by the Council held at Chesterfield 11 January 1716: "A Bill to Enable John Pittenger & Sycha Pittenger of Piscataqua In the County of Middlesex & Province of New Jersey to sell & Dispose of the Real Estate of Richard Pittenger Late of Piscataqua Aforesaid Deceased for the payment of Debts sent up by the House of Representatives for the Concurrence of this Board was Read the first time, and ordered A Second Reading."
...This was followed at the Council held at Chesterfield five days later on the 16th at which the following entry was made: "John Reading Esq. Reported from the Committee to whom the Bill to Enable John Pittenger & Syche Pittenger of Piscataqua In the County of Middlesex & Province of New Jersey to sell & dispose of the Reall Estate of Richard Pittenger Late of Piscataqua Aforesd Deceased, for the payment of Debts was Referr'd, that they had Agreed to severall Amendments which he was directed to Report to this Board when they were ready to receive the same. Ordered that ye sd Report be made Immediately. Then the said John Reading reported the Amendments In his place and laid them Afterwards on the Table. And the said Amendments being severally read were Agreed to by this Board, ordered that the sd Bill as Amended be Read the third time, which being Read was Agreed to and past by this Board: Ordered that John Reading, Esq. do carry the said Bill with Amendments to the House of Representatives for their Concurrence."
...The House of Representatives took little time to act as on 26 January 1716/17, the following was adopted:
...An Act to Enable John Pittinger & Sycha Pittinger of piscataway in the County of Middlesex & Province of New Jersey To Sill and Dispose of the Reall Estate of Richard Pittinger late of piscataway aforesaid, Deceased, for the payment of Debts.

...Whereas Richard Pittenger, Late of Piscataway In the County of Middlesex, and Province of New Jersey, Dyed Intestate, having at the time of his Decease divers Goods, Chattels and Credits within the said county and Province of New Jersey; Whereupon the said John Pittenger obtained Administration upon the Personal Estate of said Richard Pittenger Deceased, and not finding sufficient Assets of said Estate to answer the debts and demands Due from same, he the said John Pittenger, together with Sycha Pittenger, Widow of said Richard Pittenger, Deceased, have set forth by their Petition to the General Assembly, That the Assets of the Estate of said Richard Pittenger Deceased, will not pay the Debts Due from the same, And Also that the said Richard In his Lifetime purchased A Tract of Land, and took up money at interest to pay for the same, which Interest will Exceed the Value of the Land before the Heir of the said Richard (who is A Minor) will come of Age, and the Principall remain yet unpaid, and therefore they pray. That An Act may pass to Enable them the said John Pittenger and Sycha Pittenger to sell and dispose of the Real Estate of said Richard Pittenger Deceased, for the payment of his Just Debts, And it Appearing That the Allegations In said Petition are True.
...Be It Therefore Enacted by the Goveraour, Councill and General Assembly, and it is hereby Enacted by Authority of the same. That the said John Pittenger and Sycha Pittenger shall be Enabled to sell and dispose of the Real Estate of the said Richard Pittenger Deceased, and the said John and Sycha Pittenger, or the Survivor of Either of them, are hereby Empowered and Authorized to sell and dispose of the said Real Estate of Richard Pittenger Deceased, and to Signe, Seal and execute good and sufficient Deed or Deeds. Conveyance or Conveyances by them the said John and Sycha Pittenger, or the Survivor of Either of them so signed. Sealed and Executed by them, as Aforesaid, shall be Deemed and Esteemed, and are herby declared to be as good and sufficient Conveyances in the Law, to the purchaser or Purchasers thereof, their Heirs and Assigns, As If lawfully Executed by the said Richard Pittenaer In his Lifetime.
...And Be It Further Enacted by the Authority Aforesaid, That All the Sum or Sums of money that the said Real Estate shall be sold for, shall be Accounted Assets In the hands of the said John Pittenger, and for which he the said John Pittenger, shall be Accountable, and account for the same Accordingly, any Law, Custom or Usage to the contrary In any wise Notwithstanding.
...And Be It Further Enacted by the Authority Aforesaid, That A True Copy of this Act, signed by the Secretary of the Province, for the time being, shall and may be given In Evidence by the Purchaser or Purchasers of the said Estate, In any Court of Record in this Province, and any Deed or Conveyance made and Executed In pursuance of this Act, shall be Deemed, Esteemed and taken to be A perpetual Bar in Law against any claim hereafter to be made by the Heirs of the said Richard Pittenger, Deceased, any Law, Custom or usage to the Contrary In any wise notwithstanding.

...Richard II was probably born in that part of Middlesex County which is now Essex County, about 1675, where his father had land and was probably living. He moved to Monmouth County about 1700, where he married Syche and registered his ear mark in 1708. He then bought land there in 1711, which he sold the next year, and probably moved back to Middlesex County shorly thereafter. He was living in Middlesex County in 1714,45 when daughter Sietje was baptized, but had her christened in the Freehold Dutch Reformed Church. From the administrator's petition to sell Richard's property, we know that before he died in 1715, he had bought land in Middlesex County on which there was a mortgage and was probably living there when he died. I believe that after John sold the land to pay the debts of Richard's estate, he and his sister-in-law, Syche and her children, may have moved to land in Somerset County which John had previously purchased. They later moved back to Middlesex County where John also had land and where he was living in 1733. (Reference: Tress E. Pittenger, Jr., "The Pittenger Families of New Jersey - 1665 to 1800", http://www.lib.byu.edu/fhc/, pg.22-23, 27-28, Richard Pittenger c. 1675-1715) 
Pittenger, Richard (I5737)
 
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...Richard Pittenger came from Holland to America on the ship "Phillip" and landed in New Amsterdam, now New York City on July 29, 1665. The ship was in charge of Philip Carteret, with 30 passengers aboard, 16 of whom, including Richard Pittenger removed in a few days with Philip Carteret from New York City to New Jersey with the purpose of planting a colony. At that time only 4 families had settled in N.J.; 269 acres of land was allotted Richard Pittenger and each of the other colonists. The tract that Richard Pittenger drew adjoined the tract owned by the governor. The Edison experimental works now occupies the tract drawn by Richard Pittenger.
...Richard Pittenger's cattle mark was: A crop in the near ear and a hole in the right, recorded Nov. 29, 1708.
On March 11, 1678 Richard Pittenger was a witness to the marriage contract of Mrs. Margaret Stuyvesant, half sister of governor Stuyvesant, and Hendrick Droogestadt.
...Richard Pittenger died in 1715 and on October 16, 1715, administration was granted his son John Pittenger. See Colonial Documents, N.J. Archives, 1st series Vol.. 23, page 368 Wills.
...On January 10, 1716, at the council held at Chesterfield a bill was introduced to allow John Pittenger and Syche Pittenger of Piscataqua, N.J. to sell and dispose of the real estate of Richard Pittenger, deceased for the payment of debts. April 8, 1717 this bill passed. See Colonial Documents of New Jersey, Vol. XXI, pp. 46. (Reference: F. Hiner Dale, "A History of the Pittenger Family in America" (Ann Arbor, Michigan, Edward Brothers, Inc., 1942) 
Pewtinger, Richard (I5745)
 
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...Robert Benham. This pioneer and soldier, whose name is familiar to readers of the early history of the Ohio Valley, was born in Pennsylvania in 1750. He was an officer in the Revolutionary war, and, after the close of that struggle, became one of the early settlers in Symmes' Purchase. He is said to have built, in 1789, the first hewed-log house in Cincinnati and to have established the first ferry over the Ohio at Cincinnati February 18, 1792. He served under Harmar in his campaign against the Indians, was in the bloody defeat of St. Clair and shared in Wayne's victory. About the commencement of the present century, he settled upon a farm southwest of the site of Lebanon, which was his home until his death. He was a member of the first Legislature of the Northwest Territory and of the first Board of County Commissioners of Warren County; in the latter capacity, he served several years. Judge Burnet, who served in the Legislature with him, says: "He was possessed of great activity, muscular strength and enterprise; had a sound, discriminating judgement and great firmness of character. He was the grandsire of the accomplished Mrs. Harriet Prentice, of Louisville." Joseph S. Benham, his son, became a distinguished lawyer and orator of Cincinnati, and delivered the oration on the reception of La Fayette at Cincinnati. Robert Benham died early in the spring of 1809, and was buried at Lebanon, a troop of cavalry following his remains to the grave.
...The most interesting event in the life of Capt. Benham is his survival after being wounded at Rodgers' defeat, and his life on the battle-field. Strange as this story is, its truthfulness has Been indorsed by Judge Burnet and other careful historians. The account below is from "Western Adventures:"
..."In the autumn of 1779, a number of keel-boats were ascending the Ohio under the command of Maj. Rodgers, and had advanced as far as the mouth of Licking without accident. Here, however, they observed a few Indians standing upon the southern extremity of a sand-bar, while a canoe, rowed by three others, was in the act of putting off from the Kentucky shore, as if for the purpose of taking them aboard. Rodgers immediately ordered the boats to be made fast on the Kentucky shore, while the crew, to the number of seventy men, well armed, cautiously advanced in such a manner as to encircle the spot where the enemy had been seen to land. Only five or six Indians had been seen, and no one dreamed of encountering more than fifteen or twenty Indians. When Rodgers, however, had, as he supposed, completely surrounded the enemy, and was preparing to rush upon them from several quarters at once, he was thunderstruck at beholding several hundred savages suddenly spring in front, rear and upon both flanks. They instantly poured in a close discharge of rifles, and then, throwing down their guns, fell upon the survivors with the tomahawk. The panic was complete and the slaughter prodigious. Maj. Rodgers, together with forty-five others of his men, were quickly destroyed. The survivors made an effort to regain their boats, but the five men who had been left in charge of them had immediately put off from shore in the hindmost boat, and the enemy had already gained possession of the others. Disappointed in their attempt, they turned furiously upon the enemy, and, aided by the approach of darkness, forced their way through their lines, and with the loss of several severely wounded, at length effected their escape to Harrodsburg.
..."Among the wounded was Capt. Robert Benham. Shortly after breaking through the enemy's line, he was shot through both hips, and, the bones being shattered, he fell to the ground. Fortunately, a large tree had lately fallen near the spot where he lay, and, with great pain, he dragged himself into the top and lay concealed among the branches. The Indians, eager in pursuit of the others, passed him without notice, and, by midnight, all was quiet.
..."On the following day, the Indians returned to the battle-ground, in order to strip the dead and take care of the boats. Benham, although in danger of famishing, permitted them to pass without making known his condition, very correctly supposing that his crippled legs would only induce them to tomahawk him upon the spot in order to avoid the trouble of carrying him to their town. He lay close, therefore,until the evening of the second day, when, perceiving a raccoon descending a tree near him, he shot it, hoping to devise some means of reaching it, when he could kindle a fire and make a meal. Scarcely had his gun cracked, however, when he heard a human cry, apparently not more than fifty yards off. Supposing it to be an Indian, he hastily reloaded his gun, and remained silent, expecting the approach of an enemy. Presently, the same voice was heard again, but much nearer. Still, Benham made no reply, but cocked his gun and sat ready to fire as soon as an object appeared. A third halloo was quickly heard, followed by an exclamation of impatience and distress, which convinced Benham that the unknown person must be a Kentuckian. As soon, therefore, as he heard the expression, 'Whoever you are, for God's sake answer me!' he replied with readiness, and the parties were soon together.
..."Benham, as we have already observed, was shot through both legs. The man who now appeared had escaped from the same battle with both arms broken. Thus each was enabled to supply what the other wanted. Benham, having the perfect use of his arms, could load his gun and kill game with great readiness, while his friend, having the use of his legs, would kick the game to the spot where Benham sat, who was thus enabled to cook it. When no wood was near them, his companion would rake up brush with his feet and gradually roll it within reach of Benham's hand, who constantly fed his companion and dressed his wounds, as well as his own, tearing up both their shirts for that purpose. They found some difficulty in procuring water at first, but Benham at length took his own hat, and, placing the rim between the teeth of his companion, directed him to wade into the Licking up to his neck and dip the hat into the water (by sinking his own head). The man who could walk was thus enabled to bring water by means of his teeth, which Benham would afterward dispose of as was necessary. In a few days, they had killed all the squirrels and birds within reach, and the man with the broken arms was sent out to drive game within gunshot of the spot to which Benham was confined. Fortunately, wild turkeys were abundant in those woods, and his companion would walk around and drive them toward Benham, who seldom failed to kill two or three of each flock. In this manner they supported themselves for several weeks, until their wounds had healed, so as to enable them to travel. They then shifted their quarters and put up a small shed at the mouth of the Licking, when they encamped until late in November, anxiously expecting the arrival of some boat which would convey them to the falls of the Ohio.
..."On the 27th of November, they observed a flat-boat moving leisurely down the river. Benham hoisted his hat upon a stick and hallooed loudly for help. The crew, however, supposing them to be Indians, at least suspecting them of an intention to decoy them ashore, paid no attention to their signals of distress, but instantly put over to the opposite side of the river, and manning every oar, endeavored to pass them as rapidly as possible. Benham beheld them passing him with a sensation bordering on despair, for the place was much frequented by Indians, and the approach of winter threatened them with destruction unless speedily relieved. At length, after the boat had passed him nearly half a mile, he saw a canoe put off from its stern and cautiously approach the Kentucky shore, evidently reconnoitering them with great suspicion. He called loudly upon them for assistance, mentioned his name and made known his condition. After a long parley, and many evidenceds of reluctance on the part of the crew, the canoe at length touched the shore and Benham and his friend were taken on board.
..."Their appearance excited much suspicion. They were almost entirely naked, and their faces were garnished with six weeks' growth of beard. The one was barely able to hobble upon crutches, and the other could manage to fee himself with on of his hands. They were taken to Louisville, where their clothes (which had been carried off in the boat which deserted them) were restored to them, and, after a few weeks' confinement, both were perfectly restored."
...It is stated in "Western Annals," that Benham afterward bought and lived upon the land where the battle took place. His companion, whose name is given as John Watson, afterward lived at Brownsville, Penn. (Source: W. H. Beers, The History of Warren County, Ohio: Containing A History of the County; it's Townships, Towns, Schools, Churches, etc,; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Map of Warren County; Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, Etc., Etc. (1882; Reproduction of original published Chicago, Evansville, Indiana: Unigraphic, Inc., 1973). The Distinguished Dead, pg. 353, 354 and 357)

...The first ferry to Newport was run by Captain Robert Benham, under a license from the Territorial government, granted September 24, 1792, from Cincinnati to the opposite bank, the present Newport, on the east side of the Licking.
The document by virtue of which the first ferry was established...
...On the thirteenth of February, 1792, the secretary of the Northwest Territory, then at Cincinnati, and, in the absence of Governor St. Clair, acting governor, issued the following proclamation:
..."To all persons to whom these presents shall come, greeting:----
...Whereas, it has been represented to me that it is necessary for the public interests, and the convenience of the inhabitants of the county of Hamilton, that a ferry should be established over the river Ohio, nearly opposite the mouth of Licking in the commonwealth of Virginia, and Mr. Robert Benham having requested permission to erect and keep said ferry:
...Now, know ye that, having duly considered of the said representation and request, I have thought it proper to grant the same, and by these presents do empower the said Tobert Benham, of the county of Hamilton, to erect and keep a ferry over the Ohio river, from the landing place in the vicinity of his house-lot, which is nearly opposite the mouth of Licking, to both points of the said rivulet and upon the Virginia shore: and to ask, demand, recover and receive as a compensation for every single person that be may transport over said
ferry.....................................6 cents
For a man and horse.....................18 "
For a wagon and team...................100 "
For horned cattle, per head...............18 "
For hogs, each............................6 "
until those rates shall be altered by law or future instructions from the governor of this territory.
...And he is hereby required to provide good and sufficient flats or boats for the purpose, and to give due attention to the same according to right and common usage, and to govern himself in the premises by all such laws as hereafter may be adopted for the regulation of ferries, as soon as such laws shall be published i the territory.
...Given under my hand and seal, at Cincinnati, in the county of Hamilton, the eighteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-two, and of the independence of the United States the sixteenth--and to continue in force during the pleasure of the governor of the territory. Winthrop Sargent.
(Source: W. H. Beers, The History of Warren County, Ohio: Containing A History of the County; it's Townships, Towns, Schools, Churches, etc,; General and Local Statistics; Portraits of Early Settlers and Prominent Men; History of the Northwest Territory; History of Ohio; Map of Warren County; Constitution of the United States, Miscellaneous Matters, Etc., Etc. (Chicago: Culver, Page, Hoyne & Co., 1882), Hamilton County, General History, pg. 76, 225)

Note: Gateway to the West, Vol. II, Warren County, Ohio Marriages 1803-1810 pg. 657 lists Robert Benham to Polly Price 7-3-1806, and Robert Benham, Jr. to Nancy Price 8-17-1808. 
Benham, Robert (I2408)
 
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...Rodolphus married Emma Curtis, daughter of Samuel Curtis, who owned large tracts of land in both Monroe and Union Township and donated the land for the Curtis Cemetery, where he is buried. Emma Cress died young leaving Rodolfhus with three children: Clarence C. Cress, Bert Samuel Cress and Dessie May Kelly. His second marriage was to Rosa Vance and to them were born: Ernest, Dewey and Edwin. Rodolphus died in 1939. Edwin only living child now lives in West Milton. Clarence Cress married Dollie Kessler, daughter of David Kessler in 1901. Clarence died in 1973. Their children: Zelma Byrkett, Dayton, Ohio; Virgil Cress, Circleville, Ohio; Ruth Grauser, Troy, Ohio; Jack, deceased and June Faulknor, deceased. Bert Cress married Lucy Clark of Covington - no children. Dessie married Joseph Kelly of near West Milton in Union township. She died in 1968 at West Milton. Three sons were born to them: Deuane, Donald and Max. Donald survives and lives in Tipp City. Ernest, son of Rodolphus and Rosa Vance married Ruth Wener. She survives and lives near Dayton, Ohio. Their children: Janice of Dayton; Marvin, of Columbus, Ohio; Naomi of Colorado and Morris of Dayton. Dewey Cress married Margaret Honeyman of West Milton and they had three daughters: Mary Poling, Marjorie Jean Fine and Carolyn DeHart, all of near West Milton. (Source: The Miami County Historical Society, Tipp City, Ohio, "History of Miami County Ohio", Dallas, Texas: Taylor Publishing County, pg. 440)

OBITUARY
Cress, H. R. Cress 83
Union Township
Miami County Ohio
...Died Wednesday October, 1939 Good Samaritan Hospital Dayton, Ohio.
Survivors: his second wife, Rosa Vance Cress; children, Clarence C. Cress of Troy, Bert Cress of Medway, Ernest Cress of Miamisburg, Dewey Cress of West Milton, Edwin Cress of Ludlow Falls and Mrs. Dessie Kelly of West Milton area; 20 grandchildren; eight grandchildren; 2 brothers, D. R. Cress of West Milton and H. G. Cress of Troy.
...Born south of Frederick in Montgomery County Ohio to George and Ruth Mann Cress. At age of 8 yrs., his father moved the family to Union Township (Kessler Station) Married Emma Curtis, who died more than 50 years ago. Married a second time, to Rosa Vance.
...Cause of death was due to gangrene, which resulted in the amputation of left leg above the knee, on Tuesday....Rev. Lester A. Hill, pastor of the West Union congregational Church officiating.
...He was a farmer in Union Township for many years. (source: Troy-Hayner Genealogy and History Center, Troy, Ohio - card file containing extracts of obituaries) 
Cress, Henry Rhodolphus (I2163)
 
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...Roeloff Swartwout was the son of Tomys and and Hendrickjen (Otsen) Swartwout. Roeloff was bom and baptized in Amsterdam, Holland. On August 13, 1657, in Beverswyck, New Netherland, he married Eva (Bradt) de Hooges, the widow of Antoni de Hooges, and the daughter of Albert Andriessen and Armetje Barentse (von Rottmers) Bradt.
...The book Ship Passenger Lists New York and New Jersey (1600-1825) on page 123 lists "Roeloff Swartwout, farmer (On his retum to New Netherland where he had previously resided.)" as a passenger "In Der Bonte Koe (Spotted Cow) and then continues with the names of three men who were "in the employ of Swartwout",
...Eva (Bradt) Swartwout died in Hurley, Ulster County, New York about the year 1689. On October 8, 1691, Roeloff Swartwout remarried Francijntje Andries, widow of Abraham Lubbertszen. He also outlived his second wife. On March 30, 1714, he made his will and died in Hurley in May 1715. 
Swartwout, Roeloff (I6313)
 
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...Roy Francis Honeyman, son of Hanford and Josephine LeBland Honeyman, was born May 4, 1889, in Franklin Township, Darke County, Ohio. He received his education in the township grade and high school and began teaching at the age of nineteen, taught for six years, and then turned to farming.
...On November 26, 1914, he was married to Opal Beachler at her home near the Painter Creek church. Three sons, Kenneth, Carroll, and Richard, were born to them; Carroll died in June 1929.
...Uniting with the church in 1911, he became active in the Sunday school, first as a teacher and then as superintendent. In June 1921 he was called to the ministry by the Painter Creek church. Here he served for twenty years, eight as associate minister at both Painter Creek and Red River and then twelve years as pastor. After being ordained into the eldership in May 1926 he served several church of the district as elder.
...In September 1941 Brother Honeyman became the pastor of the Piqua church; he ministered to this congregation for six years, until his passing on August 25, 1947. For five years he was the director of peace education for the District Board of Christian Education and for seven years was a member of the trustee board of the Brethren Home, being its chairman at the time of his death. (Source: Church of the Brethren in Southern Ohio, H. H. Helman, Editor, Brethren Publishing House, Elgin, Ill., 1955, pp. 351-2) 
Honeyman, Roy Francis (I837)
 
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...Shelby county was formed in 1819 from Miami County and was named for General Isaac Shelby, Revolutionary War hero and first Governor of Kentucky. The village of Hardin was named the county seat, and an old blockhouse served as the site for conducting official county business. Several sessions of court were held there, but the county seat was removed to Sidney following the December 13, 1819 session, and remains there today.
...Beck School-District No. 6--The 3rd school built in Dinsmore Township was built in this section in 1844. It was a log building about 18' x 20' and was called the Beck School. The first teacher was James Beck. (Reference: "One-Room Schools")
...Teachers and Pupils-Reunion--Away back in the first half of the century there stood on a knoll in what is now District #5 in Perry Township, an old log house, presided over by an Irish dominie named Beck, who taught the rising generation of the day the great principles embodied in the three "R's". He was a peppery old man but exceedingly good-hearted and his memory is still green. In 1856, when roads were cut through the county, the site was changed a little west and at the side of the pike was a new brick building erected. This served the purpose for many years but finally it too went the way of all houses and was succeeded in 1877 by the present substantial edifice, known as the D.H. Crumbaugh School. (Source: Sidney Weekly Journal, 8-25-1893)
...Anna is situated almost centrally in the wide expanse of wealthy farming country which characterizes Shelby county north of the Miami gorge. Land was first entered in this north territory in 1831, but the first settlers who arrived to stay were George Turner, Joseph Green and John Munch, in 1832. David Taylor, his wife and eight children came in 1834, Alfired Staley in 1833, and immigration followed rapidly from that time forward. The first schoolhouse was built in 1836, and stood on the corner of what became "Loramie cemetery," between Botkins and Anna. Its first teacher was William D. Johnston, the second, Wesley Shorts, and the third, Jonathan Counts. This was in the greased-paper window epoch of the district ; but in 1840 a second building, while similar, was lighted with real glass. William Wilson and E. T. Mede were early teachers there. The Beck schoolhouse, James Beck, teacher, was put up in 1844, Hewed logs, instead of round, came into vogue by this time, and in 1854 the state law provided better schools at public expense. (Memoirs of the Miami Valley - Volume One)
...LOUGHBRICKLAND, a post-town, in the parish of AGHADERG, barony of UPPER IVEAGH, county of DOWN, and province of ULSTER, 8 miles (N. E.) from Newry, and 58 1/2 (N.) from Dublin, on the road from Newry to Belfast. 
Beck, James (I2020)
 
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...Solomon Ivins, son of Isaac, was born in Mansfield Township, Burlington County, New Jersey about 1721. He was twice married. He first married in 1742 to Elizabeth Everingham of said County. He married later in life to one Mary. She is mentioned in the will of Solomon. He had 10 children.
...Solomon Ivins was an active and energetic man, and owned much land in Burlington and Monmouth Counties. (Source: Ivins Family) 
Ivins, Solomon (I1310)
 
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...Susanna, daughter of Ludwig 2 . was born about 1755 or earlier. She married Nicholas Leatherman. Considerable information on this family and descendants is found in "All Leatherman Kin History" by Rev. John Leatherman and Annie Leatherman Candler (1940) from which the following is abstracted:
...Nicholas Leatherman was born and reared near Hagerstown and farmed first in Frederick County. He sold his land there on 28 Apr 1784 and on 10 Aug 1784 bought tracts of 185 and 331 acres on Patterson' Creek in Hampshire County, Virginia, now West Virginia. Lewis Roderick or Rotruck, his brotherin-law, also moved to Hampshire County, where Lewis stayed for nine years and then moved to Ohio. Nicholas Leatherman settled on a farm located between Burlington and Headsville in what is now Mineral County, formed out of Hampshire County in 1863. The history cited above states that Nicholas died in 1790 but this appears to be an error as Frederick County Deed Book L p 464 refers to Susanna wife of Nicholas Leatherman on 28 Nov 1798. Nicholas and Susanna were buried in a family plot on the farm, owned later by a Biser family. 
Leatherman, Nicholas (I5762)
 
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...Syche Hendricksen was the wife of Richard Pittenger. it is not known when or where they married, but the evidence goes to show that they married in Holland.
...Syche Pittenger married Isaac Selover, Jr. a son of Isaac Selover, Sr. a schoolmaster at Flatlands, N.Y. in 1695 and Judith Waldron. They had a daughter baptized Aug. 15, 1732 at the Harlingen D.R. Church with John Pittenger, son of Richard Pittenger and Syche Hendricksen, the child's grandmother and widow of Richard Pittenger, sponsors. 
Hendricksen, Sycha Psyche (I5738)
 
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...The ancestry of Thomas Sheriff, of Rhode Island, may be tradition, but the early records of that province show conclusively that he had eight children and was a property-owner when he died. As late as 1737 the members of the family that remained in the vicinity retained the name "Sherrif," while Caleb, who had married and emigrated to New Jersey, adopted the form "Shreve."
...1675, Jun. 11. Inventorys, £218, 12s., viz.: house and land £15, a horse and mare £7, 2 cows, 3 calves, 5 ewes, 5 lambs, 8 shoats, a feather bed, 6 pillows, 2 bolsters, 6 blankets, ring, flock bed, 56 pounds pewter, warming pan, silver dram cup, looking glass, &c. (Source: L. P. Allen, The Genealogy and History of the Shreve Family from 1641 (Greenfield, Illinois: Privately Printed, 1901), pg. 17)

...Indenture was one of the most common ways for free-willers to pay for their passage. The practice in those days was to book passage and then allow the captain to "sell" off an indenture to another more prosperous passenger. According to the Plymouth Church Records (12:32), Thomas had apparently been indentured to John Barnes and then, "On the fourth of August 1638 John Barnes sold Robert Bartlett the remaining three years of Thomas Shreve's indenture." Robert Bartlet is mentioned in the 1627 Division of the Cattle as a member of the company of Francis Eaton.
...The indentures were of two lengths, a shorter of five years and a longer of seven years. If we assume a five-year indenture, its term would have begun in 1635-1636. If Thomas were contracted into a seven-year indenture, then it would have begun in 1633-1634. This points to an arrival date inside a three-year window between 1633 and 1636. The indenture also lends credence to a birth date earlier than 1620, as he would have been only 13-15 years of age booking passage on a ship and selling his indenture. Not impossible, but perhaps unlikely. With a birth date of 1610 he would have been 23-26 years of age.
...From the early records it appears Thomas lived initially in Plymouth and then purchased land in Little Compton, now Rhode Island, but originally a part of Massachusetts. The original part of the "Old Colony" of Plymouth covered a much larger territory. At that time, Little Compton was occupied by an Indian tribe called the "Saconets" (Hills 1977, p. 82) 
Sheriff, Thomas (I1371)
 
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...The eldest son of JA & Paula Beck was apprenticed to Mackies Engineering, Springfield Road, Belfast. Carl had an extensive gliding and flying history. "A" license no. 286, May 7, 1932; "B" license no. 286, May 12 1937; and "C" license no. 286, July 4, 1939. Flew on continent prior to WWII, especially in Germany. From his personal notes gathered after his death it is apparent that these "amateur flights" had a much more serious aspect, the gathering of information about German air strength/developments. Confirmed by an ex-colleague of his to have been involved in MI6 activity on the continent.
...AI Ministry Pass, AM Pass No. 5106 on AM form 1552 issued January 16, 1940, stamped by Provost Marshal RAF, January 13, 1940, signed by E. S. Chapman. War service vague but apparently involved in development of recon aircraft and responsible for major developmental input into troop landing gliders. His brother (RG) who landed at Arnhem in WWII (1944) in a glider; did not find the experience a happy one. Was known to have test flown Spitfire recon at very high altitude (40,000 ft.). Appeared to have had considerable connections with MI6 during post war phase, especially during "Cold War", and probably used Continental Gliding as cover.
...Between 1955 and 1987 he wrote "History of Gliding". Carl was a Friend of Amy Johnston and Amelia Erhardt. (Source: Information received from Alan C. Beck, email dated February 24, 2002) 
Beck, Carl Alexander (I4184)
 
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...The family of Hulme, to which Francis Hulme belonged, was found in Cheshire and Lancashire from an early date. Like other families, it took its name from the property which it held. Holme or Hulme means low, flat land near a river. A place such as that was usually composed of rich meadow land or flats, and for agricultural purposes was very valuable. In the time of Henry II, there was a John de Hulme, who built the mansion of Hulme. There are several ancient mansions in the parish of Manchester, among which may be enumerated Hulme Hall, the ancient manorhouse, occupied in the reign of Henry II by John de Hulme.
...Unfortunately, it did not remain in the possession of the family for any length of time, for in the reign of Edward I, it was held by Adam, the son of Adam de Rotoundale. The family, however, held other land and continued to be known as Hulme, of Hulme.
...Francis Hulme prefereed to remain attached to the Parish Church, of which he was a churchwarden for many years, and a monument was erected to his memory at mobberley Church by his eight daughters. 
Hulme, Sir Francis (I3917)
 
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...The Honeyman family is from near Manchester, England from whence Samuel emigrated to philadelphia about 1700. His grandson Samuel, served with the First Philadelphia Regiment during the Revolutionary War. During the latter years of his life, he removed his family to Hampshire County, West Virginia, the only son Charles, with his wife Barbara Moore, moved to Miami County with most of their children. Their son, John, bought the Honeyman homestead in 1834. John and wife, Mary Orm were the parents of Eli W., who married Anna Miller. Their son, Oliver Miller honeyman, married Mary Elizabeth Cress, parents of Walter. The surname was derived in ye olden days when the family were bee-keepers. (Source: The Miami County Historical Society, Tipp City, Ohio, "The History of Miami County Ohio", Dallas, Texas: Taylor Publishing County, pg. 481)

...Samuel was a house carpenter, who was living in 1782. The tax lists of Philadelphia show that he was taxed from 1769 to 1780, and afterward in Middle Ward. In 1790 he was taxed lb.6.12.0 on lb.2.400 of real estate.
...All the children except Charles and Sarah came from one entry in the Christ Church. (Source: Marie Wilson Musgrave, "The Honeyman Family", July 1995) 
Honeyman, Samuel (I3777)
 
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...The Michael family traditional history tells us that three brothers living in Prussia: David; Aaron; and Daniel decided to emigrate to America for religious freedom. In Holland, Daniel married a Dutch girl named Catherine and the couple had a son named Nathaniel. Aaron never married.
...David Michael was appalled by the way the Finnish Dutch were treating the Indians and settled in Germantown near Philadelphia. Later he married a Delaware/Shaconee Indian and began to live with the Indians in Pennsylvania. They lived at Shomoken in North Cumberland County. They later moved to Huntingdon Co. where they settled near Frankstown at an Indian village. Their son, John George Michael, was born about 1735 and married Margaret Coleman on October 23, 1735. David's grandson Peter Michael, was born in 1782 and married Catherine Fetters.
...The Michael history tells us that Peter became an important Indian war chief due to his white ancestry. He was considered notorious by some. He is known to have lived in the Indian village in 1790 and 1800 when Congressional records were made. Since Peter and his Indians had fought for the Revolution with the promise of eventual rule over the other tribes, he was given the Ohio land as compensation, while the Indians received nothing.
...The land grant farm was located near the Tuscarawas River and was inhabited by many Delaware/Shaconees and some Seneca Indians. The Indian capitol and largest settlement of the Chustion/Delaware/Shaconees was just down stream.
...Peter and Catherine's house was located in what became Carroll County and remained in the family until 1924 when it was sold to the Greer Beatty Brickyard. the old log milkhouse built at the time the land was cleared for the farm was still in use in the early 1920's. 
Michael, Peter (I295)
 
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...The names of the descendants of Thomas Shreve, other than his children, are not reported. These are ascertained from his will and the church records of marriages. They were born after 1712, and Hilbournes, Norths and Tylees born after 1740 may be descendants of this branch. Whom the two sons and Martha married is unknown. Thomas lived and died in Burlington, N. J.
...Thomas Shreve lived in Burlington, N. J. His will is dated February 23d, 1746, proved July 24th, 1747, and recorded in the office of secetary of state, Trenton, N. J., in Book 5, page 362, of Wills. L. P. Allen, The Genealogy and History of the Shreve Family from 1641(Greenfield, Illinois: Privately Printed, 1901), pg. 21, 23.) 
Shreve, Thomas (I5570)
 
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...The New Jersey Colonial Documents, marriage records, list the three marriages of this Peter Benham. He first married in 1747 to Anne (or Anna) James, daughter of Robert and Amey James. She died in 1758
...Peter married the second time on Apr 2, 1759 in New Jersey as Peter Benham of Middlesex to Hannah Clayton of Monmouth, New Jersey.
...Peter married the third time on Feb 24, 1761 as Peter Benham of Freehold, New Jersey to Catharine Wessel of Freehold, New Jersey. She outlived him and was granted letters of administration on his estate in Loudon County, Virginia. These letters were obtained Jun 12, 1780 and the bond posted was for 1000 pounds. From the amount of the bond, Peter left behind a small estate. He left no will and consequently Peter's eldest son, John, under the English law succeeded to the estate.
...Feb 12, 1781 James and his brother Nathaniel, orphans of Peter were bound to Samuel Cox by the Loudon County Court through the Wardens of Shelbourne Parish. I have spoken to the Rector of Shelbourne Parish and he advises that at the time this took place the Parish had almost as much jurisidiction over the welfare of the citizens of Virginia as the state courts. Shelbourne Parish is the Episcopal Church.
...Upon visiting the Daughters of American Revolution Headquarters in Washington, D.C. I found that numerous persons had established their ties with Peter Benham.
...These DAR records show that Peter served as a sergeant in Captain West's Company and also designated as Captain's Reuben Briscoe 3rd Virginia Regiment (1776 - 1778). Documentation for this is found in Colonel Thomas Marshal and Colonel William Heth's report of AGO Court records, Loudon County Virginia.
...I also found in the accounts of the United States for the Militia of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, Book A, page 282 where Peter furnished sundries for the Militia of the just mentioned states and was paid 30 pounds.
...Peter was a military sergeant of Carters Company, 10th Regiment which is recorded in the Colonial and State records of North Carolina Volume 1 - 16, page 1120 and Polio, North Carolina Revolutionary Army Accounts, Volume 2, page 8.
...While living in Loudon County Virginia Peter was appointed an Ensign on May 1778 in the Virginia militia. His appointment appears in "Legends of Loudon" by Harrison Williams, page 126 and also in the book "Virginia Militia in the Revolutionary War" by McAllister, pages 210 and 213.
...Page 205 of the HISTORY OF THE OLD TENNENT CHURCH, by the Reverend Frank R. Symmes, 1904, under Early Baptismal Records, is the following: "Peter Benham had baptised: John, Robert, Peter, Richard, Amey, and Catharine, all baptized at once, presented by their father and their mother-in-law Hannah which had been (illegible) Clayton, May 31, 1759."
...It appears that Peter Benham after his marriage to Catharine Wessell in 1761 moved to Loudon County Virginia. His six older children were left behind in the care of their grandmother Catharine (Van Dyke) Benham. (Source: Compiled by James Lee Wignall, Following the Footprints on the Sands of Time, 1986) 
Benham, Peter (I566)
 
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...The Salisbury family were early inhabitants of Maryland. As early as 1671 a William Salisbury had land surveyed for him for a 200 acre plantation called "Falmouth". It was located in Kent County, from which later Queen Anne's County was formed (1706). The County was named for Queen Anne who had begun her reign in 1702. The area is located along the Eastern Shore of Chesapeake Bay. The original inhabitants of the area were Matapeake, Ozinie, and Monoponson Choptank Indians. in the beginning, land was purchased from the Indians, and for some time the relationship was good between the two cultures. The major crop used as a form of barter in the early days was tobacco. Most of the settlers in Colonial Maryland were from the British Isles and came as servants or convicts. Ship Captains brought many immigrants over under the "headright system" where there was an exchange of land in return for transportation of the settlers. This method of obtaining land was in effect until 1683, after which land could be acquired only by purchase.
...William Salisbury was the immigrant ancestor for our line it is believed. One of his sons was James who was born about 1705 in Queen Anne's County, The Vestry Proceedings and Records of Births, Deaths and Marriages for St. Luke's Parish, Church Hill, Queen Anne's County, Maryland, records the marriage of James Salisbury to Frances Hawkins on August 4, 1730. Births of two of their sons, James and John are also recorded in the Parish Records. Many records for the Salisbury and Hawkins families were included. Other children were born to James and Frances, but not found in St. Luke's. in the April 11, 1751 Vestry meeting, James Salisbury gave possession of Pew #30 to John Atkinson. It is likely this was when James moved to North Carolina.
...In the September court for Pasquotank County, North Carolina, Thomas Taylor presiding, was recorded the will for James Salisbery, planter who had died August 16, 1758. In his will he named his daughters Elizabeth and Frances, and sons James, John, Joseph and William. His wife Frances was not named and so it is assumed she had died earlier....After the death of James, the family began to migrate from North Carolina, through Virginia and into Southwestern Pennsylvania. By 1783, William Salisbury, son of James is found in the tax list of Springhill Township, Westmoreland County (now Fayette County). Again in 1789 and in the 1790 Federal Census, William Salisbury was listed in Georges Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania.
...By 1787, James Colvin was in this Township and also in the 1790 Federal Census for Fayette County. He had married William Salisbury's sister, Frances, date and place unknown. The families migrated again to Kentucky and some to Ohio as William's brother John made oath in 1803 in Mason County, Kentucky that James Colvin, Jr. was over the age of twenty one and was also one of the witnesses to the Consent of Lewis Gidding that James Colvin had permission to marry his daughter Catron, April 11, 1803 
Salisbury, Frances (I1422)
 
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...The Shearers that came to Miami County Ohio were German immigrants who left Germany due to religious persecution. They were members of the German Baptist Church. In the year 1813 the first member of the family to arrive was Abraham Shearer who was born circa 1779 in Ashe County, North Carolina. He was the son of Christian & Sarah Shearer. Abraham married Hannah Brykett in North Carolina in 1801. Hannah was born 1791 and she died in Miami County in 1831. Abraham and Hannah were the parents of twelve children who all grew to adulthood. They were Absalom who married Mary Ann Krise, Eli who married Matilda Fouts and Rebecca Kinsey Pfoutz, Mary who married John Spencer, Susan married Leroy Miller, Andrew married Catherine Byrkett, Violet married Thomas Burns (no heirs), John died about 16 years old, Philip married Catherine Knife, Martin married Sarah A. Knight, Elizabeth married James Honeyman, Hughey married Elizabeth Slippy and Rebecca married Absalom Hyre.
...Abraham and his family built their home on the east side of the Stillwater River in Union Township in Miami County. Abrahm was a farmer and a cooper. There was a terrible accident on the river in 1828 jus south of West Milton near what is now the Prairie Ford Bridge and east of the old Pigeye school house. Abraham and six other persons were in a canoe attempting to cross the rain swollen river when the boat capsized and Abraham and his son Absalom drowned. at the estate sale all the items that were sold totaled $17.89.
...Eli Shearer was the second son of Abraham and after the death of his father and brother was the head of the household. He was born December 18, 1806 in North Carolina. He was a wheelwright by trade. On May 8, 1826, he was wed to Matilda Fouts who was born april 20, 1807. they were the parents of Henry, Davis, Abijah, Ann Titus, Susannah, John & Elizabeth and a child who died in infancy. Matilda Shearer died January 2, 1844 and is buried in the old Vore Cemetery.
...After the death of his first wife Matilda, Eli married the widow of Jesse Pfoutz, Rebecca Kinsey Pfoutz on September 22, 1845. She was the mother of three children. the family now consisted of eleven children and four more children were added to this union: Oliver B, Alvin, Cornelius and Emma.
...Eli was a man who in addition to his family took a great interest in his church. He was a deacon. He was on the committee which helped form the Middle District Church which was organized from the Hickory Grove Church on the East and Salem church on West and lies in Miami & Montgomery Counties between Miami & Stillwater Rivers and included the villages of Tippecanoe, Vandalia, Chambersburg, Ginghamsburg & Fidelity. The committee met on August 12, 1876 and formed the new organization with two ministers Samuel Coppock & Oliver F. Yount with Eli Shearer the ony deacon. Until the new church building was completed the group met in the Old Unon Church and had services every two weeks. The Middle District Church was copleted in November and on December 2, 1877 was dedicated. Eli was a large man who in his later years had snow white hair and a full white beard. In his will he chose the headstone he wanted placed on his grave. It was style #50 and was of italian marble and cost $30.00. Eli passed away January 12, 1881 aged 75 years, 25 days. He is buried in the old Vore Cemetery. the total cost of his burial cas & funeral was $47.00. His property inventory value was $285.24. (Source: Miami County Historical & Genealogical Society; typed and indexed by Lois J. Fair, "Miami County Family Histories Tired Iron book", (Ohio Genealogical Society. Miami County Historical & Genealogical Society, c2006 ), pg. 206) 
Shearer, Abraham (I4675)
 
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...The Shreve family were among the earliest settlers of New England, Caleb, the progenitor, being recorded as a resident of Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1641. Two of his sons, Caleb and John, located in Rhode Island, the former, in 1680, marring Sarah, daughter of Dirick Areson, of Flushing, L. I.. Soon after he removed to Shrewsbury, East Jersey, in the vicinity of which he remained from 1685 until 1699, when he purchased a large tract of over 300 acres from Richard French, Mt. Pleasant, Mansfield Township, Burlington County, West Jersey. This notable homestead has remained in the possession of successive generations of the family until this day.
...Caleb Shreve had seven sons and three daughters. At his death in 1740, sixty years after his marriage, his wife was still living. His will bequeathed to her one third of his personal property and a life interest in his real estate. In a note "inferted before signing of ye same,' he requested that his wife, at her death, leave her personal property to Benjamin, the youngest son to whom was left the entire estate, after his mother's death, except certain small legacies to his brothers, Thomas, Joshua, Joseph, Caleb, Jonathan and David five shillings each; the same to his daughters, Mary (Shreve) Gibbs and Sarah (Shreve) Ogburn; five shillings to his son-in-law, Benj. Scattergood and some personal property to Sarah Shreve, daughter of his son Joshua. It is supposed that the older sons were provided for in his life time. The daughter who was the wife of Benj. Scattergood evidently was deceased.
...Benjamin Shreve added to his valuable patrimony by various land purchases some 450 acres. Tradition says he died prematurely in consequence of a fall from his horse. He was not yet fifty years of age. His will shows his solicitude for his minor children and their careful bringing up. Several of his sons and one grandson distinguished themselves in the war for national independence. Although the Shreve family were honored and esteemed Friends, meeting and government records show that the various branches of the family were possessed of a martial spirit to an eminent degree. A portion of the old house was built by Caleb Shreve in 1725, and another part by Benjamin in 1742, these figures being conspicuous on the eastern end. it stands upon high ground commanding a fine view, and within has many colonial features, in old Dutch tiling, fireplaces, cupboards, etc. From Caleb the property passed to his son, Benjamin, who died in 1844. In 1902 it descended to the present owner, B. F. Haywood Shreve, of Philadelphia. (Source: Compiled and Published by Howard Barclay French, Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas French - Volume I: With some account of Colonial Manners and Doings(Philadelphia: Privately Printed, 1909), pg. 223)

WILL
Benjamin Shreve
...In the Name of God Amen The Fourteenth Day of March in the Year of our Lord 1750.51 One Thousand Seven Hundred & Fifty, Fifty One, I Benjamin Shreve of Mansfield in the County of Burlington in the Province of West new jersey Yeoman being weak and Sick in bodey but in perfect Mind and Memory thanks be given to God for the Same, therefore calling to mind the Mortality of my Body and knowing that it is Appointed for all Men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament. And as touching Such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life, I give devise and dispose of the Same in the following manner and Form. Imprimis it is my Will and I do order, That in the first place, all my just Debts and Funeral Charges be paid and Satisfied by my Executors hereafter mentioned.
...ITEM I give to my well beloved Wife Rebecca Shreve One Third part of all my personal Estate, to her Heirs and Assigns forever, And also the Benefit of my Real Estate if She continue my Widow till my Children come of Age each in their Order it being to enable her to bring them up, but if she happen to Marry again She Shall have no power any longer in my Real Estate or the bringing up of my Children, Saving at the Discression of my Exrs. as they Shall Appoint or order. ITEM I give to my Two Daughters (Viz) Kezia Shreve and Sarah Shreve Share and Share alike of the remainder of my Personal Estate to be paid them as they attain to the Age of Eighteen Years. Now it is my Will tat Kezia she Shall have her Portion within a Year after my Decease Seeing She is of Age and Sarah as above said now if either of my Daughters Die within a Year after my decease She that Surviveth Shall have the Portion of the Deceased. ITEM I give to my Son Caleb Shreve all and Singular the Estate of Lands and Tenements I now live on to him his Heirs and Assigns forever. ITEM I give to my Son William Shreve all and Singular the Lands Farm or Plantation I lately purchased of Preserve Brown lying and being in Mansfield and part in Chesterfield in ye Said County of Burlington to be enjoyed by him when he Attaineth to the Age of Twenty One Years, his Heirs and Assigns forever. ITEM I give to my Son Israel Shreve all that Farm or Plantation I lately Purchased of Jacob Ong of Hanover and also the One Hundred Acres of Land I had by Virtue of my Fathers last Will & Testament which Land my Father Purchased of Daniel Smith, to him his Heirs and Assigns forever. And also a right for One Hundred Acres of Land which I Purchased of Preserve Brown all which to be enjoyed by him when he attaineth to the Age of Twenty One Years his Heirs and Assigns for ever. ITEM I give to my Three Sons (Viz) Caleb, William and Israel all & Singular my Cedar Swamp to be equally Divided amongst them by North and South Lines, Caleb to have the West Side, William the middle part and Israel the residue to be enjoyed by them their Heirs and Assigns forever. Further it is my Will that if my Son Caleb Should Die before he come of Age that William Shall have the Portion that was given to Caleb, and Israels Portion shall be that is given to William and if either of ye younger Ones die before they come of Age the Survivor to enjoy both their Portions his Heirs and Assigns forever. ITEM I give to my Two Youngest Sons Benjamin and Samuel each of them Five Hundred Pounds to be paid them as they attain to the Age of Twenty One Years, and if either of them die before they come of Age the Survivor to have the whole and to be paid as followeth Caleb to pay to Benjamin Four Pounds and William to pay to Benjamin One Hundred Pounds lawful Money of the Same Place. And William to pay unto Samuel Four Hundred Pounds & Caleb One hundred Pounds to compleat their Portions to be paid them out of their Estates given them as abovesaid. Also it is my Will that my Nigro Man Jack be immediately Set free he paying to them that enjoyeth the Homestead forty Shillings per Year for Five Years after my Decease and the Money to be kept in order to keep him in his Old Age, and the rest they that enjoyeth the Homestead Shall make up in Maintaining him. I likewise order that no Timber be cut to waste or destroyed Saving for the necessary use of ye places, nor no more upland to be cleared neither any of ye Meadows & Swamp land to be plowed. Lastly I Constitute and appoint Daniel Doughty and Michael Newbold my trusty and well beloved Friends, my only & Executors of this my last Will and Testament. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke & disanul all and every other former Testaments, Wills, Legacies, & Executors, by me in any ways before this Time Named, Willed and Bequeathed, Ratifying & Confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my Hand and Seal the Day and Year above written.
Benjaman Shreve (seal)

Signed, Sealed, Published and Declared by the Said Benjamin Shreve as his last Will & Testament in ye Presence of us ye Subscribers
Barzillai Newbold
Levi Nutt
Robt. Bland
Daniel Doughty & Michael Newbold Executors in the within Testament named being duly affirmed according to Law did declare that the within Instrument contains the true last Will and Testament of Benjamin Shreve. (Source: Compiled and Published by Howard Barclay French, Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas French - Volume I: With some account of Colonial Manners and Doings(Philadelphia: Privately Printed, 1909) pg. 227, 228) 
Shreve, Benjamin (I1206)
 
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...The surname of Beck is not common in Northern Ireland, and prior to 1850 was only represented by three groups of families resident respectively in the Ardes district of County Down, the parish of Donegore in County Antrim, and in those portions of the Baronies of Upper Iveagh and O'Nielan, lying between Dromore and Hamiltonsbawn. In these districts a large number of families owe their progenitors to the Plantaion of Ulster, which occurred towards the end of the sixteenth and early in the seventeenth centuries, when the escheated estates of the native chieftains were occupied by British settlers. A tradition that the three groups of Beck families were collateral kinsmen descended from one of these settlers, or an earlier army servitor is substantially confirmed. Subsequent to 1850 a much wider distribution of the name is found, but with one exception, where recent English origin is definite, all existing families claim an ancestry in one or other of the three groups.
...The earliest records detailing individual Plantation settlers are contained in the Ulster Muster Rolls of 1630 (Brit. Mus. Add. MSS. 4770), and therein are included the names of Adam Beck and John Beck, both described as "of Granshagh, Barony of Lower Ardes," and John Beck, tenant on Antony Cope's estate, Barony of O'Nielan. The consensus of evidence indicates that the heads of these families were brothers who had settled in these districts prior to 1630. The previous history of these two progenitors is unknown, but a crest which occurs on seals, bookplates, etc., of many descendant families affords a clue in its marked similarity to that included in the armorial bearings of Beck of London (Harl. Sco., vol. xv.). For the most part successive generations were yeomen or tenant farmers and landowners, occupying holdings in those districts where virgin soil was first tilled by their Plantation ancestors, the name recurring in the scanty local records of the Baronies mentioned, and showing continuous association through nine or ten generations during three hundred years. One member, John Beck, of Lisburn and Annacloy rose to a position of wealth during the close of the sixteenth century, but in the next generation his sons, with one exception, are again found in the tenant farmer class. Offshoot families settled in Belfast from 1650 onwards, but no continuity of descent in this town is found, until its increasing industrial importance during the last century attracted several members, some of which were notable in professional and commercial activities. The further family at Donegore was founded about a century later that the Muster Roll record, by a younger son of the O'Nielan branch who deserted his paternal district - and settled in County Antrim. The territorial association of the name with the Barony of Upper Iveagh receives mention in Hume's "Origin of the Population of County Down," reprinted in vol. i "Ulster Journal of Archaeology." This reference applies to the descendants of John Beck of O'Nielan, and commencing with the two brothers, a connected pedigree of this line can be traced. 
Becx, Willem (I3907)
 
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...Thomas and Hannah Ashcraft Colvin were born in Virginia,, later moved to Uniontown, Pennsylvania and then, in 1803 to Kentucky. The next year they joined a party going to Ohio.
...Thomas's mother, Fannie Salisbury Colvin,, was with them. She was the widow of James Colvin who fought in the Revolution and died before they moved to Kentucky.
...Thomas located his father's land grant on what is now known as Caleb's Hill.
...Hannah, Thomas Colvin's wife, came from the Ashcrafts who were early Welsh emigrants. Born in 1775, she died 28 July 1829. Eleven days later, son Andrew died and, a week laer, daughter Anne succumbed--all to the disease "cholera morbus." (Reference: Compiled by Joy Cochran Gabriel, "Jacob G. Cochran, Jr. and Jane Colvin Cochran" (Wilmington, Ohio 1999))

...In 1804 Thomas Colvin and Gideon Jackson settled in Hamer. Colvin came from Kentucky and settled east of Danville. He built a cabin on an ancient mound, and improved the place by making a little clearing and fencing in a corn patch. Here he spent the remainder of his days. The next year, 1805, came John and James Colvin, brothers of Thomas. (Source: Martha Ashcraft Neal, The Ascraft Family: Descendants of Daniel Baltimore: Gateway Press, Inc., 1994, pg. 442)

THE COLVINS' HILLTOP RETREAT
...Thomas and Hannah (Ashcraft) Colvin were born in Virginia. They moved to Uniontown, Pa., then to Kentucky in 1803. The next year they joined a party who were going to the "wilderness in the new State of Ohio." They were accompanied by his mother, Fannie (Salisbury) Colvin, widow of James Colvin who had fought in the Revolution and died before they moved to Kentucky. James Colvin was a native of England, who was reared in Dublin, Ireland. He arrived in America in time to join the Continental Army. His death occurred as a result of exposure during his war service.
...The Colvins remained in New Market for a time. After looking over the countryside, Thomas Colvin located his father's land grant on what is known today as Caleb's Hill. He constructed a round log cabin on the very top of the highest spot. In time, he cleared over 300 acres of land. He was certain, by evidence he found, that the hilltop land had been used as a lookout station by the Indians. The land around the cabin home was cleared the first year and planted in corn, pumpkins and other vegetables. He built a high rail fence completely around the home to keep out the wild animals. He was a great hunter, had been an Indian scout and was said to have been one of the best trackers on the border.
...Hannah, Thomas Colvin's wife, came from the Welsh family of Ashcrafts, who were the emigrants to America. Born in 1775, she succumbed July 28, 1829. Eleven days later, Andrew, sixteen year old son of the the Colvins, died. A week after Andrew's death, the twenty year old daughter, Anne, succumbed to the same disease, called by oldtimers, "Cholera Morbus."
...Thomas Colvin, grieved by the death of his wife and children, became a recluse in the lonely hilltop cabin, rarely seen unless he needed fresh meat or supplies. his lonely life ended Feb. 21, 1841, at the age of 72. The family were buried on a plot on the farm which is known today as the Chapman Cemetery.
...Sarah, daughter of Thomas and Hannah (Ashcraft) Colvin, born in 1806, was thought to be the first white child born within the limits of the present Hamer Twp. She married Caleb Chapman and survived until Oct. 11, 1875. They took over her father's farm and became well known in Southern Ohio. His death occurred Dec. 30, 1882, when he was in his 78th year. A son, Isaac Chapman, born in 1826, passed away in June, 1859.
...John and James Colvin, Jr., brothers of Thomas, arrived in New Market in the late fall of 1805. John Colvin taught in a log cabin school until 1807. Later, he moved to a farm on the west side of the Danville-Hollowtown Pike, southwest of the site of Danville.
...He sold out to Joshua and Mary M. Hawk and he purchased another farm in the township. Mary Hawk passed away in March, 1893, and he survived until Dec. 11, 1903. (Source: Elsie Johnson Ayres, "Highland Pioneer Sketches and Family Genealogies", Springfield, Ohio: H. K. Skinner and Son, 1971, pg. 671)

...List of White Male Inhabitants of the Twp. of New Market, OH above the age of 21 on June 6, 1811 included - Thomas and John Colvin, Gideon Jackson, Andrew Charles and Archibald Walker.
...At the time of Thomas' death he owned 100.25 acres on the waters of Oak Creek, Highland County, in addition to his home farm. Rachel and Isaac Chapman inherited the home place. (Source: Martha Ashcraft Neal, The Ashcraft Family: Descendants of Daniel (Baltimore: Gateway Press, Inc., 1994), pg. 62.) 
Colvin, Thomas (I1460)
 
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...Thomas ffrench, father of Thomas ffrench, the progenitor of the New Jersey branch of the French family, like his ancestors of many generations, lived at Nether Heyford, where he was known as an influential and useful citizen. Thomas ffrench, senior, was buried May 5 1673. Sara ffrench, his wife, was buried Feb. 9th 1653.
...The will of Thomas ffrench, is a quaint and characteristic document of the times. It shows the thoughtful regard of a loving parent in distributing his estate carefully and making special provision for those of tender years.

WILL OF THOMAS FFRENCH, 1673
In the name of God amen, the nine and twentyth day Aprill in the five and twentyth yeare of the raigne of our Soveraigne Lord Charles tha second of England, Scotland, Ffrance, and Ireland, King Defender of the faith Anno Dom 1673; I Thomas ffrench, the Elder, of Nether Heyford in the county of Northton, being weak in body but of good and perfect memory thanks be to Almightie God. And knowing the uncertaintie of this life on earth do make this my last Will and testaA in manner and forme ffolowing and first being penitent and sorry for my sins past, most humbly desireing forgiveness for the same I give and Comitt my soule to Almightie God my Saviour and Redeemer in whom and by the merits of Jesus Christ I trust and believe assuredly to be saved and to have full remission and foregivenesse of all my sins And my body to the earth from whence it was taken to be buryed in such decent and Christian manner as to my Executors hereafter named shal be thought meet and convenient revoking and annulling by these prsents all and every Will and Wills testam and testaments heretofore by me made and declared and this to be taken for my last will and testaments and none other I will that all those and duties wch in right or conscience I owe to any manner of person or persons whatsoever shalbe well and truely contented and paid or ordained to be paid within convenient time after my decease by my Executors hereafter named. Item I give and bequeath to Thomas ffrench, my eldest sone, the sume of twleve pence I give and bequeath to John ffrench, my second sone, two shillings and six pence I give and bequeath to Patience ffrench, my eldest daughter two shillings and six pence I give and bequeath to Elisabeth ffrench, my second daughter two shillings and six pence; I give and bequeath to Mary ffrench my third daughter two shillings and six pence all wch said legacies I will shalbe payd by my Executors within six months after my decease. All the rest of my goods cattell and chattels whatsoever I give and bequeath to Martha my loveing wife and to my sone Robert ffrench and my daughter Martha ffrench whom I make joint Executors of this my last Will and Testam I do nominate and appoint my welbeloved ffriends Thomas Kirton and William Steffe both of Hayford aforesaid overseers of this my last Will and Testam and do give them twelvepence apeece In witness whereof I the said Thomas ffrench have hereunto sett my hand and seale the day and yeare first above written.

Thomas ffrench (Seal)

Published signed and sealed in the presence of:
William Stif
Thomas (his mark) Kirton
Alice (her mark) Kirton
John Darby

Proved 16th August 1673
(Source: Compiled and Published by Howard Barclay French, Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas French - Volume I: With some account of Colonial Manners and Doings (Philadelphia: Privately Printed, 1909). pg. 41, 42) 
French, Thomas (I1388)
 
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...Thomas Flora was the son of James and Penelope Davis Flora; also listed as FLURRY, FLORIE, FLOREY, FLORRY, FLOWRE, and FLORA; christened St. Sepulchre, Newgate, in London on December 6, 1702. He was indentured for five years to be transported to Maryland by an agent, Captain John Larkin, witnessed by his mother, Penelope Flora, St. Giles Cripplegate, London, 1 February 1719; transported on the ship Gilbert by Captain Darby Lux, October 1720, and landed at Annapolis, Maryland, May 1721. His wife's name is unknown. Once having served out his indenture, he moved several times including to Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Orange County, Virginia, and Washington County, Maryland. His probable children lived in the Maryland and Virginia region.
...LONDON: Thomas Flora, age 17, was indentured for 5 years, to be transported to Maryland, Captain John Larkin was the agent for the indenture which was signed and witnessed by Penelope Flora, mother, on February 1, 1719. Since the new year then began in March, Thomas may well not have been actually transported until early in 1720.
...In "Bonded Passengers to America", is found this entry: "Florie, Thomas, transported Oct. 1720 on the ship Gilbert. Landing Certificate issued at Annapolis (Maryland) in May, 1721, age 19, dark." Darby Lux was the captain of the Gilbert. Since the Anne Arundel County, Maryland, land records of the early 1700's show Darby Lux as a land owner, perhaps Thomas Flora served out his indenture for Darby Lux, ship captain and land owner.
The following church records were found in the I.G.I. for London, England:
...6 April 1698, James Flory married Penelope Davis, St. James (Church) Dukes Place.
...6 December 1702, Thomas, son of James Flurry and Penelope, was baptized in St. Sepulchre.
...6 July 1701, James, son of James Flory and Penelope, was christened at St. Bride, Fleet Street. (Evidently this James died young as another son, also named James, was christened) 23 July 1714, James, son of James Flurry, was christened at St. Giles Cripplegate. (Source: Gladys Donson, Lawrence F. Athy, Jr., The Thomas Flora Family of London, Maryland & Virginia(Houston, TX: Donath Publishing, 1995))

...Thomas Flory (Florey, Flore) was sentenced to be transported to Maryland from Newgate Prison in October 1721. He was on board the ship Gilbert October 27, 1720, and he arrived and was issued a landing certificate at Annapolis May 1721, age 19, dark. Felons thus transported generally served for a period of seven years although some were for as long as 14 years. Records indicate that Thomas didn't arrive in what is now Washington County, Maryland until 1735. The record in Anne Arundel County that he ran afoul of the authorities for not burning tobacco seems to indicate he may have set himself up as a planter after his bondage. His older children would have been born in eastern Maryland.
...So what happened to young Thomas between the time he voluntarily signed an agreement for 5 years (Thomas Flora, from St. Giles Criplegate, agent, James Lindsay, St. Martins in the Field, Middlesex, for 5 years to Maryland, age 17, his mark, witnessed by Penelope Flora) and the time he was transported as a felon for seven years?

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey
Thomas Flory, theft: pick pocketing, 12 Oct 1720
Trial Summary:
Crime(s): theft: pick pocketing,
Punishment Type: transportation, (Punishment details may be provided at the end of the trial.)
Verdict: part Guilty: theft under 1s

Original Text:
Thomas Flory, of St. Michael at Quern, was indicted for privately stealing a Silk Hankerchief value 2s. from the Person of Isaac Tilliard on the 26th of September lst. The Prosecutor deposed, that as he was going along Cheapside between 3 and 4 in the Afternoon aforesaid, he stopt to buy some Fruit, and the Woman told him there were two Pickpockets followed the Prosecutor, whereupon he made haste after them, and saw the Prisoner take the Prosecutor's Handkerchief out of his Pocket and drop it on the Ground; upon which he took him by the Collar, and acquainted the Prosecutor therewith. The Prisoner in his Defence said, that the Prosecutor's Handkerchief was half out of his Pocket, and he rushing by, it fell on the Ground. The Jury considering the Matter, found him Guilty to the value of 10d. Transportation. 
Flory, Thomas (I3985)
 
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...Thomas Jefferson Kessler was born in Union township, Miami County, Ohio on March 23, 1843 and was a farmer all of his life with the exception of being in the Army as a Private in Co. D 157th Regt. Ohio National Guard Infantry from May 2, 1864 to August 30, 1864, during the civil War.
...Thomas resided in Union Township when he married Phoebe Ann Robbins, daughter of Wilbur and Elizabeth Robbins, on December 22, 1863. After Thomas returned from his tour in the military he and his wife raised Fourteen children, Susan Elizabeth born October 17, 1864, Lydia Leona born April 17, 1867, Grant Luellen born March 10, 1868, Sarah Dora born December 20, 1869, Henry William born November 12, 1871, Lester Watson born March 3, 1876, Mary Jeanette born February 24, 1878, Thomas Franklin Born March 16, 1874, Ercy Oddis born May 13, 1880, James Warren born June 20, 1882, Serene Belle born January 4, 1885, Gracie Dell born March 23, 1887, Benjamin Harrison born May 30, 1889, and Bessie Ann born December 2, 1891.
...Thomas and Phoebe raised their family at the Hamlet of Kessler. Kessler was named after this family since they were working at the first rail road station built there in 1898 and the first station agent was from this Kessler family.
...Thomas died June 14, 1908 and Phoebe Ann lived on her property with her daughter until she died on January 21, 1916 at Kessler and they were buried side-by-side at the Wheelock Cemetery at the Hamlet of Nashville , Union Township, Miami County, Ohio. (Source: Miami County Historical & Genealogical Society; typed and indexed by Lois J. Fair, "Miami County Family Histories Tired Iron book", (Ohio Genealogical Society. Miami County Historical & Genealogical Society, c2006 ), pg. 113) 
Kessler, Thomas Jefferson (I5323)
 
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...Thomas married (1st) at Kingston Dutch church (the banns being registered January 21, 1728, his cousin Francyntjen Schoonhoven, baptized Kingston 15 Nov 1696 daughter of Hendrick Claesse Schoonhoven and his wife Cornelia Swartwout, who was sister to his mother Hendricke Swartwout. In 1737 Fransyntjen died and on 1 Feb 1737, Thomas and Nicolas Schoonhoven deeded land for the Walpack Church and Cemetery. Presumably, Fransyntjen was the first person to be buried there.
...Thomas Brink married (2nd) Antje Kleyn. (Source: "A Brink Book", Laurel Shanafelt Powell (1997), PDF, FamilySearch (http://books.familysearch.org/). 
Brink, Thomas Huyberts (I6350)
 
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...Thomas was born in Maryland about 1736 according to a deposition he gave in 1805 concerning land of Samuel Osman which Thomas helped survey in 1771.
...In 1761, Thomas entered a survey for fifty acres of land known as "Flora's Choice" in Frederick County, Maryland on the banks of the Potomac River. Thomas and Prudence appear in an earlier Allegany County deposition in 1790 concerning the estate of John Pursley.
...In 1791, Thomas Flora of Hampshire County, Virginia sold 40 acres of land known as "Better Than Mount Misery" in Allegany County, Maryland to Ignatius Brown. Thomas appears in Frederick County, Maryland land rents from 1766 to 1773 for two tracts known as Flora's Choice and Better than Mount Misery. Flora's Choice is now in Washington County, Maryland at the point where Sideling Hill Creek joins the Potomac River.
...Thomas appears in Hampshire County land records from 1782 to 1811. He first appears in 1782 with 110 acres of land on Sideling Hill near the Potomac river. He added a 39-1/2 acre tract in 1797 and 91 more acres by warrent issued 8 May 1783 and surveyed in 1797 on the waters of the Potomac, recorded 1 Nov. 1800. the 1782 census for Hampshire County lists 13 white souls. In the 1784 listing there are 10 white souls listed with Thomas.
...1810 census Hampshire County, Virginia - Thomas Flora. Males: 0-10, 3; 10-16, 1; 26-45, 1, over 45, 1; Females: 0-10, 2; 10-16, 1; 16-26, 1; 26-45, 1; over 45, 1. Thomas probably died about 1811 as Prudence appears on the Hampshire County tax rolls in his place that year. She continued to appear on the tax rolls of Morgan County which was cut from Hampshire, until 1840 when her son Archibald appeared in her place. The land is now in the Paw Paw district. The present town of Paw Paw, West Virginia was once know as Flora's Mills and is located in Moran County near the Hampshire County line.
...Prudence probably died in 1838 or 1839 in Morgan County, Virginia The 1830 census of Morgan County for Absalom Flora lists a female age 80-90, who may be Prudence. The family had a saw mill located at Flora's Falls. (Source: compiled by Donald H. Strong, "Southeastern Ohio Genealogies", (Preston, ID: D.H. Strong, 1992)
...Grantee-Grantor Index: Thomas Flora purchased land in 1795 and 1800. (Reference: Walter W. Bunderman, Flory, Flora, Fleury: ( Lebanon County Flory Reunion Organization, 1948). 
Flora, Thomas Jr. (I1526)
 
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...Very keen on CCF at Campbell; played hockey there. Much involved with QUB OTC. From there into RADC as Lieutenant then Captain. Airborne Brigade Arnehm 1944. Involved in Armoured Division as a MO in Rhine crossing and subsequent battles. Regarded by many of his contemporaries in RADC as the most able of the group who, had he stayed, would have in all probability been DADS. Very enthusiastic Sailor at Quoile Yacht Club, Downpatrick, and then North Down Yacht Club, Strangford Lough. Later Commodore at ND.
...Honorary consultant School of Dentistry, Royal Victoria Hospital. Retired from practice at 332 Upper Newtonards Road for his own health, and also to nurse wife, who was terminally ill with Rheumatoid arthritis. Moved to a bungalow at Circular Road, Belfast. Pressured into recommencing practice by patients, and he they ran a very successful small private practice at Ballyhackamore. (Source: Information received from Alan C. Beck) 
Beck, Captain Ralph Gareth (I4186)
 
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...When Irwin Nutt was a young man he learned the tanner's trade from his father, but he followed that trade for only a short time. After acquiring a fair common school education in the district school, he spent six months in the seminary at Xenia, Ohio where he prepared himself for teaching, and occupation that he followed for a time.
...In 1832, when twenty-one years of age, he united with the Methodist Episcopal church and remained a faithful and useful member for the rest of his life giving freely of his time and money in its behalf.
...He married Miss Barbara W. Persinger, of Green County in 1834, then in 1836 they settled in Shelby county and bought a piece of timber land one mile north of Sidney, where he built a cabin and began to clear the land. His busy axe soon enlarged the clearing and in time fertile fields took the place of the dense forest, and as the product of his toil he was able to command not only the necessities, but also some of the luxuries of life. In the work of developing the homestead he was greatly aided by his faithful wife, who did her part in spinning and weaving flax and wool for the family garments as well as aiding in the outdoor work, in addition to performing her usual household duties and rearing a family of seven children.
...In 1854 Irwin Nutt rented his farm out and moved to Pemberton, Ohio where he engaged in the buying and shipping of grain, but three years later he returned to his farm and remained there until 1873. By this time all his children had married and settled in homes of their own and a lonely air pervaded the old homestead... and as he express it, ... "the clock ticked too loudly on it's shelf". At the earnest solicitation of his children, he again rented out the old farm and he and his wife spent the rest of their lives with the children, residing for a while with one, then with another.
...When he died in 1880 he was living in the home of his youngest daughter, Mary Malinda, wife of Dr. john Campbell Lilley at Quincy, Ohio. His remains were brought to Sidney and lay in state at the Methodist Episcopal church for two days when interment took place in the Graceland cemetery. His funeral procession was one of the largest seen in Sidney up to that time.
...He was among the first members of The Worshipful Master mason Lodge &73 in 1865/66. Other positions that he held included: Assessor of Clinton Township in 1843, justice, 1848, Trustee in 1862, 1866 and 1867. Justice again in 1870. He was a Justice of the Peace from 17 April, 1848 until 08 April, 1870. (Reference:
Compiled by Irene L. Shrope, Nutt Family of Ohio and New Jersey, (1992 Revised and Up-Dated 1993), pg. 102)

...Irwin Nutt was born in Montgomery county, near Centerville, O., January 31, 1811, being a son of Aaron Nutt, Jr. In his youth he learned the tanner's trade, which, however, he followed for but a short time. After Acquiring a fair, common school education in the district school, he spent six months in the seminary at Xenia, O., where he prepared himself for teaching, which occupation he followed for a time. In 1834 he married Miss Barbara Persinger, of Green county, O., who was born September 27, 1812. In 1836, with his wife and daughter, Louisa M. who was then one year old, he came to Shelby county and bought a piece of timber land one mile north of Sidney, where he built a cabin for himself and family and began to clear the land. His busy axe soon enlarged the clearing and in course of time smiling fields took the place of the dense and gloomy forest, and as the product of his toil he was able to command not only the necessities, but also some of the luxuries of life. In the work of developing the homestead, he was greatly aided by his faithful wife, who did her part in spinning and weaving the flax and wool for the family garments, also aiding in the outdoor work, in addition to performing her usual household duties and rearing her family of seven children. This family consisted of four sons and three daughters, as follow; Louisa M., born 1835, married Joseph Wilkinson; Edmund E., Margaret J., born 1840, who became the wife of James Middleton; William A., born 1843, who married Elenor C. Lillie; Mary M., born 1845, who became the wife of Dr. J. C. Lillie of Logan county, O.; J. Newton, born 1848, who married Mae Price and John M. born 1851, who married Ella Smith.
...In 1854 Irwin Nutt rented his farm and moved to Pemberton, O., where he engaged in the business of buying and shipping grain, but three years later he returned to his farm and there remained until 1873. By this time his children had all married and settled in homes of their own and a lonely air pervaded the old homestead--as he expressed it, "the clock ticked too loudly on its shelf." At the earnest solicitation of his children, he again rented out the old farm and he and his wife spent the rest of their lives with their children, residing for a while with one, then with another. He died in Quincy, O., at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. C. Lillie, on March 7, 1880. In 1832, when twenty-one years of age, he had united with the Methodist Episcopal church, of which for the rest of his life he remained a faithful and useful member, giving freely of his time and money in its behalf, and when his end came the final summons found him prepared to enter into the eternal mansions. His remains were brought to Sidney and lay in the state at the M. E. church from Monday until Tuesday afternoon, when interment took place in Graceland cemetery. His funeral procession was one of the largest seen in Sidney up to that time. He was among the first members of Temperance Lodge No. 73, F. & A. M., and during his life held all the offices up to and including that of worshipful master. His wife survived him until April 5, 1905, and was also buried in Graceland cemetery, Sidney. (Reference: "History of Shelby County, Ohio and Representative Citizens" (Evansville, Indiana, A Reproduction by Unigraphic, Inc. 1973) pg. 432) 
Nutt, Irwin (I5404)
 
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...William Henry Ivins. The Ivins family of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, worthily represented in the present generation by William Henry Ivins, was founded in this country by Isaac Ivins, who came from England about 1700 and located in Mansfield, Burlington county, New Jersey, where he established a country store, and there resided until his death, July 19, 1768. By his marriage to Sarah Johnson ten children were born. Aaron Ivins, one of the aforementioned children, married Ann Cheshire and among their children was a son Aaron, who married Ann Cook (nee Ivins), and they reared a family of children, among whom was Aaron, who married Hannah Eastburn, and they were the parents of William Henry Ivins. Aaron Ivins (father) was a member of the legislature of Pennsylvania in 1837, when the first free school bill in that state became a law. He was an ardent supporter of the measure, which met with great opposition before its passage, but with the assistance of such men as Hon. Thaddeus Stevens, Judge Sharswood and other prominent members of this legislature it was carried through, and time has abundantly shown the importance of this action in the great improvement of general intelligence. Aaron Ivins was a teacher and surveyor in early life, but during his later years he devoted his attention to farming, insurance and the settlement of estates.
...William H. Ivins, son of Aaron and Hannah (Eastburn) Ivins, was born in Penn's Manor, Pennsylvania, March 11 1840. He attended the public schools of Philadelphia, graduating from the Central High School of that city. In 1857 he entered Amherst College, and after a year in that institution became a student of Union College, Schenectady, New York, remaining there until the summer of 1859. Having a natural aptitude for the vocation of teaching, he engaged in that line of work and continued in the same until January, 1864, when he was appointed to a clerkship in the War Department at Washington, D. C., where he remained for nearly four years. At the expiration of this period of time he returned to Philadelphia, and for four years thereafter was employed in the wholesale wood and willow ware store of White & Peachin as bookkeeper. In 1870 Mr. Ivins, with one of his brothers engaged in the furniture business on North Second street, Philadelphia, where they remained until 1890, a period of twenty years, when they disposed of the business. William H. Ivins then entered the employ of Strawbridge & Clothier, where he remained until 1900, since which time he has not engaged in active business pursuits. Mr. Ivins was a resident of Camden, New Jersey, for seventeen years prior to his coming to Langhorne, in 1903, and for more than half a century resided outside of his native county. He is a citizen of undoubted integrity, and in all the walks of life has acquitted himself with honor and fidelity. He is president of the school board of Langhorne, and is interested and zealous in all educational matters. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, being a charter member of Apollo Lodge, No. 386, and also of Palestine Chapter, No. 240, Royal Arch Masons. He is a charter member of Crusaders Castle, No. 5, Knights of the Golden Eagle, of Philadelphia, and a member of Chosen Friends Lodge, No. 29, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of, Camden, New Jersey, where he filled the elective offices. He is an adherent of the Friends' faith, and a stanch supporter of the Republican party. He is a director in the Langhorne Library.
...Mr. Ivins was twice married. His first marriage was in May 1883, to Catharine Gartley Abbey, who died the same month. His second marriage was on October 21, 1887, to Wilhelmina Buckman Linton, of Newtown, Pennsylvania, daughter of Penquite and Ellen (Buckman) Linton, and granddaughter of Major Thomas and Martha Buckman. One son was the issue of this union, Aaron Henry, born December 17, 1890. He attended the Friends' school in Camden, New Jersey, until the removal of his parents to Langhorne, when he continued his studies in the public schools of that borough, and is now a student in the celebrated George School, and institution which stands high in educational circles, and which was endowed by John M. George, of Philadelphia. 
Ivins, William Henry (I5507)
 
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...William Shrader was born in Monroe township December 25, 1845, and is a son of Charles and Rosanna (Gates) Shrader, whose family numbered four children, two sons and two daughters. He was reared to manhood upon his father's farm, early becoming familiar with all the labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist. From the time of spring planting until crops were harvested in the autumn he assisted in the work of the fields, and then entered the district school of the neighborhood. At the call for one hundred-day men he responded to his country's need and joined the service, although not yet twenty-one years of age. He became a private in Company G, One Hundred and Forty-seventh Ohio Cavalry, being mustered in at Camp Dennison. The regiment went to Washington to defend the capital city and was there stationed until the expiration of his term.
...After his military service Mr. Shrader returned to the home farm, upon which his father had located in March, 1857, and, on attaining his majority, he assumed the management of the place, which was a wild and unimproved tract covered with a heavy growth of timber, consisting of oak, hickory, ash, elm and walnut trees. There was also a log house and log stable upon the place. With characteristic energy he began its development and made excellent and substantial improvements thereon. He there owns fifty acres of land on sections 18 and 19, the entire place being under cultivation. He carries on general farming, but also makes a specialty of raising tobacco and finds it a profitable source of income.
...In 1881 Mr. Shrader was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Knife, daughter of David and Jane (Pearson) Knife. They were both born in Miami county, and were the parents of four children, living: Mrs. Shrader; Ella, wife of Allen Vore; Charles, on the home farm; Cora, wife of Warren Cress. All are living in Miami county. To Mr. and Mrs. Shrader have been born seven children, three now living: John W., born December 22, 1873; Susanna, July 21, 1882, and Bessie M., November 26, 1887. They have also lost four children, Minnie P., Frankie, Charles and an infant. In his political views Mr. Shrader is a Republican, but has never sought or desired political preferment. Socially he is connected with D. M. Rouzer Post, G. A. R., of Tippecanoe City, and enjoys the esteem and friendship of his comrades of the blue. (Source; Biographical History of Miami County Ohio, Lewis Pub Co. (1900), pg. 376") April 2006)

Formerly known as Tippecanoe, and then Tippecanoe City, this town was renamed to Tipp City in 1938 because another town in Ohio was likewise named Tippecanoe. 
Schrader, William A. (I2952)
 
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...William Treber, of Dunkinsville, was born at the old Treber Tavern, on Lick Fork, in which he now resides, August 10, 1825. He is a son of Jacob Treber, whose father, John Treber, was a pioneer of Adams County, and opened the old tavern on Lick Fork in 1798. Jacob Treber married Jane Thoroman.
...The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm, and after reaching man's estate, married Miss Melissa Thoroman, daughter of Samuel Thoroman and Rachel Florea, January 10, 1856. His children are Anna; Agnes, married to Doctor O. T. Sproull; Sallie, Lizzie, Clara, married to Cameron Tucker; Jacob, who married Margaret Chapman; Lucy, married to Ola Thoroman; Stella, married to Dr. Treber Crawford, and Lyman, who married Lulu Gaffin.
...Mr. Treber is one of the most prominent citizens of Adams County, and is honored and respected by all who know him. He is a Democrat of the Jackson school and has often been honored by his party with official recognition. He served as a member of the Board of County Commissioners, and was on the Board of Trustees of Tiffin Township for fifteen years. His father was a soldier in the War of 1812, and his grandfather, was a soldier, in the Revolution from the State of New York. (Source: Nelson W. Evans and Emmons B. Stivers "A History of Adams County, Ohio - From it's Earliest Settlement to the Present Time", West Union, Ohio: E. B. Stivers 1900, pg. 873) 
Treber, William (I2944)
 
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..Albert Andriesz was from Frederickstadt, a village at the mouth of the Glommen River in Norway, hence, in the early records, his designation as Noorman. After 1670 he became known as Albert Andriesz Bradt. He settled in New Netherland in 1637 and had a farm and mill on the Norman's Kil which took its name from him. By all accounts, Albert was not a very pleasant character, but because of this, a great paper trail exists telling of his life in detail.
...The name of Albert Andriessen occurs for the first time in a document bearing the date August 26, 1636. It is an agreement between him and two others with the patroon of the colony of Rensselaerswyck (in New Amsterdam), Kiliaen van Rennsselare, and was signed in Amsterdam. It states that Bradt's occupation was a tobacco planter and that he was 29 years old.
...In the name of the Lord, Amen. On conditions hereafter specified, we, Pieter Cornelissen van munnickendam, millwright, 43 years of age, Claesz jans van naerden, 33 years of age, house carpenter, and albert andriessen van fredrickstadt, 29 years of age, tobacco planter, have agreed among ourselves, first, to sail in God's name to New Netherland in the small vessel which now lies ready and to betake ourselves to the colony of Rensselaers wyck for the purpose of settling there on the following conditions made with Mr. Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, as patroon of the said colony, etc.
...Thus done and passed, in good faith, under pledge of our persons and property subject to all courts and justices for the fulfillment of what is aforewritten, at Amsterdam, this 26th of August [1636].
...In witness whereof we have signed these with our own hands in the presence of the undersigned notary public.
Kiliaen Van Rensselaer
Pieter Cornelissen
albert andriessen . .
Claes jansen.
J. Vande Ven, Notary
...As Andriessen was twenty-nine years of age when he made the agreement with Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, he must have been born about 1607.
...In accordance with the agreement, Andreissen, his wife, Annetje Barents "of Rotmers", and their two oldest children, Barent and Eva, set sail from Amsterdam on the ship "Rensselaerswyck" to New Amsterdam.
...This ship sailed from Amsterdam 25 Sept. 1636; anchored off The Texel, [a North Sea island off of Holland], 8 Oct. 1636; arrived at New Amsterdam, New Netherland, 4 March 1637; and arrived at "foort aeranien" on 7 April 1637. ("foort aeranien" was the name for Fort Orange - Troy, N.Y.)
...On this voyage, which was very stormy, Annetje gave birth to their third child, a son. They named the child Storm. In later records he was called "Storm from the Sea" in English, "Storm Ban der Zee" in Dutch. The log of the ship contains the following interesting entries in the "Van Rensselaer Bowier Manuscripts. The translation is as follows:
November
Saturday 1. In the morning we veered toward the west and drifted north. The Wind S. W with rough weather and high seas. The past half day and entire night.
Sunday: 2. Drifted 16 leagues N. E. by E.; the wind about west, the latitude by dead reckoning 41 degrees, 50 minutes with very high seas. That day the overhang above our rudder was knocked in by severe storm. This day a child was born on the ship, and named and baptized in England Stoerm; the mother is Asnetie Baernts. This day gone.
...Andriessen and his partners were to operate a mill. But not long after his arrival he took the liberty of dissolving partnership and established himself as a tobacco planter. Van Renssselaer had sent greetings to him in a letter dated September 21, 1637, (addressed to the partner of Andriessen, Pieter Cornelisz, master millwright) but in a subsequent letter, of May 8, 1638, to Cornelisz he wrote: "Albert Andriessen separated from you, I hear that he is a strange character, and it is therefore no wonder that he could not get along with you." (More information in the book)
...Andriessen not only cultivated tobacco. He operated "two large sawmills," run by a "powerful waterfall," worth as much as f. 1000 annual rent, but the patroon let him have them for f. 250 annual rent. 17 From May 4, 1652, to May 4, 1672, Andriessen is charged with the annual rent for these two mills and the land on Norman's Kill. Originally this Kill was called Tawasentha, meaning a place of the many dead.
...Albert Andriessen was married twice. His first wife died before June 5, 1662. His second wife, Pietertie Jansen, died about the beginning of 1667 in New Amsterdam, leaving an insolvent estate. Her son-in-law was Ebert Benningh.
...Albert is said to have died June 7, 1686.

Source:
1. John O. Evjen Ph.D., "Scandinavian Immigrants in New York 1630-1674" (Minneapolis, Minn.: K. C. Holter Publishing Company, 1916), p20
2. Janet M. Flynn, "The Biggs Family", pg. 34-35, 40 Norwegian Ancestors, Bradt-Bratt; PDF, Family History Books (http://books.familysearch.org/) 
Andriesz, Albert (I6315)
 
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1719, Mar. 17. The will of his daughter Elizabeth Carter, widow (proved 1719, Jul. 13), mentions her brothers John and Daniel Sheriff, sisters Mary Sheffield, Sarah Moon, and Susanna Thomas, besides nephews and nieces, Etc. (Reference; L. P. Allen, The Genealogy and History of the Shreve Family from 1641(Greenfield, Illinois: Privately Printed, 1901), pg. 18.) 
Sheriff, Elizabeth (I5567)
 
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1821 Census:
Adam Beck of Macantrim, age 37
his wife Alice age 34
son John, age 12
William, age 10
Sara Jane, age 5
Mary, age 1 
Beck, Adam (I4316)
 

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