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...A Thomas Florrey was born to James and Penelope Florey in London, England in 1701. A Thomas Florie, aged 19, was transported to America as a criminal on the ship "Gilbert", landing at Annapolis, Maryland May 1721. A witness to his indenture (5 years) was Penelope Flora, possibly his mother.
...A map dated 1736 shows a Thomas Florry located on the Potomac River at a site which was designated "Flora" on a 1747 map drawn by Peter Jefferson, father of Thomas Jefferson. This may be Thomas' father. "Flora" is located near present day Big Pool, Washington County, Maryland.
...Also listed as Flory, Florey and Flurry 
Flory, James (I3993)
...Abraham Brown and Asher Brown: Act to authorize them to erect and maintain a Milldam and other water works across the North Branch of Ancocas Creek, in townships of Northampton and New Hanover, at Fork Bridge, Burlington County, about 1783. pg. 13
...Abraham Brown, son of Nicholas Brown, I, of Shrewsbury, N. J., in 1665. In 1667, he was a purchaser in the Monmouth Tract. In 1668, Abram and Nicholas Brown Took oath of allegiance. 1670, Augu. 13 Peter Tilton sold wife Mary, *who was living as late as 1711. He resided in Shrewsbury until 1698-90, when he removed to Mansfield, "Burlington County, West Jersey. He probably had a first wife, Catharine.
...1699, Dec. 15. Abraham Brown, Sr., of Burlington county, deeded land to his "son-in'law, Samuel Thorp," "sometimes living with his father-in-law." Mary Thropp was a witness, in 1686-7, to the marriage of Martha Brown and John Hampton.
...1714, May 5. Will of Abraham Brown, of Mansfield, Burlington County, N. J.; proved July 10, 1714, mentioned:

Wife, Mary, as "Mary my dearest beloved wife."
Son, Preserve Brown
Son, Nicholas Brown
Son, William Brown
Son, Caleb Brown
Son, Abrahm Brown
Daughter, Sarah Potter
Daughter Elizabeth Alfree
Grandson, Thomas Potter

...He gave to son, Abraham, the plantation whereon he lived. (Source: John E. Stillwell, Historical and Genealogical Miscellany: Early Settlers of New Jersey and their Descendants(New York: Lyons Printing Company, 1914), pg. 130.) 
Brown, Abraham (I1318)
...Albright's wife was traditionally known as Charity but he referred to her as "Ruthy" as recorded in the "Book of Wills", Adams County, Ohio. (Source: Walter W. Bunderman, Flory, Flora, Fleury(: Lebanon County Flory Reunion Organization, 1948), pg. 112.)
...Albright was from Frederick County, Maryland. Charity (also known as Ruthy), his wife, was of Dutch descent. They moved to Bourbon County, Kentucky in about 1790. From there they moved to Adams County, Ohio to a farm for some years known as the Mccoy farm. 
_____, Ruth (I1502)
...Among the pioneers of Miami County who have passed to "the undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns" is Michael Honeyman, who became a resident of this locality in 1823. He was born in Pennsylvania, September 1, 1820, and three years later was brought to the Buckeye state by his parents, Benjamin and Mary (Knife) Honeyman, who made the trip westward by water and team. On reaching Miami County the father settled on the farm which Benjamin Honeyman now owns. Under the parental roof the subject of this review was reared and also became familiar with the arduous duties of developing and improving new land. He attended the common schools through the winter months, but in the summer seasons aided in the work of field and meadow. On the 18th of December, 1845, he was united in marriage to Miss Lucinda Hoover, whose birth occurred near Milton, Miami County, on the 1st of May, 1828. She was a daughter of John Hoover, whose birth occurred on the same farm in 1804. Her grandfather was John Hoover, Sr., a native of South Carolina, who was married in his native state and thence came to Ohio, locating on the farm which was the birthplace of his son, John, and his granddaughter, Mrs. Honeyman. He erected a log cabin of two rooms and began clearing the heavy timber from his land. As John Hoover, Jr., attained sufficient strength to cope with the hard labor, he assisted his father in the work of the farm and remained at home until his marriage. He wedded Mary Carroll, and to them were born twelve children, nine of whom reached man and womanhood. For his second wife he chose Mrs. Brombaugh, and they had a family of four children. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Honeyman were born thirteen children, namely: Sarah Jane, now deceased; Webster, who has also passed away; Benjamin F., who is living in Union township; Almeda and John, both deceased; George, who is living in Tippecanoe City; Davis, a farmer residing in Concord township; Handford, who makes his home near Gettysburg, in Darke County, Ohio; Harvey, who carries on agricultural pursuits in Staunton Township, Miami County; Emeline, wife of Ira Grisso, who operates the home farm; Elizabeth, who died in infancy; Cora B., wife of B. F. Fritz, who is living near Kessler; and Enos, who is associated with Mr. Grisso in the operation of the home farm.
...It was in 1846 that Mr. Honeyman, of this review, removed to Monroe township, securing a tract of land which he cultivated and improved until 1860, when he came to the farm upon which his death occurred, July 26, 1893. He devoted his energies to the cereals best adapted to this climate and to the raising of such stock as was needed for home use. He first became owner of a tract of eighty acres, but to this he added until he had about two hundred acres in Monroe township. He was also the owner of eighty acres in Concord township, Miami Co, besides fifty-three acres near Rochester, Indiana. In 1869 he built a fine brick residence upon his farm, and all the improvements seen there stand as monuments to his thrift and enterprise. He was a successful agriculturist, whose progressive, yet practical, methods enabled him to annually add to his capital until he became the possessor of a comfortable competence. At the time of his death both Mr. and Mrs. Honeyman had been members of the German Baptist church for forty-two years, and were ever faithful to their professions. His life was ever honorable and upright, his business reputation unassailable, and all who knew him entertained for him the highest regard. His life was unmarked by events of startling importance, but at all times it was characterized by fidelity to every manly principle, and he thereby won a host of warm friends who greatly mourned his loss. In his death the family lost a faithful and loving husband and father, the community a valued citizen, and Miami Co an honored pioneer well worthy of representation in her history. (Source: (page 349, 1900 Biographical Hist. Miami Co)) 
Honeyman, Michael (I3864)
...Annetje Barents, wife of Albert Andriessen from Fredrikstad in Norway, came over to New Netherland by the ship "Rinselaers Wijck," on March 4, 1637. She was accompanied by her husband and her first three children, one of whom, Storm, was born on the ship, November 2, 1636, the voyage being a stormy one. Annetje settled with her husband in the colony of Rensselaerswyck and gave birth to five additional children. 
Barents, Annetje (I6316)
...Antony de Hooges; was engaged as underbookkeeper and assistant to Arent van Curler, and sailed from the Texel by den Coninck David, July 30, 1641. He reached New Amsterdam Nov. 29, 1641, but apparently did not arrive in the colony till April 10, 1642, being credited from that date till April 10, 1644, with a salary of f150 a year. From van Curler's departure for Holland, in Oct. 1644, till van Slichtenhorst's arrival on March 22, 1648, he was entrusted with the business management of the colony; from the latter date till his death, on or about 'Oct. 11, 1655, he held the offices of secretary and gecommitteerde. In the accounts, he is credited, from May 11, 1652, to Oct. 11, 1655, with a salary of f300 a year as secretary, and for the same period with a salary of f100 as gecommitteerde, also with £56, for salary as voorlecser (reader in the church) during two months and one week in 1653. In a petition for salary, March 27, 1648, he states that he has
been for more than six years in the service of the patroon and for four years has not received any salary; that he has now been entrusted with a new office without any mention of salary; and that he must have a house built inasmuch as the storehouse, assigned to him for a dwelling, has been turned into a church.
...On 29 October 1647, a little more than two years into his tenure as de facto commis-general of Rensselaerswijck, De Hooges married Eva (or Affien) Albertsz Bradt, a woman probably more than a dozen years his junior but who, like Anthony, had been born in Amsterdam. Eva was the daughter of Annetje Barents and Albert Andriesz Bradt, de Noorman [the Norwegian], originally from Fredrikstad in southeast Norway. De Hooges’s in-laws had lived in the patroonship for more than a decade by the time of their daughter’s wedding. Albert, who had the reputation (at least early on) of being a difficult and demanding person, had worked as a tobacco planter and mill builder/operator in the patroonship.
...Several months after his death, his wife apparently found it necessary to turn to the deacons of the church for a loan. A little more than a year later, when she remarried, she mortgaged her real property to set aside relatively small sums for the heirs she shared with her late husband—one hundred guilders each for their five children.
...Anthony De Hooges did not leave a legacy of great wealth to his biological descendents. Nor did he become the fabled patriarch of a large New World clan bearing his family name; four of his children were girls and his only son died without a surviving male heir. Ironically, however, it is possible that he did, nevertheless, leave his mark—or at least his given name—on the Hudson Valley (or maps of it). Some of the earliest mentions of De Hooges made by researchers state (though without providing documentation) that the “promontory” or “mountain” which stands near the east landing of the Bear Mountain Bridge over the Hudson River, a few miles up from Peekskill, was named for De Hooges—enshrining in cartography a facial feature for which he was evidently remembered by those who had known him personally—as “Anthony’s Nose” (later renamed St. Anthony’s Nose).

1. Mouw, Dirk. The Memorandum Book of Anthony de Hooges. N.p.: New Netherland Research and the New Netherland Institute, 2012.
2. Van Laer, A. J. F. Archivist. Van Rensselaer Bowier Manuscripts: Being the Letters of Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, 1630-1643 and Other Documents Relating to the Colony of Rensselaerswyck. Albany: University of the State of New York, 1908. 
de Hooges, Antony (I6317)
...At the beginning of the 18th century Deerfield was the most important place on the Little Miami above Columbia. It was made a stopping-place for many of the early settlers in different parts of the county. Early emigrants frequently left their families at Deerfield while the first improvements were being made on their new farms.
...Captain John Spencer settled on Turtle Creek on Section 9, near the northern boundary of this township, in 1796. His wife, Ann Spencer, was a daughter of Captain Robert Benham. Captain Spencer served in the war of 1812, and died April 22, 1835. (Source: Evansville, Indiana: Unigraphic, Inc., 1972, a reproduction, "The History of Warren County, Ohio", (Original published by W.H. Beers & County, Chicago 1882), Union Township, pg. 712) 
Spencer, Captain John (I2448)
...Baptized on May 31, 1759, with his brothers and sisters, in the Scotch Covenanter Church, the Old Tennent Church of Freehold, New Jersey. His first or middle name may have been James. Probably in 3rd Virginia Regiment of the continental Line during the Revolutionary War. (Source: Information from John Hartsock)
...According to Benjamin Van Cleve, nephew of Richard Benham, in about 1784/5 "Captain Robert Benham, my mothers brother, paid us a visit. He strongly solicited my father to remove to that county (the land west of the Monongehelah in Pennsylvaina), gave him a list of the different places on the road and every necessary advice relative to his preparations and journey. The object to be surmounted. He was, however, all summer getting ready and did not commence the journey until the second day of November. It seemed hard to leave the country of our nativity, our near relatives, and almost all that was dear to us. My father's mother was living and had lived with us for many years. My mother's grandmother who had brought her up from two years old, lived within a quarter of a mile; she had never lived further off. There was a numerous connection of both sides. We were now to separate from forever. But the prospects of being better enabled in a new country of providing for a growing family preponderated. We commenced our journey on the second of November, 1785, with two wagons of my father's one carrying a set of smith's tools and the other the household goods, in the company with Cornelius Shourd and family, whose wife is my mother's sister. They were in another wagon. My father and uncle and each an apprentice and a young man by the name of Tunis Voorheis, and neighbor, came with us to see the country, and my Uncle had with him likewise my Uncle Richard Benham's wife and son. We made this day near thirty miles and put up at the ferry on the Delaware River about two miles below Trenton."
..."Skipping some entries, we continued: - Dec, 6 came to James Crawford's Ferry on the Monongehela. Here we were met by Uncles, Robert and Peter Benham, with fresh horses and before night we arrived at the end of our journey on the north fork of Ten Mile Creek in Washington County Pennsylvania."
..."We lived on the Plantation of my uncle, Robert Benham, nearly opposite Wises (afterwards Wallaces) Mills during the years 1786 - 87. My father cultivated a small field and worked at his trade. In 1788 my father rented a farm."
..."On the 25th of November 1789 we sailed from Crawford's Ferry, one boat carrying the families of my father, uncle Richard Benham and some passengers, one of who was Jacob Tappan of New Jersey." The family of Amey Benham and Cornelius Shroud (her husband) remained in western Pa. The journey was made safely and the company landed at Losantiville, opposite the Licking River, on January 3, 1790. The new arrival quickly made preparations for living quarters and the care of their families. John Van Cleave, a blacksmith by trade, who had brought his tools with him, all the way from his home in New Jersey, set up a shop.
...Richard Benham's brother, Robert, followed shortly after with his family while their brother, Peter, and his family came several years later. Richard and Robert Benham soon bought property in Hamilton county, property which now is of great value, being in downtown section of Cincinnati. Their names appear on the record of distribution and sale of lots in the town of Losantiville, 1789-90. Deeds in the Hamilton county Court House attest to early ownership of land by both of them.
...Richard Benham's land became his as a "volunteer settler" on property offreed by John Cleves Symmes. A "volunteer settler" was required to improve the land and represent his section whenever required for seven years before he was granted ownership. This was called the "Rule of Sale and Settlement of Miami Lands." Should the volunteer settler not live up to his part of the contract he lost the right to claim property and someone else was allowed to apply for it. Richard Benham, according to court house records, never seems to have left Hamilton County although he lived several places in it including the old settlement of Columbia, where from deeds we know he lived in 1802. It was at this time that he became tired of clearing lots Nos. 243 and 244, at the north west corner of fifth and Race Streets in Cincinnati, and paying taxes on them, so he decided to sell them deeming them valueless. On January 4, 1802, he sold the two lots for $40.00.
...Richard Benham did not leave a will but from other sources I learned that his wife was Lydia (Last name unknown). He died intestate but the names of his children and heirs appear in a series of deeds of land recorded in Hamilton County court House, in which deeds they sold the land left them by their father. This property was located in the north west corner of Symmes township. Lydia appears as the head of the family in Symmes township in the 1820 census records of Hamilton County, as do her widowed daughter, Betsy Luther, and her sons-in-law, Henry A. Balser, Robert Hughes, and Amos Harris. The last known record of Lydia is in a deed dated November 14, 1823 in Warren County, Oh. Richard Benham built the third cabin on the present site of Cincinnati. He had ten acres there at one time. He died near Todd's Forks and at the time of his death he owned 114 acres.

Researchers Note: Cincinnati was founded in 1788 and named "Losantiville" meaning "the city opposite the mouth of the Licking River". 
Benham, Richard (I564)
...Benjamin's mother Sarah Areson Shreve lived with Benjamin at the Homestead in Burlington County until her death.
...Benjamin had a son William, who had a son (1757) married to Sarah Beck in 1775 who had a daughter Sarah Shreve (married to David Ingersoll of Lee, Massachusetts. (first families v.3, pg. 310) 
Areson, Sarah (I1372)
...Born in Belfast to parents who enjoyed travelling, and soon took a dislike to same. Educated at RBAI 1925 - 1931, matriculated to QUB 1931 and eventually went into Bank of Ireland. Fluent in Spanish and French, spoke Danish and Russian. Latin and Greek scholar. Keen rugby player (1st XV RBAI) and played on Barbarians hockey team. Played for Balmoral GC Senior Cup Team. MA (Oxon) Law & Bar exam. Joined Bank of Ireland as no maney in Law! Because of liguistic capability and Communist sympathies, had to be prevented from going to Spain to fight in Civil War, 1937. In bank in Ballinasloe at the outbreak of 2nd World War, and volunteered after friends Ronnie Harvey and Tom McKinstry joined up. Joined 175 (TA) Battalion Light AA Regiment RA. Served in Fermanagh and Dover. Due to pressure of boredom he volunteered for everything including air-gunner in RAF bombers. Joined Maratime RA, as Gunnery Seargent on 20mm Oerlikon and 40mm Bofors AA guns on DEMS. Served Battle of Atlantic, Russian Convoys, Italian Campaign, D Day landings, Greece Civil War and Burma. Talanted artist, photographer and "do it yourselfer". Able and amusing after dinner speaker.
...Medals Awarded: Distinguished Service Medal (1943), Officer Order of St. John (1959), 1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star, Bar France & Germany, Burma Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal, War Medal, Territorial Efficiency Medal.

...EXTRACT FROM: Fourth Supplement to the London Gazette of Friday, 12th February 1943, dated Tuesday, 16th February 1943.
Whitehall, 16th February 1943
The King has been graciously pleased to approve the following Awards: For fortitude, seamanship and endurance taking Merchantmen and Royal Fleet Auxiliaries to North Russia Through heavy seas and in the face of many attacks by enemy aircraft and submarines: The Distinguished Service Medal Sergeant Denis Archibald Beck, 1573273.
(Source: Information received from Alan C. Beck, Extract by John W. Beck, 11 Parkway, Seven Kings, Essex 4-1-44) 
Beck, Denis Archibald (I4185)
...By 1845 Levi, with his wife, Sarah and their oldest son, Aaron, with his wife, Jane, and their daughter Ellen (Eleanor) had moved to Franklin County, Indiana. In about 1842 Levi's son Caleb, with his 2nd wife, Arena A. (Burnham) and his sister, Harriet who had married Moses Nutt Branson moved to Sidney, Ohio. The exact date of his move is not known however there is a record of his second child, John Joseph's birth at Centerville, in 1836 and his third child, Jasper Newton, also born in Centerville in 1837, but his fourth child, Francis Marion Nutt was born in Sidney, Ohio in July of 1844.
...Levi's will was dated 03 September, 1834, recorded 15 January, 1836 and Probated 02 December, 1845 with the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Liberty, Union township, Union County, Indiana.
...Levi had received from his father 52.28 acres in Section 25, township 2, Range 6 in Washington Township, Montgomery County, Ohio for $100.00. In 1813 he sold the remaining 50 acres as recorded in Book 'C', page 299 of Deeds. He had previously sold 1/2 acre to his father-in-law and 1.5 acres to the Sugar Creek Baptist church. In 1825 he purchased the SW 1/4 section 14-T10-R1W in Union township, Union county, Indiana. When his widow, Sarah died in 1845 there was 100 acres of land to be distributed among his heirs.

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.....By 1845 Levi, with his wife, Sarah and their oldest son, Aaron, with his wife, Jane, and their daughter Ellen (Eleanor) had moved to Franklin County, Indiana. In about 1842 Levi's son Caleb, with his 2nd wife, Arena A. (Burnham) and his sister, Harriet who had married Moses Nutt Branson moved to Sidney, Ohio. The exact date of his move is not know however there is a record of his second child, John Joseph's birth at Centerville, in 1836 and his third child, Jasper Newton, also born in Centerville in 1837, but his fourth child, Francis Marion Nutt was born in Sidney, Ohio in July of 1844.
.....Levi's will was dated 03 September, 1834, recorded 15 January, 1836 and Probated 02 December, 1845 with the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Liberty, Union township, Union County, Indiana.
Levi had received from his father 52.28 acres in Section 25, township 2, Range 6 in Washington Township, Montgomery County, Ohio for $100.00. In 1813 he sold the remaining 50 acres as recorded in Book 'C', page 299 of Deeds. He had previously sold 1/2 acre to his father-in-law and 1.5 acres to the Sugar Creek Baptist church. In 1825 he purchased the SW 1/4 section 14-T10-R1W in Union township, Union county, Indiana. When his widow, Sarah died in 1845 there was 100 acres of land to be distributed among his heirs. 
Nutt, Levi (I667)
...Caleb Sheriff permanently located in New Jersey on his marriage about 1680. He lived after 1699 in Burlington county, seven miles east of the present site of Mount Holly. At that date his children numbered seven. The eldest, Martha was twelve years of age; the five next older were boys, with probably the youngest, Mary, an infant; a daughter and two sons were subsequently born. Previous to the birth of the youngest in 1706. the oldest daughter, Martha, married in 1704.
...The family remained unbroken by marriages until 1711-1713, during which period Thomas, Joshua, Joseph, and Caleb married. The marriages of the remaining children occurred; Jonathan in 1720, Mary in 1721, Sarah in 1724, Benjamin the youngest in 1729. After marriage the father gave each child a fine farm, the precise locations of which are not known. They were probably all living in Burlington County in 1739, as the poll book of an election held in that county that year has in it the names of every son and son-in-law, excepting John Ogborne. The four elder children had sons old enough to vote, but they may have moved to other places. In the list of voters is an Amos Shreve and Caleb, Jonathan, Samuel and Thomas Scattergood, who were probably sons of Martha Shreve and Benjamin Scattergood. The descendants of Benjamin, the youngest child, have preserved the best history of the family. He acquired from his father by will the old homestead and became by contract with his mother sole heir to her property, to cover her interest in the rumored Amsterdam estate. This instrument was executed February 28, 1740-41, while she was living with Benjamin and after the marriages of her other children.
...Caleb and Sarah Areson Shreve were members of the Society of Friends in Burlington County. Caleb's will was dated April 5, 1735. Caleb changed the family name from Sheriff to Shreve after moving to New Jersey. (Source: L. P. Allen, The Genealogy and History of the Shreve Family from 1641 (Greenfield, Illinois: Privately Printed, 1901), pg. 19) 
Shreve, Caleb (I1370)
...Colonel Israel Shreve was born in 1739 in New Jersey. Before rising to a position of military leadership in General George Washington's Continental Army during the American Revolution, he worked as a farmer in Gloucester County....On Oct. 31, 1775, Shreve was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the Second Regiment of New Jersey troops. On Nov. 28, 1776, he was promoted to Colonel for the reorganized line, which was now known as the Second New Jersey Regiment, Second Establishment.
...The 2nd N.J. Regiment fought at the Battle of Brandywine on Sept. 11, 1777, and at the Battle of Germantown on Oct. 4, 1777. They also spent the cold winter of 1777, short of clothing and food supplies, with Washington's troops at Valley Forge.
...On June 28, 1778, Shreve played a part in the strange events of the Battle of Monmouth. Major General Charles Lee led the advance column against the British troops, but gave his men hasty orders to retreat after being startled by a counterattack from the British. He did not give word of his decision to General Washington, who was following behind him with the main army. As an angry Washington met up with columns of confused troops falling back from the front, he pressed the approaching Colonel Israel Shreve for an explanation. "Colonel Shreve answered in a very significant manner, smiling, that he did not know, but that he had retreated by order, he did not say by whose order."* Following the Battle of Monmouth, Lee was court-martialled and removed from command.
...In July of 1779, Shreve and the 2nd N.J. Regiment joined Major General John Sullivan in his campaign against the Tory-allied Iroquois Indians. Shreve was appointed commander of the expedition's base at Fort Sullivan at Tioga, while General Sullivan and his troops went on a punishing spree against the Indians, burning 40 of their towns and destroying corn, vegetables, and orchards.
...According to one source, Shreve was "immensely fat" and such an incompetent officer that in Dec. of 1780 Washington declined to promote him to Brigadier General, saying, "Here I drop the curtain." Shreve retired from the army on Jan. 1, 1781, but for inexplicable reasons remained in command through the rest of the month. In early January, troops in the Pennsylvania Line mutinied over lack of pay and other grievances. When the New Jersey Line followed suit on Jan. 20, Shreve by all accounts botched or neglected handling the situation. At the end of January, Elias Dayton took over as Colonel.
...Shreve apparently participated in the General Assembly of New Jersey following the end of his military career. In April 1783, members of the New Jersey Line requested that he represent them to the Assembly on the issue of receiving five years' full pay at the end of their service, rather than half-pay for life.
...Shreve returned to farming after the war, eventually settling in the west with his wife and children. He died in 1799. (Source: Israel Shreve Revolutionary War Letters, Courtesy of Special Collections & Archives, University of Houston Libraries. 
Shreve, Israel (I1208)
...Cornelis purchased in 1688 from the trustees of the Kingstone Commons, the Brink land at Saugerties "between The Esopus and The Plattekill" was the first settler after the "Little Sawyer" (Saugerties) and immediately build thereon a log house, 13 years later in 1701 built a stone house, before settling after his father's death in 1702 in Hurley where he had been raised. 
Lambertse, Cornelis (I6343)
...Daniel Fetters (Fetter, Feather) was born in Middletown, Pennsylvania in 1760. He was the son of Michael Fetter (1725-1789) and Catharine. in 1776 Michael bought land just west of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania where he built a mill and fort. These were occupied throughout the Revolutionary War. In 1790 Daniel married Susannah Shoup, a daughter of Sebastian Shoup and Maria Margaret Tegarden. During the Revolutionary War there was a blockhouse built on Sebastian's land in Saxton, Pennsylvania.
...In 1801 Daniel bought 349 acres on the southwest branch of the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River which he sold six years later when the family moved to Ohio. They settled on the N 1/2 of R5.T5.S29 in Randolph Township. Daniel received a patent on the SE 1/4 of Range 5, Township 5, Section 20 on February 10, 1810. The 1820 Census lists Daniel in Randolph Township, Montgomery County and that year he started paying real estate taxes on the SW 1/4 of R5.T6.S21 south of West Milton in Miami County. Daniel made his will on September 18, 1822 in Montgomery County and never updated it. Some grandchildren and Daniel Jr. were not mentioned in it. Susannah died a few months later. 1826 was the first year Daniel paid person property tax in Miami County; 1828 was the last year in Montgomery county. Thus he must have moved to Miami County between 1825 and 1827. He continued to pay real estate taxes in Montgomery County but his son John was probably living on the land. In 1832 he paid taxes on a sawmill, a gristmill and a distillery in Miami County. By 1835 the distillery was dropped but he paid taxes through 1838 for the mills. In 1836 he bought land and a sawmill in Webster on the Stillwater River in Darke County. Later he built a gristmill there. Apparently Daniel died in 1840 before the census was taken. Daniel had acquired considerable property since his will was made and had sold off some of the property mentioned in it. There were a number of Common Pleas Court cases in Darke county to settle his estate. Several US patents of his lands in Montgomery County were not registered until after his death.
...Children born in Pennsylvania were: Elizabeth (Septermber 1, 1791) - September 17, 1878) married Jacob Weybright (1788 - 1865) on august 3, 1812 in Montgomery County; Daniel, Jr. (-c1840) married Anna? Phoebe Pitsenbarger September 25, 1817 in Montgomery County, Ohio; Mary (1794 - October 17, 1853) married Jacob Leasure ( 1788 - October 7, 1863) in Montgomery County, Ohio; and John (1799 - 1856) married Elizabeth Michael (1804-1860) March 10, 1822 in Montgomery County, Ohio. (Source: Lois J. Fair, Tired Iron Club and Miami County Historical and Genealogical Society (Ohio), Miami County Family Histories: Tired Iron Book (Miami County Historical & Genealogical Society Inc., 2006) pg. 49.) 
Fetters, Daniel (I623)
...Dorsey Honeyman is numbered among the native sons of Miami Co, his birth having occurred June 24, 1866, on the old homestead farm now occupied by William Michaels. His father, Andrew Honeyman, was born in Union township, Miami Co, September 16, 1830, and, having arrived at years of maturity, he wedded Mary Pearson, a daughter of Moses Pearson. In their family were four children: Mary E., who died in infancy: Esther, wife of Albert McManus; Dorsey; and Minerva, who also died in infancy. The father of our subject remained on the farm with his family until his marriage, which occurred in 1857. Soon afterward he removed to Monroe township, on section 29, his father giving him forty acres of land there. The place was improved with a house of one room, and a log stable. There Mr. Honeyman remained until about 1870 when he removed to the farm now occupied by his son Dorsey, having there one hundred and fifty-six acres of land on sections 19 and 20, Monroe township. To the development and improvement of that farm he devoted his energies until his death, which occurred in January 1892. The buildings upon the place were erected by him and he made excellent improvements, becoming the owner of one of the attractive and valuable farms of the neighborhood. As his financial resources increased he also extended the boundaries of his farm by additional purchases and became the owner of three hundred and thirteen acres. In politics he was a Democrat, but gave no active attention to campaign work, preferring to devote his time and energies to his business. He died January 2,1892, and was laid to rest in the old family burying ground. His wife passed away some years previous, being called to her final rest in September, 1870, when only thirty years of age.
...Dorsey Honeyman was born and reared on the old family homestead and assisted in the cultivation of the farm until his father's death, when he assumed its management and has since made it his home. He now owns one hundred and fifty-six acres of rich land in this tract and also has other property, including eighty-eight acres in one tract and twenty acres in another tract, making in all about two hundred and sixty-four acres. His methods of farming are practical and progressive and he thoroughly understands the business in every detail, his well tilled fields indicating his careful supervision while the improvements upon the farm stand as monuments of his thrift and enterprise.
...In March, 1887, occurred the marriage of Mr. Honeyman and Miss Annie Stockslager, and to them have been born four children, three of whom are living: Guy, Ethel and Dessie. Bertha, the eldest daughter, is now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Honeyman are widely and favorably known in this locality, having a large circle of friends who esteem them highly for their sterling worth. He is a representative of one of the old families of Miami Co and is a public-spirited citizen who well deserves mention in this volume. 
Honeyman, John Dorsey (I3944)
...Druzella Eva Jane Florea, eldest child of Joshua and Mary Susan (Peterson) Florea, was born at Newport, Ohio, October 9, 1865, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Annis Warden at Blockton, Tuesday, December 4, 1945, at the age of 79 years, 1 month and 25 days.
...In the fall of 1868 she came with her parents by train to Savannah, Missouri, and then by wagon to Worth County, settling on the homestead south of Blockton, where she grew to womanhood. She finished her schooling in Bedford and taught one term of school.
...She was married to Charles S. (umner) Cobb on October 16, 1884. They made the Blockton community their home, except for two short periods, four years in eastern Kansas, and six years near Bedford.
...Three children were born to them, Glenn A. (llen) Cobb, Mrs. Susie M. Yadon and Mrs. Annis W. Warden, all of Blockton. Besides, there are four grandsons and three great grandchildren, five brothers and two sisters.
...She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles (Sumner) Cobb, on July 28, 1935.
...She became obedient to the Gospel in January, 1886, having been baptized by the late William Cobb, 65 years ago. Theirs was a Christian home. They loved the church and made many sacrifices for it.
...Mrs. Cobb suffered a great misfortune seven years ago when a stroke of paralysis robbed her of the normal use of her body. Her speech was taken from her, as well as the pleasure of going and coming as in her former years, but through all this there was no murmuring, no complaining of her lot. She bore it all patiently and with a most commendable fortitude.
...The funeral services were held at Tent Chapel Friday afternoon, conducted by A. R. Kepple of Kansas City. Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery at Blockton. (Source: Find A Grave Memorial# 29498452) 
Florea, Druzella Jane (I3625)
...Eli W. Honeyman, farmer; P. O. Troy; is a prominent farmer; his parents, John and Mary Honeyman, of Virginia, were pioneers, who emigrated to Miami County early in its settlement. John was a soldier in the war of 1812; we regret so little can be learned of them. Eli was born in Miami County, May 14, 1834; Sept. 29, 1859, he was united in marriage to Miss Annie, daugher of John and Mary Miller. They were also pioneers, and should have a place in this history; their children were ten in number, four only survive--Albert, whose sketch appears in connection with other noted men of Monroe Township, Thomas J., Rhoda Z. and Annie, the wife of Eli Honeyman. They have been the parents of seven children, of whom Oliver M., Willis R., Mattie and Ory, survive; Oliver was born March 7, 1863; Willis, Dec. 11, 1865; Mattie, May 27, 1872; Ory, Jan. 4, 1874. They are all attending school and learning rapidly. Mr. Honeyman has always been prosperous in business, and owns a nice farm of 119 acres; he has been connected with the public schools in capacity of Director. He is a conservative Republican and a good neighbor. (Reference: Evansville, Indiana: Unigraphic, Inc., 1973, reprint, "The History of Miami County Ohio", (Original by W. H. Beers and County, 1880), pg. 650)

...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. The surname was derived in ye olden days when the family were bee-keepers. (Source: Marie Wilson Musgrave, "The Honeyman Family", (July 1995), pg. 11) 
Honeyman, Eli W. (I2201)
...Emigrated to America aboard the 'Pennsylvania Merchant' from Rotterdam with his wife Katrina, his two children, young Michael and little Katrina, and two adults, Helena, believed to be his sister Maria Magdalena) and Katrina (relationship unknown)....Arrived in Philadelphia 10 September 1731, and Michael took the Oath of Allegiance to the crown of Great Britain and the Province of Pennsylvania the next day.
...On 26 oct. 1736 he purchased a land warrant for 100 acres in Oley, Philadelphia County. The survey was dated 1 Apr. 1738.
...Naturalized 7 apr. 1761. (Source: Mary Emma Curtis, The Michael Fetters Family : From Their German Roots in Direct Descent to Michael Fetters (1819-1875) of Burr Oak, Indiana and His Descendants. (Clearwater, Florida, 1998), pg. 9.) 
Vetter, Johan Michael (I626)
...Emigrated to America with his parents, arriving in Philadelphia 10 Sept. 1731.
...On 10th June 1749 acqured Warrant for 25 acres in Alsace Township, Philadelphia Co.
...In 1750 moved to Strasburg; in 1754 to Middle Town; in 1756 served in French & Indian War; in 1768 to Bedford County, where he bought 229 acres near Dunning Creek.
...In 1776 purchased 189 acres near Frankstown, where he built a drist mill and, in 1777 Fetter's Fort, for use in Revolutionary War.
..."As the years passed, young Michael Fetter Jr. began to accumulate property with his earnings as wheelwright. A land warrant was issued on June 10 1749 to Michael Feather Jun. for twenty-five acres in Alsace Township of Philadelphia county (now in Berks County) next to the property of Michael Feather, Sen.
...By 1750, Michael had moved south to the village of Strasburg in Lancaster County, which lay on the Conestoga Trail. This area had been granted to a number of Swiss immigrants in 1710 and it was here that the great Conestoga wagons were built. These served not only as freight wagons for Philadelphia merchants, but as pioneer family transportation for those who were willing to risk the challenges of the wild west of the Pennsylvania beyond the Susquehanna River.
...It was in Strasburg that Michael owned parcel 4a, purchased from John Pontz and his wife Anna, as well as parcel 10a, purchased from John Fautz and his wife ann (Pontz and Fautz may be two spellings of the same name). Michael and his wife Christina sold their parcel 4a to Conrad Leonard (Lenard) and his wife Barbara on july 10, 1750. It appears that Michael and his wife then moved northwestward to Middle Town on the Susquehanna downstream from Harrisburg, since on June 26, 1764 the couple sold a lot on the south side of the Market Place in Middle Town to Martin Gryter of Don'l Township for 50 pounds." (Source: Mary Emma Curtis, The Michael Fetters Family : From Their German Roots in Direct Descent to Michael Fetters (1819-1875) of Burr Oak, Indiana and His Descendants. (Clearwater, Florida, 1998), pg. 9) 
Vetter, Johan Michael (I617)
...England in the early 1600's was a land of dispirit and under a monarch. It gave subjects little chance to change their position in life. so the migration to a plantation, set up by boards of business men supplying money for ships and supplies, was the answer to a better life. It was a hard life in the colonies, trying to meet the demands from England and just surviving in the wilderness from day to day.
...In 1610 the ships, "Patience" and Deliverance" arrived in Jamestown. Spring was in the air, certainly the planting season was soon to start. The arrival of new adventurers and suppliers was always cause for celebration and thanksgiving. Unconfirmed family stories say that Henry Ivins was part of this group that arrived in Jamestown that day. We do have proof that he was in the colonies in the early 1600's thanks to "The Journal of Thomas Gates". We also know that Henry worked for the Dutch company, Gabrey & Sons of Amsterdam as a fur trader from 1633-1639, and that he owned land in Salem County, New Jersey in 1687 as mentioned in Shrouds "History and Genealogy of Fenwick's Colony". It is evident that he was in the area and probably began a family line that exists through the country today.
...At the age of 19 Henry went up the James River to Chesapeake in the Delaware River to Raccoon Creek. Here he spent three days building a wigwam. Henry then set up trading post with the Indians. Some of the items he bartered were guns, beads, blankets, and cloth. In return he received skins of mink, beaver and other animals. He spent two years trading with the Metacoms tribe. During this period Henry carved out a canoe and assembled rafts to carry his furs to buyers. He floated down the Delaware River to the Hudson, then on to New Amsterdam. The demand for furs was great, and he sold them all to the commercial firm of Gabrey and sons of Amsterdam. The Dutch company hired him to continue his fur trade with the Indians from 1633-1639.
...Henry also traded in tobacco which mean periodic trips to Jamestown plantations. In 1645 Henry went back to Penn's Neck, a Swedish area, to buy land from his friends, Chief Necomis and his mother Necosshehesco. He had found a woman he wanted to marry and decided it was time to settle down and start a family. Although there is no written proof, it seems likely that their first born was Daniel, who records show owned land in Penn's Neck about the time Henry's son would have. Very unlikely any Ivins would not be related at that time. Like all colonial families all members shared the work on the farm. Typical crops were corn and wheat, and livestock were pigs, chickens and cows.
...In 1675 John Fenwich arrived with the first English settlement that could be considered lasting.
Charles II was King of England at that time, and to quiet problems with the Swedes and the Dutch (after their defeat by England) arrangement was made for quick claiming of property purchased from the Indians. This protected land owners of record at the time. It was also agreed to pay a Right of Conveyance to England so the land owners could sell or transfer title if they desired to do so. (Compiled by Adam Brockie, Maureen Brockie, Ivins Family History 1610-1920 (November 2005: Self Published), pg. 2. (November 2005), pg. 2) 
Ivins, Henry (I3429)
...Enlisted for six months in the companies of Captains Stack and Lee of Colonel Mitchell's regiment, Hampshire County, Virginia in the spring of 1780.
...Abijah Flora, a carpenter from Virginia served in the Revolutionary War. He settled in Hellers Bottom on Paint Creek in Twin Township, Ross County, Ohio. He died at the age of 70.
...In his pension application he claimed to have been born in 1757 in Hampshire County, Virginia and that he moved to Ross County, Ohio in 1799. Abijah probably followed his uncle Robert Flora to Mason County, Kentucky and spent a few years there before coming to Ohio in 1799. Abijah Flora appears as witness on a Mason County, Kentucky land deed in 1798.
...A party of forty or so families from the Mason County, Kentucky area started a new settlement on Paint Creek, now Ross County, Ohio. Some of the settlers were also from the Hampshire County, Virginia area and included Abijah. His son Thomas, a long time resident of Ross County, furnished a substitute in the war of 1812. Friends were: Rev. James B. Finley, William Murphy, Jacob Myers and Simon Girty, Jr.
...The 1784 census of Hampshire County, Virginia lists Abijah Flora three souls, 1 dwelling. Abijah and Isaac Flora witnessed a survey for Joseph Flora at mouth of Steer run on the Potomac River. 9 July 1782. (Source: Gladys Donson and Lawrence F. Athy, Jr., "The Thomas Flora Family of London, Maryland & Virginia", (Houston, TX: Donath Publishing, 1995), pg. 18)

Ohio, Ross County, 19 Nov. 1832
...Personally appeared before the Judges of the Supreme court of Ross County, Abijah Flora, a resident of Twin Township, aged 75 years, doth on his oath make this declaration:
...That he enlisted in the Revolutionary Army from Hampshire County, Virginia, where he resided, about the spring of the year 1780. He served under captains Stocton and Lee, in Col. Mitchell's Regiment of Regular Troops. He was employed the whole time Boating Provisions from the mouth of the Conegochea to Old Town in Maryland for the Western Army. At the Expiration of his tour of 6 months he was discharged, but he has lost his discharge.
...That from information received from his parents he was born in Hampshire County, Virginia, in the year 1757, where he resided until 1799, when he removed to Ross County, Ohio, where he has resided for the last 33 years.
...That he has no documentary evidence of his services, and knows of no Person whose testimony he can procure, except the testimony of Phillip Hartley, which is herewith attached.
Signed Abijah (his mark) Flora

...Phillip Hartley of Pike County, Ohio, deposed that he was intimately acquainted with Abijah Flora while he resided in Hampshire County, Va., which was from his youth until the close of the Revolution.
...Said Abijah Flora enlisted and served his country, boating for the time of six months previoius to the surrender of Cornwallis.
...Mr. John Hicks and Mr. William Keane, both clergymen and residing in Twin Township, certify that they are well acquainted with Abijah Flora and believe him to be 75 years of age, and from long acguaintance with him know that he is a man of strictest truth.
Ohio, Ross County, 27, Sept. 1852

...Thomas Flora, aged about 70 years, and Robert Flora, aged about 64 years, residence of Ross County, state on oath that they are sons of Abijah Flora, deceased, who was a soldier in the Revolution, whose claim for a pension is suspended at the Pension Office at Washington City.
...Said Abijah died in Ross co. in 1840, they believe May 10.
...Their mother was named Margaret Flora, died in Ross County, 22 March 1838. Their father and mother were married in 1775. They resided in Ross Co. from 1799 to their deaths.
...They have appointed James McLain, attorney, to procure for them and other heirs at law of Abijah Flora, to demand and receive from the U. S. Government all manner of Claims for Pension, Increase of Pension, land, or what may be due us as children of Abijah Flora.
...John Flora, aged 62, adds his testimony in same words, except that he states his brothers and himself were the only surviving children of Abijah at his death. (Source: Compiled by, Walter W. Bunderman, "Flory, Flora, Fleury", (Lebanon County Flory Reunion Organization 1948) pg. 272 supplement)

- One of the first settlers in "hallers bottom" (Upper Twin Rd.)- Was a lieutenant in the Revolutionary War
- Twin Twsp. election of 1810 he was elected "fence viewer".
- He entered service from Hampshire Co. VA 1780-81 to transport military supplies by riverboat during the Revolutionary War.
- He moved to Ross Co. in 1799.
- Application for bounty land warrant was denied because he did not serve 6 months.
- Supposedly is buried in Old Twin Cemetery.
- Info from: Virginia/West Virginia Genealogical Doct. from Rev. War Pension and Bounty Land Records Vol. 2 Dabbs - Hyslop. compiled by Patrick G. Wardell Lt. Col. US Army retired. Heritage books Inc
Find A Grave Memorial# 46257895 
Flora, Abijah (I1427)
...Enos Doolittle was a Yankee peddler who came to Centerville in 1820 and opened a dry goods store. When the business did not do so well he sold out and bought lot #28 from his father-in-law, Benjamin Robins, where he built the "Doolittle Tavern", in 1823. Benjamin Robbins also deeded Enos another small farm south of Franklin street.
...In 1824 Bathsheba and Enos took Elizabeth Stiles, age 12, a daughter of widow Sarah Stiles as an apprentice to be taught "housewifery'.
...The Doolittle Tavern was opened in 1832. It was the finest and most famous stopping off place west of the Alleghenies. The large dining room was 40 feet long and 20 feet wide and was used both for a dining room and as a ballroom. As such, the Doolittle Tavern was the social center of the community.
...In the middle of the nineteenth century stagecoach wheels rumbled up the hill into the town of Centerville from Cincinnati and Lebanon. A sturdy team at the head of the coach halted at the Doolittle Tavern to bring such distiguished guests as Charles Dickins, William Henry Harrison and Henry Clay during Harrison's 1840 election campaign.
...Behind the long stone structure was a huge stable to shelter the horses used on the stage coach route between Cincinnati and Dayton.
...Enos Doolittle continued to operate the Tavern until after his wife, Bathesheba died then in 1845 he moved to Columbus, Ohio (Source: Compiled by Irene L. Shrope, "Nutt Family of Ohio and New Jersey", (1992 Revised and Up-Dated 1993) pg. 194)

Enos Doolittle and the Doolittle Tavern
...The story of Enos Doolittle and his tavern is one of success and tragedy. According to Beers, History of Montgomery County, 1882, it was the most famous tavern in the township and was known as the best place to stop west of the Alleghenies. Enos Doolittle, a Yankee peddler, arrived in Centerville in 1820. We have no records that tell us when or where he was born or who his parents were. He immediately rented a building and opened a dry goods store. Two years later, he purchased Lot 14 and 18 on the south side of Cross Street (now Franklin Street) for $300. In October of that year he married 16-year-old Bathsheba Robbins, the youngest daughter of Benjamin and Bathsheba Nutt Robbins, first settlers in Centerville.
...In September 1823, Enos purchased Lot 26 for $400, erected a two-story stone building and opened a tavern. The Doolittle Tavern was very successful and busy with guests from out of town, so Enos decided to expand. He created an inn for travelers by using the upstairs of the tavern for sleeping quarters. He built a stable in the back for the visitor's horses. He added a one-story stone addition to the south and called it the Bar Room. It contained a large table for his guests to dine on. And when the table was pushed aside, it was a good place to hold dances and other social events. In front stood a large signpost with a picture of a rising sun and the words "The Sun Shines for All."
...Gradually, however, his good life changed. In May 1835, Enos and Bathsheba's daughter, Mary, died at age fifteen months. In October 1840, their sixteen-month-old daughter, Roxanna, died. In February 1841, Enos was appointed postmaster of Centerville, but shortly afterward he suffered a debilitating stroke. However, he was still able to run the tavern and serve as postmaster. in January 1845, a son William was born. in February, one month later, his wife Bathsheba died at the age of thirty-nine, and in April of that same years, William died at three months of age. Enos closed the tavern and he and a daughter moved to Columbus, Ohio.
...In 1909, a letter written by Enos' daughter, Mrs. Bancroft of Columbus, was read at the new Town Hall dedication.
..."Being a child in early teens when my home was broken up, I cannot remember much of the town's early history, yet I have with me the sweet memory of my good father's cordial welcome to all. he was afflicted with paralysis. The unpretentious inn was known far and wide as a veritable traveler's rest. Many celebrities among whom I remember William H. Harrison, Thomas Corwin and Henry Clay rested there. Harrison spent the night of September 9, 1840 in our home. Next morning was all bustle and excitement. It seemed everyone was going to the Whig Convention to be held in Dayton the next day. In 1843, Henry Clay with a colored servant, a novelty in Centerville at that time, spent the night with us.... I felt quite honored because I had a hearty handshake of these famous men, and very likely gloated over it childlike, you know. Before the days of the railroads, many people traveled in the private conveyances and found comfort in our simple home."
...Enos and Bathsheba also had four "charming " daughters who lived - Amelia, Philena, Harriet, and Eugenia. The Doolittles and their tavern affected many people. The traveler appreciated a place for a rest and a good meal. The townsfolk enjoyed a place to socialize and the excitement of out-of-town visitors. They influenced both the people at the time and the history of Centerville and Washington Township.
...The Doolittle Tavern, suffering from neglect, was razed in 1908 to make way for a new Township Hall. A barn on East Franklin, where today's MacDigger's bar is located, had served as the old Town Hall and was moved to the Weller farm.
...The new Town Hall served as a place for village and township government meetings, civic functions, social gatherings, graduations, and other community events. The village water tower and fire department were once located here.
...In 1994, the township restored the Town Hall to its original style adding handicap accessibility. It is presently being used for theater and programs. (Source:, 05 July 2007)

...John Archer opened up the first tavern in Centerville. with the sign of the "cross keys."
...Since that time, there have been many taverns in the township. good. bad and indifferent, with probably a predominance in favor of the good. The most famous was that of Enos Doolittle, and it soon came to be known far and near as the best stopping-place for travelers west of the Alleghanies.
...This gentleman, who was a genuine type of the New England Yankee, came to the town in 1820 as a peddler. With keen Yankee foresight, he saw an opening for trade in the town and immediately opened up a dry goods store. This, however, did not agree with him, and, purchasing suitable property, he opened a tavern in 1832. In 1822 or 1823, he was married to Miss Bathsheba Robbins. and continued in the place until after her death. in 1845, when he re-moved to Columbus. (Source: Evansville, Indiana: Unigraphic, Inc., 1973, a reproduction of, "History of Montgomery County, Ohio", (original published - Chicago, Illinois: W. H. Beers & County, 1882, pg. 12) 
Doolittle, Enos (I1304)
...Ensign John Biggs of Worcestershire, England, immigrated to America in 1664. He was a soldier in the military expedition of Colonel Richard Nicolls who defeated the Dutch and established English rule in New York (then New Amsterdam) and Delaware. On May 25, 1664, Co., Richard Nicolls departed from Portsmouth, England, on four ships with 300 soldiers and 450 men. on August 29, 1664, when the Nicholls' expedition arrived at New Amsterham, Governor Peter Stuyvesant surrendered to them. Not a shot had been fired. Sir Robert Carr, commissioned by Col. Nicolls, pressed on and captured Delaware on September 30, 1664 and Fort Amstel on October 13, 1664. Fort Amstel's name was changed to Newcastle and the British now controlled New York and Delaware.
...John Biggs, John Ogle, Thomas Wollaston, James Crawford and Lieutenant George Hall served together as military comrades in the Nicolls expedition. Ogle, Wollaston and Crawford settled in Delaware as neighbors. John Biggs and George Hall stayed in New York. Members of these families would pioneer, marry and settle together for generations, moving through Delaware and New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia. Some of them ultimately settled in Illinois.
...After his service to the crown, John Biggs settled in New York near the Hudson River at Kingston, about halfway between New York and Albany. No record can be found of his first marriage, but he was a widower on September 28, 1686, when he married Mary Hall, the daughter of George Hall, lieutenant in the Nicolls expedition. The record of their marriage was recorded by a Dutchman. The entry reads:
"Jan Biggs of O. Engeland (Old England) in Oostershire (Worcestershire), widower, resid. In Morbelton (Marbletown) and Mary Hal, J. D., born in Kingstowned (Kingston, NY) and resid. as above."

...In 1666, John Biggs set what was to become a Biggs family tradition and fought the Indians in New York. in april of 1669, the commissioners appointed by Governor Lovelace (Nicolls' successor) formally organized the militia of Hurley and Marbletown under the following commissioned officers: "henry Pawling, Captain; Christopher Beresford, Lieut; John Biggs, Ensign." Most, if not all, of these men were professional soldiers, George Hall, was a soldier in the Marbletown company. In August 1685, the company for Hurley and Marbletown was co-officered by the now Lieutenant John Biggs. In his book "The Skillmans of American", by William J. Skillman, Skillman describes a special contingent of twenty five men sent by the Governor of New York to "chastise the Indians who three years previously had perpetrated the cruel Wiltwyck Massacre." among these were joohn Biggs and George Hall. The twenty five men were promised "a land bounty of ten acres each at Esopus." (Esopus is the old Indian name for present day Kingston, New York.) Mr. Skillman goes on to state that "some of them, the savages having been punished, settled down and made their homes in that region so recently harried." In 1674, George Hall was made "Schout" (Dutch for "Sherriff") of Esopus.

...The Calendar of New York Land Papers 1643-1803 contains the following entries on John Biggs and George Hall:

"p. 6 - 1675 March 1. Minute of a grant from the Court at Marbleton, to Jan Bigg of a small piece of land. V I , p. 58.

March 9. Minute of a grant from the court at Kingston to George Hall of a small piece of land. VI, p. 59.

p. 7 - 1676 March 7. Conveyance from Madam Johanna DeLast, wife of Jeronimus Ebbing to George Hall, for a tract of land lying at the Great Bridge, at Kingston. V. 1, p. 68

p. 14 - 1676 Nov. 13. Description of survey of 20 acres of land being part of a tract known as the Butterfield, lying to ye southwest of Marbletown, laid out for George Hall (with draught). Vol. 1, p. 97.

p. 15 - 1677 May 8. Minute of a grant from the court at Kingston to Lieut. George Hall, of 6 acres of land over the Mill Kill. Vol. 1, p. 112"3
(Source: "The Biggs Family", Janet M. Flynn, p1-2 - Ensign John Biggs; PDF, Family History Books ( 
Biggs, Ensign John (I5783)
...Eva Albertse (Andriessen) was the daughter of Albert Andriessen of Fredrikstad, Norway. She arrived, in company with her parents and two brothers, one of whom was born on the sea, at New Amsterdam, March 4, 1637. She lived with them in the vicinity of the present Albany, where she in in October, 1647, was married to Antony de Hooges, one of the leading men in the colony of Rensselaerswyck. He was a widower with several children.
...After his death she was married August 13, 1657, to Roeloff Swartwout who became sheriff of the present county of Ulster, New York. (Source: John O. Evjen Ph.D., Scandinavian Immigrants in New York 1630-1674 (Minneapolis, Minn.: K. C. Holter Publishing Company, 1916), p30) 
Albertse, Eva (I6314)
...Family stories say that James was born in England in 1740 but raised in Dublin, Ireland and was a tailor. Not proved, but possible. Family stories also credit James Colvin with having served in the Revolutionary War during all 8 years of it, and state that his death was the result of his exposure during that war. However, no proof of any such service has ever been found.
...By 1787, James Colvin and family, and a number of the Salisburys had moved to Fayette County, Pennsylvania (then Westmoreland) where they appear in tax records, and James is listed in the 1790 census in Georges Twp. of Fayette County. He does not appear in the 1800 Fayette County, Pennsylvania census although his sons were still living there at that time. Shortly after 1800, the Colvin sons with their widowed mother removed to Highland County, Ohio after a short sojourn in Mason County, Kentucky. 
Colvin, James (I1421)
...George Fetters, Michael's oldest boy, married Elizabeth Switzer and the couple had a family of 12 between 1770 and 1790. George appeared on the Bedford Township, Bedford Co. tax lists in 1778. by 1784. he had a family of seven and in the next six years, it grew to eleven. On March 11, 1789, George paid 25 pounds for 300 acres to James Ferrel who held a warrant issued to Michael Hodgkins on November 15, 1785. The land was located on the headwaters of the Little Juniata River in Antis Township next to Thomas and John Coleman's property. He held 116 acres of this land for the rest of his life.
...George administered his father's estate at his mother's request in 1789. He served as an attorney in Allegheny Township of Huntingdon County when he became his brother Daniel's attorney in 1809.
...George had served as overseer of the poor for Allegheny Township in 1797. He was County Supervisor in 1798 and 1800, and he served as Constable in 1801.
...In the 1800 census, George was maintaining a household of 16 which probably included some in-law children and grandchildren. He owned several sections of land in Blair County including a warrant for 400 acres next to John Blair and William Fetters Improvement in Allegheny Township. On December 2, 1813, he sold his land to Adam Crick and John Riggie for $150.00.
... He purchased and consolidated several small tracts of land for $398.20 on july 2, 1811. This 199 acres next to John Holliday's property was later sold to Thomas Snyder for $1,500.00.
...George also held a warrant issued on September 27, 1780 for 100 acres on the west branch to Blair's Mill Branch along the foot of Alleghney Mountain between the branch and the olf gap where the Indian path led to Kitanning Old Town from Frankstown.
...In 1810 and 1811 George was reappointed Overseer of the Poor.
...In 1812, George secured a patent with the date of July 30 from President Madison through the Steubenville, Ohio Land Office and purchased 163.2 acres in Stark County, Ohio at $2.00 an acre. A short time later, George and his family moved to Stark Co. leaving at least the oldest son, Jacob, on the Antis Township property in Blair Co. another son, George Jr., who was raising his own family, also stayed behind, but four years later moved to Stark Co.
...George (Sr.) found that the land he had purchased was heavily timbered in this section of Pike Township and he was forced to clear it with only simple tools and the help of his sons: George, Philip and Daniel.

...George Fetter had been one of the early settlers in the Upper Juniata Valley in Pennsylvania. He had joined his father and brothers at their grist mill (the Fetter's Mill Tract) and helped defend the area at Fetter's Fort during the Revolutionary War. He married Elizabeth Switzer in 1770, and first appeared on the Tax Lists of Bedford Township in 1776. In the 1788 Assessment of Frankstown, when it became a part of Huntingdon County, he owned 100 acres of land, 2 horses and 2 cows. valued at 129 pounds.
...His main property was on the headwaters of the Little Juniata River in Antis Township north of Altoona, between Riggles Gap Run and Sugar Run, near the Antis Cemetery and Salem Church. On march 11, 1789 he paid 25 pounds for this 400-acre property to James Ferrel, who held a warrant issued to Michael Hodgkins on November 15, 1785. It was located on Clearfield Creek, next to Thomas and John Coleman's property. He held 116 acres of this land for the rest of his life.
...George Fetter also bought other sections of land in Blair and Huntingdon Counties, including:

...Warrant #105 dated April 5, 1798 for 400 acres next to John Blair and William Fetters Improvement in Allegheny Township. On December 2, 1813 he sold this land to Adam Crick and John Riggle for $150.00.
...A warrant issued September 27, 1790 for 100 acres on the west branch of Blair's Mill Branch, along the foot of Allegheny Mountain, between the branch and the gap where the old Indian path led to Kittanning.
...On July 2, 1811 he purchased and consolidated several small tracts of land for $398.10. these 199 acres, next to John Holliday's property, were later sold to Thomas Snyder for $1,500.

...In the 1790 census, George Fetter was maintaining a household of 11 and in 1800, the family had increased to 16, which probably included some in-law children and grandchildren.
...The 1794 Tax List for Allegheny Township (at that time embracing areas of the present Allegheny, Logan and Antis Townships) shows that George owned 400 acres; and his brothers Michael Jr. and John each owned 30 acres.
...George and his brother Daniel had administered their father's estate, at their mother's request, in 1789. George served as an attorney in Allegheny Township in 1809, when Daniel (then living in Ohio) requested George to collect all debts due him. George also held the following Allegheny Township offices:

1797 - Appraiser
1798 - Overseer of the Poor
1800 - Overseer of the Poor
1801 - Constable
1810 - Overseer of the Poor
1811 - Overseer of the Poor

...While still a resident of Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, George Fetter began buying land in Pike Township, Stark County, Ohio, through the Land Office at Steubenville, Ohio. His first purchase was the Southeast Quarter of Section 29 (Township 9, Range 8), which he acquired for $2 an acre. He received a U. S. Patent signed by President James Madison for this land (160 acres) on July 30, 1812. This tract was to become the "Homestead Farm" for three generations of Fetters - George, his son George Jr., and grandson Benjamin. Then on Quarter of Section 24, which lies northeast of the present town of East Sparta. In May of 1813, Peter Michael (husband of George's daughter Catherine) bought land in the Southeast Quarter of Section 24 at the Steubenville Land Office, and it was paid in full March 18, 1816 ($326.50). The Patent, when issued on June 5, 1816, was to George Fetters, as assignee of Peter Michael. Perhaps this was to George's son, George Fetters Jr.
...So, in late 1812, George Fetter (at age 64), his wife Elizabeth and most of his married children migrated to Ohio. With this move, their surname now became "Fetters". George and Elizabeth took up residence on the heavily-timbered land of Section 29, and his sons Phillip, Daniel and George Jr. (after his arrival in 1815) helped him clear this land. His oldest son Jacob stayed in Pennsylvania on his own 100-acre property in Antis Township, next to his father's 116 acres there. After Jacob's untimely death in 1815, leaving ten children ranging in age from 20 down to 3 months, George and Elizabeth established a trust with their 116 acres of land in Antis Township, for the better maintenance, support and livelihood of the grandchildren, the heirs of Jacob Fetter.
...Canton, the county seat of Stark County, consisted of 30 inhabitants in 1815. Alex Hurford, who was born in Canton in 1817, described the early days there in a conversation with Henry Howe in 1846:

..."Before the building of the Ohio canal, the people were wretchedly poor for the want of a market. Within my memory, the farming folks used to start to church Sundays barefoot, carrying their shoes and stockings in a handkerchief until they got to the foot of south hill, near where Aultman & Company's works now are, when they would stop and put them on. At that time wheat brought but 25¢ a bushel and had no outlet except by wagon to Cleveland and Pittsburg.
..."The only things that would bring cash were beeswax and ginseng. Store coffee then cost 50¢ a pound. It could not be bought without ginseng, beeswax or money. Most well-to-do families made it a point to have store coffee on Sunday; on other days used coffee from burnt rye or wheat. My father, about 1823, kept a store on the southeast corner of Market Square. He paid about 25¢ a pound for ginseng. It was cut into, say, about four-inch pieces and strung on strings, like as our grandmothers used to string their apples for drying. The ginseng was sent to Pittsburg in wagons and thence to China... They used it as a substitute for opium and as joss sticks, to burn as incense before their idols.
..."My father was at the beginning, farmer, miller and distiller. Whiskey sold for two cents a dram, or 18¢ a gallon: and everybody drank. in the spring of 1821 or 1822, he loaded two flat-boats with whiskey at Bethlehem in this county, for New Orleans. The river changed its name according to the branches that poured into it. At Bethlehem it was the 'Tuscarawas', lower down 'White Woman', then 'White Woman' was succeeded by 'One Leg', and that went into the 'Muskingum', which in the Indian signifies an 'Elk's Eye', and next came the Ohio, the 'Beautiful river'. This swelled the 'Father of Waters' and so at last, on the bosom of these many waters, father's whiskey got to New Orleans.
..."When the idea of the Ohio canal going through Canton was broached, it met with great opposition from some of the leading men, who fought it away, and it was located eight miles west and made the town of Massillon, and that sunk Canton for 20 years. Among its opponents were three old doctors, who shook their heads, looked wise and said it would increase the ague; almost everybody was then shaking with the ague. Every season seven out of ten had their turn at the shakes... My father claimed the canal would create a current and drain the swamps. When it was finished the sanitary effect of the measure was astonishing. It drained the swamps throughout its course and malaria largely disappeared through its influence.
..."The very first state of the work was beneficial. The canal was principally dug by Ohio farm boys; eldest sons of the farmers who earned from $6 to $10 per month and boarded at home; this with a larger part of them was about the first chance that they ever had to get a whack at any money. And this greatly benefited the farming people; put them in happy smiling frames of mind. Massillon at once sprang into a great wheat market for a large section of country: for Stark, Carroll, Wayne, Holmes and Richland Counties."

...On October 17, 1823 George Fetters sold 80 acres of his Southeast Quarter of Section 29 to his son John. George died without a will in late 1823, at age 75. The "History of Canton and Stark County" published in 1904, reported that George "commanded the high regard of all who knew him".
...Christian Swenk, the administrator of his estate, reported to the court the final settlement that was made:

Sale of Personal property $ 385.12
Amount taken by widow at appraisement 99.19
Amount of debts collected 606.00
Total 1,090.31

...The court ordered the sale of the 160-acre portion (Southwest Quarter, Section 24) of his estate and on March 18, 1826 it was offered for sale at the door of the Stark County Courthouse in Canton. Phillip Fetters purchased it for $314. being the highest and best bidder according to Timothy Reed, Sheriff.
...George Fetters' son John died without a will in 1828, and after a court suit, the 80 acres of "Homestead Farm" were awarded to George Fetters, Jr. 
Fetters, George (I603)
...Henry Kessler was born February 21, 1813 in Miami County the son of John Bowman Kessler and Susannah Feese. Henry was raised on the farm and was a farmer all of his life. He married Serene Goings, daughter of Michael Goings and Mary Honeyman, on March 12, 1835. Henry farmed and owned farms in Union Township one being Section 14, Township 06 Range 05.
...Henry and Serene had twelve children: John W. born January 7, 1836, Mary Ann born August 18, 1838, David Andrew born July 28, 1839, Susan Elizabeth born May 14, 1842, Thomas Jefferson born March 23, 1843, Rebecca Ellen born July 12, 1845, James Henry born January 27, 1848, Michael Madison born January 31, 1850, Martin Scott born November 4, 1852, Charles Warren born August 11, 1855, Sarah Dora born November 9, 1857, Infant born September 16, 1860.
...Henry died on his farm on January 12, 1878 and his wife daughter until she passed away on January 1, 1898. Henry and Serene are buried side-by-side at the Wheelock Cemetery, 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. 110) 
Kessler, Henry (I4687)
...His youthful shenanigans having been duly brought to public attention and publicily punished, Joseph Benham apparently settled down to being a solid citizen, first, of New Haven, and later, of Wallingford, Connecticut.
...At a session of the New Haven Court of 5 February, 1655, it was noted: "John Benhan, Senior, passeth over to his sonn Joseph Benham all the accommodations which belonged to that lott which was at first given him by the Towne." We know that he had been made Freeman the year before that....Probably Joseph spent the next two years farming and getting a home built for his intended bride, for on 15 January, 1657, in Boston, Joseph Benham married Winifred King of that town. We's not been able to find the names of Winifred's parents. There were many King families in all of the settlements.
...Joseph and Winifred had fourteen children during their marriage. Only six of them lived beyond infancy or early childhood.
...In 1660, just a year before John Benham's death, New Haven, which had been a independent colony, became part of the State of Connecticut. After that, the General Court was held at Hartford, though there were still regular town meetings in the town of New Haven.
...Church and state were closely allied. People must attend church on Sunday. As the population grew, town and church leaders worried about the souls of people who lived too far away from the meeting house to get to church without spending the night in town. They began thinking in terms of starting a new colony "above ye great Plaine.
...Two years went into planing the new village, building a meeting house, and hiring a minister. Planters to settle the new town were selected by a committee as being "fit and offering themselves, so far as it can consist with the good of the place and capacity thereof."
...A Covenant for the new town of Wallingford was drawn up and signed by the heads of families chosen. Among them were Joseph Benham, Nathaniel Merriman, and Eliasaph Preston.
...Little is known of the wives of most early colonists. Winifred Benham was an exception, though not for a reason she would have wished. Other than the death of so many children at an early age (and that was apparently a common problem, considering the state of sanitation and medicine in those early times), things seemed to be going well for the Benham family. The children who did grow up married and started families.
...In November of 1692, though, Winifred Benham and her thirteen-year-old youngest daughter, also named Winifred, were accused of witchcraft trials in Salem and other ciites in Massachusetts. News traveled fast, probably by traders, and it would seem that some adolescent girls must have wondered, if their counterparts in other towns were getting so much attention by accusing people of witchcraft, why shouldn't they? Witchcraft was taken seriously, and had been for many centuries in Europe. People who were perfectly innocent were pointed out as the cause of all kind of misfortunes,m and all the accuser had to assert was the "witch's" shape had appeared to them before the misfortune occurred.
...At any rate, the Benham women, Winifreds Sr. and Jr., were accused, and the trials continued at frequent intervals over the next five years. Twice, during those years, Joseph had to pay large bonds, once 20 pounds and later, 40 pounds, to assure their appearance in Court. Even after acquittal, in August, 1697, the same young people accused them again. At that point, Joseph and both Winifreds fled to New York State, where two married daughters already lived. Young Winifred, like her two older sisters, married in New York. Joseph died there in 1703.
...Two sons, Joseph, Jr., and James, remained in Wallingford, and it was there that the Benham real estate was divided among the heirs in 1727-1728. (Source: written and edited by Lela (Shepherd) Wilkins, with added research and writing by Gladys (Benham) Hall, June (Benham) Stricklin and Loretta (Lee) Chapman, The American Ancestors of William R. Benham (1823-1907) and his Wife, Helen Maria Bingham (1827-1900)(: Cousins Etc., 1994) Chapter 2, pg. 9-11.)

Joseph was the son of John Benham and first wife, probably named Mary. (Note: both sons named their first daughters Mary)

Joseph Benham took the oath of fidelity in 1654. " EARLY FAMILIES OF WALLINGFORD, Connecticut", pg.47 says Joseph Benham came from New Haven to Wallingford in 1670 with the first settlers in the village, and some of his children were born after his removal there.

"Upon a complaint made to ye govenor of sundrie in ye Towne that had committed much wickedness in a filthy corrupting way with another, they were called before the Govenor & Magistrats, visd: Benjamin Bunill, Joshua Bradley, Joseph Benham, William Trobridg, Thomas Tutill and Thomas Kimberly: they were examined in a private way, and their examination taken in wrighting, wch were of such a filthy nature as is not fitt to be made known in a publique way: after wch the Court weere called together, and ye youthes before them; their examinations were read and vpon their severall confessions the Court, being mett at the meeting house vpon the day aboue written, sentenced the youthes aboue named to bee whipt publiquly."

Joseph Benham, Jun 25
In the year 1677, there was a grant of land "at the head of the plains," which is another phrase which by which Hanover was then designated. A very natural phrase; for at that point, the stretch of level land which extends comes from New Haven, through North Haven and Wallingford terminates. In 1680 a grant was made "to Sam'l Hough, to settle on the head of the plain near to Nehemiah Royces". In 1689 this "head of the plain," or "falls plain," was considered so beautiful a spot, that it was reqularly laid out for a village. The main street was to be eighty rods long, and on each side of it were staked out bilding lots; the western lots extending to the hill, and the eastern ones to the river. These lots were assigned by raffle, each planter in the town of Wallingford being allowed to draw one lot. "Att a lawful towne meetin 19 Febrary, 1689-90, the towne voted Yt falles plaine shall be cast lots for and laid out according to above written ....and mape. The Lotts being cast each mans Lott is as followeth Joseph Benham, sen 63. 
Benham, Joseph (I572)
...Honeyman, Benjamin; from Penna.; buried on farm; d. Feb 9, 1876 age 86-11-27; wife Hannah, d. Apr. 19, 1875, age 77 yrs. (Some records give his wife as Mary Knife). Benjamin, prob. the son of Charles and Barbara, who are buried on the farm lot, Charles Honeyman d. Mar 24, 1838, age 73 yrs.; Barbara d. Aug 25, 1845, age 76 yrs.
...Benjamin had issue known:
John, Benjamin, Serena, wife of George Idemiller; Anna, wife of Samuel Curtis; Andrew, Michael.
...Andrew, born Union Twp. Sept 16, 1830 married Mary Pearson, (dau of Moses); issue - Mary Esther, wife of Alfred McManus; Dorsey, Minerva.
...Michael b. Sept 1, 1820 m. Dec 18, 1845, Lucinda Hoover, dau. John, Jr. and Mary Carroll Hoover): issue - Webster, Sarah, Wife of William Frantz; Benjamin, Almeda, wife of David James; Emeline, wife of Ira Grisso; Cora, wife of Frank Fritz, John, George, Hanford, Harvey, Enos. (Source: 977.1d2b, pg. 76) 
Honeyman, Benjamin (I2342)
...Hugh and Mary Strettell had become convinced by Robert Barclay (joined the Society of Friends) sometime between the end of 1654 when Elizabeth was born and October 18, 1655 when James was born. His aged father, Thomas, was evidently living with them and became convinced also, and so was buried in Mobberley Quakers burial ground and not in the Church burial ground.
...The Stretells, or Strethulls, were presumably not politically minded or inclined, and so gave their attention to the land and its cultivation, and so, because of the division and sub-division of the original estate, which came through Gilbert de Strethull or De la Mare and his son William in the twelfth or thirteenth century, owing to the large increase of families of the same blood, the title of gentleman was dropped, and some became practically yeomen, but they were, as the Mobberley Parish Official Record states "The Strettells were substantial yeomen."
...Evidently Hugh Strettell was substantial, indeed, for he owned Brown Edge farm, near Brown Edge hamlet, and Blakely House, and when the estate of Saltersley came to the daughters of Francis Hulme in 1662, he being entitled to one part, jure uxoris, bought the shares of the other co-heiresses, the sisters of his wife, Mary, and so became sole owner of Saltersley Mansion in 1655.
...James married a Quakeress. Amos and Abell Strettell came to Dublin towards the end of the seventeenth century and became wealthy merchants there. Robert Strettell, the fifth son of Amos Strettell, who went to Ireland circa 1678-79, settled there. (Source: Rev. William Beck, F.S.A.G., "Gleanings From the Past", (Sydney, New South Wales) 
Strettell, Hugh (I3912)
...In the year 1710, Preserve Brown, Sr., removed from Chesterfield Monthly Meeting to Burlington monthly Meeting, residing at Mansfield, a few miles from Bordentown, N. J. About this time there lived in that vicinity four persons bearing the Quaint Names, Preserve Brown, Safety Borden, Safety Magee and Hananiah Gaunt. Preserve Brown and his wife were highly esteemed and regarded as "valuable Friends." At his death he was buried in Friends' Burying Ground, located on what is now Prince Street, near Church Street, Bordentown. As a mark of special honor and respect the Friends erected to his memory a tombstone bearing the inscription:

In Memory of
Preserve Brown
who died the 26th day of
the 4 month 1744
Aged 65 years"

...This solitary tombstone, in the northwest corner of the grounds, is at the present time (1907) in good state of preservation. It is of blue marble, about two feet high, with top scrolled in the usual style of that day, and is one of the oldest tombstones to be found in any Friends' burying ground in New Jersey. Tombstones were rarely erected by Friends at so early a date.
...When John Montgomerie was appointed Governor of New Jersey, 1728, the Grand Jury addressed the King a congratulatory message of a somewhat fervid character, rejoicing in the :daily accessions to Your Glory,: promising faithful adherence, etc. Preserve Brown was one of the signers, with a number of Quakers, who added a line, saying: "We agree to the matter and Substance of this Address but make some exceptions to the Stile." From this unique paper we quote:

"We cant without a rapture of thankfulness, recount our obligation to Your Majestie,
for Your Parental care of Your People in this Distant Collonie.
"...We Shall not Trepass farther upon Your Royal Patience, but shall offer up our fervent
prayers to the King of Kings, that he will please to direct Your Majesty by his unerring
wisdom, & always encline Your heart to his Glory & Encompass Your Sacred Person with his
Favour as with a Shield, & make your Goverment an universal blessing to all Your Dominions." 
Brown, Preserve Sr. (I1316)
...Inventory of estate: 7216.6.18 In this will he is called Sergeant Joseph. He left to "Mary, my dear and beloved wife" the use of 1/3 of his lands as long as she remained his widow, except for the lands which came to him from his first wife, Hope Cook, and the use of 1/3 of all his household good, which were to go afterward to "my and her three daughters, Mary, Abigail, and Lettice."
...To his eldest son, Joseph, he left 1/9 of the land he had purchased from the Rev. Sam Whittlesey, which descended to me on the right of my first wife and a pair of sleeve buttons that was my fathers.
...He left bequests to Enos, my second son, to John my third son, to daughter Hannah, wife of Sam Beach, to a daughter Thankful, widow of Jonathan Peck, to daughter Phebe, wife of Robert Austin, to daughter Elizabeth, wife of David Merriman, to daughter Lois, wife of Enoch Calver, to Rueuben my fourth son (one half of his dwelling house), to Shadrach my sixth son, to James my youngest son (one half of dwelling house.) Mary Benham was made the guardian of the six youngest children. In Dec 1763 Benjamin Benham was made guardian for James. 
Benham, Joseph (I4428)
...Isaac Colvin, an early pioneer, established a store on the east side of Ohio St. and after operating it for many years sold it to Samuel M. Smith. (Source: Elsie Johnson Ayres, "Highland Pioneer Sketches and Family Genealogies", (Springfield, Ohio: H. K. Skinner and Son, 1971, pg. 264)
The Methodist were pathfinders in New Market as well as other small towns in the County. Rev. Robert Finley, a Presbyterian minister, settled on White Oak before 1800. He was in disfavor with his own Presbytery because of his indiscretions and his stand on Abolition. He held Methodist Class Meetings in various homes in New Market. William boatman was one of the first to open his home for meetings when Rev. Henry Smith, circuit rider, came through the area as early as 1801. He also stopped at lonely cabins in the area and preached to a few people.
...A record could not be found of a Methodist Church building before the year 1836. The first record of members owning land for church purposes was on Mar. 28, 1826.
...A log meeting house was erected on the lot and used until 1849. On March 17, 1849, members of the "Methodist Church of New Market met and resolved to build a new meeting hours." According to the record, the building was to be constructed of brick, fifty feet long, forty feet wide, sixteen feet high and was to have a "square ceiling." By June 10, 1849, the sum of $900 had been subscribed and the committee was instructed to procure a "suitable lot."
...On June 4, 1851, land for the location of the church was procured from Hazard P. Barrere and Eliza, his wife, for the sum of $50. There were a set of rules included in the agreement which stated that "A place of worship was to bne built for the members of the Methodist Church, according to the rules and discipline o the General conference and for the use of such ministers and preachers as were duly authorized by the Conference."
...A revival meeting held in the New Market community from Nov. 27 to Dec. 15, in 1847. Isaac Colvin and Lucinda Colvin became members by letter. (Source: Elsie Johnson Ayres, "Highland Pioneer Sketches and Family Genealogies", (Springfield, Ohio: H. K. Skinner and Son, 1971, pg. 270)

Mr. Isaac Colvin was in business with a Mr. Lewis McKibben and operated a store called Colvin & McKibben. 
Colvin, Isaac (I3981)
...It was Tomys Swartwout's good fortune to become acquainted with Hendrickjen, the amiable daughter of Barent Otsen, a prominent book-publisher of the city of Amsterdam. They became engaged shortly thereafter, and as required by law they subscribed their names for the publication of the banns of their intended marriage as is recorded on the tenth of May, 1631
...On June 3, 1631, Tomys Swartwout and Hendrickjen Otsen were married,
in the Nieuve-Kerk, by Domine Joannes Cornelius Silvius. 
Family F2509
...J.N. Florea (Democrat), representative from Oregon county; born in Worth county, Missouri, November 9, 1871; educated in public schools of Misosuri and Central Normal University of Iowa, and taught in the public schools of these two states for sixteen years. He married Miss Effa Strain at Grant City, Mo., on February 27, 1898, is a farmer and resides at Alton Mo.
...Elected to the House of Representatives in 1932.
(Source: Official Manual of the State of Missouri, 1933-34, p. 75, Information received from Hilda Hartling, Legislative Research Clerk, Legislative Library, Jefferson City, Mo) 
Florea, Joseph Nelson (I1904)
...Jacob was in the Civil War. He was in Company D of the 6th Regiment of the Maryland Infantry. He joined on August 20, 1862 and was mustered out on June 20, 1865. He was taken prisoner on May 6, 1864 at Wilderness, Virginia.
...The 6th Regiment was organized at Baltimore, Maryland, August 12, to September 3, 1862. It moved to join Army of the Potomac in Western Maryland September 20, 1862. It was attached to Kenley's Brigade, Defences Upper Potomac, 8th Army Corps, Middle Department, to March, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 8th Army Corps, June, 1863. Elliot's Command, 8th Army Corps, to July, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 3rd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to March, 1864. 2nd Brigrade, 3rd Division, 6th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac and Army of the Sheandoah, to June, 1865.
...His service in the Civil War was defence of Williamsport, Maryland, September 20-21, 1862. Duty between Williamsport and Hagerstown, Md., until December 11. Moved to Maryland Heights December 11-12 and duty there until March 28, 1863. Moved to Berryville March 28. Action at Kelly's Ford June 10. Berryville June 13. Opequan Creek June 13. Retreat to Winchester June 13. Battle of Winchester June 14-15. Retreat to Harper's Ferry, W. Va., June 15-16; thence to Washington, D. C, July 1-4. Join Army of the Potomac July 5. Pursuit of Lee Go Manassas Gap, Va., July 5-24, Wapping Heights, Va., July 23. Duty on line of the Rappahannock until August 15. Detached for duty in New York during draft disturbances until September 5. Bristoe Campaign October 9-22. Culpeper Court House October 11. Bristoe Station October 14. Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8. Kelly's Ford November 7. Brandy Station November 8. Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2. Payne's Farm November 27. Demonstration on the Rapidan February 6-7, 1864. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James River May 3-June 15. Battles of the Wilderness May 5.
...Lived in Monroe Township, Miami County, Ohio in 1870. He was a farmer. Lived on Water Steet in Piqua, Washington Township, Miami County, Ohio in 1880. Grandson Clarence E. West born about 1879 in Ohio was in his household. (Source: Information received from Dale Landon, CD) 
Gates, Jacob (I5239)
...James Alexander Beck, the second son of Hugh Beck of Loughbrickland and Armagh, was born at Drumnahaire in 1824. He was known as a very talented scholar who was sent to Dublin to study law, but apparently came home with degree and became apprenticed into the linen trade with Dunbar, Mc Master & County at Gilford (Read Maralin Cohen Linen, Family and Community in Tullylish County, Down 1690-1914 Dublin 1997). James became experiienced in the chemical process and became aware of the commerical enterprise in supplying chemicals to the trade. He settled in Belfast in 1854, and subsequently was founder and proprietor of Belfast Chemical Works, which later became James A. Beck & Son - chemical manufactures principally to the linen trade. In 1859 he purchased Everton House and Estate from the marquis of Donegal, and died there on March 1, 1897, being buried in Belfast City Cemetery. His will, dated November 3, 1895, was proved at Belfast Probate Registry on April 21, 1897, and included several charitable bequests.
...There was a history that his father died young, and that they were estranged. Neither facts are substantiated by the various researches, in fact his father died when he was 26, and probably still at home....Married into the Bullick family, as did his cousin Alexander. Created a bit of a stir by marrying his late wife's younger sister. Developed a passion for travel which was passed on to his family. (Source: Information received from Allan C. Beck, John W. Beck, A.M.I.E.E., "Beck of Northern Ireland", 1931)
...Bought: 1859, Everton House from Marquis of Donegal (Source: Information received from Alan C. Beck, email dated February 24, 2002) 
Beck, James Alexander (I4002)
...James Nelson Jeffryes was born July 29, 1887 in Piqua, Ohio to Alpheus & Adeska (Noland) Jeffryes. He went by his middle name and was called Nels (pronounced to rhyme with else). Nels was the youngest of three children with sisters Hazel and Mabel. The family lived in Springcreek Township in the section called Huntersville. Today it is known as Shawnee in Piqua.
...Nels married Rose Strohmeyer, the daughter of Henry & Catherine (Brinkman) Strohmeyer, in 1927 in Piqua. Nels and Rose had one child, James (Jim) N. Jeffreys on May 25, 1934 in Piqua.
...In the January 30, 1912 issue of the Xenia Daily Gazette an article title "James Jeffryes celebrates his ninety-first birthday" states that "His trade as cabinet maker, Mr. Jeffryes learned from his brother-in-law, Uriah Jeffryes, a distant relative who married his eldest sister.: In 1832 Silas brought his family to Cedarville, Greene County from Greenville County, Virginia near Jamestown. The head of the family in this country was one of the early English settlers of Virginia who married an Indian maiden.
...In May 1918 Nels was drafted into the Army and served until august 1919. Nels owned and operated Jeffryes Grocery at 445 East Ash Street in Piqua until 1937. He became a molder in the brass foundry at Hobart Manufacturer in Troy until he died March 8, 1952 in Piqua at the age of 64. (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. 103) 
Jeffryes, James Nelson (I2153)
...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).
...The three brothers John, James and Thomas all served in the War of 1812. Land distributions became part of the veteran's estate. That is how the brothers ended up in Ohio. Ohio was part of the Virginia Land Distribution to veterans of the Revolutionary War.
...Researchers Note: Highland County was formed in 1805 from Ross, Adams and Clermont counties.
Colvin, John (I1033)
...John Beck was born at Mullaghbrack circa 1650, the younger son of John of O,Nielan. His father John of O'Nielan handed the farm over to Adam the elder son, who became a successful farmer and wool merchant. The elder John of O'Nielan then went into business with the younger John as a linen merchant in Charlemont, and the business prospered. When the elder John of O'Nielan died, the younger John was sole owner of the business and presumably he sold this for a fair sum. He is described as a "gentleman of Belfast".
...French Huguenot refugees and linen workers were invited by the English government to settle in Lisburn in 1698. They quickly introduced Dutch looms and reorganized the fledgling Ulster linen industry. In 1711 John purchased from the Crown an estate of 656 acres at Annacloy, near Downpatrick, he being then "of Lisburn." He also had associations with Lisburn and owned land or property there, and from references probably traded there - linen merchant at Lisburn, County Antrim.
...He died at Annacloy in 1722, and was buried in the graveyard of the Society of Friends at Balinderry near Lisburn, on his testated request "after the manner of my friends the people called quakers." In his will, dated July 25, 1718 and proved by his widow at Down Diocesan Court on September 10, 1722, he mentions his sons Robert, Thomas, John of Dunagore, and Samuel of Lisburn, and requests his executors "to preserve his lands at Annacloy for the benefit of his wife and family." The appointed executors, Abel Strettell and Thomas Strettell, renounced in favour of his wife Elizabeth, also mentioned. The estate was sold to Philip Percival of Dublin in 1727, when his widow returned to Lisburn and resided with her son Samuel. The extensive inventory attached to the will shows he was a man of substance considerably beyond the average for his time. He left the four sons mentioned and five daughters. (Source: John W. Beck, A.M.I.E.E., "Beck of Northern Ireland", 1931)

...John Beck of Downpatrick, Manor of Downpatrick in county of Down. Dated 25 July 1718.
Of perfect mind and memory but weak of body. Commits soul to Almighty God in hope of a joyful resurrection, and body to be buried in the graveyard at Ballinderry, near Lisburn, after manner of my friends the people calle Quakers. Appoints Abel Strettell and Thomas Strettell of City of Dublin, merchants, and wife Elizabeth Beck as Executors. Overseer and guardian Richard Mercer of hillsborough in county of Down, gentleman. To wife Elizabeth £50 stg., and one half of household goods, remaining half to be divided amongst children share and share alike. To eldest son Robert £50 stg. To daughter Ruth £10 stg. To second son Thomas £50 stg. To daughter Abigail £40 stg. To son Samuel Beck of Lisburn £50 stg. to daughter Elizabeth £40 stg. To son John Beck of Dunagore £ 50 stg. To daughter Ellen £40 stg. To daughter Mary £40 stg. To the five daughters mentioned £100 stg., the said money to be put out at interest and so to continue until they or any one of them be married or otherwise disposed of out of their mother's house when they shall be paid the proportion of the said £100 stg. and interest. In event of death of any one of the five daughters before so disposed of her proportion to be divided equally amongst daughters that survive. Orders that bond perfected by Samuel Smart of Kilmore for £100 shall not be charged interest to date of my decease. To poor of Lisburn £5 stg. to be disposed by the Rector of it. Residuary legatee eldest son Robert, with contingent remainder to son Thomas, his heirs and assigns. Orders that executors be repaid all expenses in discharge of trust reposed in the in, and requests that they endeavour to preserve the lands at Annacloy for benefit of wife and children. Witnesses: James Smith, Francis Tineston, William McComb.
...Renunciatioun, dated 17 April 1722, of Abel Strettell and Thomas Strettell, merchants of City of Dublin, for good cause and consideration all right, claim and title to the execution of last Will and Testament of John Beck, late of Downpatrick, linen merchant, and prays the ordinary of Diocese of Down to grant administration to the proper person, Elizabeth Beck atte Downpatrick.
...Probate to Elizabeth Beck, relict and executrix, at Down Diocesan Court 15 September 1722. (25th July 1718 NA Reference T/2709 Document ID: 4865) 
Beck, John (I3873)
...John Biggs (1787-1761) was the first leaseholder on "Monocacy Manor." He was of English descent, born in Ulster County in New York Colony. There he married Eva Lambertse Brink, and at Kingston eight of his ten children were baptized. About 1726 the family moved to New Jersey, settling in Somerset County in the Raritan River area. Also in this locale were William Dern, his future next door neighbor on "Dulany's Lot," as well as Cornelius Low, Susanna Beatty, the Middaghs and others with whom he would later associate in Maryland. A ninth child was born in New Jersey, and there his wife Eva died. Then, no doubt encouraged by Susanna Beatty, he moved to Maryland sometime after June 1737, when we have the last record of him in New Jersey. In Maryland he married the widow Mary Stilley and on August 23, 1741 leased Lot No. 2 on "Monocacy Manor." His lot, which he called "Biggs Delight," was leased for the natural lives of his sons Benjamin and William Biggs. It was situated near the southwestern corner of the whole tract, just north of the mouth of Glade Creek, two miles west of today's Walkersville. his land fronted along the Monocacy River opposite "Hedge Hog" on the west bank. Between these parcels the River could be crossed by a ford which today has been replaced by Biggs Ford Bridge.
...In addition to his leased land, John Biggs purchased 50 acres on "Dulany's Lot" which in 1758 he sold to Stephen Ramsburg. Ramsburg combined these acres with the former Farquahar parcel on "Dulany's................continued, pages missing. There is a note: pp. 109, 114, 309: John Bigg's second wife Mary Stilly or Stell was not the widow of Jacob Stilley, who died after John Biggs. (Source: Historical Society of Carroll County (Maryland), "Pioneers of Old Monocacy: the early settlement of Frederick County, Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing County, Inc., 1987, pg. 309)

...In 1726, John and Eva moved to New Jersey and lived near the Rariton river in Somerset County. On December 30, 1728, John Biggs witnessed the will of Thomas Hall's wife "Gheerty". A ninth child, Catherine, was born in New Jersey. Eva (Brink) Biggs died there in about 1735. Sometime after June 1737, John Biggs moved his family to Maryland, where he married Mary Stille and had another daughter: Sarah, born 1750, married Joseph Hedges. In 1845, Lyman Draper interviewed Joseph Hedges, then 78 years old, in Ohio Co., Virginia (now West Virginia)
...In 1741, John Biggs II and his family were living on an estate called Monocacy Manor, located on the Monocacy River near today's city of Frederick, Maryland. He also owned some town lots in Frederick.
...As early as the 1660's, Cecilius Calvert, Second Lord Baltimore and the first Proprietor of Maryland, began setting aside for himself and his heirs prime land intended for leasing but not for patenting (private Ownership). These lands were called "manors". In 1741, most land was owned by the English crown or favored friends of the crown. Monocacy Manor was owned by the fifth or sixth Lord Baltimore. Actual leasing was carried out by his agent, one Daniel Dulany, an English lawyer who made the mistake of remaining loyal to the crown during the Revolution. Rent was set at 10 shillings per 100 acres. A typical lease of the day could require, for example, that the leaseholder build "one good substantial dwelling house, thirty feet long and twenty feet wide, with a brick chimney thereto. The leaseholder might also be required to plant 100 apple trees within five years. Leases often prohibited excessive cutting of timber, which was considered an asset owned by the proprietor. When the lease expired, the land and all improvements reverted back to the Lord Proprietar.
...John Biggs II was the first tenant on Monocacy Manor. Parcels of land were usually leased for a period equal to the natural lifetimes of three individuals selected by the leaseholder. These frequently were for his own life and the lives of two sons, with the hope that one of them would live a long time. John Biggs' lot, which he called B"Biggs Delight", was leased for the natural lives of himself and two of his sons, Benjamin and William. His land fronted the Monocacy River on the east bank directly across from "Hedge Hogg". The river could be crossed between these two parcels of land by Biggs Ford which was later replaced by Biggs Ford Bridge.
...Twice after 1743, leaseholders in Monocacy, despite the fact that their leases had not expired, and not taking
into account die work they had put into developing their parcels of land, were threatened with wholesale eviction. Before the Revolution, the Sixth lord Baltimore decided to sell all "his" manor lands. Lucky for the tenants, the sales were not a success in Monocacy Manor. While some manors were sold in their entirety or nearly so, not a single lot in Monocacy Manor was sold. This was due to the high asking price and the scarcity of money and die fact that sales could not eliminate the unexpired leases of existing tenants.
..."Monocacy" is an American pronunciation of the Shawnee name "Monnockkesey". The land of Monocacy Manor is located along the Monocacy River in the shadow of the Catoctin Mountains in Maryland. The river and mountains stretch southward until they meet the Potomac River. The Monocacy lands end there.
...After the Revolution, in 1781, the new United States government confiscated this manor and sold it in small parcels. A thorough survey of eight Maryland manors, including Monocacy, made after confiscation shows that Monocacy had excellent soil, "none of it as yet exhausted through excessive cultivation." Most all of the lots were heavily wooded and over two-thirds of them had water.
...By the end of the American Revolution, the leases on most manor lots had expired. The lots were sold at auction to the highest bidder rather than by an established asking price. In the case of Monocacy Manor, payment could even be made by soldiers' pay certificates which were accepted at full face value. A traffic in these pay certificates by army officers and person of wealth had resulted in most land ending up in their hands. The poor tenants, who had invested what little capital they had in improving the land, could not successfully bid against these indibiduals and, therefore, lost their land, improvements and all.
...John Biggs II and his sons eventually owned large areas of farm land in Maryland some of it in Monocacy. In addition to his Monocacy land, which he managed to hold on to, he purchased 50 acres on "Dulany's Lot", which he sold in 1758. He also purchased "Good Luck" in 1751, 100 acres on Fishing Creek. It was Biggs only land survey. Some of this land remained in the Biggs family until 1883, when the house built by John Biggs II in Monocacy manor and the cemetery in which he was buried were destroyed and another family took possession of the land. A large stone barn which he built was still standing about 1840. Bernice F. Hathaway in her book Biggs-McGrew and Allied Lines, states: "This land remained in the Biggs family until 1883, at which time the family graveyard stones were buried and the cemetery plowed over and made into a field. John Biggs lies there."
...John Biggs II still had ties to his former home, New Jersey, as evidenced on July 30, 1754, when he received a chattel mortgage from George Sexton for underwriting Sexton's loan of £7/5/0 to Malachi Bonham, a Baptist pastor at Kingwood, New Jersey. Also in 1754, he held a chattel mortgage with Charles Hedges from Robert McPherson to guarantee McPherson's appearance in court the following March. In 1754, he witnessed Susanna Beatty's will (his neighbor in both New Jersey and Maryland).
...In 1760, John Biggs II wrote his own Will, naming two sons and five daughters and appointing his friend and neighbor, Stephen Ramsburg, as executor. In 1761, John Biggs II died on "Biggs Delight" in Monocacy Manor. After his death, neighbor Caspar Devilbiss tenanted his Monocacy parcel. Sons Benjamin and William had earlier moved to the area of present day Carroll County, Maryland. The Will, probated in Frederick County, Maryland, February 21, 1761, is quite long. I include part of it:

"...I give and bequeath to my sons, Benjamin Biggs, William Biggs and to my daughters Elizabeth Pitinger, Hendricka Barton, Mary Doddridge and Catherine Julian the tract of land and plantation whereon I now live being a part of Monocacy Manor, allowing my wife the house and plantation one year after my decease.
"...I give and bequeath to my sons Benjamin Biggs and William Biggs all my wearing apparel and my three guns and three pistols and three swords.
"...I give and bequeath to my wife, Mary Biggs, two lots lying in Frederick town and one tract of land called Good Luck until my daughter Sarah Biggs arive at sixteen years of age, and then only half of the foresaid lots and tract of land during her life.
"...I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah and her heirs and assigns forever when she shall arrive at sixteen years of age the aforesaid lots in Fredericktown and the aforesaid tract of land, allowing my wife Mary one half during her life but if my daughter should die before she arrives at sixteen years of age or leaves lawful issue, that then the aforesaid two lots and the aforesaid tract land after my wife's decease be sold and the arising thereon be equally divided among my children, namely, Benjamin Biggs, William Biggs, Elizabeth Pitinger, Hendricka Barton, Mary Doddridge and Catharine Julian.
"...I give and bequeath to my wife Mary, one peuter tankard, and large peuter dish and three small ditto. One peuter basin, seven peuter plates, two horses, three mares, three milch cows, and all other cow kind excepting one, and also all the winter grain threshed and unthreshed and also all the grain in the ground and also all the Indian corn and oats and also one of my pots and two iron pots, one potrack, one plow, all my swine young and old and all my sheep and also one feather and two chaff beds, bedclothes belonging to beds, bedsteads and also flax both dressed, and also part of the hemp, and one side saddle and bridle and six year old cask and one cider mill in consideration of my wife's paying all the debts I have, that have been contracted within nine years past as also my burial charges and paying my daughter when she arrives at the age of sixteen years the sum of 20 pounds current money.
"...I give to James Stille, my wife's son before I married her, one bay mare, three years old this summer.
"...I give all the remainder of my personal estate to be equally divided among my children namely, Benjamin Biggs, Williams Biggs, Elizabeth Pitinger, Hendricka Barton, Mary Doddridge and Catherine Julian, and lastly do I constitute and appoint my well beloved wife Mary Biggs and my truly friend Stephen Ramsburg to be my executors of this my last will and testament revoking all other and former wills by me before this time made, ratifying this and no other to be my last will and testament." (Source: "The Biggs Family", Janet M. Flynn, p2-6 - The American Connection; PDF, Family History Books ( 
Biggs, John (I5746)
...John Franklin 'Frank' Grant was born 15 march 1871 in Perry Township, Logan County, Ohio to Nathanial Calendar Grant and Ruth Acenich Keller. Frank married Josephine Leeth on 9 January 1897 in Logan county, Ohio. Josies parents were Eleven Elias Leeth and Elmina Bolen. She was born on 12 August 1875.
...Frank and Josie had four children. They are: William Nathanial, Rachel Crete Holycross, Esther Irene Moorman and Jacob Kenneth.
...William Nathanial was born 23 October 1897 in Champaign County, Woodstock, Ohio. The family residence was in Middleburg, Ohio. Bill married Laura Syrilla Conklin. They had ten children. They are: Margaret Viola, deceased 13 July 1919; Eva may Fuller; Ronald Harold, deceased 29 November 1922; Wilbur Gordon; LeRoy Albert; Leora Joan Gunderman; Bert Allen and Betty Alice Grove (twins); William Nathanial, Jr.; and Richard Arlen. The majority of these children and their children and grandchildren now live in or near Beaverton, in Central Michigan. William Nathanial died on 2 September 1963 and Laura passed away 17 August 1975. They are buried together in Beaverton City Cemetery, Beaverton, Gladwin, Michigan.
...Rachel Crete was born 14 February 1901 in Champaign County, Ohio. Rachel married Clifton Howard Holycross on 5 February 1917. They have one daughter, Laurabelle Morris. She now lives near Marysville, Ohio. Rachel passed away 26 June 1969 and Clifton died 5 December 1966. They are buried in Maplegrove Cemetery in North Lewisburg, Ohio.
...Esther Irene was born 14 February 1908 in Champaign County, Ohio. She married Oscar Moorman and they had three children. they are dona Isabelle Sloan. Dick Oscar and Dora Irene McQuate. These children live in or near the Ashland, Ohio area as do their children and families. Esther died at the young age of 37 on 29 December 1945 and Oscar died 6 October 1970. They are both buried in Ashland, Ohio.
...Jacob Kenneth was born 9 September 1915 in Gladwin County, Michigan. He married Marie R. Wagner on 29 May 1942. They have four children: Ivan Kenneth, Terry Eugene, Leta Marie Kroll, and Peggy Leath Govitz. Jake and Marie are alive and well and now reside in Beaverton, Michigan. They have had a jewelry store business in Beaverton for about 25 years. Three of their four children live in the Beaverton area in central Michigan.
...Frank and Josie moved from Woodstock, Ohio to Beaverton, Michigan in 1912. They had three children with them. Bill was 15, Rachel was 11 and Esther was just 4 years old. Jake was born three years later. Frank was a big man and good with an ax. He was out in the woods cutting down a tree when his ax slipped and caught him in the leg. Medicine and doctors were expensive and a luxury a growing family could many times do without. However, after being kicked in the bad leg while shoeing a horse gangrene set in Frank's leg. The injury was soon infected and Frank was taken to Saginaw General Hospital where he died on 29 January 1916, only four months after Jake was born.
...Josie stayed in Beaverton a while but in a few years she decided to go back to Ohio with Esther. Jake was seven or eight years old and he stayed with brother Bill and wife Laura. Josie met and married Isaac Newton Milligan. they had no children together. Josie passed away 1 August 1965 and is buried in Beaverton City Cemetery with frank in Beaverton, Gladwin, Michigan.
...Jacob graduated from Beaverton High School in 1935. The outside world beckoned and he left for Albion, Michigan to work at Union Steel Products Company. In August, 1937, he left for San Francisco, California. He was gone two months and returned. While attending a church function in 1940 he met Marie R. Wagner. On march 1941, Jake joined the United States Army. In early 1942, the doctors discovered Jake had tuberculosis. On his way from Fort Sam Houston, Texas to Sun Mount Veterans Hospital in New York, he stopped in Paradise, Ohio to marry Marie on 29 May 1942. She came to Paradise with Jake's nephew Wilbur. Marie came back to Lepeer, Michigan and Jake went on to the hospital. Jake left New York in august or September and they began their married life together. Ivan Kenneth was born 1 June 1943 at Saginaw, Michigan. The young family struggled with Jakes illness and difficulty breathing by traveling to the upper Peninsula in the summer months.
...Terry Eugene was born 15 August 1947 in Gladwin, Michigan. Les Leonard of Beaverton talked Jake into going to college to study watchmaking. He wanted to add jewelry and watches to his store. In early 1948 they went to Ferris State College in Big Rapids, Michigan. Jake studied Horology for two years missing his own graduation because he had a job interview. Leta Marie Kroll was born 10 June 1951 in Marlette, Michigan. The young family were now living in Bay City for one year, then they moved back to Beaverton where they still reside today. Peggy Leath Govitz was born 21 February 1953, Michigan.
...Jake and Marie have a good jewelry business and are well-known and liked throughout Gladwin County in Michigan. Jake has always been handy with his hands and has taught his boys the same. They all enjoy deer hunting season and family camping.
...Jake and Marie are excellent grandparents and their home is always open to family for gatherings, a hot meal and a warm bed. Many relatives visit from Ohio and they journey back several times a year.
...On 29 May 1982 they celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary with an Open House given by Ivan and wife Beverly Card and their children: Kenneth Blair, Kimberly Marie, Kelly Jo, and Ivans stepchildren: Patrick Card, Michael Card, Charles Card, and Polly Onalee Card. Terry and wife Judy Hoag and their children John Franklin and Teri jean. Leta Marie Kroll and husband William Herbert, Jr. their children are Mark William, Daniel Ivan and Lisa Marie. Leta is expecting their fourth child in November 1982. Peggy and her husband Terry Lewis Govitz and their only child Penny Jo. During the celebration given at the Dale Town Hall in Beaverton, Michigan, it was noted that Jake and Marie had had their first wedding reception at this same place 40 years earlier. (Source: The Logan County Genealogical Society, "Logan County, Ohio 1982", Defiance, Ohio: The Hubbard Company, 1983, pg. 254, 255) 
Grant, John Franklin (I714)
...John Honeyman, probably brother of Benjamin, died December 7, 1875, age 80 yrs; wife Mary, died November 12, 1867, age 65 yrs. War 1812. Son Eli W., born May 14, 1834 Miami County, married Septemeber 29, 1859, Anna Miller (daughter of John and Mary Miller)
...John Honeyman was first buried in the Honeyman Cemetery, exhumed due to family squabble. No one remembered facts. Moved to Curtis Cemetery about a mile south of the first burial site. (Source: 977.d2b, pg. 76) 
Honeyman, John (I3773)
...John Wood, born in Pennsylvania, and his son, John H. Wood, a lad of fifteen years, came to the area of Hamer Twp. in april, 1829. They farmed a year before the father purchased the David Sullivan homestead. It was located west of the Caleb Chapmen home, in the eastern section of the township. In 1830, Wood sent for his wife, Sarah and their children. The eldest daughter, already married, remained in the east, the other fourteen children came west with their mother. They lived on the farm until 1843, when the farm was turned over to the son, John H. Wood, and the elderly parents moved into Danville. The pioneers, John and Sarah Wood, were both born in the year 1781, and were the parents of sixteen children. She died July 17, 1846, and he lived until Aug. 31, 1847. They were buried in the Redkey Cemetery.
...In 1848, John H. Wood established a mercantile store in Danville and operated it until 1878. That year, he moved to a farm he had purchased just after the Civil War. The first wife of J. H. Wood was Hannah, daughter of Thomas Colvin, by whom he had six children. After her death, he married Margaret Ann Roush and they were the parents of ten children. The home erected by J. H. Wood on Main St. in Danville was the first large swelling in the village.
...John H. Wood, born in 1814, died Aug. 2, 1883, after a very useful life as a father and a citizen. Hes second wife, Margaret (Roush) Wood, survived until Oct. 29, 1901. (Source: Elsie Johnson Ayres, "Highland Pioneer Sketches and Family Genealogies", (Springfield, Ohio: H. K. Skinner and Son, 1971, pg. 680, 681) 
Wood, John H. (I3984)
...Johnnes age 27 and Catherine age 24 seven months pregnant with their fourth child arrived in the "new world" at the Port of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 25, 1796 after sailing from Hamburg, Germany on the "Harmony" under Captain James Moore.
...By the early 1800's they were living in Piketon, Pike County, Ohio. From there they moved on to Edgar County, Illinois where Johnnes died in 1841. According to census records, Catherine passed away sometime between 1826 and 1830. 
Long, Johannes (I4868)
...Jonathan Knife was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, 16 Ap 1808, the son of Michael Knife, Jr. and Elizabeth Thomas (Toms). Michael Jr. and Elizabeth were originally from Frederick county, Maryland, and came to Pennsylvania with their parents. Later they moved to Monroe Township, Miami county, Ohio, around 1810 and Michael purchased land, NE quarter. Section 25 Township 6 Range 5 East in Monroe Township. they farmed the land until Michael died in September 1825 and then Elizabeth died in 1828. It is said that they are both buried on the old Benjamin Honeyman Farm, on a family plot east of the Peters Road and St Rt. 571.
...Jonathan Knife was married to Elizabeth Smith, daughter of Henry Smith, on September 18, 1828 by David Jenkins, Justice of the Peace, Book D, Page 73, Marriage Records, Miami county. Henry Smith was born in Baden-Baden Germany in 1780 and arrived in Monroe Township, Ohio in 1913 where he purchased (60) sixty acres of land being taken by parallel lines off north side of SW quarter of Section 10 Township 4 Range 6 East, Monroe Township, Miami county, Ohio. Elizabeth Smith was born there on August 17, 1831. Jonathan and Elizabeth had fourteen children: Jon born July 12, 1829, Hannah born August 17, 1831, Elizabeth Anna born July 18, 1833, David born January 4, 1835, Henry born July 13, 1837, Mary born July 16, 1837, Rachel born May 1, 1841, Malinda born April 16, 1843, Martha born March 26, 1850, Rebecca born June 8, 1851, and George born March 10, 1853. All of these children were born in Monroe Township, Miami county, Ohio.
...After Henry Smth died, Jonathan and Elizabeth inherited the family farm until Jonathan Knife died February 8, 1883 and Elizabeth died November 18, 1869. Elizabeth was buried in the Smith family plot on their farm and when Jonathan died the body of Elizabeth was exhumed and they were buried side-by-side in the Curtis Cemetery located on the Kessler-Frederick Road just north of the Brush Creek Church of God in Union Township, Miami County, Oho. The property that they owned was willed over to their daughter Martha Knife Pearson, wife of Silas Pearson, having no issue, were both buried in the Riverside Cemetery, Troy, Ohio.
...This property later was transferred to Raymond Knife and his wife Belva DeHaven Knife and upon Belva's death the property was transferred to their son Van V. Knife. Van and his wife Esther Conine then started up the Homestead Golf Course located at 5327 Worley Road, Tipp City, Monroe Township, Miami county, Ohio in the mid-1970's Their son, David Knife is presently the President of the golf course. (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. 114, 115) 
Knife, Jonathan (I5547)
...Joseph Nelson Florea, son of Joshua Florea and Mary Susan (Patterson) Florea, was born November 8, 1871 in Worth County, Missouri.
...On February 27, 1898, in Grant City, Missouri, Joseph married Effie Frances Strain. They had six children, Ivor, who married Ruth Simpson; Ethel, who married Dee Rice; Llod, who married Helen Harliment; Noble, who died young; Ruth, who married Hallis Marlin; and Mildred, who married Murle Brewer.
...The Floreas moved to Hickory Grove neighborhood around 1900. J.N. helped to build Hickory Grove Church about 1901. He taught Bryan School in 1904. He was also a farmer and carpenter. He made many coffins. He was an original member of the board of directors of both Howell-Oregon Electric Co-op and the local Production Credit Association. He served four terms as judge of Oregon County. He was also a member of the Missouri Legislature from 1933-35.
...He and Effie were a generous, kind and dignified couple. After 74 years of married life, J.N. died February 4, 1972, at the age of 100 years, 2 months, and 21 days. J.N., Effie, and their son Noble are buried at Hickory Grove Cemetery.
(Source: Find A Grave Memorial# 27113010)
Florea, Joseph Nelson (I1904)
...Joseph P. Benham, merchant, Centerville. Joseph P. Benham, son of John and Albina Benham was born in Washington Township, Montgomery County, Ohio December 17, 1838. His father, born October 17, 1811, in Greene County, Ohio came with his parents to Montgomery County, Ohio, when about two years old. The larger part of his life was spent in Montgomery County. Died in Centerville April 28, 1862. Albina Benham, born October 17, 1815, in Pennsylvania, came with her parents to Greene County, Ohio, March, 1820; moved from Greene to Warren County, Ohio, March, 1825; then from Warren to Montgomery county, Ohio, in March, 1827. Married, March 9, 1837, to John Benham, Jr.; from this union were six children, three sons and three daughters, five of whom are now residents of Montgomery County, Ohio. The eldest child, Augustus, resides in Wabash, Ind.; is a merchant of that place. During the war of the rebellion, all three of the sons were in the army at one time, 1864. While they were in the tented field, the mother was at home in the agricultural field. That year, she raised five acres corn, one hundred bushels of Irish potatoes and nine bushels of sweet potatoes. Of the above farming, she hired out but one and one half days plowing in the crop; the balance of the work she did with the hoe. Of the potato crop, a neighbor farmer said he had out a much larger patch and only raised ten bushels.
...Joseph's principal occupation was farming up to the time he went into the army; was a member of the One Hundred and Thirty-first Regiment National Guards; served his entire time at Fort Federal Hill, Baltimore, Md.; mustered out of service latter part of the summer of 1864; discharge papers signed by Edward Stanton, Secretary of War, December 15, 1864. Again engaged in farming until the fall of 1870; then taking a Western trip, spending the winter of 1870 and 1871 with a traveling One-Dollar Store in Illinois; also paid a visit to relatives in Missouri, and returned home in the spring of 1871. Joseph rented a suitable room up-town for the office, and added a small stock of groceries; made that his business, his actual capital being $32. Prosperity has attended him, and business increased until he is now the owner of the best business property in town, with several smaller pieces of less value. Since the death of his father, he has been looked upon as the head of the family, which at that time was mother and three sisters. Since then two sisters have married; family now mother, one sister, niece and himself. (Source: Evansville, Indiana: Unigraphic, Inc., 1973, a reproduction of, "History of Montgomery County, Ohio", (original published - Chicago, Illinois: W. H. Beers & County, 1882), Biographical Sketches, Washington Township, pg. 260) 
Benham, Joseph Price (I2488)
...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

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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