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Levi Collins came to Clarksville or vicinity in 1814, when he was five months old, and has done more to populate the town than any other individual being the father of twenty-one children nearly all of them living. He is a cooper by trade: has lived in Clarksville nearly all his life; has been twice married. His first wife was Martha Brannan, by whom he had twelve children. In 1860, he was married to Elizabeth Rife, by whom he has nine children.
(History of Clinton County, pg. 792) 
Collins, Levi (I11481)

Mamie was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, active in church work, and for several years Secretary of the Robertson County, Fair Board and Director of the First National Bank of Franklin. After the death of Brown, she returned to live in Gallipolis for the rest of her life, and her home there was a popular stopping-off place for her relatives whenever they were near Gallipolis. Many of these attended her ninetieth birthday, and that day the Postmaster of Gallipolis personally delivered to her a good sized package of birthday greetings. Brown and Mamie rest in the cemetery on top of the hill at Gallipolis. [Source: Donald Brown Ewing, "Our Ewings in America 1740-1966", Santa Monica, California: The acme Press, 1966] 
Clark, Mary Laura (I6816)

Mary Jane married Michael Kessler, son of Henry Kessler. She died quite young as did their only son. (Source: The Miami County Historical Society, Tipp City, Ohio, "History of Miami County Ohio", Dallas, Texas: Taylor Publishing County, pg. 440) 
Cress, Mary Jane (I2327)

...Grandma always had a flower garden with old fashioned bearded iris, peonies, rose of sharon and roses. She even grew flowers between the vegetables. These flowers have become some of my favorite, although I like most flowers. She loved to read and would read everything including magazines, farm journals, books and newspapers.
...They never had running water in any of their home nor an indoor bathroom. They carried water from the pump outside the kitchen to wash dishes and bath. Using the bathroom was a walk down the path to the little wooden building with two seats. In the winter it was a cold visit and in the summer you had to watch out for the bees and wasps making a new home.
...I only remember Grandma having white hair. Dad said her hair turned white when she was in her twenties. Until she had a stroke and could no longer take care of it, she wore her hair long (below her waist) but in a braid pinned up around her head. Her hair was a pretty white not the yellow-gray that some people have. I remember when she had to have it cut after Mom tried washing brushing and braiding it while taking care of her. When she recovered from the stroke she continued to keep it short and it was still very thick and a full head of hair.
...I also remember Grandma wearing sun bonnets in the garden and carrying vegetables or eggs in her apron. Both of my grandmothers wore sun bonnets and used their apron for a basket and both of them made their sun bonnets and aprons. 
Vance, Ethel May (I2006)

As a toddler I couldn't pronouce "Walter" and so he became my Uncle Balby. To a young girl he was very exciting and interesting as he owned horses and brahma bulls and was in the rodeo. I remember one time when his horse turned around and bit him on the shoulder while he was tending it in the barn. He would take me rides on a pony--every little girls dream! 
Leeth, Walter Edward (I16)

by Charlotte (Leeth) Beck
When my grandparents lived with us I remember grandma sitting on the porch drinking beer and eating saltine crackers. She would sit in the rocker, rocking back and forth, sipping on her beer and eating crackers until she got a little "tipsy" and giggled. Grandma liked to tell jokes and play practical jokes on people, but, grandpa did not care for either and would become irritated. I remember that she would never lift a finger to help my mother around the house, not even in child birth. My father said grandma was raised in a convent after her mother died but I don't know where or have proof.

Payne, O., Dec. 4, -- Last Wednesday evening occurred the installation of the Hesperian chapter of the Eastern Stars. The installing officer being Past Worthy Matron, Mrs. Clara Graham and Marshall Mrs. Clara Graham and Marshall Mrs. Nellie Evans. the new officers installed were Worthy Matron Mrs. Jennie Hoaglin; Worthy Patron, Mr. Gilbert Miller; Associate Matron, Mrs. Florence Wanl; Secretary, Mrs. Clara Graham; Treasurer, Mrs. Florence Cartwright; Chaplain, Mrs. Mollie Smith, conductress, Mrs. Lola Lautzenheiser: associated condructress, Mrs. Minnie Pugh; Adnh, Mrs. Cora Poland; Ruth, Mrs. Bertha miller; Esther, Mrs. Gertrude Ptak, Martha, Mrs. Louisa leeth; Electa, Mrs. Adelaide Prentice; organist, Mrs. Sarah McHenry; Marshall, Miss Mina McClure, after the ceremony the chapter served a splendid banquet to which their husbands were invited. Col. N. E. Prentice gave a fine reading and Mrs. C. E. Craig, Mrs. K. C. Evans, Supt. A. F. Ptak and Mr. Gilbert Miller gave a delightful musical program. (The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, Sunday Morning, December 5, 1915, pg. 5)

Mrs. Lovisa Leeth
Dies At Payne
Mrs. Louisa Leeth, 85, widow of Levan Leeth, died early Monday night at her home in Payne after a long illness. Surviving are five sons, John of Payne, Charles of Dayton, Harry of Jerome, Mich., David, Latty, and Lafie, Briceton; four daughters, Mrs. Josephine Milligan of Milford Center, Mrs. Ether Maxwell of Columbia City, Ind., Mrs. Edith Brown, Wawaka, and Mrs. Rhoda Baughman, Holly, Mich.; 26 grandchildren and 59 great-grandchildren. The body, at the Evans Funeral Home, will be taken at noon Thursday to the Church of the Nazarene for services at 2 o'clock, the Rev. F. J. Reed officiating. Burial will be in the Wiltsie Cemetery, east of Payne. (Source: Newspaper clipping found at Carnegie Library, Paulding, Paulding County, Ohio)

...Louisa Shelly Leeth, daughter of Henry and Lucinda Leeth, was born June 18, 1866 at Payne, Ohio, and departed this March 10, 1952, at the home of her son, at the age of 85 years, 8 months and 22 days, after a long illness.
...She was united in marriage to Leven Leeth, April 3, 1884, and to this union were born nine children-five sons and four daughters.
...Her husband preceded her in death a few weeks ago.
...She is survived by her sons, John of Payne, Charles of Dayton, Harry of Jerome, Mich., David of Latty, Lafie of Briceton; four daughters, Mrs. Josephine Milligon of Milford Center, Ohio, Mrs. Ethel Maxwell of Columbia City, Ind., Mrs. Edith Brown of Wawaka, Ind., and Mrs. Rhoda Baughman of Holly, Michigan; also 36 grandchildren and 59 great-grandchildren.
...The funeral, in charge of Paul Evans, was held Thursday afternoon at the Church of the Nazarene, the Rev. F. J. Reed officiating. Burial in the Wiltsie cemetery. (Source: Newspaper clipping found at Carnegie Library, Paulding, Paulding County, Ohio) 
Shelley, Louisa Mae (I21)

Mentioned in the probate records of Stephen Clark, deceased. 
Martin, Prudence (I6875)

Mentioned in the will of Daniel Pittenger as granddaughter Catharine Brown. 
Brown, Catherine Dorthea (I5719)

Mentioned in the will of Daniel Pittenger as grandson John Brown. 
Brown, John Nathan (I5647)

Mentioned in the will of Isaac Florea as wife Nancy. 
Hayes, Nancy (I1354)

Mentioned in the will of Peter Mikle as son Daniel.

Pioneers - The Daniel Mikle Family
...Daniel Mikle son of Peter and Delilah (Mansfield) Mikle was born in Allen County, Indiana, near Maples, in June, 1842. He lived with his parents until 1861, when he enlisted in Company D, 30th Ind. Inft., and served until the close of the war, 1865. In 1866, Mr. Mikle came to Paulding County and in partnership with his brother-in-law, Henry Shelley, with whom he lived, he bought the place known as the Wilson Graham farm, an eighty acre piece, for $450. They afterward sold it to Mr. Graham.
...Mr. Mikle was married to Barbara Shugars in 1868. They moved on a farm four miles west of Payne on Creek Road. To this union were born four children, Henry J. Mary Etta, John Franklin, Delilah Jane all of whom are living. Mrs. Mikle died July 9, 1889. Mr. Mikle married Mary Morrow Ritter, a widow in the same year.
...Mr. and Mrs. Mikle left the farm in 1908 and bought the large residence built by Michael Finan on East Merrin Street, where they are happily passing the even tide of life.
...Daniel and Barbara (Shugars) Mikle had four children all were born at the homestead.
...Henry Jackson Mikle was born Dec. 30, 1869 and was married to Effie R. Honk, daughter of Jacob and Rachel Ann (Wogoman) Honk, Nov. 24, 1898 at her parents home. They have one daughter, Gladys.
...Mary E. Mikle was born Jan. 28, 1871 and was married to Monroe Dill, son of David and Ann (Chrestman) Dill, Dec. 5, 1889. They have four children, Lester, Thalia, Lyman and Everett. They live near Pierceton, Ind.
...John F. Mikle was born May 6, 1873. He was married to Emma Miller, daughter of Jacob and Phoebe Miller of Baldwin. They have two children , Forest and Lela. Their home is in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
...Delilah Jane Mikle was born April 2, 1875 and was married to Harry Lee, son of John and Emma (Prentice) Lee, and is a grandson of Colonel Nelson E. Prentice, Feb. 10, 1910. Their home is near Green Springs, Ohio. (Source: Florence N. Cartwright, "History of Payne and Vicinity", The Payne Reflector Newspaper 1916 through 1918. Part LIII, December 20, 1917. Copied & assembled by Ray E. Keck, March 1990, pg. 35) 
Michael, Daniel (I327)

Mentioned in the will of Thomas Walls as father Samuel, Executor. 
Walls, Samuel Sr. (I380)

Samuel Colvin was 20 years old when he enlisted in the 89th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was shot in the left shoulder while in the line of battle, at Chickamauga. He was treated in a hospital at Nashville, Tennessee, then furloughed home for 30 days. While recuperating at Hillsboro, Ohio he was given an extension of 20 days more by the provost, Surgeon Noble.

National Archives file #204892
Declaration For Original Invalid Pension
State of Ohio, Highland County
...On December 9, 1879 Samuel Colvin filed for an Invalid Pension. He declares that "he is the identical Samuel Colvin who was Enrolled on the 22nd day of August, 1862, in Company "A" of the 89th Regiment of "O.V.I." commanded by Capt. Samuel A. Glenn, and was honorably Discharged at Camp near Washington D.C. on the 7th day of June, 1865."
...He also states "That while a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of his duty at Chickaimauge in the State of Georgia on or about the 19 day of Sept., 1863, he was shot in left shoulder blade--while in the line of battle. From said wound, I have partially lost the use of my left arm-and I experiance pain in shoulder and arm from the effects of said wound, and it also causes atrophy of the muscles."
..."That he was treated in hospitals as follows: in No. 3, Hospital at Nashville, Tenn. then furloughed home for 30 days, then got an extension of 20 days more given by provost, Surgeon Noble at Hillsboro, Ohio. That he has not been employed in the military or naval service otherwise than as stated above. That since leaving the service this applicant has resided in the Counties of Montgomery, Fayette, and Highland in the State of Ohio, and his occupation has been that of a Farmer. That prior to his entry into the service above named he was a man of good, sound, physical health, being when enrolled a farmer. That he is no in part disabled from obtaining his subsistence by manual labor by reason of his injuries, above described, received in the service of the United States; and he therefore makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the invalid pension roll of the United States."
..."He hereby appoints, with full power of substitution and revocation, A. D. Wiggins of Buford, Highland County, Ohio, his true and lawful attorney to prosecute his claim. That he has not received nor applied for a Pension. That his Post Office Address is Nevin, county of Highland, State of Ohio."
(Claimant's signature) Samuel Colvin
(Attest) Hugh Leslie and W. T. Gruber
...Included in this record: A document asking him to state his wifes full name and maiden name has Louisa Colvin, Louisa Benham. Married July 17th, 1873 in Dayton, Ohio. It lists his three children.
...A copy of the marriage record from Montgomery County that states Samuel Colvin and Louisa Benham were married on 16th day of July 1873. (Note: The family bible record says the 16th)
...Affidavit: 25 February 1907 - Declaration for Pension. This states he is a resident of National Military Home, county of Grant, Indiana--that he applied for a pension Certificate #204892. It also has a physical description of Height: 6 feet 1/4 inches; complexion, dark; color of eyes, hazel; color of hair, dark; and that his occupation was farmer.
...Affidavit: 30 September 1908 - Declaration of wife Under Act of March 3, 1899 Louisa states she is Mrs. Louisa Colvin, aged 56 years, a resident of West Carrollton County of Montgomery, State of Ohio, who being duly sworn according to law, makes the following declaration under the act of March 3, 1899, in order to obtain one-half of the pension due or to become due her husband, Samuel Colvin who is a resident pensioner of the United States, and who is an inmate of National Military Home, Dayton, O. That her husband served as a Corporal in Co. A 89, Reg. Ohio Vol Inf.
...16 February 1909 General Affidavit In the matter of Louisa Colvin under the Act of March 3-1899 in order to obtain one-half of the pension due her husband Samuel Colvin. We make the affidavit that Louisa Colvin is not divorced from her husband Samuel Colvin and that she is a woman of good moral character, always commanding the respect of the community. We further make affidavit that Louisa Colvin is in necessitous circumstances. She maintains her family by keeping a boarding house. She also has the care and maintenance of her husband Samuel Colvin's aged father. Signed: J.B. Shannon and W. M. Shade
...2 March 1909 General Affidavit State of Ohio, County of Montgomery In the matter of Louisa Colvin receiving one half pension of Samuel Colvin. We declare that affidavit of the said Louisa Colvin is true and correct. We have known her for several years and are her neighbors and know she is in needy circumstances. She keeps a boarding house and the income scarcely gives her a living. Signed: A. H. Manning and Harvey Gassert
...5 January 1915 - Pensioner Dropped Certificate No. 204892, Pensioner Samuel Colvin, Service A 89 Ohio Inf. I have the honor to report that the name of the above-described pensioner was last paid at $18- to Sept 4, 1914 has this day been dropped from the roll because of death Dec. 1, 1914.
...15 December 1914 Declaration for Widow's Pension The final paper is a copy of a returned check with the information that the pensioner died Apr 30-21 (Last paid at $30 to Mar 4 1921.

89th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Organized at Camp Dennison, Ohio, and mustered in August 26, 1862. Ordered to Covington, Ky., September 3, 1862, and duty there until October 5, during the threatened attack on Cincinnati, Ohio, by Kirby Smith. Ordered to Point Pleasant, W. Va., October 5. Attached to Army of Kentucky, Dept. of the Ohio, September-October, 1862. 2nd Brigade, Kanawha Division, District of West Virginia, Dept. of the Ohio, to February, 1863. Crook's Brigade, Baird's Division, Army of Kentucky, Dept. of the Cumberland, to June, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 4th Division, 14th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to September, 1863. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, Reserve Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to October, 1863. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 14th Army Corps, Army of the Cumberland, to June, 1865.

SERVICE: --Advance to Falls of the Kanawha, Va., October 10-November 3, 1862, thence moved to Fayetteville Court House November 17, and duty there until January 6, 1863. Moved to Nashville, Tenn., January 25-February 7. Relief of 83rd Illinois Infantry, at Dover, from attack by Forest's Cavalry February 3. Expedition to Carthage, Tenn., February 22-25. Duty at Carthage until June 5. Ordered to Murfreesboro, Tenn., June 5. Middle Tennessee or Tullahoma Campaign June 23-July 7. Hoover's Gap June 24-26. Tullahoma June 29-30. Occupation of Middle Tennessee until August 16. Chickamauga (Ga.) Campaign August 16-September 22. Expedition to Tracy City and destruction of Salt Peter Works at Nickajack Cove August 20-September 10. Reconnaissance from Rossville September 17. Near Ringgold, Ga., September 17. Battle of Chickamauga September 19-21 (most of Regiment captured). Siege of Chattanooga, Tenn., September 24-November 22. Reopening Tennessee River October 26-29. Brown's Ferry October 27. Near Chattanooga November 6. Chattanooga-Ringgold Campaign November 23-27. Orchard Knob November 23-24. Mission Ridge November 25. Pursuit to Graysville November 26-27. Duty at Chattanooga until February 22, 1864. Demonstration on Dalton, Ga., February 22-27. Tunnel Hill, Buzzard's Roost Gap and Rocky Faced Ridge February 23-25. Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign May 1-September 8. Demonstrations on Rocky Faced Ridge May 8-11. Battle of Resaca May 14-15. Advance on Dallas May 18-25. Operations on line of Pumpkin Vine Creek and battles about Dallas, New Hope Church and Allatoona Hills May 25-June 5. Operations about Marietta and against Kenesaw Mountain June 10-July 2. Pine Hill June 11-14. Lost Mountain June 15-17. Assault on Kenesaw June 27. Ruff's Station, Smyrna Camp Ground, July 4. Chattahoochie River July 5-17. Peach Tree Creek July 19-20. Siege of Atlanta July 22-August 25. Utoy Creek August 5-7. Flank movement on Jonesboro August 25-30. Battle of Jonesboro August 31-September 1. Operations against Hood in North Georgia and North Alabama September 29-November 3. March to the sea November 15-December 10. Siege of Savannah December 10-21. Campaign of the Carolinas January to April, 1865. Fayetteville, N. C., March 11. Battle of Bentonville March 19-21. Occupation of Goldsboro March 24. Advance on Raleigh April 10-14. Occupation of Raleigh April 14. Bennett's House April 26. Surrender of Johnston and his army. March to Washington, D.C., via Richmond, Va., April 29-May 20. Grand Review May 24. Mustered out June 14, 1865.

Battle of Chickamauga
September 18-20, 1863
Estimated Casualties: 34,624 total (US 16,170; CS 18,454
Description: After the Tullahoma Campaign, Rosecrans renewed his offensive, aiming to force the Confederates out of Chattanooga. The three army corps comprising Rosecrans’ s army split and set out for Chattanooga by separate routes. In early September, Rosecrans consolidated his forces scattered in Tennessee and Georgia and forced Bragg’s army out of Chattanooga, heading south. The Union troops followed it and brushed with it at Davis’ Cross Roads. Bragg was determined to reoccupy Chattanooga and decided to meet a part of Rosecrans’s army, defeat them, and then move back into the city. On the 17th he headed north, intending to meet and beat the XXI Army Corps. As Bragg marched north on the 18th, his cavalry and infantry fought with Union cavalry and mounted infantry which were armed with Spencer repeating rifles. Fighting began in earnest on the morning of the 19th, and Bragg’s men hammered but did not break the Union line. The next day, Bragg continued his assault on the Union line on the left, and in late morning, Rosecrans was informed that he had a gap in his line. In moving units to shore up the supposed gap, Rosencrans created one, and James Longstreet’s men promptly exploited it, driving one-third of the Union army, including Rosecrans himself, from the field. George H. Thomas took over command and began consolidating forces on Horseshoe Ridge and Snodgrass Hill. Although the Rebels launched determined assaults on these forces, they held until after dark. Thomas then led these men from the field leaving it to the Confederates. The Union retired to Chattanooga while the Rebels occupied the surrounding heights. Result: Confederate victory 
Colvin, Samuel S. (I9)

Mother is Alta Sutton, father not proven. Adopted by Fred and Viola Brainard - Court ordered adoption. 
Leeth, Mildred June (I73)

No children. 
Family F127

NOTE: The Hosmer Brothers, John & Stephen, married the Billings Sisters, Mary & Prudence. 
Family F3077

NOTE: The Hosmer Brothers, John & Stephen, married the Billings Sisters, Mary & Prudence. 
Family F4367

John Benham Informed the Court that when this plantation first began, he was by the Authority then setled here, sent forth to looke for Claye to make brickes, wherein he spent as much time as was worth twenty shillings, wch he thinkes the towne should allow him: diuers that were then here present, said he was so sent forth, and thereupon the towne were now willing hee should have Allowance, and therefore wished him to bring his Account to the Gouernour, who is to order the Treasurer to paye him what he findes just. [Source: Edited by Franklin Bowditch Dexter, New Haven Colony Historical Society, Ancient Town Records Volume I (New Haven: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1917). pg. 79]

John Benham was complained of for a defective gunn; he said he could not gett it mended, though it had bine long at the gunsmithes for a new touchhole, but was told if he would haue worked for the gunsmith, hee would haue mended it, but the next Court by Corporall Nash hee poued that he then had two gunns in good order, beside that defective one, wch two was for him and his sonn; so it past wthout a fine. [Source: Edited by Franklin Bowditch Dexter, New Haven Colony Historical Society, Ancient Town Records Volume I (New Haven: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1917). pg. 137]

John Benham was complained of for absence at Trayning one day; he said hee had a kill of brickes to burne, and by the wettnes of the weather he was put of; that he was forced to burne them that weeke, and if he had not begun it vpon ye second day, he could not finish beforeye Saboth, vpon wch ground the Court past it without a fine. [Source: Edited by Franklin Bowditch Dexter, New Haven Colony Historical Society, Ancient Town Records Volume I (New Haven: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1917). pg. 160

Concerning horses, according to ye Generall Courts Order, it was now agreed that what horses are in ye Towne, fitt for service, shall be looked vp speedily: and Edward Camp, James Bishopp, John Benham, and John Thomas, are appointed to that service: and ye Townsmen are appointed to consider of a place for a pasture for them: a place neere Peter Mallaries was named, and also some part of Mr Hawkins his out lott, and a place neere William Dauis his house: and those that haue sadles were desired to see yt they are in readines for publique service. [Source: Edited by Franklin Bowditch Dexter, New Haven Colony Historical Society, Ancient Town Records Volume I (New Haven: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1917. pg. 216]

It is refferred to the Military officers to chuse and agree wth a new drummer for the Towne, in ye roome of John Benham, who desires to released. [Source: Edited by Franklin Bowditch Dexter, New Haven Colony Historical Society, Ancient Town Records Volume I (New Haven: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1917. pg. 234]

John Benham, Senior, passeth ouer to his sonn Joseph Benham all the accommodations wch belonged to that lott wch was at first giuen him by the Towne, next ye lot of Thomas Nash wch he lately sold to Robert Talmage. [Source: Edited by Franklin Bowditch Dexter, New Haven Colony Historical Society, Ancient Town Records Volume I (New Haven: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1917). pg. 267]

...John Benham, Senior, and Henry Bristown are chosen packers for flesh, and tooke oath to attend righteousnes therin, according to ye order in ye case, so farr as they haue light.
...John Benham is appointed to beate ye drumm for all publique meetings vpon Lords days and other occasions till ye next Towne meeting, either vpon ye topp of the meeting-house on ye Saboth, or to obserue ye winde & beat so that ye whole Towne may heare. [Source: Edited by Franklin Bowditch Dexter, New Haven Colony Historical Society, Ancient Town Records Volume I (New Haven: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1917). pg. 277

John Benham, Senior, being lame in his arme and hauing lost one of his thumbs, was vpon his desire freed from trayning. [Source: Edited by Franklin Bowditch Dexter, New Haven Colony Historical Society, Ancient Town Records Volume I (New Haven: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1917). pg. 282]

The Marshall had order to speake wth Jhn Benham, as from ye Court, tat a woman he brought into the Towne from west Chester (as it said, wife to on Knap in Vergenia) who hath given offenc here, that she be caried away by him againe, else he will be lyable to answer what damage doth come thereby. [Source: Edited by Franklin Bowditch Dexter, New Haven Colony Historical Society, Ancient Town Records Volume I (New Haven: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1917 pg. 312]

John Benham appeared and desired of ye Court that they would release him from ye bargaine he tooke of ym in cattell, wch is ye estate of ye children of John Walker deceased: for he is weake & lame and vnable to provide for them. The Court told him they would take time to consider of it, and fiue him an anwser. [Source: Edited by Franklin Bowditch Dexter, New Haven Colony Historical Society, Ancient Town Records Volume I (New Haven: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1917 pg. 317]

What was last Court propounded by John Benham, concerning the cattell he hath taken of the chilldren of John Walker, was againe spoken to, and Jno Benham was told that in respect of his bodily weakeness the Court inclines to fauour him, and shall release him for his part of the bargaine, but for the other halfe wch his sonn Joseph hath, he must still keepe them, and both must still stand securitie till the bargaine be fully performed, or they by the Court released; he was further told that an equall deuission cannot be made of the cattell vnless they bee seene, and therfore he is speedily to get them together (wch he said he hoped to doe in a weekes time, and then some appointed by the Court shall view them, and so it may be agreed, wch Joseph shall keepe still, and wch shall be otherwise disposed of. [Source: Edited by Franklin Bowditch Dexter, New Haven Colony Historical Society, Ancient Town Records Volume I (New Haven: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1917) pg. 319, 320]

It was agreen (Jno Benham, Senior, Joseph Benham, and Edwa. Watson being present) that Edward Watson should haue all the Cattell wch are now to be deliuered, that was put to Jno Benham and his sonn, and they should be free in October next when the time comes vp, payeing in proportion for alowanc according to their ingagemt, and that they be helpfull to Edwa. Watson in provideing fodder for them this next winter, wch they promised they would; and Edward Watson was now asked [222] what securitie he can put in, wth himselfe, if he have the cattell: he named Richard Hulol, and had libertie to speake wth him; he was further told he may haue them this winter if some whom the Court appoints shall see that hee hath sufficiently provided for them, and that he dispose of none of them wthout the Courts consent, and that at the Spring there shall be a new consideration, and what the Court sees fitt to haue killed now this next slauter time shall be killed and disposed of as the Court shall see cause, for the chilldren advantage as well as may be. [Source: Edited by Franklin Bowditch Dexter, New Haven Colony Historical Society, Ancient Town Records Volume I (New Haven: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1917) pg. 321. 322]

John Benham, Senior, and Joseph Benham his sonn, who had a stocke of cattell in their hand three yeare, of ye estate of ye children of John Walker deceased, wch they parted wth last October, vpon wch accot, things being reckoned in a due proportion, ther appeares due to ye said chilldren from ye said Jno & Joseph Benham for profit ariseing out of ye said cattell, beside what was deliuered in ye stock, 4, 18th, 6d, and twenty fiue shillings in part of a steere of ye said stocke sould them, wch is in all six pounds, three shillings, six pence, wch the said John and Joseph Benham ingage themselues to paye in October newxt, in such paye as shall be to ye Courts satisfaction, things beeing duely considered wth refferrence to them and the chilldren also. [Source: Edited by Franklin Bowditch Dexter, New Haven Colony Historical Society, Ancient Town Records Volume I (New Haven: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1917) pg. 348]

Mr Tuttle made complaint of vnruly doggs, wch hunt cattell in ye night, wch was occasioned by biches going to ye dogg. John Benhams bich was nominated, & he warned to take care of her. [Source: Edited by Franklin Bowditch Dexter, New Haven Colony Historical Society, Ancient Town Records Volume I (New Haven: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1917 pg. 358]

John Benham Senior was chosen Cryer. [Source: Edited by Franklin Bowditch Dexter, New Haven Colony Historical Society, Ancient Town Records Volume I (New Haven: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1917) pg. 439]

An Inventory of the estate of John Benham late of New Haven deceased was by the widdow of the deceased prsented & by her vpon oath Attested to be a full Inventory of ye estate to the best of her knowledg, (an old bason afterwards found excepted). Tho. Munson & john Hariman vpon oath attested to the vallew yt it was just according to their best light, but it being found that part of a house & land was not entered, it was returned to be perfected. [Source: Edited by Franklin Bowditch Dexter, New Haven Colony Historical Society, Ancient Town Records Volume I (New Haven: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1917) pg. 502]

Francis Browne Guardian to Hannnah Walker Informed that ye estate of John Benham deceased or Joseph Benham his sonne was debtor to the estate of John Walker, concerning which he desired the help of the Court, wherevpon the Records of Febr. 4th, 1659, were read, & thereby it appeared that John Benham & Joseph his sonne had engaged ioyntly & seuerally for the paymt of 6£, 3s, 6d, to the sd estate at or before October then next ensuing. Joseph was told that his father being dead he must answere the debt, to wch he replied that part of it was for an Ox bought by his Father, wch is Inventoried as part of that extate. Joseph Benham prsented an account of 3£, 15s, 6d, paid vpon that account, but his booke being sent for & brought, thereby it appeared in ye same page, that 26s was then received back, wch being taken out of 3£, 15s, 6d, there remaind to be deducted out of the debt of 6£, 3s, 6d, but 2£, 09s, 6d, so that the estate of John Walker is Creditour 3£, 14s, 0d, wch Joseph Benham was Ordered to pay to Francis Browne, guardian to Hannah Walker; What joseph Benham hath to say why the estate of his deceased Father should be liable to answere any part of this debt was left to further consideration & heareing. In behalf of Joseph Benham, Francis Browne testified that in March last he demanded this debt of John Benham, who denyed it not, but promised paymt as soone as he could. [Source: Edited by Franklin Bowditch Dexter, New Haven Colony Historical Society, Ancient Town Records Volume I (New Haven: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1917) pg. 508]

...In the troubled reign of Charles I (the king who would later by beheaded), a little company of Puritans from the West Counties of England, in 1629-30, sailed for New England on the "Mary and John." The rest of the Winthrop Fleet that would be the main party of the Massachusetts Bay Colony followed two months later.
...John Benham, brickmaker, is generally credited as being on that ship. Quite possibly his wife and two sons, John, Jr. and Joseph, were with him, though we don't know that for sure....What we know about the journey and about the first weeks of getting settled comes from the account of one Captain Roger Clapp, later collected and printed in "Annals of the Town of Dorchester".

"In the year of our Lord 1629, Divers Godly Persons in Devonshire,
Somersetshire, Dorsetshire, & other places, Proposed a Remove to
New England...These good People met together at Plymouth, a
Sea-port Town in ye Sd County of Devon..."

Later in his narrative, Captain Clapp tells about the journey itself and what happened when they first arrived in the New World:

"The people being too many in Number to come in one vessel, they hired one
Captain Squeb to bring them in a large ship of 444 Tons; they set Sail from
Plymoouth ye 20th of March, 1629-30 and arrived at 30th of May,
1629-30, having a Comfortable tho long passage, and having Preachint or
Expounding of the Scripture every day of their Passage, performed by their Ministers."

"They had agreed with Capt. Squeb to bring them into Charles River, but he was
false to his bargain & would not come any further than Nantasket, where he
turned them and their Goods ashore on ye point, leaving them in a forlorn
Wilderness distitute of any habitation & most other comforts of life. But it pleased
God, they got a Boat of some that had staied in ye Country...for trade with ye
Natives before these adventurers came over... and put their goods in ye Boat,
and... went up ye River until it grew narrow and Shallow, & then put ashore &
Built a hut to shelter their Goods."

...They were met by about 300 Indians, accompanied by a planter, who had stayed in the country and could speak something of the Natives' language. They exchanged biscuits for fish and shellfish.
...The first months were not easy for the settlers. Even in this temporary camp, they would have had to build crude shelters. Again, we turn to Captain Clapp for an account of their early hardships:

'Oh ye Hunger that many suffered, and saw no hope in an eye of Reason
to be supplyed, only by Clams, & Muscles, and Fish, and Bread was so very
Scarce, that sometimes ye very Crusts of my Fathers Table would have been
very sweet unto me: And when I could have Meal & Water & Salt, boiled together,
it was so good, who could wish better. And it would have been a strange thing
to see a piece of Roast Beef, Mutton, or Veal; tho it was not long before there was Roast Goat.

" Indians were very friendly to them, which our people ascribed to God's
watchful Providence over them in their weak beginnings;... about Ten men
[went up the river] to seek out ye way for ye Rest. They were now landed upon
ye Main Continent in a wild and unknown Wilderness, and they had brought
Cattle with them which if they put them ashore they would likely wander & be
lost & themselves likewise in seeking them."

Dorchester Plantation
...The new settlement, which was named Dorchester Plantation, began about the beginning of June. The colonists were settled here a month or two before Governor Winthrop and the ships that came with him arrived at Charlestown.
...Freedom to pursue their Puritan beliefs without persecution was the principal colonists to endure a long arduous journey an unknown land. [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)].

John Benham came to New England with the Winthrop Fleet in 1630. We do not know the name of his ship, but it was one of the eleven. His origin in England is unknown. (WINTHROP FLEET, Banks, rep. ed., 1976: pg. 60) He was made freeman 18 May 1631 at Boston (LIST OF FREEMAN OF MASS., Paige, rep. 1978; p. 11) Savage places him at Dorchester before his removal to New Haven in 1639.

On the 4th day of the 4th month of 1639 at the Founding of New Haven, John Benham is there with William Preston, Henry Peck, Nath: Merriman, Thomas Munson and "Old" Benjamin Wilmot. In 1643, in a tabulated account of the Planters of New Haven, john Benham has "5 persons in his family"; received 70 acres in the land divisions in various parcels and was taxed 5s 11d. We can count four persons: John, two sons and his wife. Either there was another child by 1643 about whom we know nothing, or he had someone living with him. We have found no census as yet that might help clear this one point. He was one of the early members of First Church: joining about 1639-40 as No. 14. His wife, whose name has not been found anywhere, joined the church in 1646 as No. 126 and according to that record, died before 1654. He was made freeman on 5 Aug 1644 with Roger Betts, William Bradley and others. His two sons of record: john and Joseph took the oath of freeman on 4 Apr 1654. In the 10 Mar 1646 seating list at Meeting House, Bro. Benham sits in the seventh row in the mens middle seats and Mrs. Benham is a seat-neighbor of Sister Preston and Sister Mansfield in the cross seats at the end, 4th row.
...John, too, we find among those with a defective gun and was fined 2s. If we made a survey of the early records, we would probably find that most of the men in these early plantations had been fined for defective weapons. On 16 Jun 1645, we have an entry in the early record that describes John Benham's trade: he was a brickmaker. He had to cross Mr. Eaton's land to get to the clay, and Mr. Eaton apparently objected to this. In that day, too, man had his "easement" problems. And the court had to admonish him for being absent on "trayning" days, for which he paid fines of 2s:6d.
...To describe John Benham's feelings about contemporary affairs, the following entry is somewhat edited: "22 Mar 1653 - John Benham. . . now testifys he spake contemptuously of the commisioners saying they satt long, but what did they, he could have three or four plow-men. . doe as much in three or foure dayes; and when the magistrates were informed . . that the generality of Stamford . . desire(d) they might have liberty in bots, but they would be confined to chuse within the church, but if that would not bee granted they should rest satisfyed in ye course setled."
...John Benham died in 1661; the inventory of his estate returned 25 May 1663. the amount has been lost from the record. why it would take from 3 Jan 1661 to present the inventory on 6 May 1662 and have it returned in 1663 we don't know, except there must have been some involvement not recorded. the Inventory was taken by Thomas Munson and John Merriman. [Source: Marjorie Barnes Thompson, Barnes and allied Families of Long Island and Connecticut(Self published, 1978)., pg. 100.]

John Benham died in 1661; the inventory of his estate returned 25 May 1663. The amount has been lost from the record. Why it would take from 3 Jan 1661 to present the inventory on 6 May 1662 and have it returned in 1663 we don't know, except there must have been some involvement not recorded. The Inventory was taken by Thomas Munson and John Merriman. [Source: Marjorie Barnes Thompson, Barnes and allied Families of Long Island and Connecticut(Self published, 1978)., pg. 107.] 
Benham, John (I574)

...Helen Louise (Colvin) Taylor, 85, passed away March 10, 2008, in Anderson, IN, following several months of declining health.
...A resident of Dayton, Ohio for nearly 70 years, Helen was born Sept. 5, 1922, in Lancaster, Ohio. She was a graduate of Vandalia Butler High School (1940) where she later served as secretary to seven successive superintendents of the Vandalia Butler School Corporation until her retirement in 1988.
...Helen was an active member of the Salem Church of God in Clayton, Ohio, from 1942 until she moved to Anderson in 2001. In addition to serving in the music and radio ministry of the church, Helen was a member of the Board of Elders. For more than 20 years, she and her late husband, Glenn, taught the Triad Sunday school class. After retirement, Helen also volunteered her secretarial skills at the church.
...Helen is survived by her three children, Ron (Cheryl) Taylor of Winter Haven, Fla., Don (Pam) Taylor of Anderson, and Connie (Bill) Ducey of San Anselmo, Calif.; her sister, Ruth Schumacher of Rowland Heights, Calif.; eight grandchildren, Dean, Chris, Scott, Andrew and AJ Taylor, Jill and Matthew Ducey, and Anne Nelson, six great-grandchildren, Rachel, Hannah, Faith, Hope, Noah and Abby; and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.
...Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn O. Taylor; her mother and father, Aunita (Moore) Colvin and Walter Colvin; and her brother, Paul Colvin.
...Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Salem Church of God in Clayton, Ohio, with Drs. David Sebastian and Joseph Cookston officiating. Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens, New Carlisle, Ohio.
...Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Baker-Hazel-Snider Funeral Home, 5555 Philadelphia Drive, Dayton, Ohio. (Published in the Dayton Daily News on 3/13/2008) 
Colvin, Helen Louise (I264)

...Wave Mae Leeth, 80 of Clare, died Wednesday, Feb. 20 in Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, Md. while visiting her son.
...She was born Jan. 26, 1900 in Clare County the daughter of Kelly and Myrtle (Norris) Turner. She married Giles Leeth on April 23, 1920 in Clare and he predeceased her November 1974. Mrs. Leeth moved to Clare in 1971, from Lansing.
...She is survived by 4 sons, Garth of California, Zane of Frederick, Md., K.A. of Lansing, and Loy of California, 1 daughter, Mrs. Dexter (Diane) Pridmore of Columbus, Ohio. Also surviving Mrs. Leeth are 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
...Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 2:00 p.m. in the Stephenson-Wyman Funeral Home with Rev. Ronald Woolley officiating. Burial was in Cherry Grove Cemetery. Clare Sentinel dated 2-27/1980 (Thank you, gladwin gal, for typing this obituary!) 
Turner, Wava Mae (I6490)

...William F. Walls – Funeral service for William F. Walls, 68 years old, was held Tuesday afternoon from the home at Foreman, Okla., with Rev. J. A. Boggs conducting the service. Burial was at the Gans cemetery.
...The Sequoyah Funeral home had charge of the arrangements.
...Mr. Walls is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nancy Walls; three sons, Floyd, Perry and Leonard Walls, of Eufaula, Okla.; four daughters, Mrs. Lula Powell, Sallisaw, Mrs. Kay gibson, Castle, Okla., Miss Minnie Walls of the home and Mrs. Lennie McCombs of California. (Democrat American, Sallisaw, OK Thursday April 11, 1940) 
Walls, William Frederick (I426)

A fitting Tribute to the Memory of Judge Justin Harlan
Justin Harlan, one of our oldest, most highly esteemed and most prominent citizens, died at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. W. A. Wright, at Kuttawa, Kentucky, on Thursday morning the 13th inst. He left his home here, to make his daughter and son-in-law a visitor, but a few days since, with no symptoms of ill-health save a slight cold; and , after his arrival at Kuttawa, no alarming symptoms in regard to his health were discovered until within two or three days of his death. Even then, he protested that there was nothing the matter with him, and it was with great difficulty that his daughter could prevail upon him to go to bed. From the time he took to his bed, he gradually became weaker and weaker, until life ceased. He died, apparently without a pain. Death came to him as peacefully and sweetly as the sleep of an infant. It was a fitting close—such as, doubtless, he desired—to an honorable and well-spent life. Although absent from home, he was surrounded by friends, and everything was done for him that affection could desire or skill suggest.

Mr. Harlan was born on his father’s farm, near Ridgeville, in Warren County, Ohio, on the 6th of December, 1800. having received a good common school education, on arriving at the age of manhood, he commenced the study of the law in the office of Hon. John McLean, who was shortly thereafter made Post-master General, and still later one of the Judges of the Supreme Court of the United States; but, in consequence of official engagements requiring McLean’s presence in Washington, Mr. Harlan’s preliminary legal studies were completed in the office of Judge Collett, an eminent jurist then residing in Warren County.

In May 1825, Mr. Harlan settled at Darwin, then the county seat of this county, and, at once, engaged in the practice of his profession-traveling, as was the custom, with the Judge, from county to county, throughout the circuit. He was soon recognized as one of the ablest lawyers in the circuit, and obtained a practice which that reputation merited. But, even such a practice, at that day, monopolized only a small portion of time and brought but a small income; for there was little litigation in the country, and what there was, was not such as commanded large attorneys’ fees. There were but two terms of court in the year, and in but a single county in the circuit did the term last a week—in all the others it terminated at the end of from one to four days. Accordingly, in the intervals between terms of courts, Mr. Harlan had an abundance of leisure time—and this, for some time, he divided between assisting an elder brother, Jacob, (who held all the important county offices and that of village postmaster,) in the discharge of his official duties, and fishing and hunting, of which amusements he was always passionately fond.

Within a few years after settling at Darwin, Mr. Harlan was elected a justice of the peace, and this office he held until he was elected a Circuit Judge.

In 1832 he was married to an estimable lady, Miss Lucinda Hogue, the daughter of an old pioneer and highly respected citizen, and she still survives to mourn his death.

During the sessions of the General Assembly, between 1828 and 1834, Mr. Harlan was several times elected to Clerk-ships connected with the current sessions.

In the summer of 1832, he served a three months campaign in the “Blackhawk War,” as second lieutenant, in a company from this county of which John F. Richardson, long since deceased, was captain and the late Woodford Dulaney was First Lieutenant.

The session of the General Assembly of 1884-‘5, re-organized the Judiciary, relieving the Supreme Judges from holding circuit courts as they had before that time been required, and elected five Circuit Judges. These were Richard M. Young, Stephen T. Logan, Sidney Breese, Justin Harland, Henry Eddy, and Thomas Ford. Harlan’s circuit was the 4th Chief Justice Wilson’s old circuit. He was commissioned January 9, 1835, and at once entered upon the discharge of the duties of his office. Eddy resigned his office in February 1835, and Alex F. Grant was immediately elected and commissioned in his place. His circuit was the third and included all of Southern Illinois, proper; Harlan’s circuit included Vermillion and White counties and all the intermediate territory. In the fall of 1835, Harland and Grant exchanged circuits, in order to afford opportunity for the trial of causes without change of venue, in which they had been concerned as lawyers—and thus Harlan, during his term, held Circuit Court in every county then organized, in full one-third of the entire Territory of the State.

Of all the judges elected with him, the venerable Stephen T. Logan alone survives him.

In 1837, Mr. Harlan removed to a farm which he had purchased, at the long since extinct town of Aurora, located at a point two and a half to three miles above Darwin, where the Wabash River making a curve to the westward touches the Illinois bluff. Here his family resided until in 1839, when he removed to this place were his home has ever since continued.

The General Assembly, by the act of February 11, 1841, re-organizing the Judiciary, legislated the Circuit Judges out of office—Mr. Harlan included with the rest, and required the Circuit court to be held by the Judges of the Supreme Court. From this date until his election as Circuit Judge by the people, Mr. Harlan engaged actively in the practice of his profession, and is all cases not depending upon the efforts of advocacy alone, he was universally conceded to be without a superior among those who practiced at the bar of the circuit. In 1843, he was the nominee of the Whig party, in this district, for Congress-but his party being largely in the minority; the Democratic nominee, Mr. Ficklin, was elected.

In 1847, Mr. Harlan was elected, conjointly with Dr. Tutt, delegate from this county—(the late Hon. Uri Manley being at the same time delegate from this senatorial district,) to the convention called to frame a new constitution for the State. In that body of able and distinguished men, he occupied a prominent position and he bore a conspicuous part and wielded a controlling influence throughout all its deliberations.

In September 1848, Mr. Harlan was elected by the people Judge of the fourth Judicial Circuit—his competitors for that office being the late William Wilson, for near thirty years Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, and the late Hon. Charles II. Constable, afterwards his successor upon the circuit bench. In 1855, he was re-elected Circuit Judge. In 1862, he, for a brief time, resumed the practice of the law;--but, in 1862, upon receiving an appointment from his personal friend, President Lincoln, to an Indian agency, he abandoned his profession—and, since then, he was never attempted to engage actively in its practice. He performed the duties of Indian Agent until in 1865, when he returned to his home, and devoted his time chiefly to straightening up and setting in order his private affairs; until in 1873, when he was elected Judge of the County Court of this county. He held this office for one term. Since then, his time has been occupied in looking after his domestic affairs, in reading, and in the enjoyment of the society of his friends.

Lawyers, competent to know, say that Mr. Harlan was, by, nature, a great lawyer. He had, in the maturity of his manhood, a memory that was almost marvelous. His mind was acutely analytical, and his sense of justice was almost unerring in discriminating the right from the wrong. He had a large heart, throbbing with charity and mercy for those who, by reason of weakness rather than from inherent wickedness, transgressed the law; but for those who boldly defied the law, and willfully preferred the wrong to the right, he was stern and inflexible in meting out the punishment demanded by the law.

He was plain and simple in his dress, habits and tastes. He had but few wants, and they were of the simplest character and easily satisfied. He was without vanity, and associated on terms of intimacy with the humblest and the lowest, with as much apparent satisfaction as with those whom the accidents of fortune had more favored. He was imminently social, and always cheerful; and his presence frequently brought sunshine and cheerfulness, where that of others would have brought clouds and discontent. In his domestic relations, he was all that a good man should be. He was fond of little children, and as is always the case, they, in turn, were equally fond of him. Many a bright little eye will be blinded with tears, when it is known that is no more.

He was truly a great and good man—an honor to the community and the State in which he lived—and his name should ever be held in grateful remembrance. (Clark county Herald, Wednesday, March 18, 1879, page 5)

Harlan, Justin (I8505)

Jacob Riggs Dead
One of Oldest and Best Loved Residents of County Passes.
.....Hon. Jacob Riggs, one of the most venerable and best loved men in Gallia County, passed away at his home at Clay Chapel in Clay township Monday after a week's illness. He had been in failing health for several years. The funeral services will be held Wednesday at Clay Chapel at 2 p.m. Eastern time, conducted by Rev. J. R. Fields, the interment following in the church cemetery.
.....Mr. Riggs was born in Monroe County, this state on Jan. 22, 1824, and moved to Gallia County with his parents, James and Mary Riggs when about eight years of age. His parents were among the pioneer settlers in that section, and the rugged physique, honest purpose and upright life which they led was passed on in full measure to their son.
.....On March 4, 1848, almost 68 years ago, Mr. Riggs was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Guthrie of Clay township, and who survives him with the following children: Misses Rose and Mary Riggs, Mrs. B. H. Ingels, Mr. Edward Riggs, and Mr. Ernest Riggs, the latter now of Marietta. One brother, Harvey Riggs, located in the west, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Hall of Bloomington, Ill., survive him, both at great age.

In Memory
.....Jacob Riggs was born in Monroe county, Ohio, January 22, 1824, and departed this life December 20, 1915, at the advanced age of 91 years, 10 months and 28 days.
He was married to Miss Elizazbeth M. Guthrie, March 28, 1848. To them were born eight children, five of whom are living. Three children, James, Mrs. W. D. Graham and Mrs. George Gilman have preceded their father to the home beyond.
.....Mr. Riggs was converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal church at Clay Chapel when he was only a boy and retained his membership here until he became a member of the church triumphant. He was an industrious hard working man and by industry, frugality and honest and careful business methods was able not only to accumulate considerable property, but to occupy an enviable position in the community. The fact that he occupied such a position never led him to use it to gain a single advantage of any fellowman no matter how humble that man's place. His situation rather deepened his sense of responsibility and gave him the conviction that he was his brother's keeper, and no one who knew his life, doubts for a moment that his life was dominated largely by that conviction.
.....While the business side of his life was marked and prominent it was the religious side that made him the man that everybody knew and loved. He had great faith in God, a faith that was childlike in its simplicity. God and Heaven were realities to him. He lived in the constant companionship of the one and in the full expectation of the enjoyment of the other.
.....While his life was deeply religious it was intensely practical. He believed that religion is a thing for this --- and that it is for every day; that --- --- life is under its control. He heard his Master say: "In as much as ye did unto one of the least of these ye did it unto me." So no cry of need ever went unheeded. No one was ever turned hungry from his door. No one could complain of dishonest or unfair treatment at his hand.
.....The great rule laid down by the Christ for the regulation of or conduct toward one another, was the Golden Rule of his life. His deep interest in the church has been life long. Not only by his means and by his active participation in all church enterprises, but by the unconscious influence of a great and noble life has he presented the Christ of Calvary to needy men. No pastor has gone from Clay Chapel in more than half a century without good reason to thank God for Jacob Riggs.
.....For several years his health has been failing. For all this time he has moved about in his quiet way as though waiting for the end. It has finally come. A long life is ended. A life's work is done. A journey is finished and at Home, he can rest. After an acquaintance of more than ten years and after hearing expressions from the lips of many people from various walks of life, we believe we can truthfully say:"None knew him but to love him or named him but to praise."
.....He leaves to mourn their loss an aged and devoted wife, two sons, three daughters, seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a circle of relatives and friends as large as his acquaintance. [Source: Gallipolis paper, December 20, 1915, Transcribed by Maxine Marshall]

Jacob Riggs Dead
One of Gallia's Oldest and Best Citizens Passes
.....Jacob Riggs, one of Gallia county's most prominent old citizens, passed away at his home near Raccoon Island at a little after the noon hour Monday, December 20, 1915. Mr. Riggs was born in Monroe county, O., January 22, 1824, the son of James and Mary Riggs, and came to this county when quite young. He was county commissioner for a number of years in Gallia county. He was an industrious man, kind and generous with all he came in contact with and esteemed by many friends and considered one of Gallia county's best citizens.
.....Mr. Riggs is survived by his widow Mrs. Elizabeth Riggs, daughters, Misses Rose and Mary, Mrs. Bert Ingels and sons, Edward and Ernest and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
.....The funeral will be conducted by Rev. J.R. Fields at Clay Chapel Wednesday at 2 P.M., eastern time, interment to follow at the chapel cemetery under direction of Wetherholt.
.....Mr. and Mrs. Riggs celebrated their sixty-eight year of wedded life some time ago.
.....In the palmy days of the White Collar Line boats Jacob Riggs was one of the biggest cattle shippers that went to the Cincinnati market. He is said to have made possible the building of Clay Chapel a Methodist
place of worship. The fine big bell on Clay Chapel formerly on the big sidewheel packet of St. Lawrence of 25 years back was presented to Mr. Riggs who placed the bell in the belfry of Clay Chapel where it has performed services for many years. [Note: He served as a 1st Sergeant in the Squirrel Hunters.] [Source: Gallipolis Daily Tribune, December 21, 1915, Transcribed by Henny Evans] 
Riggs, Jacob (I6846)

Mrs. Hormell Dies At 78
...Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon for Mrs. Mary Eva Acklin Hormell, 78, of Waynesburg, who died Saturday in Green County Memorial Hospital, Waynesburg.
...A native of Amity, Washington County, she was a well-known resident of Brownsville for 75 years. For the past nine month, she had resided in the home of a daughter, Mrs. Robert E. Bell in Waynesburg.
...She was predeceased by her husband, Isaac Cleaver Hormell, Feb. 5, 1937. She is survived by four children in addition to Mrs. Bell: Mrs. Nellie Massy, Manistique, Mich.; Mrs. Velma Frazer, Pittsburgh; Mrs. Maude Waters, Pittsburgh; Mrs. Jennie Markley, Brownsville; and Robert A., Uniontown; 20 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; and one brother, William A. Acklin, Coraopolis.
...Friends will be received after 7 p.m. today in the Kisinger Funeral Home, Brownsville, where services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. D. L. Robertson, of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Brownsville, officiating. Burial will be in Westland Cemetery, Centerville. 
Acklin, Mary Eva (I7310)

Death of Dr. Adam Sellers,
Dr. Adam Sellers, one of the oldest and best known residents of Lebanon, died at his room in the VanNote property, on Broadway, Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock, in the ninety-second year of his age. Death came as the result of no particular illness, but from a general failure of vital powers, brought on by Dr. Sellers' extreme age. He has been exceedingly feeble for some time and the end was not unexpected.

Dr. Sellers was born near Lebanon, July 4, 1802. He was the second son of Peter and Blanche Sellers. His father was a native of Germany, who settled first in Virginia and afterwards, in 1789, moved to what is now Warren county. Dr. Sellers was one of four children, three sons and one daughter. The latter, in after years, became the wife of William Cameron, who, in partnership with John McLean, published the Star in the early days of the present century.

Dr. Sellers, about the time he attained his majority, visited Virginia. In 1824 he was converted at a Methodist camp meeting and joined the church in whose communion he died. One year later he was licensed to exhort. He joined the Ohio conference in 1826. In 1828 he was ordained deacon by Bishop Roberts and in 1832 was ordained elder by Bishop Emory. He intended to devote his life to the ministry but owing to some throat trouble his voice failed him and he was compelled to abandon his chosen calling.

He accordingly entered the mercantile trade at Springfield, with his father-in-law, only to lose everything in the financial crisis of 1837. He then turned his attention to medicine and in 1840 graduated from Worthington Medical College. For a few months he practiced at Newark but in the fall of the year he came to Lebanon and from that time to 1879 actively practiced his profession here. In the latter year he withdrew from practice and he has divided his time between Lebanon and his mom's home in Cincinnati. At one time he was president of the Lebanon Medical Society.

Dr. Sellers was married twice. His first wife, Miss Mary A. Nixon, lived but a few months after the marriage. In 1833, he married Miss Nancy Colbert Bretney, who died in 1873. They had two children, a daughter, who died in 1862, and a son, William B. Sellers, of Cincinnati.

The funeral services will be held this (Thursday) afternoon at one o'clock, in the Methodist church, of which he was such a faithful and consistent member. They will be conducted by Rev. J. P. Porter, who will probably be assisted by other ministers who were friends of Dr. Sellers. The remains will be interred in the Lebanon cemetery. [The Western Star, March 15, 1894] 
Sellers, Dr. Adam (I8469)

October 31, 1810 - Miami Monthly Meeting, Warren County, Ohio, pg. 66, Hannah Harlan (Harlen), formerly Morrison, granted certificate to Center Monthly Meeting, Clinton County, Ohio.

December 1, 1810 - Center Monthly Meeting, Clinton County, Ohio, pg. 497, Hannah Harlan (formerly Morrison) received on certificate from Miami Monthly Meeting, Warren County, Ohio, dated October 31, 1810.

April 6, 1811 - Center Monthly Meeting, Clinton County, Ohio, pg. 497, Hannah Harlan (Harlin) formerly Morrison, condemned, married out of unity. 
Morrison, Hannah (I7967)

Phillip Alcott, or Alcock, as it was then spelled, was born about 1648 in Dedham, Massachusetts. He was the son of Thomas and Margery Alcock. The family moved to Boston, where his father died in 1657. His mother then married John Benham of New Haven and moved to that city with her children. On December 5, 1672, in New Haven, Phillip married Elizabeth, the only daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Mitchell. Phillip was a successful man and owned a large estate in New Haven on the north side of what is now George Street, between College & Temple. He also owned land in other Connecticut towns. Phillip and Elizabeth had five children. Elizabeth died before 1699 and Phillip married Sarah, the widow of Nathaniel Butler that year in Wethersfield. Phillip died in New Haven in 1716 at 68 years. 
Alcock, Phillip (I4044)

She was the daughter of Nathaniel & Jane (Goodenow) Billings. 
Billings, Mary (I11475)

Son of Alexander and Anne (Phillips) Ross. Alexander Ross, a patriot soldier, was killed early in the American Revolution. John Ross fought against the Indians in 1812. John and Mary Hormell Ross lived for 24 years near Lebanon and Cincinnatti, Ohio before moving to the State of Indiana. John Ross was a boat builder by trade. John Ross and his wife Mary had twenty-one grandsons in the Civil War. Mary (Hormell) Ross was buried south of Avon in Hendricks county, Indiana, to where they had moved in 1932. A brother of John Ross is said to have authored the 1840 presidential campaign song "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too". [Source: Jack T. Hutchinson, "A Quaker Migration to Southwestern Ohio", (March 1996), pg. 13, 16] 
Ross, John (I6908)

Thearen and Charlotte met in a class at high school. Their first date was on a Saturday when Thearen stopped at the Leeth's to ask if Charlotte could accompany him to the Bradford Pumpkin Festival. They were married at the home of Charlotte's parents, on the day Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan and heard the news after the wedding.
Family F1

Wilhelm Browne Sr., settled in Foxville. The family of Thomas Browne and Hanna Pittinger and successive generations of his family dropped the final "e" from the surname, including the Christian names, as reflected by the gravestones. 
Brown, William (I5646)

I, Samuel Heald of the Township of Kennett in the County, of Chester, being at this time weak of Body but of an understanding mind & memory & calling to mind the certainty of Death, do make & ordain this my last will & Testament in manner & form following. Impremis (first) I committ my Soul into the merciful hand of God that gave it and as touching my Body to be buried in a Christian life & decent manner at the descretion of my Executris here after named. And as touching the finals (part) of wordly estate where with it has (surely) pleased God to bless me with I give dispose and (devise) the (same) as follows. I bequeath to my son William all my wearing apparell except my thin worsted druggett coat & vest & worsted pair of stocking to whom I give the same to my Son Samuel & my Riding Saddle to my son Joseph (also) the rest & residue of my Estate of what nature or kind Soever I give & dispose unto my dearest well beloved wife for and during her natural life and what remains at her death I leave to her disposing among all my children in such parts & shares as she concieves their necessity most reguires. Lastly I constitute, nominate & appoint my well beloved wife Mary my sole Executris hereby revoking & disannuling all former will & wills heretofore by me made declaring this & no other to be my last will & testament in witness whereof I have here unto (set) my hand & seal this 30th day of March 1736.
Samuel Heald
Sealed published (pronounced) &
declared by the testator to be his
last will & testement in the presence of us.
Wm. Webb
Joseph Harlan
Abraham Parker
[Source: Carmen J. Finley, "Hackney, Harlan & Heald - Our Quaker Ancestors", (Computer printed: C. J. Finley, Santa Rosa, CA, 1987), pg. 19, 20, 45 
Heald, Samuel (I8135)

Frederick County, Maryland Register of Wills
Liber GME # 3, pp. 127-129 Christian Gatz 28 October 1845
...In the name of God, Amen I Christian Gatz of Frederick County in the state of Maryland being sick and weak in body, but of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof, and being desirous to settle my wordly affairs, and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall pleas God to call me hence do therefore make and publish this my last will and testament, in manner and form following, that is to say.
...First and principally I commit my soul unto the hands of Almighty God, and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my administrator herein after named, and after my debts and funeral
charges are paid and my wifes thirds taken out, I devise and bequeath as follows.
...Item I give and bequeath unto Mary Ann Gatz my dear wife all and singular my real estate that is to say one tract of land cald hide and seek also one other tract or parcel of land calld Brues Misfortune also one other tract or parcel cawled timber plenty also one tract or parcel cawled Burnes Range all lying and being in Frederick County and the state of Maryland, in short all the Estate that I now posses in any manner shape or form whatsoever to her Mary Ann Gatz my dear wife as aforsaid, also all my household stuff and furnture of every description and stock of all kinds whatsoever and all farming emprements of every description, in short, that is to say all my real and personal estate that I now possess in any manner shape or form whatsoever, to have and to hold the same and all the profits derived there from so long as she lives and remains in her widdohood, but if she marries and breaks her widdowhood then all the forgoing estate boath real personal and mixed to be sold and equally divided between my foure children to wit my daughter Roseannah wife of Charles Shrader, my son Christian Gatz, my son William Gatz and my son Jacob Gatz equal shear and shear alike, and lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my dear wife Mary Ann to be executrix and my much esteemed friend Christian Hauver to be sole executors of this my last will and testament revoking and annulling former wills by me heretofore made ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last will and testament.
...In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this twentieth day of November in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and fourty foure
Christian (hisXmark) Gatz

Signed sealed published and declared by Christian Gatz the above testators as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto
Solomon Forrest
John Dubel
Jacob Hawver

...Whereas I Christian Gatz of Federick County and state of Maryland have made and duly executed my last will and testament in writing bearing date the twentieth day of November in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and forty four, which said last will and testament and every clause, bequest and devise therein contained, I do hereby ratify and confirm, saving and expecting such clause, bequest and devise therein mentioned as are by me herein after revolked and made void and being desirous to alter some part thereof and making additions thereto do therefore hereby make this my codicil, which I will and direct shall be taken and held as part of my said wil and testament, in manner and form following that is to say, whareas by my said will I did give and bequeath to my daughter Rosannah wife of Charles Shroder equeal share and shear alike with my sons now I do hereby revoke the said legacy and bequeath, and do give unto my said daughter Rosannah wife of Charles Shroder just half as much as my said sons in lieu thereof and no more.
...In testamony whereof I have hereto set my hand and affixed my seal this third day of May in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and forty five.
Christian (hisXmark) Gatz

Signed sealed published and declared by Christian Gatz the above named testator as and for a codicil to his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
Solomon Forest
John Dubel
Jacob Hawver 
Gates, Christian (I4670)
Cress, Henry Ernest (I2172)
Source (S762)
John Conrad Sellers, William Burner and his wife Mary Burner brought suit that Henry Sellers, who was their brother, departed this life latter part of 1859 at his residence and that he left surviving as heirs: John Sellers, Mary Burner, Elizabeth Sellers, Anna Mary Sowers, wife of Jacob Sowers, and Anna P. Maggart, widow. The petition states he was never married and lived with his sister Elizabeth Sellers, who was unmarried, and that she took care of Henry and his business and that he was a person of unsound mind and subject to "fits". A reply to this petition stated that he had been married and that he was capable of handling his business.

Filed with the Petition was a response that said,
"It is not true that Henry Sellers was never married. He married about the year 1837 and his wife died in March 1843.
It is not by any means true that the said Henry Sellers at the time of the execution of said will dated 27 Feb. 1852 or before in and that time was a person of unsound mind, in bad health or that he took no interest in the management of his affairs or was incapable of transacting ordinary business.
The only affliction or disease to which the Henry Sellers was subject was an attack of fits. The fits were frequently very light but in the intervals between his attacks he was perfectly sound in mind and understanding. We the respondents; Elizabeth lived with her brother Henry for many years and she and her two sisters Anna Maggart and Mary Ann Sowers waited upon this brother when he needed it. ____and that its provisions are in accordance with his intention_____." [Source: Mary Marie Koontz Arrington, "Cradled by the Masanutten: The Zellers-Sellers Family", Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1986] 
Sellers, Henry (I10367)
...According to the "New England Marriages prior to 1700" it would appear that John Benham is the son of John and Sarah Benham. As they appear to be the only Benham's living in New Haven at the time, reason indicates John is one of their children. This theory is also supported by the fact that the family of a "Mr. Mansfield resided on the square just to the west of the original John Benham acreage in New Haven. (See New Haven Map of 1641)
...John lived in New Haven. He sold land to John Smith March 3, 1704, to Elnathan Prindle April 16, 1708. Bought land in West Haven in Feb 1709. He gave land in West village to his son Ebenezer on May 23, 1776. His will appears in New Haven probate records, vol. 6. ref: "The Benham Family in America" 
Benham, John Jr. (I1265)
...Benjamin Archer, brother of Aaron Nutt, Sr.'s wife, Mary Archer was born in Mansfield Township, Burlington county, New Jersey. he later moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he was a judge of the courts. from there he continued west into Kentucky where he remained until about 1798, when he arrived in Montgomery County, Ohio, he was quickly appointed an Associate Judge. He and John Ewing were two of the first three judges in Montgomery County being named in 1803.
...Benjamin with his wife Margaret (Brown) and his family came to Centerville in 1798, he owned 496 acres of land in section 19. As associate Judge, Benjamin Archer took part in the first court in the County on 27, July, 1803. Court was held upstairs in the Newcom Tavern in Dayton, Ohio where the presiding judge, Francis Dunlevy, informed the Associates of their duties.
...Benjamin also operated the first store in Washington township out of a log cabin on his farm. He worked as a building contractor from time-to-time and was active in church affairs as well. he was appointed as Deacon in 1801, and was also the church treasurer. He was elected as a trustee of Washington Township each year from 1812 until 1819 and again in 1822 and 1823.
...In 1824 Benjamin and his family moved to Washington township, F. Wayne, Allen County, Indiana. He died in 1833. From the Publication: "A Sense of Place: Published by the Centerville Historical Society - 1977. (Source: Compiled by Irene L. Shrope, Nutt Family of Ohio and New Jersey: , Revised and Up-Dated 1993 (Vandalia, Ohio: Authorized Distributor Donald A. Nutt, 1992). pg. 39) 
Archer, Benjamin (I1200)
...Both James and Eliza, before they were married, lived at Irish Street in Rich Hill. James was age 18 when he married and lived in Rich Hill, a post-town in that part of the Parish of Kilmore, which is in the Barony of O'Neiland West, County Armagh, 4 miles NE from Armagh and 64 miles NW from Dublin on the old road from Armagh to Belfast. Containing 937 inhabitants in 1837; the town is situated on the river Tallwater, in the heart of a rich agricultural and populous manufacturing district, and from its elevated situation has an interesting appearance.
...James and Eliza came out from Ireland to New Zealand, in the Jessie Osbourne, setting off on 6 November 1875, and arrived in Lyttleton on 30 January 1876. With them were: Annie, age 10; William, age 7; Margaret, age 4; and Thomas, age 3 months. (What happened to Margaret and Thomas? Were they the children that were reported sick and died on board the Jessie Osbourne?)
...James' cousins, Adam and Lucinda, and Aunty Ann (nee Falloon) were already in Christchurch having come out in 1873. 
Beck, James (I4334)
...John Benham was to take the oath of fidelity in 1654. He was a registered proprietor of New Haven in 1685 and his children are registered in the New Haven vital records.
...On July 11, 1683 there was confirmed to John by the town of New Haven 8-3/4 acre which he had bought of Thomas Manson (part of Mansfield lot) also one piece of upland (part of Mr. Hitchcodes second division, 8-3/4 acre). Probably the 16 acre out lot was on Main St. near the public square, as records show they owned land there and later moved to Benham Hill, two miles west of West Haven. The holdings were extensive. The first John followed to some extent his trade of brickmaker as well as agricultural pursuits, which pursuits his sons and succeeding generations also followed, likewise fulfilling prominent and influential places in the community. Many of them filled town offices, a distinction which in those early days was highly prized and carried deep significance. The family united with the Congregational Church, and were among its earliest and most liberal contributors.
...The inventory of his estate was dated March 1690; house, barn, and orchard (70 pounds), 3 acres in the old field that was his fathers, 5 acres commonly called Hog's lot, 6 bought of Nathan Smith, 42 acres third division. Value of estate: 180 pounds. (Source: The Benham Family in America, by Georgianna H. Randall.) 
Benham, John (I1081)
...JOHN BENHAM: The exact date of birth is unknown. In the BENHAM FAMILY OF AMERICA, by Randall it states he was born August 15, 1702/04, and according to Mr. Milford Benhams chart and the Wright papers he was born August 15, 1692.
...In a letter written November 12, 1946 by Mr. Fred R. Benham of Indianapolis, Indiana, to his Uncle Silas Benham, a copy of which was loaned to Mrs. Georgianna Randall, to aid her in writing THE BENHAM FAMILY IN AMERICA, it said: "John Benham (1702-1785) was a man of some importance. His name consistently appears in the records of his country along with his dutch son-in-laws. He left a sizable estate, including slaves and real estate. There are records where he purchased and paid 6.18.5 pounds for a French Psalm book, Alsops Demus, Tutamen, Porthsmouth Dispute, Basarush, and others. The personal inventory of his estate suggest household furnishings of a cultivated and gentle family. His household was furnished with iron and plated cooking utensils, eight books listed by his executors at 15 shillings, and good evidence of his station in life was " 1 bed with curtains." In all his personal property for administrative purposes was valued at 68 pounds. He freed old slave " the old Wench Rose." He gave a slave to each of his daughters, probably for their domestic use. He left nothing in his will to his second son, Peter, our lineal ancestor, who was dead at the time the will was made, but left Peter's eldest son John 5 shillings.
...The books mentioned above were purchased by John Benham in an estate sale in 1729. In NEW JERSEY ARCHIVES 1st SERIES ABSTRACTS OF WILLS, Vol. 16-70 1730, page 440 appears "1729 April 12. Stelle, Ambrose of Monmouth County, Trader. Inventory of the personal Estate of 6.18.5, Incl. A French Psalm book, Alsops Decus and Tutamen, the portsmough Dispute and Basaruah zb.; made by Henry Leonard and Daniel Tillton, sworn to by Jonathan Forman, the Administrator. 1729 November 8 account of the sale at public auction, which has brought for the goods as inventoried 9.3.2, the buyers being Aaron Forman, Samuel Forman, Samuel Barton, Thos. Redford, Benjamin Van Cleaf, William Creag, Lawrence Van Cleaf, Joseph Froman, Steven Aumock, John Forman, and John Benham.
1732 November 1 account by the administrator, who" desireth allowance of a certain debt due by bond to Walter Thong of New York, Merchant and paid by the Administrator 20"
...John Benhams will of August 17, 1784 was probated May 20, 1785 and appears in Monmouth County New Jersey Archives, Vol. VI: 41 of Abstracts of wills of 5401-5408 M. Book 27:133. It says he was sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory. It names;
...Grandson John, son of Peter, 5 shillings
...Son Joseph 10 pounds
...Daughter Ann Taylor (negro girl Nan)
...Daughter Handerrickye (same as Hendrics) Van Dike (negro girl named Bett)
...Daughter Catharine Van Horn (negro girl named Rose)
...Daughter Elizabeth Covenhoven (negro boy named Yafe)
...Wife Catharine Benham full use of lands and all remaining goods for her lifetime. After her death it was to be sold and divided among his daughters: the four named above, and his grandchildren who were the children of his deceased daughter, Mary Clayton. He named these children: Robert Clayton, John Clayton, William Van Cleave and said they were to have one share
...He freed old wench Rose, after the death of his wife.

Executors named: Hendricke Smock and Garret Canderveer. Signed by mark in presence of John Van Cleave, Joseph Hilzee, and Hendricke Smock. The inventory amounted to 68.11.3: taken by John Clayton and David Covenhoven, Appraisers and dated May 3, 1785. 
Benham, John (I568)
...She m. (2) Thomas Hazard and (3) Lewis Hues.
...Plymouth, Mass., Portsmouth, R. I. 1641, Dec. 7. He and William Brown complained against James Laxford in an action of trespass. They attached four goats and a lamb in the hands of Samuel Eddy and Joshua Pratt, amounting to 33 shillings, and several other sums in other persons' hands. 1666, Dec. 10, Portsmouth. he deeded Thomas Hazard a quarter of a share in Misquamicut and also paid him 20 pounds, receiving in exchange therefor 30 acres in Portsmouth, and house, orchard, etc., all to belong to Thomas Hazard for life and at decease of Thomas Hazard to be for Thomas Sheriff and his wife Martha for their lives, and at death of both of them to go to 2nd son John Sheriff and heirs, and for want of issue of John to go to 3rd son Caleb, etc.
...Her second husband, Thomas Hazard, made a declaration (just after her first husband's death in 1675, May 29): "This is to satisfy all men, whom it may anyway concern, whereas there is a promise of matrimony betwixt Thomas Hazard and Martha Sheriff, yet I the foresaid Thomas Hazard do take the said Martha Sheriff for her own person, without having anything to do with her estate or with anything that is hers," etc.
...1691, Mar. 22. Martha Hues, wife of Lewis Hues, made agreement with her son John Sheriff, which she had by former husband. Whereas said Lewis Hues was lawfully married to his above named wife Martha, took an occasion privately to go away within six or seven weeks after he was married, taking away great part of her estate that was hers in her former husband's time. She now surrenders all her estate real and personal to her son John, excepting provisions, bedding, etc., and such things as she formerly gave her daughter Susanna Sheriff. John Sheriff to pay his mother £6, on Dec. 25th yearly for life, and thirty pounds good butter and thirty pounds good cheese and two barrels cider, two barrels apples, firewood, room at north-east end of home she now lives in, east part of garden, and keep of a horse or mare, etc. (Source: L. P. Allen, The Genealogy and History of the Shreve Family from 1641 (Greenfield, Illinois: Privately Printed, 1901), pg. 17-18.) 
_____, Martha (I1374)
Excerpt from "Historical Atlas of Paulding County, Ohio, 1892", pg. 62.
...Henry Shelly, a prominent farmer of Harrison township, was born in France, near Paris, on the 26th of December, 1829. His parents, Francis and Jennie Shelly, emigrated to America in 1831, and located in Richland County, near Shelby. They remained there until their deaths. Henry Shelly was two years of age when he came to this country with his parents. He received but a limited education in his adopted country, and began life for himself at an early age. In 1864 he enlisted in Company H., 132nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served for 100 days. He received his honorable discharge, and was a pensioner. Mr. Shelly married Miss Abigail Chaney, the daughter of Charles Chaney, after coming to this county, and they had a child named Charley. The mother dying, Mr. Shelly was again married, Miss Mahala Michaels becoming his wife. Their children were: Abram, Louisa, the wife of L. Leeth, and three who are now deceased. Mrs. Shelly died in 1866, and Julie Myton, the daughter of Robert and Rhoda (Homan) Myton, of German extraction, was married to Mr. Shelly, in 1869. Their children are: Carrie, born April 14, 1872, died March 24, 1883; Emma, born May 21, 1875; Victoria, born September 5, 1877; Ada May, born May 23, 1881, and Lucy, born June 27, 1889. The father of these is a republican in politics and highly esteemed.

...Henry Shelley enlisted as a private at the age of 35 on May 2, 1864, in Company H, 132nd Ohio National Guards Volunteer Infantry, to serve 100 days. He was mustered out with the company September 10, 1864, at Camp Chase, Ohio.
...He filed an Invalid Claim for Pension on February 15, 1883 with the following statement: " At Virginia about the month of August 1864, from the cold of nights and heat of the day and exposure, I incurred loss of one eyesight and enlarged veins and I now suffer and cannot work much and claim Pension on my disabilities." This claim was signed by Henry (x his mark) Shelley and witnessed by J. P. Radenbaugh and Solomon Quince. On December 29, 1890 an Application for Pension was filed with the following reason: "Unable to earn a support due to being blind in left eye, right eye badly effected, rhumatism, itching piles, varicose veins, lumbago and nervousness." It states that he is receiving a pension under certificate No. 374859 at $8.00 for disease of left eye and loss of sight of same. Signed by Henry (x his mark) Shelley. In March of 1892 he was dropped from the pension rolls "because of being pensioned under Act June 27, '90." Nothing in his Veterans Records indicate whether or not he ever received additional pension.
...Julia A. Shelly, his widow, filed a Claim for Widow's Pension on May 31, 1904. In this application she states "She was divorced from her former husband Jacob Shumaker and the Soldier had two former wives named Abagail and Mahala both died before my marriage to him."
Papers included in this application:
...Certificate of Property Assessment. The description by the County Auditor is as follows: 1903. The west half of the west half of the south west quarter of section 26 Tp two north of range one (6) east in Paulding County Ohio 40 acres. Value $1,050.00, property standing in the name of Henry Shelley. No property in the name of Julia A. Shelley.
...Marriage License. The State of Indiana, Allen County, for the marriage of Henry Shelley and Julia Ann Myton, by Samuel Freeman, J. P.
...Certified Copy of Will.
...Certified Copy of Death Record.
...Pension Dropped - Julia A. Shelley, widow of Henry Shelley was dropped from the roll because of death, January 18, 1914. 
Shelley, Henry A. (I336)
Orris had a second marriage to a woman from California. The marriage didn't last long. Mildred is his 3rd marriage. (Information provided by Karen Mackey) 
Leeth, Orris Jr. (I1136)
"Mother (Aunt Garnet to you) passed away Feb 7,1999. She had been sick for quite a while & going down hill. She died where she wanted to. In her sleep in her own bed. We were very blessed to be able to keep her here at home. She was one special lady. Never accepted living without staying busy. She always had some project going. Sewing, quilting, plaster of paris plaques, candles, ceramics. Something all the time." ~Drusilla Leeth Tolliver, 6-8-99. (Information provided by Karen Mackey) 
Leeth, Garnet Roseboom (I1135)
"Protocol Van Vestenisse Wageningen 1660: Enjoined at the Archives of the Kingdom at Arnhem. Jantsen Joosten, widow of Huybert Lambertse, assisted by Claes Jansen, chosen by her as her representative in rights , for one moiety, and Lambert Huyberts, Peter Huyberts and the above named Claes Jansen as the husband and the representative in right of his wife Gysbertjen Huyberts and also representing the minor brothers and sisters of his wife, all heirs of the late Huybert Lambertse,m their father, for the other moiety, declare to have sold, transported and given in plain possession to Gerrit Hindercamp and Aeltjen Foenissen, his wife, and their heirs, a certain house and garden situated on Dolderbrinck, in the neighborhood of Wageningen, etc." Here follows the description. It is declared to be "a free and heired estate." It is dated 28 November, 1660. 
Joosten, Jantjen (I6331)
"Yeoman, Friend, was born "Nigh Durham, in Bishoprick, England, about the year 1660," and in early life emigrated with his brothers into Ireland and settled with them in the County, of Down. Here he remained until 1687, when he accompanied his brother George to America. "And ye beginning of ye yeare 1690," Michael Harlan m. Dinah Dixon, "ye Daughter of Henry Dixon and settled first Neer ye Senter Meeting House." They afterward removed into London Grove Twp., where Michael d. "Fourth Month (June), 1729, and was bur. in Friends' Burying Grounds. His wife was doubtless bur. there also." 
Harlan, Michael (I7940)
(Source: Broderbund WFT Vol. 6, Tree #2023)
Mattie C. Holton mentioned in her Grandfather's Will: dated 18 Feb. 1879; Recorded 1 April 1879, Pike County, Ohio (Volume II Wills, page 238, Pike County, Ohio) STEPHEN DECKER; mentions granddaughter Mattie C. Holton; son William F. Decker; daughter Sarilda/Larelda Bush/Roush. **Will as copied mentions Sarilda Decker Bush???? 
Holton, Mattie C. (I462)
(Source: Notes from Broderbund WFT Vol. 6, Tree #2023)
Wife Louisa/Louiza died leaving young daughter Mattie C. Holton

Ohio/Pike/Sunfish #98 Isaac Holton 30, Ohio, Grocer; Louisa 25, Ohio; Mattie C. 2, Ohio; Catherine 27, Ohio, helps sister-in-law; Elvira 51, Ohio, widow, lives with son. 
Holton, Issac (I461)
.....Christian is listed on the salary subscription list of the congregation at Peaked Mountain Church for the year beginning on February 17, 1799 by Pastor Johannes Braun of the German Reform side of the church. This church was shared with the Lutheran congregation.
Christian Zellers moved to Warren County, Ohio near the Nulls in the summer of 1803. He bought land there and the rest of his children were born in Ohio. Christian was evidently an aggressive seeker of land and before his death evidently owned double his father's land in Virginia. The western lands were appealing so we find Christian moving on to Indiana where he died in 1841 at the age of about 73.
.....Frank M. Sellers says Christian by tradition had 13 children. This could be possible since there are gaps between the births of those known where there could have been children who died as infants or young. [Reference: Mary Marie Koontz Arrington, "Cradled by the Masanutten: The Zellers-Sellers Family", (Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1986), pg. 52.] 
Sellers, Christian (I10225)

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