Col. Abraham Penn’s Muster Roll, Henry Co VA, March 1781


© Kathy Alvis Patterson  2008

The purpose of this list is to illustrate how many of the men from the Guilford Courthouse Militia were still in Henry Co VA six years later, and also how often Col. Penn’s list does not show the same spelling as the tax list. At times, the man’s name may not appear on the tax list, but his family may have still been in the county.

Col. Penn’s list/ those names also found in 1787 spelling in tax list, if different

Abraham Penn

George Waller

David Lanier

Jonathan Hamby /Jonathan Hanby

George Hairston

Edward Tatum

Josiah Shaw

Jesse Corn

Hamon Critz/ Haman Critz

Charles Dotson/ Charles Dodson

William Dotson/ William Dodson

Deverix Gilliam

William Going/ Wm. Gowing

William Smith

Thomas Hollinsworth/ Thomas Hollandworth

Samuel Packwood

Daniel Smith

William Cox

John Davis

Thomas Edwards

Richard Gilley

Archie Murphy/ Archebald Murphy

William Moore

John Pharis/ [xxx] Farriss

John Rea

Brice Martin

John Burchell/ [xxx] Burchel

John Cox

Thomas Jones

John Pyrtle

Joseph Piper/ Joseph Phifer

John Pursell/ John Parsley

Michael Rowland

John Kelly

William Bohanon

John Brammer

John Stanley/ John Standley

John Alexander

Joseph Anglin/ [xxx] Anglen

John Bowling

John East

William Hays

_____ Joyce/ Alexander Joyce

David Mays

John Richardson

Lewis Bradberry/ Lewis Bradbury

Aristophus Baughn/ [xxx] Vaughn

John Crouch

Jesse Elkins

John Jones

John Jamerson

John Kitchen

Richard Parsley

Thomas Hambleton

Morris Humphreys/ Morriss Humphris

James Roberts

Bartlett Reynolds

John Taylor

Samuel Luttrell/ [xxx] Littrul

John Fontaine/ John Fountaine

William Graves

Stephen King

Thomas Leak

George Pool/ George Poor

James Rea

Joseph Rice

Thomas Smith

George Bowles/ [xxx] Bowls

William Bowling

Nathan Jones

John Nance

Joseph Peregoy/ Joseph Pedegau 

Joseph Pearson/ [xxx] Pierson

John Burch/ John Burchfield

Charles Dickerson

John Doyal/ [xxx] Doyall

William Elkins

Joseph Gravely

Edward Smith

Michael Barker

John Branham

William Branham

James Crawley/ James Croley

John Edwards

George Folly/ [xxx] Foley

John Gibson/ [xxx] Gipson

Joseph Hurt

Joel Harbour

Elephas Shelton/ Eliphaz Shelton

Jacob Adams

John Barrat/ John Barrott

Francis Barrat/ Francis Barrott

Shadrack Barrat/ Shadrack Barrott

Thomas Hudson

Joanthan Hanby

Nelson Donothan/ Nelson Donathan

Dudley Stephens/ Dudley Stevens

Joshua Stephens/ Joshua Stevens

James Poteet/ James Poteete

Peter Bays

Aquilla Black/ Aquila Blackley

Ben Hubbard/ Benjamin Hubbard

Charles Hibbert/ Charles Hibbitt

Ambrose Mullins

George Nevil/ [xxx] Nevill

Richard Potson/ Richard Pilson

Ninon Prater/ Ning Prater

Thomas Tinson/ Thomas Tenison

Peter Tittle

John Ratford/ John Radford

Joseph Walden/ Joseph Waldon

William Dellingham/ [xxx] Dillingham

William Bartee

                    Additional last names from Col. Penn’s list still represented in Henry Co in 1787: Cloud, Watson, Belcher, Lockhart, Cunningham, Turner, Webster, Hall, Hurd/Hurt/Heard, Robertson, Gray, Wilson, Barker, Mitchell, Rogers, Dunn, Harris, Massey, Mullins, Allen, Evey/Ivie, Johnson, Dillard, DePriest, Fee, Sims, Witt, Bennett, Haile/Hale, Anderson, Cook, Payne, Burnett, Pratt, Stewart, Brown, Bryant, Small, Harris, Bowman, Chandler, Hensley, Howell, Street, Hill, McGuire, Woods, Thompson, Graves. Although many spelling differences are seen to be minor, there are times the initial letter is changed from F to PH, or PH is changed to P, three times a syllable is dropped, and several times consonants or vowels are changed. 

Conclusion: Col. Penn was not accurate in the spelling of the names of men in his militia.

Analysis and compilation by Kathy Alvis Patterson, using a Col. Penn’s autograph muster list, the transcribed list in Pedigo, History of Patirck and Henry Cos VA,  and Schreiner-Yantis, Personal Property Tax Lists for 1787, Henry Co VA (1987)  @2008

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Finds from our DNA

Note these conclusions are generally supported by circumstantial and documentary evidence but are still subject to reinterpretation as more evidence becomes available.

  1. Suzanne G_______ descends from Samuel Harper. Soon after I found this DNA match, Nadene S_________ posted an 1856 California letter from William Meredith to his uncle, thus identifying the parents of Frances (Harper) (Meredith) Pedigo as James and Mary Harper. I re-examined data on this couple and wondered why their sons were sent to Joshua Woosley instead of to a Harper uncle or cousin (see below).
  2. Some of the biggest finds from DNA to date include the ancestry of George Morris. Anne O’H_____________ descends from George Jackson Morris. Further matches to his descendants confirmed a first marriage for George Morris, since time and place both put the new relative into George’s family. In addition, a lack of connections to his supposed parents caused me to re-evaluate the Morrises in early Kentucky. I shared DNA segments with descendants of Hammond Morris, plus the family of Hammond’s mother, Elizabeth Hammond. This family was in close proximity to George Morris’s birth, first marriage, and censuses and to his likely first father-in-law, Ignatius Ransom.
  3. Suggested parents for Martha Strode were only a possibility, until an X-chromosome match to Gale G__________ was traced to a brother of Martha (Strode) Bryan. The parents whose x-chromosome was inherited by both of us died while crossing the Atlantic to America.
  4. Kim B_______’s biological father was named either Blankenship or Burbank. She has a close DNA relationship to me, including the x-chromosome. Lenora (Phillips) Ramsey’s grandson was _____ _____ Burbank. Matching segments of Margaret Ellen (Parker) (Turner) McCord’s x-chromosome were inherited by both Kim and me.
  5. Adoptee Michael W___________ was shown to be descendant of Hollin B Pedigo and wife Sarah F Forbis.
  6. Previous data showed Catherine (Harmon) Light was likely either the daughter of Philip and Barbara (Lutz) Harmon or Westmoreland Co PA or of Christian and Christina (Lenhart) Harmon of the same county. Both Marsha S_________ and I match descendants of the latter couple with additional connections to Catherine’s Lenhart ancestors.
  7. Links to New England Hurds, especially families from Fairfield Co CT who moved to NY State, connect Caleb Hurd to the CT Hurds, with matches to several families. Suzanne P_________ descends from Effie Hurd, through Samuel Hurd of Potter Co PA and Joseph Hurd of Onondaga Co NY. Caleb appears to have been closely related to the Washington and Monroe Co OH Hurds.
  8. The surname Austin from North or South Carolina in many matches led to checking for a Parker-Austin marriage at I was able to name William and Candace (Austin) Parker as Greenberry’s parents. Candace may have been a daughter of William Austin and was likely a granddaughter of John and Mary (McBee) Austin. She was also part Saponi Indian. And William Parker’s mother, Mary Ann (–) (Coons) Parker, was full-blood Cherokee.
  9. Joshua Woosley of Hart Co KY was probably a brother of Mary (Woosley) Harper, since I have matches to descendants of at least six of his uncles. He was in Hart County at the right time for the marriage of Mary to James Harper. Mary was likely the Mary Woosley at the same church with Joshua and Hance Harper in 1804. Joshua was the son of Thomas and Dinah (Tribble) Woosley and grandson of Thomas “Moses” and Elizabeth (Walters) Woosley.
  10. Some years ago, I considered Catherine (Wentz) Eyster a daughter of John Frederick Wentz Jr; DNA links to Bilger siblings and other kin make her more likely the daughter of his brother, John Philip Wentz, and Philip’s wife, Maria Magdalena Bilger.
  11. insists I have Ziegler and Frey ancestors. I believe this to be the family of Maria Magdalena, Mrs Michael Moser Jr.

DNA matches reinforce the placement of several people in the families that the research of myself and others suggests:

  1. Mary (Ferguson) Nowlin, daughter of James and Agnes (Adams) Ferguson;
  2. Elizabeth (Reiff) Eyster, daughter of Peter Reiff;
  3. Elizabeth (Worst) Ramp, daughter of Jacob Worst;
  4. David Dickinson, son of David and Persis (Wheeler) Dickinson;
  5. Hannah (Elkins) Pedigo, daughter of Ralph and Frances (Browne) Elkins;
  6. Joseph Phifer, son of Martin Pfeiffer;
  7. Aylee (Linville) Bryan, the second wife of Joseph Bryan [x-chromosome match to descendant];
  8. Emily (Martin) Gentry, daughter of Joseph and Diana S (Wilcox) Martin;
  9. Elijah Willoughby, descendant of Stephen Warrington;
  10. Candace (Austin) Parker as a close relative of Daltons, Mary McBee, and other Austins;
  11. connections to the Charlton family in Northumberland;
  12. Oursler connections;
  13. Julianna (Perkey) Hanna, daughter of Christian Perkey, and her husband, Alexander Hanna, shown to be closely related to children of an earlier Alexander Hanna, who died in 1809. I used to think my Catherine (Hanna) Shultz was a daughter of James B. Hanna of that family; now it looks as though she was a niece;
  14. Cavin Gossett descendants do not match yDNA of other Gossetts. I have several at\utosomal DNA matches to those Gossetts and to the children of Henry Mayze of Henry County; and
  15. Anna Magdalena (Mayer) Schmidt [x-chromosome match to descendant].

Waiting to be resolved

  1. In the past, I have ignored claims that Ashley Alvis married Miss Carroll and had a daughter Sarah who married James Boydstun. But I have several matches to descendants of the Boydstun couple. Where does Sarah (Alvis) Boydstun fit in the documented Alvis family?
  2. One Huff researcher states that Philip Huff does not have the yDNA of other Huff families. Yet I match George M Huff and other Huffs. Most likely is the Huff family of Harlan Co KY, descended from the Huffs of NJ, back to Dietrich Pauleszon Hoff. I had to consider whether my Philip Huff of Wayne Co KY was the same man who divorced his first wife, Jemima Thurman or Turman in 1819, since I matched the DNA of several of their children. Finding records in both counties helped me decide for now that they were different men, probably first cousins.
  3. I used to be convinced that John Gossett of Washington County, Ohio, was not the same man as John of Blackberry Creek in Patrick County, Virginia. But now I have DNA matches to descendants of at least three of the Washington County Gossetts. Have I been wrong all along? Looking more closely at the pension application of the Washington Co OH John, I see that he lived with a 12-year-old named Abi, not that he claimed this child was his son or daughter.
  4. Very Old DAR records name William Pedigo’s wife as Elizabeth Cliff, relying only on an applicant’s statement. I have found autosomal DNA matches to Joseph and Sarah (Pearson) Cliff’s descendants. Was this really her name?
  5. Are numerous matches to Morris family of Pasquotank Co NC a new connection? Descendants of this family are also descendants of Elizabeth (Harper) Morris of Pendleton Co SC. And there is also a possible Sample connection. Now known to match my maternal aunt Ramona Duff.
  6. Blakey and Edens/Eddins families.
  7. Potential Delaware connections for Mary Sample.
  8. Many of my autosomal DNA matches have West Virginia ancestry; prior to this, I had no knowledge of any ancestors in that state. Two prominent names are Kittle and Ashcraft. Could these be related to Caleb Hurd?
  9. My aunt, Ramona Duff, has 2% French ancestry, as do two of her first cousins on her father’s side. Unfortunately, none of her third cousins show this French ancestry. I assume the French is from families like Ligon and Agee who may be in the Webster or Bagby line. It could be from Parker or Willoughby, but the locations don’t line up like they do with the Hanover and Bedford County people.

New Family names not yet connected

  • triangulation shows possible descent from Joseph and Susannah (Lewis) Collins in northern counties of Virginia. However, Susannah is a granddaughter of John Lewis and Isabella Miller, so that might be the connection.
  • Kittle family of Ulster Co NY. Some members went to New Jersey and others to West Virginia. My highest unknown match is 45 cMs in two segments for a member of the Kittle family. It now appears I may have both maternal and paternal links to this family.
  • Ligon and connected families of New Kent, Hanover and Goochland counties in early Virginia. Moseley. Agee, Dabney, and Harris. Now known to match my maternal aunt Ramona Duff.
  • Ferris/Farris/Phares.
  • At least four AncestryDNA matches to Elizabeth (Swords) Dennis and family members. Possibly through Edens/Eddins.
  • Shugar Fortner. Some members of this family were in Wilkes Co NC at the same time as Bryan McClendon (1793), and others were in same county as Dentons or Wilcox/Wilcoxsons.
  • Two women named Catharine Van Wagenen. One of them is the daughter of a Kittle and married Freeman Austin. But these might be simple coincidences. Two sisters of Abraham Kittle married Van Wagenens.
  • Joseph Whiteley and wife Sarah Stapleton.
  • Shanabrook, might be a connection to Wentz.
  • Mock, possibly connected to Samples.
  • Lehman and/or Schrock.
  • Strasser in Berks Co PA, likely Worst connection.
  • New England Appleton.
  • Ashcraft in western Virginia, now West Virginia.
  • Heberling of Cumru Township, Berks Co PA.
  • Loftin.

Now known to match my maternal aunt Ramona Duff.

  • The Pasquotank Co NC Morris family.
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    August 1969

    Starting point for any genealogist

    The photo was taken in August 1969 when I received an MA from the University of Oklahoma. Pictured are, left to right, Mansel Grant Armstrong (1897-1977), Edward Arthur Alvis (1926-2003), Evelynne (Armstrong) Alvis (1926-2017), Kathy (Alvis) Patterson (born 1947), Malcolm Howie Patterson (born 1941), George Orville Alvis (1901-1983); seated, Ethel (Light) Armstrong (1900-1991) and Mary (Pedigo) Alvis (1905-1982).

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    Fifth and Sixth Generations, with names of the Seventh Generation

    16 William Henry Harrison ALVIS. Born on 11 Jan 1832 in Missouri. Married 14 Dec 1856, Madison Co IL. Died 17 Apr 1874 at Brighton, Macoupin Co IL. Listed in census as a teamster, died of cerebrospinal meningitis.

    17 Frances BROOKS. Born on 17 Jan 1837 in Fosterburg, Madison Co IL. Married #2 Martin Harkey (ca 1803-1893), 5 Jul 1883, Nokomis Twp, Montgomery Co IL. Died 13 Jan 1917, Irving, Montgomery Co IL. Frances and William’s third child—after earlier twin daughters—and first son was Edward Amandus Alvis, who lived in Dickinson Co KS, Custer Co OK, and Howell Co MO.

    18 George EYSTER. Born on 18 Apr 1815 in Adams Co  PA. Married 22 Nov 1855, Carlisle, Cumberland Co PA. Died 10 Apr 1893, Abilene, Dickinson Co KS. Elder in the Brethren in Christ Church.

    19 Margaret RAMP. Born on 24 Feb 1834 in Cumberland Co  PA. Died 26 May 1904, Thomas, Custer Co OK. She became ill on a train trip to California; the train stopped in a town where several of her children lived so she could get off to be with them, and she died there. She was buried beside her husband in Abilene, Dickinson Co KS. Margaret’s second child and second daughter was Anna Margaret Eyster, who moved with her family to Custer Co OK at the same time her brothers and others of the community did.

    20 Berry Rowlett PEDIGO. Born on 12 Mar 1842 in Hart Co KY. Married 27 Jul 1866, Hart Co KY. Died 5 Apr 1923, Bridgeport,Caddo Co OK. Son of Elijah Pedigo and first wife, Frances HARPER. He was hit by an unscheduled train. Minister, farmer, flour miller, hotel keeper. Pastor of Missionary Baptist Church of Hinton OK. Civil War 21st KY Cavalry, GAR 1861-1866.

    21 Martha Jane GOSSETT. Born on 4 Jan 1846 in Barren Co KY. Died 29 Aug 1837, Bridgeport, Caddo Co OK. She was her husband’s first cousin once removed. Martha’s seventh child of 13 and fourth son was Joshua Abraham Lincoln Pedigo, who followed his parents to Oklahoma about 12 years later. Two of the children older than Lincoln died early as did three who followed him, so growing up he had one older sister, three older brothers, one younger brother and two younger sisters. All of Berry and Martha’s surviving children were in Oklahoma at least for a time.

    22 William Rush ATWELL. Born on 15 Apr 1854 in Metcalfe Co KY. Married Susan M “Sudie” Nunn, 15 Dec 1876, Metcalfe Co KY. Married #2 Jane Cynthia “Jinny” Huff, 24 Dec 1882, Metcalfe Co KY. He was a bee keeper. Censuses always listed him as a farmer and manual farm laborer.

    23 Jane Cynthia HUFF. Born in 1866 in Hart Co KY, called Jinney. Died between 1891 and 1893 in Horse Cave, Hart Co KY. When she married Rush Atwell, she became stepmother to a two-year-old and to a two-month old, both boys. She gave birth to four children, two boys and two girls, Lucy being her third child and second girl. Lucy was very close to her sister Mary for her entire life, perhaps because they lost their mother at such a young age.

    24 John ARMSTRONG Jr. Born on 31 Dec 1819 in Livingston Co NY. He married Susannah Moran, in 1842 in Illinois. He married #2 Nancy Ann Morris, 15 Dec 1852, in Mason Co IL. He was a farmer and a Republican. He died 22 Jan 1890, Bethany, Harrison Co MO.

    25 Nancy Ann MORRIS. Born on 21 Sep 1829 in Adams Co OH. She died 27 Aug 1891 in Bethany, Harrison Co MO. Nancy’s third child and second son (her husband’s sixth child) was John Franklin Armstrong, who moved to the frontier in Oklahoma and lived in Foss, Washita Co; he died at the age of 85. Other than their daughter Jennie, who died at age 22, all of Nancy’s twelve children lived long lives, from one who died at 65, then another at 68, several who lived into their 70s, more living into the 80s, and at least three into their 90s. The daughters of John’s first wife lived to be 54, 60, and 72.

    26 Reuben Webster TURNER. Born on 1 Feb 1829 in Fayette Co IN. Married Margaret Ellen Parker, 20 Dec 1861, Vigo Co IN, and divorced 25 Oct 1883, Worth Co MO. He died 10 Nov 1905 or 1915 in Foss, Washita Co OK. He was an oculist and a merchant. He served in the Civil War in Capt. Wesley Sanders Company, Indiana Volunteers, Co G, 78th IN Infantry. After Margaret’s second divorce, they apparently shared a home, although no second marriage record has been found. One granddaughter wrote that they lived 7 miles or so apart.

    27 Margaret Ellen PARKER. Born on 7 Nov 1843 in Vigo Co IN. She married #2 Stewart Benjamin McCord, 11 Mar 1893, Worth Co MO, and divorced 24 Seo 1901, Grant City MO. She died 27 Apr 1926, at Foss, Washita Co OK, just a month before she would have met her new great-granddaughter, Evelynne Maurine Armstrong. Margaret had eight children with her first husband and none with the second. The fourth child and third girl—the first boy died young—was Anna Samantha. There were four later children. In all, six of the children grew up and married. It has been stated that she must have loved flowers since her daughters were named Florence, Lillian, Samantha, Roza, and Violet. And Mable means “loveable.” Samantha may be related to the Hebrew name Samuel, but it more likely from the Greek word “antha,” meaning flower.

    28 Oliver Perry LIGHT. Born on 7 Apr 1828 in Clermont Co OH. He married Nancy Jane Prather, 6 Sep 1853, Shelbyville, Shelby Co IL. Died 28 Mar 1904, Wymore, Gage Co NE. He was a Methodist minister and served as chaplain during the Civil War, in the 7th Minnesota Regiment from 1862 to 1864 and probably participated in the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889. He preached the first sermon in El Reno, Canadian Co OK, after the town was settled.

    29 Nancy Jane PRATHER. Born on 12 Sep 1833 in Clark Co IN. Died 4 Aug 1895, Wymore, Gage Co NE. Before her marriage, she was a schoolteacher. As a minister’s wife, she was active in the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. Her fourth child, the second to survive infancy, was her first boy, William Russell Light. Her children were educated by her at home, and William attended Northwestern University, receiving both a BA and later an MA degree.

    30 Augustus DORSEY. Born on 30 Dec 1841 in Somerset Co PA. Died 2 Jul 1924, Conway Springs, Sumner Co KS. He served in the Civil War, particpating in the Battle of Gettysburg on Co K 18th Regiment of the PA Cavalry. He was a prisoner at Andersonville. After the War, he moved west, marrying in Illinois, settling first in Nebraska, and then moving with his second wife and family to Kansas. He married first, Frances Minerva Shultz, on 22 Oct 1868, Dixon, Lee Co IL, and second, Ersula Frye, 3 Aug 1879 in Lincoln, Lancester Co Co NE.

    31 Frances Minerva SHULTZ. Born on 1 Apr 1849 in Somerset Co PA. Died 8 Jun 1878 in Lincoln, Lancester Co NE. Her third child and second daughter was Mary Ellen, called Dolly. She died a few days after the birth and death of her fourth child. Died 8 Jun 1878 in Lincoln, Lancester Co NE.

    32 James Woodson (or Woodford) ALVIS was born in 1808 in TN. He died, probably in Missouri between 1844 and 1850. Son of Shadrach and Nancy (Hail) Alvis.

    33 Leatha/Luvina Merrick PULLIAM. Born in 1808 in TN. Died ater 1880. Daughter of Alsey and Frances (McClendon) Pulliam. In Illinois she later married Martin Dial, Edward King and Charles Cavender. All marriage records have been located.

    34 Asa BROOKS. Born in 1792 in Buffalo, area outside Ft Niagara, NY. Died 6 Feb 1849 in Fosterburg, Madison Co IL. Almost certainly son of Michael and Elizabeth (Boughton) Brooks.

    35 Anna JOY. Born in 1795 in Putney, Windham Co VT. Died between 1845 and 1848 in Fosterburg, Madison Co IL. Daughter of David and Mary (Dickinson) Joy.

    36 Jacob EYSTER. Born on 28 Nov 1789 in Hanover, York Co PA. Died 22 Oct 1839, Bendersville, Adams Co PA. Son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Reiff) Eyster.

    37 Catherine WENTZ. Born on 9 Feb 1794 in PA. Died on 4 Jan 1855, Bendersville, Adams Co PA. Probably daughter of John Philip and Maria Magdalena (Bilger) Wentz.

    38 Samuel RAMP. Born on 20 Sep 1793 in Berks Co PA. Died on 20 Apr 1868, Mifflin Township, Cumberland Co PA. Son of Philip and Elizabeth (Albrecht) Ramp.

    39 Elizabeth WORST. Born on 3 Dec 1794 in Cumberland Co PA. Died on 23 Mar 1868, Mifflin Township, Cumberland Co PA. Daughter of Jacob and Catharine (Wax) Worst.

    40 Elijah PEDIGO. Born on 3 May 1809 in Patrick Co VA. Died possibly 1906, Polk Co MO. Son of Levi and Mary Blakey (Edens) Pedigo.

    41 Frances HARPER. Born before 1810 in Hart Co KY. Died between 1848 and 1850 in Hart Co KY. Daughter of James and Mary (Woosley) Harper. William Meredith, son of her first marriage, wrote a letter from California gold fields to his uncle, Willis Harper, thus giving us the names of her parents.

    42 Henry GOSSETT. Born on 4 Dec 1818 in Martinsville, Henry Co VA. Died 2 Jun 1912, Hart Co KY. Son of Cavin and Mary (Phifer) Gossett.

    43 Elizabeth PEDIGO. Born on 23 Nov 1824 in Barren Co KY. Died 2 Mar 1861, Hart Co KY. Daughter of William and Elizabeth (Cliff) Pedigo.

    44 Benjamin ATWELL. Born on 24 Nov 1807 in NC. Died 3 Feb 1895, Horse Cave, Hart Co KY. Son of John Atwell Jr and his first wife, who was probably Anne Lewis.

    45 Susan ERWIN. Born on 24 Jan 1815 in Green Co KY. Died 4 Aug 1893, Horse Cave, Hart Co KY. Daughter of William (Jr) and Sarah (Forbis) Erwin.

    46 Lorenzo Dow HUFF. Born on 12 Oct 1839 in Wayne Co KY. Died 17 Dec 1912, Crail Hope, Hart Co KY. Son of George Washington and Malinda (Denton) Huff.

    47 Laura Frances GENTRY. Born on 25 May 1844 in Hart Co KY. Died 13 Feb 1911, Green Co KY. Daughter of Benjamin and Emily (Martin) Gentry.

    48 John ARMSTRONG Sr. Born after Feb 1787 [prob ca 1789] in NJ. Died 1852, Grand River, Ontario. Son of John Armstrong and Bathsheba (Coleman) Moore.

    49 Mary BARRON. Born in 1801 in NY. Died 1879, Clayton Co IA. Daughter of William and Margery (Wilkinson) Barron; they were the latest of my ancestral lines to come to America, ca 1800.

    50 George MORRIS. Born in 1790 in Lexington, Fayette Co KY. Died 1 Jun 1861, Mason Co IL. Son of Jesse Morris and wife, Elizabeth Jones, or less likely, Jesse’s brother, Thomas Morris and his wife, Susannah Appleton.

    51 Elizabeth HURD. Born in 1807 in Adams Co OH. Died ca 1859, Mason Co IL.  Daughter of Caleb and Martha (Oursler) Hurd.

    52 Greenville Person TURNER. Born on 15 May 1797 in Franklin Co VA. Died 8 Oct 1877, Putnam Co IN. Son of Wilson and Elizabeth (Doss) Turner.

    53 Deborah WEBSTER. Born on 11 Jun 1796 in Franklin Co VA. Died 22 Nov 1836, Putnam Co IN. Daughter of Samuel and Susannah (Bagby) Webster.

    54 Greenberry PARKER. Born in 1810/1815 in SC. Died between 1844 and 1850, Vigo Co IN. Son of William and Candace (Austin) Parker of Wilkes Co NC and Morgan, later Putnam Co IN.

    55 Elizabeth WILLOUGHBY. Born in 1813 in TN, prob Greene Co TN. Died 1900, Worth Co MO. Daughter of Elijah and Susannah (Leachman) Willoughby.

    56 David LIGHT. Born on 5 Sep 1800 in Clermont Co OH. Died 16 Sep 1888, Edgar Co IL. Son of Jacob and Catherine (Harmon) Light.

    57 Harriet DICKINSON. Born on 20 Nov 1802 in Wyoming, Ontario Co NY. Died 26 Jan 1873, Edgar Co IL. Daughter of David and Anna (Gilbert) Dickinson.

    58 James Russell PRATHER. Born on 17 Nov 1807 in Clark Co IN. Died 25 Jan 1850, Jefferson Co IA. Son of Lloyd Benton and Nancy (Redman) Prather.

    59 Louvica Caroline VEACH. Born in 1806/1810 in KY. Died 15 Jul 1841, Harrison Co IN. Daughter of Jacob and Mary (Hilton) Veach.

    60 Lloyd DORSEY. Born on 12 Mar 1813 in Somerset Co PA. Died 3 Jun 1873, Somerset Co PA. Son of William Cumming and Mary (Black) Dorsey.

    61 Sarah Ann MOSER. Born on 27 Mar 1813 in Berks Co PA. Died 8 Dec 1870, Somerset Co PA. Daughter of Michael (Jr) and Maria Magdalena (Frey) Moser.

    62 Joseph SHULTZ. Born on 30 May 1819 in Somerset Co PA. Died 22 Aug 1902, Dixon Lee Co IL. Son of Conrad and Catherine (Kooser) Shultz.

    63 Catherine HANNA. Born on 10 Nov 1819 or 13 Apr 1820 in Somerset Co PA. Died 24 Jun 1862, Somerset Co PA. Daughter of Alexander and Julianna (Berkey) Hanna.

    64 Shadrach Alvis. Born ca 1788 in Goochland Co VA. He died after 1860 in Jefferson Co IL. Son of Ashley and Elizabeth (Knollings/Nowlin) Alvis.

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    Unproven parents of Sarah, Mrs William Hills, Jr, of Hartford, CT

    Questionable parents and maiden name. It has been claimed she was a daughter of convicted and executed witch, Rebecca Greensmith, by her first husband, Abraham Elsen.

    I am trying to locate evidence of Sarah’s parentage. This must be the source of the claim: Abraham Elsen and William Hills are listed consecutively in Thomas Patrick Hughes and Frank Munsell, American Ancestry, Volume 12 (1899), page 131, as ancestors of Mary (Butler) Gilbert, who married Capt. Nathaniel Gilbert of Middletown CT on 25 Dec 1744.

    A gedcom, “Vandiver, Neal, Atherton, Pyland, Settle, Stavely, Lynn, Gish, Rust, Abner, Mchood, Tayloe, Outlaw, Atherton,” at, posted by “Christy,” identifies Mary as a granddaughter of William and Hannah (Hills) Butler and the mother of Hannah Hills as Sarah Elsen.

    All records I have located on the Internet seem to track back to a lady named Ellen Baker of Seattle WA. Her email address is no longer valid.

    Abraham Elsen

    First Puritan Settlers of Connecticut: “Elson, Abraham, of Wethersfield, left a widow and two daughters, one 3 years and the other one year and a half old. He ordered his lands be rented for four years to support his children. Estate valued at 221 pounds. He gave to his friend B. Gardner’s children, his lot at the meadow gate, and the remainder to his wife, except his house and home lot, which he gave to the two sons of his [brother’s] wife, Benjamin and Job, after her decease.”

    Ancestral Heads of New England Families: “John, brother of the preceeding (Abraham) was an inhabitant of Wethersfield as early as 1638.”

    Torrey has: Abraham Elson (-1648) & Rebecca _____, m/2 Jarvis Mudge 1648, 1649; by 1644; Wethersfield {Wethersfield 2:317; TAG 9:27, 30; Mudge 30; Hartford Prob. 1:7, 122}

    Jarvis Mudge

    Rebecca’s second husband was Jarvis Mudge. has the following: JARVIS MUDGE, born in England, came to this country about the year 1638; was in Boston that year; in Hartford in I640; in Wethersficld in 1644, and removed to Pequot, now New London, in 1649, where he died in the early part of 1653.

    He married Widow Rebecca Elsen, of Wethersfield, in 1649.


    1. Micah, b. in New London in 1650: m. Mary Alexander.

    Birth: Dec. 9, 1650
    New London
    New London County
    Connecticut, USA
    Death: Jan. 1, 1722
    Tolland County
    Connecticut, USA

    After the death of his father, in 1653, his mother removed from New London to Wcthersfield, Conn., where they lived, and where, probably, the mother died. The first record of him appears on the town books of Northampton, Mass., where he marries Mary Alexander, Sept. 23, 1670. Northampton was settled in 1654, and George Alexander, the father of Mary, was one of the original proprietors. Here Micah Mudge resided, and acted as surveyor, and appears to have been one of the original proprietors of Northfield, Mass., the settlement of which was attended with great difficulties, as the Indians burnt the village and drove off the settlers in 1675. He returned with others afterwards, as appears from an order from the General Court, dated Boston, May 24, 1682,* and became an actual settler.

    He removed to Lebanon, Conn., and was one of the early settlers of that town prior to 1698,* where he also served as a surveyor, and assisted in laying out the town.
    Micah Mudge was one of nine persons who organized the First Congregational Church in Lebanon, Nov. 27, 1700.

    2. Moses, b. in New London in 1652: m. Mary .

    Information from “Mudge Memorials in America” Alfred Mudge Boston 1868.

    Nathaniel Greensmith

    Hartford, 11 ffeb. (16)62(3): Respecting the Estate of Nathaniel Greensmith, It is ordered that the Marshall, Mr. Gilbert, James Ensign and Paul Peck shall take care to preserve the estate from Waste and to take in ye account of Debts, and to discharge any just debts, and to pay fourty pounds to ye Treasurer for ye County, and to secure ye rest of ye estate in their hands until March Court next ensueing, when there will be further order taken about ye Remainder of ye Estate. And they are desired and authorized to dispose of the 2 daughters, with the Advice of ye Assistants in Hartford, & to advice with them about any Expedient in referent to ye premises. Pr or of ye Assistants: Danll Clarke, Secry.

    An Inventory of the Estate of Nathaniel Greensmith, who was executed the 25th of January, 1662, L137-14-01. Other Estate found with the aforementioned Estate of Nathaniel Greensmith, with the Exception, viz., that is hereafter mentioned is claimed by Hannah & Sarah Elson. vizt:

    44-04-04 John X Cowles 137-14-01 Jonath: Gilbert, James Stell. 181-18-05 Total Value.

    Note: Part of Inventory at the Prison:

    Two blanketts 1-05-00 One Rugg one Blankett 1-15-00 One Boulster 0-15-00 One Bed well filled 2-15-00

    Court Record, Page 190-5 March, 1662-3: Daniel Garrett is allowed 6 Shillings a week for keeping Nathaniel Greensmith and his wife, besides their fees, wch is to be paid out of Greensmith’s Estate.

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    Rethinking Jacob Veatch

    Jacob Veach (or Veatch) was born about 1781[1] in Pennsylvania or Kentucky.[2] The Veatch Family Association has presented a theory that he was a son of Benjamin Veatch Jr and his first wife.[3] After the first wife died ca 1790, Benjamin moved to Woodford County, Kentucky, where he married Sarah Powers on 8 Aug 1794.

    Benjamin was in Jessamine Co KY in 1800 and in Scott Co KY in 1810.[4]  Jacob married Mary Hilton on 18 Dec 1805 in Jessamine Co KY. Jacob died in Johnson Co IN after 1840.

    Jacob and Polly had a child born ca 1808 in KY and another born 1809 in Indiana, according to these children’s 1850 censuses; in 1820, the family was in Clark County, Indiana, p 14: Jacob Veach, 010010/42010. In 1830, Clark Co IN, p 80: Jacob Veatch, 0000101…/1221101… And in 1840, Johnson Co IN, p 306: Jacob Veach, 100000001/00101001.

    It is noteworthy to this writer that her ancestor, Nancy Jane (Prather) Light, was a second-generation descendant of four Maryland families: Prather, Redman, Veatch and Hilton. Three of these families traveled from Maryland to North Carolina through Kentucky to Indiana. There are Veatch families in Woodford Co KY in the same time frame who also resided for a time in North Carolina.

    Mrs C W Veatch linked three generations of men named Benjamin Veatch as father-son-and grandson. This is possible but not supported by documents and no connection to Jacob has been found.

    The First Benjamin Veatch (Maryland)

    Benjamin Veatch was the seventh son of James and Rachel (Hepburn) Veatch of Prince George’s County, Maryland. He was born about 1729 and married a woman named Esther ca 1755. He resided in 1760 in All Saints Parish, Frederick County, Maryland[6],  and was a grand juror in March 1761 in that county.[7] This writer has found no source for the statement that he died in 1774 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

    The Second Benjamin Veatch

    The second Benjamin Veatch was married in 1794 in Woodford Co KY.

    Mrs. Veach claimed this was the same man who was in 1786 PA census, Air, Bedford Co PA, single freeman, and also taxed same township, 10 shillings, single man. (If the 1729 Benjamin had been widowed or if this was Jacob’s father, he would not be listed as a single man, right?)

    PA Archives, Series 5, Vol. 3, p 36: military duty in Bedford Co PA, 1789

    Where is the PA Benjamin in 1800?

    • Jessamine Co KY tax lists: 1800-1805.
    • Fayette Co KY tax lists: 1800-1803.
    • Woodford Co KY tax lists: 1794, 1804, 1805, 1806, 1809, 1810.
    • Tax list, Shelby Co KY, 1792: “single man over 21.”
    • 1793, Russell´s Regiment, Cavalry, KY Volunteers (the Kentucky Benjamin’s age is not known, probably 21+ in 1793)
    • He married Sarah Powers 8 Aug 1794, Woodford Co KY, MR
    • 1800 “Second Census of Kentucky,” p 304: Benjamin Veach, Jessamine Co, 8/29/1800
    • 1810 Scott Co KY, p 168: Benjamin Veech: 10010/41010/0 (no children from possible first marriage were with him now)
    • 1820 widow Sarah in Woodford Co KY, w/2 sons, 7 dts

    The Third Benjamin Veatch

    Married Isabel Guyn, 20 December 1810, Woodford Co KY

    1810 census, Woodford Co KY Benjamin Veatch (26-46), near Asa C Veach (16-26), Charity Veach (26-46m w/4 ch), Oshy Veach (26-46)

    (These three men are called sons of PA-KY Benjamin’s first marriage—shouldn’t proximity to Charity point to them being children of her husband Daniel’s possible first marriage?)

    1820 Federal Census for Orange County, Indiana: Benjamin Veach 400001/10010

    The Big Question

    Why put Jacob with any of these Benjamins? Location in Jessamine Co KY?

    He married Polly Hilton, 1805, Jessamine Co KY. Several Veatches were in that county and neighboring Woodford County.

    Veatch Families Leave Maryland

    James and Rachel Veatch were the parents of eight adult sons. Nathan, Ninian, Jeremiah and Hezekiah lived and died in Maryland; James Jr was serving with Maryland troops when he died in a prisoner of war camp during the Revolutionary War. Daniel died in Woodford Co KY. John died in 1790 in Rowan Co NC. Benjamin possibly died in Pennsylvania, but more likely in Frederick Co MD.

    There were at least four Veatch men in Woodford and Jessamine Counties at the time Jacob was married there in 1805. It has been assumed that Jacob, Asa Clifford, Benjamin and Oshy were brothers, although only their presence in the same area indicates that might be true. By 1810 Jacob had moved to Indiana and is never found associated with any of his likely brothers.

    These four older generation men were:

    Benjamin (above), age unknown, married Sarah Powers in 1794 in Woodford Co, deceased by 1820 when she was listed with a large family. He served in 1793, KY Volunteers and is possibly the same man listed in PA in 1786. Benjamin is asserted to have been a son of Benjamin Veatch of Frederick Co MD and Bedford Co PA, but with no real evidence.

    The other three men were sons of Daniel Veatch and his wife, Dorcas Plummer, and first cousins of Benjamin. This writer has a recent autosomal DNA match to a descendant of Nancy Ann (Veatch) Whitlatch, a daughter of Daniel and Dorcas.

    Daniel Veatch Jr, b 1755, married at age 36 in 1791 to Mrs Charity Baker in Mercer Co KY, and he died in 1806. He was some years older than his known wife and might have had an earlier wife and family. He served in the Revolutionary War in Maryland; her widow’s pension lists her children; she is on the same page in 1810 census as Asa C, Benjamin and Oshy and lived until 1850.

    Jeremiah Veatch was born in Maryland in 1759 and married at age 23 Priscilla Wilson in 1782 in Fayette Co PA. He served in the Revolutionary War in 1776 in Maryland and moved the next year to Washington Co PA. An incomplete list of their children is in her widow’s pension documents. They were in Jessamine Co KY in 1810.

    Elijah Veatch was born in Maryland in 1751/5, served in Revolutionary War in Virginia and supposedly died in Monroe Co KY in 1843. His 1818 pension application from Caldwell Co KY mentions without giving names a wife, 55, a daughter, 35 with a “natural deformity,” a “weakly” son, 16, and a two-year-old grandson. In 1820 he was next door to Nathan Veatch, age 25-44. In 1833 he was a resident of Tomlinson, KY. E.D. Veatch, “one of his heirs at law,” attested in 1843 in Mercer Co KY to the death of Elijah Veatch; this man was a son of Daniel Veatch. His censuses are difficult to locate, and he was not in Jessamine or Woodford County.


    1. There is not enough evidence to place Jacob Veatch as a son of Benjamin Jr.
    2. There is not enough evidence to place Jacob Veatch as a brother of Asa C, Oshy and Benjamin Veatch.
    3. No evidence has been found for first marriages of one or two Veatches of Woodford and Jessamine Counties, other than the existence of several men born before the known marriages.
    4. Jacob Veatch was almost certainly a great-grandson of James and Rachel (_____) Veatch of Frederick Co MD.
    5. Jacob Veatch was possibly a grandson of Daniel and Dorcas (Plummer) Veatch.
    6. Asa Clifford, Oshy and Benjamin Veatch were possibly sons of Daniel Veatch Jr from a first marriage.
    7. No evidence has been found that Jacob Veatch or his unknown father were in Pennsylvania, although that is possible.
    8. No evidence is known for the parents of the second Benjamin; he might have been another brother of the other three in that portion of Kentucky.
    9. No descendants of Benjamin and Esther (_____) Veatch have been positively identified.
    10. Recent shared DNA matches at show this writer connected with
    1. The second Benjamin Veatch and wife Sarah Powers.
    2. The third Benjamin Veatch and two of his children.
    3. Three children of Daniel Veatch.
    4. Multiple children of Mary Veatch and husband James Ellis. These have the highest number of matching cMs and are the biggest puzzle of all.

    [1] We Veitches, Veatches, Veaches, Veeches. Wanda Veatch Clark, ed. Redmond OR: Midstate Printing, 1974.

    [2] His two children known living in 1880 both said he was born in KY. Sarah Ann said mother born Maryland, while Mary Ann incorrectly stated her mother was born in SC.

    [3] Mrs C W Veatch’s article gives a probable construction of this family. The article, “Memo Regarding the Origin of the Original Veatch (Veach) Family Groups of Mercer, Woodford, Jessamine and Harrison Counties KY,” from the Veatch Family Association Newsletter, are possibly mistaken in the family they give our Jacob’s supposed father Benjamin.

    [4] “Second Census of Kentucky,” p 304: Benjamin Veach, Jessamine Co, 8/29/1800; Scott Co KY, p 168: Benjamin Veech: 10010/41010/0.

    [5] Her date of death is from Harry [no last name given, but probably Veatch] at Genforum,

    [6] Maryland, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1772-1890,

    [7] This Was the Life, Excerpts from the Judgment Records of Frederick County, Maryland, 1748-1765, p 219.

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    The Hurd Family of Adams Co OH, Boone Co KY, and Pendleton Co KY

    My Family’s Facts:

    1. Elizabeth Hurd (or Herd) Morris was born in 1807 in Adams Co OH, according to the 1910 death certificate of one of her younger children.[1]
    2. Elizabeth Hurd married George Morris 3 Sep 1827 in Brown Co OH.[2] They were in Mason Co KY in 1830, Adams Co OH in 1850 and Mason Co IL in 1860. They have not yet been located in 1840 although the birthplaces of their children in 1850 indicate either Kentucky or Ohio.

    Assumed family of Elizabeth (Hurd) Morris:

    The only known Hurd family in Adams Co OH in 1807 is that of Caleb and Martha (Oursler) Hurd.

    Actually, Caleb is not documented as having been there until 1811; however, Martha’s family is evidenced before that date, as follows:

    1. Deeds showing Charles Oursler alive in 1800 and 1803 in Adams Co OH[3]
    2. Tax lists,[4] for Charles’s widow, Martha (McKinley) Oursler.
    3. Oursler family records[5]

    Caleb Hurd, assumed to be the same who married Martha Oursler is found in:

    1. 1811 and other tax lists[6]
    2. War of 1812[7]
    3. 1820 census, Adams Co OH, p 20: Caleb Hurd, 200001/31010
    4. Son John’s published biographical note from Davis Co IA, see below

    Hurds in Adams County:

    After the records mentioned above, there is a lack of documentation for the Hurd family, due in part to the courthouse fire of 1876. Extant records include:

    1. 11 Dec 1817 marriage, Mintey Hurd to James (Mc)Clure.[8]
    2. 1830 census, Uel Hurd, who was also in the county in 1820, but not the same township as Caleb Hurd [9]
    3. 1840 Adams Co OH, Martha Herd: 0001/00002001(1780-1790)[10]
    4. 1850 Adams Co OH, Sprigg Twp, page 96. Martha Herd 60 f PA, alone
    5. History of Adams Co OH, Evans & Stivers, 1900, identified Major Hutson’s son-in-law as William Hurd.

    Tentative Children of Caleb and Martha (Oursler) Hurd, based on census numbers, marriages and other data:

    1 daughter over 10 in 1820: Elizabeth, born 1807, married George Morris, died ca 1859 Mason Co IL

    not in 1820 household, questionable relationship: Caleb, born 1809 KY, married  Jane Pew, resided Boone Co KY[11]

    3 daughters born 1810-1820, including Jerusha/Julia/Juda, born ca 1811, married Johnston Lawwill, Brown Co OH[12]; Ruth, born ca 1815, married Ellis Brooks, died 1860s Pendleton Co KY[13]; Margaret[14]

    2 sons born 1810-1820: Charles Thomas, born 1813,[15] married at least three times; William, born ca 1814, married Mary Hutson,[16] died 1841

    born after 1820: John [or John William], born 1821, married Sarah Ann Shelton, moved to Iowa[17]

    Note that at least four of these children have connections to the various Sheltons of Brown County, Ohio.

    Birthplace of Caleb Hurd

    The children living in 1880 gave different states of birth for Caleb Hurd.

    Caleb Hurd of Boone Co KY said his father was born in Virginia. Jerusha Lawwill said Pennsylvania. Charles Thomas said Maryland. And John Hurd said Pennsylvania, although it is indexed as Tennessee. There were Hurds in the area where Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia meet. As seen in an Adams Co OH biographical book [footnote 5], Charles Oursler lived in that very area for a time.

    Major Hutson’s Daughter

    A 1900 county history named Major Hutson’s son-in-law as William Hurd. In 1850, Major Hutson was living in the household of Elizabeth Herd, next house to a widow Mary Herd, while the 1841 estate of William Hurd mentioned purchases by “Mary Hurd, widow.” Both widows, Mary and Elizabeth, were listed in in consecutive households in the 1850 Adams Co OH census, as follows:

    Mary Herd                      36

    John W “                          16[18]

    Sarah “                             16

    Julia “                                12

    Mary “                             10

    Elizabeth “                      56

    Margaret “                     20

    George “                          14

    Major Hutson                84

    Note that Elizabeth’s surname is not written out, but assumed to be same as Mary Herd’s and so indicated by ditto marks. It has been assumed for years by this researcher that Elizabeth was the widow of another Hurd/Herd brother.

    But the present study (2016) has led to a different conclusion. If Mary was Major’s daughter, why was he in Elizabeth’s household? Was Elizabeth also a daughter? The Adams County history says daughter Elizabeth Hutson married William Stevenson. I now believe it possible that Elizabeth, whose age is probably also given wrong, was Elizabeth (Hutson) Stevenson, not a Hurd or Herd at all. No William and Elizabeth Stevenson are located in the 1850 census and neither of the children, George or Margaret Herd, appear in further records.

    The question of Elizabeth’s age is still unresolved. Major’s daughter was not likely born in 1794; his other children were born around 1807 and 1814.

    2019 Update

    Since writing the above, I have located DNA matches to descendants of Charles Thomas Hurd, John Hurd of Iowa, Ruth (Hurd) Brooks, Juda (Hurd) Lawwill, and William Hurd, some as high as 46 cMs. [I need to learn how to report DNA matches, to compose a section detailing this data.]

    [1] Margaret (Morris) Kent’s death certificate, Mason Co IL, page. 16, 12 Aug 1910. Margaret Kent’s death certificate gives the birth date and place for her father, George Morris, as 1790, Lexington KY, and the birth date and place for her mother as 1807, Adams Co OH.

    [2] Elizabeth Herd found in: Marriage Index: Selected Counties of Ohio, 1789-1850, Married Sep 03, 1827 in Brown Co OH; Spouse Morris, George; Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT, Film # 0384273 [Brown Co OH] and #034274 [Westmoreland Co VA]. Pat Donaldson marriage records 1818-1850.

    A Brown Co OH researcher’s reply to my request for more information: “The marriage record that you requested is: George Morris to Elizabeth Herd on 3 Sept 1827, by Thomas Shelton JP. in Aberdeen, Huntington Twp. Brown Co Ohio. I doubt if you will ever be able to get a copy of the original document, the marriage was performed by “Squire Thomas Shelton” JP kept his own records, and very few of them were ever recorded at the courthouse in Georgetown, Ohio. Aberdeen was known as the “Gretna Green” of Brown County. The Squire didn’t require the couples to show proof of their ages, and quite a few young couples ran away to be married by him. A list of some of the marriages that he preformed as been compiled from other sources, but it seems that the old Squire’s records have been lost over the years.” Charlene Smitson

    [3] Gateway to the West: Page 24, Charles Oursler bought land from James Edwards and wife Sarah on 19 Feb 1800, for 120 pds KY money, 206 acres on the waters of the Ohio, NW side of Three Mile Creek.

    Page 40 of the same book: Charles Oursler and Martha wife of Adams Co, NW Territory are listed as selling 5 acres “White’s upper corner upon bank of river” for $10.00 to Ezekiel Beasley of Mason Co, KY on 1-8-1803. Among witnesses was “Archable Oursler.”

    The Ohio Researcher, Vol. 3-4, snippet view, “Date: 8 January 1803 / From: Charles Oursler and wife, Martha, of Adams Co. To: Esekiel Beasley of Mason …”

    [4] lists these tax records, after the death of Charles Oursler: Martha Ourseler, Archibald Oursler, Joseph Oursler, Adams Co OH, 1806; Joseph Oarsler, Archibald Oursler, Martha Oursler, Adams Co OH, 1807; Archibald Oursler, Byrd Twp, Joseph Oursley, Martha Oursley, Jefferson Twp, Adams County, 1808; Archibold Oursler, Joseph Oursler, Martha Oursler, Adams Co OH, 1809; 1810 Tax list, Adams Co OH, along with Joseph Oursler, Archibald Oursler.

    [5] In 1880, Henry Oursler’s personal knowledge must have provided the following: Joseph A Caldwell, Caldwell’s Illustrated Historical Atlas of Adams County, Ohio: 1797-1880, 1880, 29. “Henry Oursler.” This book lists the children of Charles and Martha (McKinley) Oursler, including Martha, with the indication she married Caleb Hurd. This is likely the source of various lists of the children of Charles Oursler and moves the informant back to Henry.

    This book relates family moves: “Archibald Oursler was born in Baltimore county, Maryland, and was taken, when quite young, by his parents to Pennsylvania, where they settled for a short time. They then removed to a small village, called Buffalo, in Putnam county, W. Va [sic]. Indians were plenty there then. They next moved to Limestone, Kentucky, and settled near Washington in that State. Indians were still plenty there. About 1795 or ’95, Mr. Charles Oursler removed to Ohio, where he soon after died. As before stated, he raised a family of nine children.”

    The source of the information in the Adams County book seems to be Henry himself (1820-1916); Henry lived in the same area as his aunt Martha (Oursler) Hurd and was 34 years old the last time mention of her as living has been located.

    [6] 1811 enumeration list for Huntington Township, Adams Co OH: Caleb Herd. June 1812 proprietors list for Huntington Township, Adams Co OH: Caleb Herd.

    [7] Caleb Hurd served in the War of 1812, Capt. George Kislinger, Col. Josiah Lockhart, Ohio Militia. When widow Martha applied 19 Jul 1854 for bounty land, a record of the service was not located. From the National archives file, #180.405, Bounty Land files, Act of 1850 rejected.  “No rolls of Capt. Geo Keslinger are found. On rolls of Capt. Geo Kesling, Ohio mil[itia] the name of Caleb Hurd does not appear.” It is difficult to interpretthe following notation: “Ent 1811 } 18 [??] 1812.”The application was submitted along with another by the Hon A Ellison, House Reps, Georgetown, [Brown Co] Ohio, to Hon Judge Waldo, sent on 19 Jul 1854 and received on 20 Jul 1854, returned 12 Aug 54. [Servicemen and women today might envy that speed.]

    [8] Source unknown.

    [9] The other Hurd head of household in Adams Co OH is Uel Hurd from the Connecticut family by way of New Jersey.

    • 1820, Green Twp, p 34: Uel Hurd, 220020/10000[mother missing].
    • 1830, Jefferson Twp, p 29: Euel Herd, 0111001…/1101001…
    • 1840, Montgomery Co IL, “Hactsh” Herd, 10101001/0010001.
    • War of 1812 Service records list a Uel Hurd, private, in Jackson’s Regiment of the New Jersey Militia.
    • Lum, Edward H. Genealogy of the Lum family. Somerville, N.J.: Unionist-Gazette Association, 1927. pages 52, 69, 105-106. No connection to Caleb or his children is mentioned.

    [10] Bounty land application identifies her as widow of Caleb Hurd. The family’s 1830 census has not been found.

    [11] Not known to be a son of this family, but he did live just across the river in KY. Did Caleb and Martha live for a brief time in KY? 1850, 1860, 1880 censuses all say this Caleb was born in KY. 1860, Petersburg, Boone Co KY, Caleb Hard, 51, Jane A, 40, Margaret J, 19, Lucy A, 16, George M, 14, John W, 9. His 1880 census said parents born VA.

    Kay Hurd Lamb, posted at Genforum: Samuel Hurd Jr witnessed his daughter Lucinda’s wedding. But I now know this was after 1857. 7 Jun 2009 email from Kay: this fact came from diary of a man named Loder who reportedly wrote down everything that happened at the courthouse in Petersburg. Lewis Loder (1819-1904) was a magistrate and tavern keeper from that town, in the same county, records going downriver to Hamilton on the steamer to purchase barrels of whiskey (Wikipedia)? See for a description of these diaries.

    [12] This family’s 1850-1880 census record is complete. The oldest known son was Charles Herd Lawwill. The source of the couple’s 1848 marriage date is unknown at this time.

    [13] Ruth was identified as a Hurd on her son’s death certificate. Both Ourslers and Morrises had connections to this Brooks family.

    [14] Evidence of her name and history is missing.

    [15] This man had a son named Caleb.

    • 1840 Brown Co OH, Charles Herd: 11001/10001.
    • 1850 Brown Co OH, p 106: Charles, 38, with wife Indian, 25, children Caleb, Sarah, William, Robert, John, Malissa, Chares T, Rachel N.
    • 1880 Pendleton Co KY with second wife, Araminta, b 1845; 68 OH (MD) OH.
    • His death record said both parents born in Ohio.
    • From Genforum: I found Charles with his family in Brown County, Huntington Township, Ohio in the 1840 (between 20 and 30 yrs old) and 1850 (38 yrs old) Census. According to the 1860 Census (48 yrs old), in July of 1860, he and his family lived across the Ohio River from Brown Co Ohio, in Falmouth, Pendleton Co KY. At this time, he and his wife had 10 of 13 children living with them, based upon the data identified in the 1850 and 1860 censuses combined. Three of their children must have either married and moved on or passed away (i.e. Caleb, Sarah, & Robert).
    • He was a farmer and minister as was his son Charles Jr.
    • From Robert Knox: Charles Thomas Hurd, Born 1811 near Aberdeen, Brown County Ohio is the son of Caleb Hurd, whose wife, the mother of Charles Thomas Hurd, is Martha Oursler. I show Charles Thomas Hurd to be the father of at least 11 children (William, John, Mealisa, Thomas, Reachel, Noah, George, Mary, Stephen, Lydia and Annie Belle).  The youngest is Annie Belle, born 1861. In Catawba, Pendleton County, Kentucky, Annie Belle married Charles T Barnes on Feb 7, 1882.  On 17 July, 1884, she gave birth to her oldest daughter, Bertha. [Is Robert Knox’s data independent, or did he get it from me?]

    Note how Charles Thomas Hurd connects Brown Co OH, Pendleton Co KY, the Shelton family (see marriage of George and Elizabeth (Hurd) Morris, above, plus other connections to related families) and the given name Caleb.

    [16] Gateway to the West, p 6: Adams Co OH Administration records lists “William Hurd, #12, 2-12-1841, Henry Hutson, adms, bond $2500; Asa Leedom and Azeriah Edginton, security; settled 7-1-1845 (12)” Henry Hutson also made the inventory on a Roushe estate in 1849. All of these names are on page 57 of the 1840 census in Adams Co OH, except William Herd, who is on p 55 (11001…/20001…). Martha Herd is on p 56.

    • One of the payments from the estate was to “Mary Herd, widow.”
    • Mary’s children in the 1850 census were John W, 16, Sarah, 14, Julia, 12, Mary, 10.
    • In 1860 Mary, 50, was with Sarah, 23, Jno, 21, Juda, 19, and Mary J, 18.
    • In 1870 Sprigg Twp, Adams Co OH, John Herd, 37 sewing machine agent, was living with his sister Sarah, 34, and her family, husband John Roush. Sarah had died before 1880, when her husband was in Bradyville, Adams Co OH.

    [17] Davis Co IA history names his father as Caleb Hurd of Adams Co OH and states he died while John was a baby. No contemporary records have been found with the name “John William”; descendants call him that.

    [18] His 1917 death certificate lists parents as William Hurd and Mary Hutson. His sister, Judith Susan, not Julia, was Mrs. Daniel Scott. Her 1921 death certificate also named her parents.

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    My Alvis Family Research

    History of my Alvis Family Research, 1966-

    My sister and I began searching for an ancestry in 1966 when we were in college. We wrote the oldest living members of our Alvis family and received replies going back this far:

    1. Edward Arthur Alvis, 1926-2003, our father, born and died in Oklahoma, although he lived in many other States
    2. George Orville Alvis, 1901-1983, our grandfather, born and died in Oklahoma
    3. Edward Amandus Alvis, 1861-1934, born in Illinois, also lived in Kansas and Oklahoma and died in Missouri

    This much was within the personal knowledge of my dad who was living at the time.

    1. William Henry (or Harrison) Alvis, 1832-1874, born in Missouri and died in Illinois. A cousin of my dad’s gave us this name, plus William’s marriage data and place of death. In 1967, we visited and photographed his grave.

    In the 1980s, I was living in Mexico City and following a major illness began to write letters again. A third cousin copied all the data she could find in the Dallas Public Library and sent it to me in a small box. My parents also went to genealogy libraires and copied censuses and other records.

    About this time a distant cousin in North Carolina began a newsletter she called The Alvis Exchange. There were about five issues bringing together what was easily accessed in libraries at the time.

    A year or two later we acquired out first Macintosh computer and I began working full time in desktop publishing. I decided to put this new skill to work in my long-time hobby and started up a re-boot of The Alvis Exchange.

    The name, I thought, fit exactly what I was endeavoring to accomplish: find a place for Alvis researchers to exchange what data we had. As subscriptions grew, several collaborators sent massive amounts of data, including eventually all available Alvis pensions and censuses. I started databases for all Alvis marriages and all Alvis males.

    It is exciting to look back over those issues and see how rapidly our Alvis information came together. Several Alvis researchers and cousins got together in 1989 for a big reunion in West Plains, Missouri.

    By the mid-1990s when we had moved back to the USA, the Internet came along and provided even more ways to research. I am proud to say that Internet sources have confirmed the hypotheses I had put together and the speculative articles I wrote.

    My dad died in 2003 and the energy went out of Alvis research for me. But then again I had published as much as it seemed possible to find. Newer data that becomes available online is largely related to younger generations.

    Early Generations of Alvises in America

    I have joined several genealogical societies and believe them to be excellent tools for verifying the accuracy of my conclusions.

    IN 2013, the DAR approved my lineage from Ashley Alvis of Goochland Co VA and Sumner Co TN. And last year the Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America approved my application based on George Alves/Alvis who was in Virginia before 1682 and Ashley Alvis, who was a Patriot in the American Revolution. I am going into all of this to show my credentials as a genealogist and lineage research specialist.

    This may be more than you want on the early generations of our family, and I promise I will get around to Zachariah Alvis before long.

    My application to DFPA included this summary of our earliest American ancestors. Note Zachariah, 1761-after 1833, on the last page.

    Generation 1

    George Alvis    married 3) Mary

    say 1645-ca 1734


    George Alves[1] was not born in America, since a headright[2] was claimed for him in 1700, along with his second wife, Alice, who had come to Virginia many years prior to that date. He was married, first, to an unknown wife, the mother of his daughter, Susan or Susannah[3]; second, between 1678 and 1682,[4] to Alice, the widow of Maj. William Harris;[5] and third, to Mary –, the mother of his son David.[6] George Alves was “lately deceased” on 4 Mar 1734/5.[7]

    First Known Appearances in Virginia Records

    George Alvis was mentioned twice in the Henrico County Court which met 1 February 1682. First, he was the plaintiff in a suit against Henry Watkins for the balance of an account apparently due to George’s wife; Watkins was ordered to pay. And also, George Alvis complained against Mr. Richard Lygon for failing in his duty to the orphan William Harris, which was postponed until the next court.[8]

    The first known reference to George Alves in Virginia is found in John Frederick Dorman, Adventurers of Purse and Person Virginia 1607-1624/5. The article refers to Alice’s previous husband, Maj. William Harris and includes the statement, “George m. bef. 1682, Alice (–) Harris, wid. of Maj. William.”[9]

    A transcript of the record in surviving documents follows: Henrico County Record Book No. 2, 1678-1693:

    At a Court held a Varina for the County of Henrico April 2, 1683; In the suite of George Alvis as marrying Alice the relict of Majr. Will Harris dec’d (concerning William Harris an orphan of the said dec’d) against Mr. Richard Lygon, the said Alvis declaring that he doth not use his endeavor for educating and maintaining the said Orphan according to the Indenture, which Indenture being exhibited, and the orphan present, and the Court thereupon conceiving the allegacons aforesaid not true, it is ordered that the orphan serve his time, and that Mr. Lygon perform his part of the said Indenture.

    Another reference from 1682 appears in The Journals of the House of Burgesses of Virginia, 1659/60-1693, in the section which begins, “Att A Generall Assembly Began att James Citty the 10th day of November 1682 These ffollowing Orders of publique charge and leuy were made…” On page 180 in the listings of amounts paid in pounds of tobacco for New Kent County: “To Jno Epperson 1:100  Geo: Alues 1:200.”[10]

    There are two distinct, extant, and published reports of George Alves in Virginia in 1682.

    Connection to the Harris Family

    Various articles have been published about this Harris family, including references to George Alves:

    Malcolm Hart Harris writes in “Three William Harrises in Hanover County,” in The Virginia Genealogist:[11]

    William Harris, the patentee of this land on Cub Creek on 24 March 1725, had been closely associated with George Alves who had married the widow of Major William Harris of Henrico County. In the Vestry Book of St. Paul’s Parish, William Harris and George Alves were closely associated in the processioning of land in the parish. Later, they owned land adjacent to Groundsquirrel on the South Anna River.

    “Evidence of the Descent of William Harris,” by William R. Taylor in The Virginia Genealogist,[12] states on pages 262-263:

    The association of George Alves with William Harris, son of Major William Harris, is long standing and more than casual. Alice, the widow of Maj. Harris, married George Alves soon after her husband died. George Alves is found as principal or acting as witness in five Henrico County deeds involving the known sons of Maj. Harris, William and Edward.

    This close relationship of George Alves with his stepsons continued in New Kent County where on 4 June 1714 William Harris had a patent ‘over against George Alves on South Anna River.’ This alliance continued as proved by the processioning records of St. Paul’s Parish. In 1708/9, 1711, 1716, 1731, 1735, 1739 and 1743 the lands of William Harris and George Alves were in the same precinct. In 1708/9 the two men were the overseers. Since it is known that George Alves died about 1734, the 1739 and 1743 appearance of his name must indicate that there was still land held in his name or that he had a son named George. From the records the former is more likely. The processioning records for the period 1719 to 1739 are not complete but it seems very likely that the same situation would be found if they were….

    One of the surviving Hanover deeds reinforces the evidence that William Harris and George Alves had land close together and also indicates the approximate date of the death of the latter. William Harris is a witness to this deed which refers to the ‘boundary of George Alves, lately deceased.’

    Thus George Alves and William Harris were in close association from the time Alves married William’s mother until the former died about 1734.

    Page 267 of this Virginia Genealogist article shows that William Harris and George Alves were also associated with the Cawthon family. Note that George’s probable grandson David was married on Aug 20 1768 to Mary Cauthon.[13] This Virginia Genealogist article shows that Mary’s parents were John Cawthon, as the name was more often spelled, and Agnes Harris, the granddaughter of William Harris, George Alves’s stepson.

    Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia, 1607-1624/5, revised and edited by Virginia M. Meyer and John Frederick Dorman, published by Order of First Families of Virginia, 1987, on pages 354-361 gives a current view of the entire Harris family back to Jamestown, ca. 1611.

    Maj. William Harris was born in Virginia ca 1629, died before Oct 7 1678, was married twice, his first wife unknown and his second wife Alice –. The first wife had one son Thomas, who died soon after his father. Alice’s known children were William, probably born in the early 1670s, died in Hanover Co VA between 1743 and 1749, and Edward, living in 1719.

    Headrights and Land Holdings

    In early Virginia, land was granted to individuals responsible for transporting immigrants. This was often done years after the actual sea voyage. Cavaliers and Pioneers lists the following:

    Virginia Book of Land Grants and Patents, Patent Book No. 9, p. 37.

    GEORGE ALVES, 1014 acs. New Kent Co. in St. Peters Par: on both sides of Totpotomous Cr. 24 Apr 1700, P. 268. Adj. Roger Thompson, Carles Turner & Thomas Wilkinson, &c. Trans of 21 pers: John Jaquis, Thomas Webb, John Carter, Robert Horsfeild, Nicholas Gentry, John Clarke, George Alves, Alice Alves, Thomas Bankes, Thomas Rice, Benj Fenton, Gabriel Bickerin, John Johnson, Thomas Bradley, James Bowling.[14]

    George Alves acquired considerable land holdings with dates from 1692 to 1731, also detailed in Nugent.[15]

    There are many published references to patents issued to George Alves, including the following from English Duplicates of Lost Virginia Records, on pages 67, 74, and 101:

    A List of Patents Signed in November 1700: New Kent County, Alvos, Geo, 767 acres.

    List of Patents Signed in April 1703: New Kent Co, Geo. Aalves, 1668 acres. 4843 acres, New Kent Co, George Alves, 12-16-1714.[16]

                The William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. XXI, No. 1 (Jul 1912), contains several references to George Alvis in a transcript entitled, “Records of Hanover County,” pages 47 ff, “copied by me in the winter of 1910-1911—S. O. Southall.”[17]  Page 54 for 1734 states, “Est: of David Alvis in hands of David Crenshaw, his late Guardian.”[18]

    Page 58 has a notice that land was sold 5 Mar 1734 by Laurence Ferguson to Jno. Ross, “adj: George Alvis decd.”

    A deed cited in page 63 between the three daughters of Susan Ellitt on 15 Jul 1735 is the only known evidence that George had a first marriage and a daughter Susan.[19]

    And a reference on page 146 is to the widow of George’s son, David Alvis, from 4 Oct 1787.


    Numerous references to George Alves from the Vestry Book of St. Paul’s Parish, Hanover County, Virginia, were extracted along with the editor’s conclusions in No. 5, page 3, of The Alvis Exchange.[20] These references date from 1705/6 when the parish records begin to after his death in 1734.

    The published edition of the Register of St. Peter’s Parish, New Kent County, VA, has the following undated item, possibly from 1703:

    George Alves aploying him Selfe to this ve∫try for help to Cleere the roades in his precinct is ordered John Tyler Richard maidlen nicholas Gentrey Thomas Tin∫ley John Burley and all the Tithables from thence up the north side of Totopotomoys Creeke.[21]

    And page 425 has this notation for 1687: “Thom: Cook servant to Geo: Alvise deceased ye : 4th : of Desem:”

    By 1700 George Alves was living in New Kent County with his wife Alice when he sold Henrico County holdings:

    George Alvis of New Kent Co planter, for £18, to Timothy Allen of Henrico Co planter, tract on south side of James River called ‘The Ware,’ bounded by Hon. Wm Byrd, Mr. Robert Hancocke, Edward Skerm and Ashen Swamp, which I bought of Edward Harris and Mary his wife, 27 Sept. 1698. 1 Apr 1700.

    Wit: Stephen Cocke, Matthew Raysons  Signed: George Alvis  Recorded 1 May 1700. Benjamin Hatcher, attorney for Alice Alvis, wife of George, relinquished her dower right.[22]

    Several references to George Alves in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography are as follows:

    Council held at the Capitol July 1730 granted petition, “To George Alvis One Thousand five hundred acres in Hanover County on Maudlins folly Run.”[23]

    New Kent County Rent Rolls 1704. A rent roll of the lands held by her Majestie in the parish of St. Peters and St. Paul’s–anno 1704… Allvis, George  325 acres.[24]

    Some King William County, Va., Records… 1702/3 Anthony Winston to Thos. Bradley  Deed  wit. John Duffield, Geo. Alvis  21 to 23.[25]

    1702  Frances Littlepage, wife of Richard relinquishes right of dower in above property. Wm. Aylett, atty., wit. Geo. Alvis, David Clarkson, Geo. Clough.[26]

    “13 June 1728 of the said Ambrose Joshua Smith for 5000 acres of land in Goochland formerly Henrico joining on the line which divided that County and the County of Hanover on the head of deep and Fork Creeks and branches of the James River formerly surveyed for John Syme, Isaac Winston, William Morris, George Alvis and John Mathies.”[27]

    Reference is made to other property adjoining George Alvis’s land.[28]

    The Quit Rents of Virginia, 1704 has this on page 8: “ALVIS, George, New Kent County, 325 acres.”

    Round Trip to “Great Britain”

    The St. Paul’s Parish Vestry Book previously cited shows that George Alves was in Great Britain in 1711. And fortunately, his return to America is also documented.

          An 1877 article in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register reads:

    Arrivals in Boston, Mass., June 1712… ye 6th

    Jethro Furbur ye sloop Tyall from Fyall [in the Azores]…

    George Alvis and 3 servants…[29]

    Since George Alvis’s son David was born circa 1713 or 1714, it has been assumed he remarried soon after his arrival back in America. A wife did not accompany him on the return voyage.

    Generation 2

    David Alvis       married Elizabeth Stanley

    1713-ca 1787


    David Alvis was born about 4 Oct 1713 in Hanover Co VA, the son of George Alvis and his third wife, Mary. He died before 4 Oct 1787[30] in Goochland Co VA. Sometime, possibly ca 1738, he married Elizabeth Stanley, whom this writer assumes to have been his only wife.

    David Alvis was a minor at the time of his father’s death. His “estate” refers to his property during his minority; therefore, he was born after 1711. He is an adult by 11 Feb 1735/6, when he was present at a vestry meeting of St Paul’s Parish; we may assume he was born no later than 11 Feb 1714/5, that is, at least 21 years old at that date.[31] Since his estate was settled 4 Oct 1734, that was probably the date of his 21st birthday.

    The “Estate of David Alvis in the hands of David Crenshaw his late guardian” proves his relationship to George Alvis and gives clues to the identity of his mother.[32]

    The William and Mary Quarterly, also refers to the end of this guardianship in 1734: “Est: of David Alvis in hands of David Crenshaw, his late Guardian.”[33]

    It is not at this time known what happened to the estate of David Alvis, who as a child was wealthy. By a few years later, this was not the case. From 1742, David Alvis was frequently insolvent.[34]


    Court Order Book 1, Amelia County, Virginia, 1735-1746, volume 1

    • Page 117 – 21 Jan 1742 – Suit, Bradley Cock vs David Olvis, Plaintiff awarded 
attachment, returnable – next court.
    • Page 118 – Case Cock vs Olvis – defendant failed to appear last 
court so attachment awarded against his estate; 
Sheriff returned – attached 1 horse and saddle.
    • Page 122 – William Battersby became special bail for defendant in case of 
Cock vs Olvis.
    • Page 133 – Bradley Cock given leave to amend his declaration against 
David Olvis.
    • Page 182 – Feb 1744 – Judgement-Cock vs Alves to plaintiff for 12 pounds 
and costs.
    • Page 194 – 18 May 1745-Debt action-Robert Jennings vs David Alves for 17.03.3 
due bond. To plaintiff for sum, but judgement to be discharged by 
payment of 8.10.1-12, with interest, costs and lawyer’s fee.
    • Page 213 – 20 Sep 1745-John Hodnett vs David Alves.
    • Page 219 – 15 Nov 1745 – John Hodnett vs David Alvis, dismissed.
    • Page 229 – Attachment Robert Wathen vs David Alves, ordered garneshee to be 
summond to declare how much of estate he has in his possession.
    • Page 250 – 20 Sep 1745 – Cock vs Olvis. David Olvis is not to be found in my 
bailiwick, Samuel Terry, Sheriff.

    David Alvis was named in the Amelia County, Virginia, tax lists in 1744, 1745 and 1746, the last year with no tithables and the notation “constable.” In 1745, he was counted as one tithable, with no slaves; in each year, he was located in a different part of the county.[35] Conjectures have been made about his connections sto Quakers and others who freed their slaves.

             A lawsuit abstract in the Edward Pleasants Valentine Papers, dating from the March court 1746 in Amelia County, Virginia, found David Alvis’s estate to have “no effects.” Six men were plaintiffs suing David Alvis for £51 currency. “In September last an attachment was grandted the Pltfs. Against the estate of the Deft. But no effects being found the suit is dismissed. Mch. Court 1746. O.B. 174651, p. 38.[36]

    Extant tax records in Goochland County, Virginia, begin in 1778; David Alvis owned fifty acres, as he did in each year through 1786. Other Alvis taxpayers were doubtless his sons. No mention of land is mentioned after that, but the number of tithables. In 1784 and 1785, there were two tithables named David Alvis, assumed to be father and son. The name continues after the death of David Sr, with several men being difficult to distinguish in the records. Again there were two Davids in 1789 through 1791.[37]

    Several books have stated that an Elizabeth Stanley married Mr. — Alvis, or Olvis.[38] Since that time, continuing research has found out much about the Stanleys, many family connections, but not one additional reference to Elizabeth (Stanley) Alvis and her husband.

    After 1735, David Alvis disappears from the vestry book. This fits with the statement that he married a member of an anti-slavery Quaker family, even though the exact marriage record has not been found. Quaker records from this time in Virginia have been compiled by William Wade Hinshaw in The Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy.[39]

    Generation 3

    Known Counties of Residence of David Alvis

    *Hanover       1713-1734

    *Amelia          1744-1746

    *Louisa          1761-?

    *Goochland   1778-1787

    Children of David Alvis

    Several sons stayed in Louisa County as late as 1798.

    Several sons were in Goochland County by 1768.

    Four sons were in Hanover County in 1782.

    From surety data, it seems clear that Elijah, Zachariah, David, Shadrach and Ashley were brothers, sons of this elder David. Many Alvis families used all five of these given names; for example, the early TN family mentioned above had sons with four of the names. Other possible brothers were George, John, Stanley, Forester.[40]

    Some of the following family groups are speculative, but I believe them to be fairly reliable. Most birth dates are entirely speculative, based on age at marriage, first child, or parents’ marriage date. The children of David Alvis, probably all by his wife, Elizabeth Stanley were:

    • John ALVIS Sr. John was born say in 1739 and died in VA in 1805-10. His widow may have been the Elizabeth Alvis in the 1810 census, Hanover Co VA. John Alvis was the first man of his generation of Alvises to be listed individually, in Louisa County in a 1771 lawsuit.

    1761, witness in a Louisa Co VA lawsuit

    1760s, married

    1771, Louisa Co. Court Orders, 1770-1772; p. 477. 10 July 1771  John Alves, Plaintiff against Cosby Duke, Defendant…have settled the account in dispute between the parties…5 pounds 14 shillings due to the plaintiff John Alves…

    1776, Rev War service[41]; 1781, paid substitute

    1781-2, 1787, Hanover Co VA tax list

    1784: VA Gen Soc Q XXXI, #1: John Alvis signed a petition, as resident of Hanover Co. Forester Alvis also signed.

    1787 tax lists of Virginia (a substitute for the missing 1790 census): Alvis, John, Hanover Co, 0 additional males 16-21, 2 blacks over 16, 1 black below 16, 3 horses, 9 head of cattle

    15 Sep 1788, surety for marriage of Lucy Alvis, to Reuben Cosby, Goochland Co

    1788-91, Goochland Co tax lists, once with Matthew

    1789, insolvent in Goochland Co [The Virginia Genealogist, 21 (1977), 287]

    1793, 1795, 1805, Hanover Co tax lists (his moves back and forth from Hanover to Goochland were usually with George)

    1805, last year clearly named in tax records as John Alvis Sr

    1810 census, possibly his widow Elizabeth, Hanover Co, 1814-7, taxed in Hanover Co

    John and an unidentified wife had the following possible children:

    1. Jesse (1757-1841)
    2. Nancy (1766-)
    3. Lucy (1768-). She married Reuben Cosby 15 Sep 1788 in Goochland Co VA, that is, three months before another Lucy married James Ryan.
    4. Matthew (1772->1795)
    5. Robert (1765-)
    6. John Jr (1775-1847)
    7. Mary Ann (ca1770-1840)
    8. Charles Dabney (1777-1861)
    9. David (~1780-1840)


    • George ALVIS. George was born say in 1741 and died in Goochland Co VA, before 1806.

    1761, witness in a Louisa Co lawsuit

    ca 1770s, married

    1782, Hanover Co VA tax list, with 5 people

    1788, 89, 90, 91, Goochland Co tax lists

    1802, 03, 05, Hanover Co VA tax lists

    3 Feb 1806, Polly, daughter of George Alvis, deceased, married Jesse Page, Goochland Co

    27 Feb 1806, Elizabeth, daughter of George Alvis, deceased, married William Page, Goochland

    He had the following known children:

    1. David (~1770->1840)
    2. Henry (1775-<1830)
    3. Mary (1782-)
    4. Elizabeth (1786-)
    5. Matthew (1795-)


    • Forester ALVIS. Forester was born say in 1743 and died in Chesterfield Co VA, before 1805; his wife was Ann –?–. Forester Alvis was the second man of his generation of Alvises to be listed individually, in Louisa County in 1775.

    1772-3, 8 (overseer), Trinity Parish, Louisa Co

    1776 St Martin’s Parish

    1782 Hanover Co VA tax list, with 7 people in family. This list was published as “The First Census of the United States,” since VA’s 1790 census was destroyed. Forester Alvis is listed on p. 28 in Capt. Owen Dabney’s District and had 7 white members in his family. It is possible his parents were in the household.

    1784: VA Gen Soc Q XXXI, #1: Forester Alvis signed a petition, as resident of Hanover Co. John Alvis also signed. XXXII, #1: Elijah, Forester and Stanley signed petition 20 Nov 1790 for dividing Hanover Co and building a new courthouse.

    1787: This tax list was recently published as “The 1787 Census of Virginia.” Forester Alvis’s listing reads 0-0-0-0-0, that is, no other males over 16 and under 21, no blacks, no horses or cattle.

    1793-7, Hanover Co VA tax lists

    1796, resident of Louisa Co VA, filed suit for wages[42]

    before 1805, died

    3 Apr 1805, Barbara, daughter of Ann Alvis, married Edward Henry, Chesterfield Co

    15 May 1810, daughter Marinda married John Vickers/Vicars, Chesterfield Co

    Forester and Ann had the following children:

    1. Maury?
    2. James (1775-<1830)
    3. Woodford (1775-1830)
    4. (1-3 others) (<1782-)
    5. Joshua (1784-1854)
    6. Zephaniah (1780-1840)
    7. Barbara (1785-) Her 1805 MR says “daughter of Ann Alvis. Surety: Woodford Alvis”
    8. Marinda (1790-) Her 1810 marriage record says “daughter of Forrest [sic] Alvis, deceased”
    9. Edmund Jordan (1792-1821)
    10. Abimelech (ca1794-1814)


    • David ALVIS. David was born say in 1748 and died probably in Buckingham Co VA, before 1814. On 20 Aug 1768, he first married Mary CAUTHON, daughter of John CAWTHON & Agnes HARRIS,[43] in Goochland Co VA. On 27 Dec 1784 when David was 36, he married a second wife in Goochland Co VA; the marriage bond does not give her name, but she may have been Carolina.[44]

    1768, 20 Aug, married (1) Mary Cauthon, The Douglas Register

    1769, Douglas Register records birth of son Harris

    12 Nov 1775, Douglas Register records christening of dt Aggie

    1784, 27 Dec married (2) —, Goochland Co, William and Mary Quarterly

    1782-4, 1785, 1786-8, Goochland Co tax lists

    1787, death of David Alvis [Sr]

    1789, insolvent  [called David Jr, The Virginia Genealogist, 21 (1977), 287]

    1789-91, 94-5, still in Goochland Co (in these years there were 2 Davids over 16)

    1795, mentioned in the settlement of the Estate of Robert Page, Goochland Co VA. The final settlement was dated Feb 20 1795, but contains charges and receipts for the estate as far back as Jan 3 1787. See receipt on April 20 1789 of 1 pound, 10 shillings, plus 3 shillings, 2 pence interest, from “David Alvis Jr.”

    1796-1806, one David was in Goochland Co tax lists, Harris in 1799 tax list

    19 Jun 1798, surety at marriage of dt Agnes [Aggie] to Turner Clark, Goochland Co

    1800, poss this David in Buckingham Co tax list

    1802, dt Polly married in Augusta Co VA “Meris” was surety

    1807-1814, lands in Goochland Co, but not necessarily present or even the same David

    1814, listed as deceased

    David had the following proposed children, the first two being clearly idenitifed in The Douglas Register:

    1. Henry Harris (1769-<1854)
    2. Agnes (1775-)
    3. Elizabeth/Betsy (1777-)
    4. David (ca1790-1848)
    5. Zachariah C (1783-1868)
    6. Mary (1784-)
    7. Moses (1790-)


    • Ashley ALVIS. Ashley was born say in 1750 and died in Sumner Co TN, after 29 Aug 1808. On 17 Dec 1772, he first married Elizabeth KNOLLING/NOWLIN in Goochland Co VA. About 1789, he second married Martha [NOWLIN?]. Martha died in 1815 in Sumner Co TN.

    1771, 16 Dec, married (1) Elizabeth Knolling, The Douglas Register

    1885 KY hist book says he served in the Rev War (no record found)

    1782, res Goochland Co VA, also 1784-93

    1782, 27 Sep, declared his losses to the British in Goochland Co[45]

    1789, 31 Oct, Ashley Alvis witnesssed the marriage of Stephen Nowlin[46] and Anny Witt

    ca 1789, married (2) Martha Nowlin, Goochland Co VA

    1789 in Goochland Co VA.

    1794-1806, most years, Buckingham Co

    24 Mar 1794, Milly Alvis witnesses a promissory note from James Nowlin and Thomas Chancellor. She is otherwise unknown, but Ashley’s two wives were both members of the Nowlin family. Prince Edward County[47]

    1799, 7 Dec, VA Gen Soc Q XXXII, #2: Signed a petition in Buckingham Co

    1808, 29 Aug, found a stray horse, Sumner Co TN[48]

    1810, 3 Mar, Mrs. Martha Alvis found a stray[49]

    before1811, died, Martha appears on tax list

    1815, Martha died, leaving a will, , Sumner Co TN, signed 21 Mar 1816, proved Nov 1816

    Ashley and his first wife had the following children:

    1. Edmund (1778-1864)
    2. John (1780-)
    3. Abraham (1781-1854)
    4. Charles (1780-)
    5. Shadrach (~1788->1860)

    Ashley and his second wife had the following children:

    1. Ashley (1791-1883)
    2. Nancy (1793-)
    3. Elizabeth (<1795-)
    4. Mary (1796-)
    5. Elijah (1801-)


    • Shadrach ALVIS. Shadrach was born say in 1752 and died in Goochland Co VA, in 1806. On 23 Sep 1773, he first married Nancy ADDISON in Goochland Co VA. Nancy died after 21 Aug 1780 in Goochland Co VA. On 27 Dec 1784, he second married Judith HANCOCK, daughter of Major HANCOCK & Ann THOMAS, in Goochland Co VA. Born on 17 May 1768, Judith died in Goochland Co VA, on 16 May 1856. Judith’s census record from 1810 through 1850 is complete.

    23 1773, married (1) Nancie Addison, The Douglas Register

    20 Nov 1774, christening of daughter Elizabeth, The Douglas Register

    21 Jul 1776, christening of daughter Nancy, The Douglas Register

    20 Apr 1777, christening of son Meredith, The Douglas Register

    27 Dec 1784, married (2) Judith Hancocke, The Douglas Register, David was surety

    1782, 84, 87-9, 91-9, 1800-3, Goochland Co tax lists

    25 Dec 1805, marriage of dt Polly to John Bush; Elijah’s son David surety, Goochland Co

    1806, died, leaving will in Goochland Co

    19 Dec 1806, daughter Sarah married William R Wright, John Bush surety, Goochland Co

    9 Oct 1811, Judith consented to marriage of daughter Patsy to Josiah Amos. Shadrach was deceased, Goochland Co

    Shadrach and his first wife had the following children, births recorded in , The Douglas Register:

    1. Elizabeth (1774-)
    2. Nancy (1775-)
    3. Meredith (1777-)

    Shadrach and his second wife had the following children:

    1. Mary/Polly (1785-)
    2. Sarah (1786-)
    3. Martha/Patsie (1791-)
    4. (daughter)
    5. Major (1792-)
    6. Robert (1798-1878)
    7. Henry Franklin (1804-1861)
    8. Susannah (1800-)


    • Stanley ALVIS. Stanley was born say in 1754 and died in VA after 1806. About 1780, he probably married a woman named Rhoda. Rhody Alvis was in the 1810 census in Henrico County, where Stanley’s probable children lived.

    1775 church list, Trinity Parish

    1776, Revolutionary War, with John[50]

    ca 1780, married, poss Rhody —

    1782, Hanover Co tax list with 2 people

    1790, 20 Nov Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly XXXII, #1: Elijah, Forester and Stanley signed petition for dividing Hanover Co and building a new courthouse

    1793, purchased property from Walter Chisholm in Hanover Co VA[51]

    1793-96, 98, 99, 1801, 03, Hanover Co tax lists

    1804-1806, Louisa Co tax lists

    poss his widow Rhody, Henrico Co VA 1810:  21100/00101

    Stanley and his wife probably had the following children:

    1. Walter (1780-<1831)
    2. Thomas Spencer (~1783-)
    3. Stephen (1797-)
    4. Sarah (1799-)
    5. Peter Meredith (ca1794-1849)


    • Elijah ALVIS. Elijah was born say in 1758 and died in Goochland Co VA, in Oct 1822. On 15 Oct 1784, he married Elizabeth CLARKE in Goochland Co VA. Born in 1767 in Virginia, Elizabeth died in Goochland Co VA, about 16 Feb 1846.

    1778-1780, Rev War soldier

    1784, Oct 15, m Elizabeth Clarke, Goochland Co, Shadrach was surety

    Goochland Co VA tax lists: 1792-5, 1798-1807 (in 1804 and 06, David was listed w/Elijah; in 1805 and 09 there was an unnamed male 16-21), 1809-14, 1820-21

    Virginia Genealogical Society Quarterly XXXII, #1: Elijah, Forester and Stanley signed petition 20 Nov 1790 for dividing Hanover Co and building a new courthouse.

    1810 census Goochland Co VA: 121[torn]/11200

    1818, pension filed from Louisa Co VA

    1820 census Goochland Co VA: 000001/01121

    1822, Sep 3, gave consent to marriage of dt Nancy

    1822, Elizabeth in Goochland Co tax lists

    1822, Oct, died in Goochland Co , per pension

    1829, Elizabeth, consent at marriage of dt Elizabeth

    1830 census Goochland Co VA, Elizabeth: 0/000000101

    1840 census Goochland Co, Elizabeth, “widow of  Elijah”: 0/000001101/22/1201

    1846, widow’s estate lists 9 children

    1850, two unmarried daughters in census

    They had the following children:

    1. David (~1785->1850)
    2. Mary (1786-)
    3. Stanley (1789-1850)
    4. Nancy (1790-1860)
    5. William E (1793-1863)
    6. Shadrach “Sr” (~1794-<1845)
    7. Jane (1797->1850)
    8. Ashley (1802-~1873)
    9. Elizabeth (1804->1846)


    • Zachariah ALVIS. Zachariah was born in 1761 and died in Goochland Co VA, after 1833. On 15 Dec 1789, he married Elizabeth WEBSTER, daughter of David WEBSTER & Judith CARTER, in Goochland Co VA.

    1779, served at least one month in the Rev War

    11 Dec 1788, surety for marriage of Lucy Alvis, to James Ryan, Goochland Co

    26 Sep 1789, married Elizabeth Webster, Goochland MR

    19 Oct 1795, surety at the marriage of James Ryan, whose first wife was Lucy Alvis

    17 Sep 1803, Goochland Co Records, mortgage.[52]

    1814-1822, Goochland Co Orders, several entries

    1809-15 (w/son 16+ in 1814-5), 16-20, 22-23, 29-31, Goochland Co tax lists

    1810 census Goochland Co VA: 12001/21010

    1820 census Goochland Co VA: 210001/02101

    1824, gave consent to marriage of daughter Sarah

    1830 census Goochland Co: 001100001/000010001

    1832, filed for pension from Goochland Co

    after 1833, died

    Zachariah and Elizabeth had the following likely children:

    1. Shadrach “Jr” (~1795-)
    2. (daughter)
    3. Woodson (1790-1822)
    4. William Woodson (1803-1856)
    5. Charles (~1800-<1842)
    6. Sarah (1800-)
    7. Elijah (~1817-)
    8. John W Sr (1817-1878)
    9. Mary (1817-)


    [1] Most known descendants use the spelling Alvis. The spelling Alves disappears at an early date from Virginia records. Also found are Aalves, Alues, Olvis, and other variants.

    [2] Nell Marion Nugent, Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants, 1623-1800, Vol. 3, p. 37.

    [3] Edward Pleasants Valentine Papers, published in 1927 and re-issued by the Genealogical Publishing Company in 1979, page 1639.

    [4] John Frederick Dorman, Adventurers of Purse and Person Virginia 1607-1624/5:

    Families G-P, fourth edition, Genealogical Publishing Com, 2004, page 267.

    [5] There is no indication in any of these records that George and Alice Alves had children. Her Harris children were born in the early 1660s. If she was in her forties when she married George Alves prior to 1682, we can also assume that he was at least age 30 or older, giving him a purely hypothetical birthdate of 1640-50.

    [6] Hanover Co VA Court Records 1733-35, pp. 35-36, pages 123-126 of the original record book.

    [7] Dorman, loc. cit., citing Hanover County Record Book 1733-35, page 203.

    [8] “Henrico county Record Book No. 2, 1678-1693,” Virginia Genealogical society Quarterly, Vol. 30, No. 1, page 28.

    [9] Dorman, ibid, citing Henrico Orphans’ Court, 1 Feb 1682.

    [10] Journals of the House of Burgesses of Virginia, 1659/60-1693, Virginia State Library, 1915.

    [11] Vol. 22, pp. 3, 189.

    [12] Vol. 22, pp. 261-269.

    [13] Douglas, William,. The Douglas register: being a detailed record of births, marriages and deaths together with other interesting notes, as kept by the Rev. William Douglas, from 1750-1797: an index of Goochland Wills: notes on the French-Hugeunot [sic] refugees who lived in Manakin-Town. Richmond, VA: J.W. Fergusson & Sons, 1928, p. 9.

    [14] Nell Marion Nugent, loc. cit.

    [15] Patent Book No. 8, p. 377: “GEORGE ALVES, 653 acs., New Kent County., in St. Peter’s Par., 29 Apr. 1692, p. 234. Beg. at land, now or late, of William Bassett & James Astin; to Beaver Dam Sw; to land, now or late, of Charles Turner; & land, now or late, of Littlepage. Imp. of 14 pers.* [Asterisk not explained.]

    Page 39 of the same book: “GEORGE ALVIS, 767 acs., New Kent Co in St. Peter’s Par; on N. side of Totopotomoys Cr; adj. Thomas Wilkinson; 7 Nov 1700, p. 284. Imp. of 16 pers…”

    Patent Book No. 10, p. 162-163: “GEORGE ALVES, 4843 acs. (N.L.), New Kent Co in St. Paul’s Par; beg. at Col. James Taylor at head of Meadow Br; to Taylor’s Cr; to S. br. of Pamunky Riv., called the South River; 16 Dec. 1714, p. 212; Imp. of 97 pers…”

    Patent Book No. 11, p. 247: “GEORGE ALVES, of Hanover Co, 400 acs. (N.L.), at a place called Bear Garden: on Richard Harris’ line; 5 Sept. 1723, p. 216. 40 Shill.” Just below this Nicholas Meriwether received land described as near the “land of George Alves; on Alvis’ Creek.” There are many references to George Alves’s land in these patents.

    Patent Book No. 12, p. 277: “GEORGE ALVES, 385 acs. (N.L.), Hanover Co; on both sides of Elk ford Cr; adj. Nicholas & Richard Johnson’s corner; 22 Feb 1724, p. 144. 40 Shill.” P. 295: “GEORGE ALVES, 400 acs. (N.L.), Hanover Co; on both sides of Beech Creek; 24 Mar. 1725, p. 351. 40 Shill. SAME, 400 acs. (N.L.), same Co date, & page. On both sides Maidlin’s Folly Creek. 40 Shill. … GEORGE ALVES, 400 acs. (N.L.), Hanover Co; on both sides of Beech Creek; 24 Mar. 1725, p. 352. 40 Shill.”

    Patent Book No. 14, p. 400: “GEORGE ALVES, 400 acs. (N.L.), Hanover Co; on both sides of Dirty Sw; 25 Aug 1731, p. 216. 40 Shill.”

    [16] Louis des Cognets, Jr., compiler, English Duplicates of Lost Virginia Records, Princeton: 1958, reprinted 1981.

    [17] See “Hanover County, Virginia Record Loss” at,_Virginia_Record_Loss.

    [18] This guardianship was the origin of speculation that Mary, David Alvis’s mother may have been a Crenshaw.

    [19] See below for transcript.

    [20] Churchill Gibson Chamberlayne, The Vestry Book of St. Paul’s Parish, Hanover County, Virginia, 1706-1786, Baltimore: Reprinted for Clearfield by Genealogical Pub. Co., 1999, 1940.

    [21] ‪National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, The Parish Register of Saint Peter’s, New Kent County, Va. from 1680 to 1787, Heritage Books, 1988, page 89.

    [22] Henrico Co., VA Will & Deed Bk. 1688-1697, 110-111.

    [23] Vol. 36 (1928), p. 144.

    [24] Vol. 31 (1923), p. 215.

    [25] Op. cit., p. 342.

    [26] Op. cit., p. 343.

    [27] Vol. 33 (1925), p. 24.

    [28] Op. cit., p. 353.

    [29] “PASSENGERS TO AMERICA: Various Communications and Sources” New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 31:3 (July 1877), pp. 310.

    [30] Hanover County VA Deeds 1783-1792, p. 53: p. 251. Abstracted in William and Mary Quarterly, Vol. XXI, No. 1 (Jul 1912), p. 146. Rec’d of William Thomson of Hanover one mare, 1 cow & calf, 5 Barrels of corn & 5 bushels of wheat which I acknowledge as full compensation for my third part of the tract of land sold by my late husband David Alvis of Hanover Co to Moses Harris. Elizabeth (X) Alvis, Wit: John Norvell, Wm. Hendrick, John Norvell Junr. 4 Oct 1787 proved by oath of John Norvell.

    [31] Churchill Gibson Chamberlayne, The Vestry Book of St. Paul’s Parish, Hanover County, Virginia, 1706-1786, Baltimore: Reprinted for Clearfield by Genealogical Pub. Co., 1999, 1940, 286.

    [32] Hanover Co VA Court Records 1733-35, pp. 35-36, page 123-126 of the original record book. “Oct 4 1734 Settlement of the Estate of David Alvis Orphan of George Alves dec’d was recorded.”

    [33] Vol. XXI, No. 1 (Jul 1912), p. 54. This guardianship was the origin of speculation that Mary, David Alvis’s mother may have been a Crenshaw.

    [34] He was also a witness in Louisa County in  1761; Goochland Co tax list: 1785, and possibly other years, indistinguishable from his son and several grandsons named David. A website ( attributes this to me, but I cannot locate the original submission of this data to me.

    [35] Amelia County, Virginia, Tax Lists 1736-1764: An Every-Name Index, Miami: T.L.C. Genealogy, 1993. In 1744, he was in the area from Namozine Creek to Cellar Creek, with one slave named Jack. In 1745, he was “above Saylor’s Creek.” In 1746, he was “from the upper part of the county” and had zero tithables, probably because he was listed as Constable.

    [36] Edward Pleasants Valentine Papers, published in 1927 and re-issued by the Genealogical Publishing Company in 1979, page 493.

    [37] The Alvis Exchange, 27 (1995) 5-8.

    [38] Alvis L Anderson, Stanley & Allied Families (1996), states she married an Alvis and was dismissed for marrying against discipline. Email communication from Ruth Kuntz, 23 Jul 2013.

    [39] Vol. VI: (Virginia), 1950, pp. 213, 224. In 1724, John Stanley, along with John Harris and James Stanley, were “imprisoned for refusing to pay tithes or priest wages.”

    [40] See my blog, “The Importance of Naming Patterns in Determining Early Alvis Families,” George was clearly a family name, for David’s father, John and Stanley refer to David’s father-in-law.

    [41] Louis A Burgess, Virginia Soldiers of 1776, Vol. III, p. 1255. Note that he was in Col. Charles Dabney’s Company.

    [42] Louisa Co, VA Chancery Notes 1798-008; Forrester Alvis vs. Thomas Hardin:  Alvis worked as an overseer for Thomas Harding for one year and was promised a share of each crop – corn, wheat, tobacco. He was never paid. Witnesses for Alvis, all “of this county”, were Woodford Alvis, John Chisholm,  Henry L. Joyce, Harden Turner, James Cockrom, Samuel Higgason, Elizabeth Alvis, John Johnston, and James Henry. No relationships were given. Woodford through Samuel were deposed 20 Sept 1796. The rest gave their deposition Nov. 11, 1796.

    [43] Agnes and her daughter Mary were descendants of Alice (–) (Harris) Alvis, second wife of Immigrant George Alvis.

    [44] Marriage bond for David Alvis and —, 27 Dec 1784, in William and Mary Quarterly, VIII, 96. See Carolina Alvis in the 1820 census for Buckingham Co VA.

    [45] “British Depredations in Goochland County,” The Virginia Genealogist, Vol 30, p 217.

    [46] Brother of his first wife, Elizabeth. Goochland Co Marriage Register, 394. Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, Vol 25, No. 3 (1987).

    [47] Prince Edward County, Virginia, Records at Large II, page 364, page 185 in published extracts. James Nowlin may have been Elizabeth (Knolling/Nowlin) Alvis’s uncle. “Milly” signed with a mark, which may indicate given name was not correct. Or Milly may have been one of the unidentified Alvis wives. A Milly Nowlin was married 29 Nov 1786 to Thomas Chancellor in Goochland County, Abraham Nowlin surety. See The Alvis Exchange, 25-2.

    [48] The Impartial Review & Cumberland Repository, 1805-1808, 229.

    [49] The Democratic Clarion & Tennessee Gazette, 1810-1811, 121.

    [50] Louis A Burgess, loc. cit.

    [51] “Little Garden,” Old Houses of Hanover Co VA, pp. 131-132.

    [52] Deed Book 18, p 665.

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    Strode DNA Match

    A descendant of Martha (Strode) Bryan, I have an autosomal x-chromosome match with a descendant of Edward Strode, who with his wife died at sea en route to America. This individual descends from a younger Edward Strode, through his daughter Letitia.
    Note that fewer ancestors contribute to the x-chromosome, yet following my ancestry and the ancestry of the DNA match the best place for our lines to cross is with Strodes.
    Does anyone else have Strode DNA matches?

    G– G–‘s line goes through Minnie Evelyn Fagg, Mary Ann Miller, James W Miller, Sarah Garrard, and Susannah Van Meter, to Letitia Strode.

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    Rev. Oliver Perry Light Documents

    Family Charts and Other Historical and Genealogical Records of Rev. Oliver Perry Light (1828-1904)

     By Kathy Alvis Patterson

    April 2008

    Part I: Introduction to the O. P. Light family charts

    Oliver Perry Light was born 27 April 1828 in Clermont Co OH, and became a Methodist minister, serving in Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma Territory until his death in 1904.[1] In 1853 he met and married Miss Nancy Jane Prather (1833-1895).[2] He was Chaplain of the 7th Minnesota Regiment from 1862 to 1864[3] and participated in the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889.[4] More details of his life follow in Part V of this monograph.

    The grandmother of the present writer was his granddaughter, Ethel Marguerite (Light) Armstrong (11 Dec 1900-7 Jan 1991). Although she had no clear memory of her grandfather, she did possess a great deal of pride in his career and knowledge of his life and work. She frequently wrote summaries of his life and gave presentations throughout western Oklahoma, especially in Methodist churches. O. P. Light baptized all of his ten grandchildren, except the youngest Evelyn Frances (Light) Eichor, who was born 5 Jun 1904 in Oklahoma City, a few months after his death.

    In 1966, when I began family research, my grandmother obtained from her sister Evelyn Eichor a stack of papers that had belonged to Rev. Light. I spent a day copying everything possible; as a well-behaved teenager, but only a beginning genealogist, I conscientiously, but unfortunately, returned the papers to my grandmother, who gave them back to Mrs. Eichor, and they were never seen again by anyone with an interest in family history.

    Of particular importance were a set of family pages, written in pencil, detailing the ancestry and cousins of Oliver Perry Light’s Light family, and in less detail, his wife Nancy Jane’s parents, her brother and sisters and their children, her Prather grandparents, their children, one uncle’s children, and her Veach grandparents and their children. I do not know if the Lights kept up with family births and deaths by mail or by visits. His pocket-sized notebook does include expenses from 1899 for a trip to Illinois; by this date his son was a Rock Island employee, and he may have traveled frequently by train.[5]

    This monograph is an effort to publish and establish the facts of Rev. Light’s notes, many of which are not known to exist in any other location. Their genealogical importance is not limited to my ancestry but to many Prather and Veach descendants. Since 1966, I have kept these notes separate from other research and not “contaminated” Rev. Light’s charts. His charts are printed here exactly as I received them. Internal evidence suggests they were completed after 6 Apr 1902, and before his death on 28 March 1904.

    It has been possible to confirm from other sources the accuracy of some of Rev. Light’s charts. Recently published studies, census entries, wills and books not available to him at any time in his life have shown him to be almost always accurate. I have received letters from other researchers that Rev. Light’s lists confirm what they have postulated but been unable to prove.

    It is my thesis that these documents are accurate and reliable as genealogical evidence.

    Although except for the copies I made in 1966, O. P Light’s original family charts have been lost, a copy of the Light family data written by his daughter after his death, does exist. These are almost the same as the Light portion of what I saw in 1966, with some newer dates, minus the notes Rev. Light had added on younger family members. Rev. Light’s charts had each family on a separate sheet of paper, yet his daughter copied everything onto four pages; she did not list families before Jacob and Caty (Harmon) Light. It is possible that Harriet (Light) Vance did not copy her father’s papers, but that she had access to a family Bible, since her data are grouped in births, marriages and deaths, where his were arranged by families, with names and notes about children of the youngest generation. The Prather and Veach families were not included in her record.[6]

    Part II: Verification of the Accuracy of the O. P. Light family charts

    The Light family has more records in print than the branches of the other surnames, Prather and Veach, mentioned in O. P. Light’s family charts. They comprise pages 1-4 of my printed lists. John Light was O. P.’s great-grandfather, and O. P. listed seven children for him: Peter, Barbara, Jacob, Benjamin, Daniel, Samuel, and Marten. The will of John’s brother Jacob Light, Jr.,[7] establishes John’s children as Peter, Daniel, Jacob and Barbara. In addition, childless Jacob had previously adopted John’s youngest sons Samuel and Martin. The only divergence from O. P.’s list is the son Daniel, who is not mentioned in the will. At the time Rev. Light was making his lists, a contemporary Light researcher in Pennsylvania placed the Jacob who adopted his brother’s sons, Samuel and Martin, as a member of a different family. Moses Light wrote in 1896, concerning two brothers John and Jacob, “John was rich in sons; Jacob was rich in this world’s goods, but childless, so he adopted the two youngest of his brother’s children, Samuel and Martin.”[8] This means that my great-great-grandfather Oliver Perry Light, writing in the 1890s, still had family records that showed the brothers Samuel and Martin to be children of our John, not the John Light of Moses Light’s book, and more accurate than the man who still lived in Pennsylvania.

                O. P. Light’s grandfather was Jacob Light of Clermont Co OH. The 1880 History of Clermont County Ohio published by the Louis H Everts Co has biographical and family information about this Jacob Light, enough to confirm the essential accuracy of O. P. Light’s data, but enough variation to rule out Light’s having copied from this book. According to this book, Jacob had brothers David, Daniel, Peter, and a sister Barbara Robb. David and Daniel were not in the elder Jacob’s 1808 will, and David was not in O. P. Light’s list.

                Jacob and Catherine (Harmon) Light had 11 children, according to O. P. Light. The Everts book agrees with “seven sons and four daughters,” but only names John, Daniel, Jacob, David, Peter and Benjamin. There is agreement that Jacob’s brother Daniel had eleven children, including John, Martin, Abel, James, Daniel, Betsy, Katie and Susan.[9]

                Daniel’s son John had 13 children, according to Rev. Light. This John Light was Oliver’s first cousin, and both were ministers in Iowa, which may account for O.P.’s knowing John’s children’s names, but not their birthdates. In his 1860 census, John Light was listed as a farmer, with his wife and six children. The oldest child at home was Joseph D., suggesting that O. P. Light listed Joseph and Daniel as two sons instead of one, followed by James A., Charlotte, John H., George H, and Mary Minerva, on the next page. Elvira and Marion H. are missing, as are four older daughters.[10] In 1850 two of the older daughters, Ann and Emily, were in the household, in addition to the same younger children, except Mary Minerva, who wasn’t born yet. Urana and Jane appear to be living next door.[11] (Frank Light lists Charlotte Elvira as one girl.)

                Frank Light, a descendant of both Jacob Light and his brother Daniel, has compiled many Light family records, including the story of Barbara (Light) (Williamson) Robb, by a granddaughter. This lady’s list of her grandmother’s children is similar, but not identical to O. P. Light’s.[12]

                Frank Light also collected records of Peter Light, a brother of Jacob Light’s who bought and sold land in several locations and three states. Where O. P. Light stated this man, his father’s uncle, had four children, Frank Light lists only three.[13]

                I have census records that confirm the accuracy of the families of O. P.’s brothers and sisters.

                David and Harriet’s oldest child was Charlotte (Light) Scott. Her family’s 1870 census reveals a youngest son her brother must have forgotten or not known about, Samuel, age 4. The oldest daughter was probably already married; otherwise, the remaining children are exactly as O. P. Light listed them, with the interesting addition of a middle name for Nancy C. and a question why the mother was listed at the end of the household. Even the birthdates match for precise ages on June 10th of that year.[14]

                Reuben S Light’s family was also still in Edgar Co IL. His second wife and the three surviving daughters of his first wife are listed, as well as baby Harriet, who O. P. Light believed had died in 1869. All the ages correspond with O. P. Light’s charts.[15]

                Brothers Samuel Henry, called Henry, and William are on the same page of the 1870 census as their parents, David and Harriet Light. Henry’s family has a few minor differences from O. P. Light’s charts; sons William M and Charles K had not had their birthdays yet, but are a year older than the charts would indicate, and the youngest child Hattie must have died. Everyone in William’s family matches the charts exactly.[16]

                Andrew and Catherine (Light) Wheeler were also in Edgar Co IL in 1870. The three children in their household match O. P. Light’s charts exactly, but daughter Alice, 17, was already married and living with her husband a few pages away.[17]

                Benjamin and Florella Light had moved to Barton Co MO. O. P. Light had the names and ages of their three surviving, unmarried children exactly correct.[18]

    I have shown that Oliver Perry Light was meticulously accurate in his Light family charts that can be confirmed from other sources. Only mistakes occur, but not very often. It should follow that if he wrote only what he was confident about as far as his own family, he would do the same with his wife’s parents’ families, the Prathers and the Veaches.

    I will conclude by saying that I wish Rev. Light had included his mother’s family, the Dickinsons, in his charts. I have had the challenge of finding the Dickinsons without the help of Harriet (Dickinson) Light’s son.[19] His grandmother’s family, the Harmons, would have been nice too.

    Part III: The Accuracy of O. P. Light’s charts of the Prather family

    In 1853, Nancy Jane Prather was an orphan, having lost her mother in 1841 and her father on 25 Jan 1850. Three versions of her obituary name her parents.[20] Although her grandparents, uncles and aunts and brothers and sisters were all in the 1850 census in Jefferson Co IA, she was living with the Aaron Edwards family from New York State who were not related.[21] Her stepmother and half-brother and sisters had returned to Indiana; their census has not been located.

    For each of her siblings, I attach a copy of his or her 1850 census, plus a later census showing the accuracy of O. P. Light’s lists of their children.

    The oldest of James and Louvica’s six daughters and one son was Mary Elizabeth, 18, living in the home of David Beach of Connecticut.[22] By 1870, she and her husband, William Hamilton, and their family were living in Marin Co CA; their youngest son Charles, 4, whose name was known to O. P. Light, was the first of the family born in California.[23]

    While the daughters, as will be seen, were living with neighbors, probably working, the only son, 14-year-old Enoch, was with his uncle, next door to his grandparents. In addition to Enoch, his census page had Lloyd and Nancy, their sons Thomas H. and his family and Reason Prather and family; Reason’s wife, Sally Ann (Veach), was a sister of James Russell Prather’s first wife.[24] The pages left by Rev. Light did not include a list of the children of Enoch Prather. In 1870, he was still living in Liberty Township, Jefferson Co IA, near his aunt Elizabeth Jane (Prather) Schwartz, and married to Ann with a baby. [25] O. P. Light said his wife was Mary, and a descendant with whom I corresponded states that his wife was Mary Ann Walmer.[26]

    Sarah Ann, 12, was living in 1850 with the William Donaldson family from Kentucky.[27] Her four children with husband Ben “Evens” in 1870 were Ann, Ellen, Jane and William. The three girls do not match the “Evans” daughters named on O. P. Light’s chart: Louvica (Sarah Ann’s mother’s name) Will, Margaret and Martha, although if census listings by middle names can be considered, they might fit.[28] Sarah Ann had died by 1880 as Ben “Evins” had a new wife and four young children.[29]

    Indiann, Sarah Ann’s twin, was living with the Hiram Case family from Ohio in 1850, on the same page as one John L. Prather, a nephew of Lloyd Benton Prather, who had moved to Iowa in 1846.[30] In 1870, Henry and Indiann Grammer’s three children are the same as on O. P. Light’s list, but the first and last names are spelled differently.[31]

    In 1850 Elvira was listed as a boy, Alvin, 11, with the Hiram Smith family from Ohio. She was one page after the one where her grandparents, two uncles and their families and her brother Enoch were listed, just two households away from one of the uncles, above. In 1870, the William and Elvira Smith family is identical to the four children on Rev. Light’s list, although in different order, and there is a fifth baby, William.[32]

    In 1850 Louvica Caroline, 9, was with the Iowa-native Carlisle Smith family.[33] A gedcom at identifies Carlisle as the brother of Hiram Smith, with whom Elvira was residing, probably half-brothers of Elvira’s eventual husband, William H Smith. She married Anson C. Jones. In 1870 her family was in Jasper Co IA with three children, named the same as the oldest three of four in O. P. Light’s list.[34]

    Oliver P. Light’s knowledge of his wife’s brothers and sisters and their families was not as complete as his awareness of his own nieces and nephews, but still shows that he and his wife, Nancy Jane, did keep in touch, even through the years when a few of the nieces and nephews were marrying, mostly those still in Jefferson Co IA.

    The case was different with Nancy Jane’s half-brother and sisters. I corresponded in the 1980s with Becky Van Vliet, of Muncie IN, a descendant of Marion Washington Prather. She sent me, among other information, a Bible record and a copy of the second marriage license of James Russell Prather’s second wife, Elizabeth Jane (Jamison) Prather. The Bible record had a date of birth for Marion W. Prather two days difference from O. P. Light’s chart.[35] It appears that after the death of James Russell Prather in 1850 there was no further contact between the children of his first marriage and the widow or her children.

    The only known evidence specifically naming the children of Lloyd Benton and Nancy (Redman) Prather is O. P. Light’s list; other than that, the geographic proximity of the families is the clearest evidence. And four of the seven children of Lloyd’s have independent proof of their parentage.

    Lloyd Benton Prather was a son of Basil Prather, DAR Patriot Ancestor and early settler of Clark Co IN.[36] His census record exactly matches the sons named by O. P. Light, although there was apparently one more daughter than remembered by Nancy Jane or recorded by her husband. The biggest mistake in dates in all of O. P. Light’s pages was the age of Elizabeth Prather; he said she was born in 1824, when census information throughout her life indicates a date closer to 1810. In 1820 Clark Co IN, Lloyd’s family was comprised of one male 0-10 (Reason, 8), 3 females 0-10 (Elizabeth, 10, Cena Lillis, 7, Mary Ellen, 3), two males 10-16 (Thomas, 15, James, 13), one male 26-45 (Lloyd, 38) and one female (26-45) Nancy, 38.[37]

    By 1830, the youngest sons had been born, Lillis had probably died (she is not in O. P. Light’s lists), and the oldest three children were married. Lloyd’s entry was two males 5-10 (William, 10, Jonathan, 7), one female 10-15 (Mary Ellen, 13), one male 15-20 (Reason, 18), one male 40-50 (Lloyd, 48), and one female 40-50 (Nancy, 48).[38] Elizabeth and Abraham Schwartz andJames R and his wife are at the bottom of the page previous to Lloyd, whose name is first on the page; they were consecutive households.[39] The eldest son, Thomas Helms Prather, was higher on page 56, closer to uncles Aaron and Thomas. Aaron Prather had a son Thomas, still at home; Thomas, the uncle, had one son also named Thomas, but he was married with a son William by 1830. So, this is “our” Thomas.

    By 1840, Lloyd and his family with the three older sons and their families had all moved to Blue River Township, Harrison Co IN; they were the only Prathers in the county.[40] Still at home with Lloyd and Nancy were Jonathan, 17, William, 20, and Mary Ellen, 23. Thomas H. Prather had five children, James’s first four daughters and a son were with him and his wife, and Reason and his wife had two small children.[41] The next year, James’s first wife died, and he married again while in Harrison Co IN.

    In 1850, the children of Lloyd Prather were all in Jefferson Co IA, as noted above, with these exceptions: James had died and his children by his first wife were living with different families in the same county as their grandparents; Mary Ellen and her husband Campbell Rankin, and her brothers William and Jonathan and their wives were in Lucas Co IA.[42]

    Through census records we know that Lloyd and these seven next generation Prathers, and no others, moved together twice; this confirms O. P. Light’s Prather family lists. Further confirmation, and the only additional Prather evidence located in Jefferson Co IA comes from voting lists from 1850, where Lloyd, four of his sons, and two of his sons in-law are listed.[43]

    In 1973 I wrote to Mr. Clare Prather of Tulsa, sharing O. P. Light’s family charts. Mr. Prather’s response is attached. “You cannot begin to know the pleasure that your letter gave me when I received it today.” He had been trying to establish the children of Lloyd Benton and Nancy (Redman) Prather “for many years.”[44] Mr. Prather’s assumptions were in almost complete agreement with O. P. Light.

    In 1987, I copied several pages from Marriage Records of People Named Prather, Prater, Prator, Praytor at the NSDAR Library in Washington, D. C. I do not have all the pages for Lloyd’s children, but those I do have (James Russell, Jonathan C., and Elizabeth) reveal that Cartlidge connected the dots and assigned the sons and daughter to the same parents as O. P. Light wrote down based on personal knowledge.[45]

    These are the children Clare Prather, O. P. Light, Miss Anna Cartlidge, census data, and other sources agree are the children of Lloyd Benton and Nancy (Redman) Prather:

    1.     Thomas Helms Prather,[46] the eldest was a Methodist minister, as was Oliver Perry Light. Perhaps because of this connection and the fact that both families left Jefferson Co IA and spent time in Kansas, among other places, Rev. Light had more information about the children of Thomas than for any other of the siblings of his wife. O. P. Light knew that one of Thomas’s daughters married a Mr. Gilliland; this couple’s son Willie was buried, long with Thomas and his parents, in the same cemetery in Douglas Co KS.[47]

    2.     James Russell Prather, my ancestor.

    3.     Elizabeth Prather, who married Abram or Abraham Schwartz. Portrait and Biographical Album of Jefferson and Van Buren Counties, Iowa, 1890, names her parents specifically, although misstating their ancestry as German and Scottish.[48]

    4.     Reason Benjamin (or Reason Redman) Prather. [49] Nancy Redman had a brother Reason Redman (or Rezin Redman), for whom this son was named; her father was Benjamin Redman, so conceivably he could have been named Reason Benjamin Redman Prather. He married a sister-in-law of brother James Russell’s and by 1860 was living in Lucas Co IA. I am attempting to communicate with a DAR member who descends from Reason and Sally Ann, whose line is proven; this evidence is available, just not necessarily speedily.

    5.     Cena Lillis Prather. Clare Prather wrote in the letter cited above: “Mrs. Ruth Van Tries, a daughter of Cena Lillis (Prather) Pearson, a daughter of Thomas Helms Prather, says that her mother told her on several occasions that she was named Cena Lillis for her father’s sister.” He proposed that the daughter who was present in the 1820 census, but not seen later was named Cena Lillis.

    6.     Mary Ellen Prather. O. P. Light’s identification of her husband as Campbell Rankin was not known to Clare Prather. Mary Ellen Rankin can be traced with her husband from their marriage in 1840 in Harrison Co IN to 1850 and 1860 in Lucas Co IA through 1870 and 1880 in Smithland Twp, Livingston Co KY. It is difficult to identify their children in census or other online records other than when living with the parents, in spite of some fairly unusual given names. A source I cannot locate at this time gave their death dates as 23 Apr 1881 for the husband and 28 May 1899 for Mary Ellen; probably the same source quoted her obituary as saying, “She was a niece of Rev. William Redman, a pioneer Methodist preacher, and her brother, Rev. Thomas H. Prather, was an able and devoted missionary to the Indians prior to the admission of Kansas into the Union.”

    7.     William W. Redman Prather was in Lucas Co IA in 1850, Sioux City Township, Woodbury Co IA in 1860, Shirley Township, Cloud Co IA in 1870 and North Longton Township, Elk Co KS in 1880. His children’s names, as first noted by Clare Prather, point toward his being the son of Lloyd and Nancy:  Lewis Cass, Nancy E., Lloyd B., Martha E., William, Mary A., James R., Loretta Vergeia, and Charles B.

    8.     Jonathan Cass Prather. I disagree with Clare Prather when he identified this man as the same Jonathan Prather listed as a settler in 1855 in Kansas; for this to be so, he would have to have abandoned his wife and two children, who were listed under Elizabeth’s name in 1860 in Lucas Co IA. There were five Jonathan Prathers in the U. S. census in 1850, and five again in 1860, but one was a 7-year-old boy. Only this Jonathan is missing.

    Every one of Lloyd and Nancy’s children had a daughter named Nancy, usually Nancy Elizabeth, except for the Rankins.

    Part IV: The Accuracy of O. P. Light’s charts of the Veach family

    In addition to her own mother, Louvica Caroline (Veach) Prather, who died when Nancy was seven, Nancy Jane (Prather) Light also knew her aunt Sally Ann (Veach) Prather, who was married to an uncle and lived in Jefferson Co IA, and another aunt, Frances Maude (Veach) Porter, at whose home in Shelbyville IL Nancy was visiting that summer of 1853 when she met and married O. P. Light.[50] She probably also personally knew Elvira (Veach) Smith in Shelbyville, since this aunt was there in the 1860 census. She knew the names of other aunts, and that there was a brother Milton, possibly because her aunt Frances’s oldest child was a namesake named Milton Porter, but no facts about the brother beyond his name were recorded by O. P. Light.

    O. P. Light made very few notes about the Veach family. What he knew was that his mother-in-law, whom he never met, was a daughter of Jacob and Mary (Hilton) Veach. Actually Jacob didn’t spell the name the way some earlier families did: Veatch. In this document I have kept O. P.’s spelling, that is apparently Jacob’s spelling, but as I turn to other sources, which I will spell the name as it appears.

    Rev. Light also knew that there were at least six daughters and one son, and he knew the names of some of the daughter’s husbands, although imperfectly. Lucinda, the youngest child, was married to Hiram Porter, not Jonathan. Hiram was a nephew of Frances (Veach) Porter’s husband Zephaniah.

    I will analyze Jacob Veach’s census record, as Clare Prather did with Lloyd Prather’s. In 1820, he was in Clark Co IN, p 14, with this family: 010010/42010/01.[51] The six daughters named by O. P. Light were Louvica Caroline, Frances Maude (“Fanny”), Elvira, Rachel, Lucinda, and Sarah Ann (“Sally Ann”). Their ages were not known, but additional sources identified other daughters as Hannah and Mary Ann.[52] The son would have been Milton.

    On the same page in 1820 were Basil R. Prather and his son John.

    In 1830, Jacob’s family was comprised of 0000101…/1221101….[53] The seventh and youngest daughter has been born. There is still only one son. Again there are Prathers on the same page, plus John C. Redman, a double first cousin of Nancy Redman’s.

    In 1840 in Johnson Co IN, Jacob’s family was: 100000001/00101001. On the same page were two daughters and their husbands, Moses Holeman and Francis K Porter. The daughters living with their parents were Lucinda, unmarried, and Elvira, whose husband had died, apparently leaving her with one son under five.[54] Milton Veach was still in Clark Co IN.[55]

    From the 1850 census it is possible to calculate the order of the children’s births. Louvica Caroline did not live until 1850, but might be the oldest child, since she was the first married of Jacob’s children’s. In Shelby Co IL, we learn that Frances (Veach) Porter was 42, born in Kentucky.[56] Milton (“M. W. Veach”) was in Clark Co IN, 40, born in Indiana.[57] Sally Ann (Veach) Prather’s 1850 census is given above, on page 10; she was 34. Elvira was married to Henry Eller, her second husband, by 1850, living in Shelby Co IL, 32; the child Harman Smith, 13, was the boy in Jacob’s 1840 census.[58] Mary (Veach) Holeman, 30, and Rachel (Veach) Admire, 28, were on the same page in Johnson Co IN, both born in Indiana.[59]

    Finding evidence to link the children named by O. P. Light to Jacob Veach begins with the Light lists. The fact of Rev. Light’s knowing these names was used in 1974 by the Veatch Family Association, when they sponsored a 913-page compilation of all known Veatches.[60]

    Two of Jacob and Polly (Hilton) Veach’s children are named in American Guthrie,[61] Milton “Veatch” and Rachel (“Veatch”) Admire are named, which means that with Mary Ann (Veach) Holeman, three of Jacob’s children are independently confirmed. Rachel and her husband both died of typhoid fever in 1861 in Warrick Co IN, although Guthrie gives the date 1860. His information is different from O.P. Light’s, but agrees with it.

    Jacob Veach and Polly Hilton, named by O. P. Light, were married in Jessamine Co KY in 1805.[62] James Hilton was surety, and her father “Freeman” Hilton was named.

    While a college student and beginning family researcher, I copied all I could find about ancestors at my university library. I found Virkus’ The Compendium of American Genealogy, but not my Veach or Prather families, as far as I could tell. What I did find of interest was in a volume entitled Territorial Papers of Indiana, various petitions dated 1809-1816, which I copied, keeping spelling and capitalization as it appeared. And I only copied the names which I knew at that time to be ancestors’ names.[63]  The significance of these documents is the close and early connections found among these families, in the community of early Clark Co IN.

    ·         Clark Co IN petition, dated 12 Dec 1809, included: truman hilton, James Hilton, Joshua W redman, Lloyd Prather, Benjamin Redman, Basil R Prather, Aaron Prather, Roger Redman, Jacob Veatch, Wm Prather.

    ·         Another peition from 1809 included: Wm Prather, Truman Hilton, James Hilton, John Prather, Basil R Prather, Aaron Prather, Lloyd Prather.

    ·         A territorial memorial signed 31 Dec 1810 included Aaron Prather and Jacob Veatch.

    ·         A territorial petition, 11 Dec 1811, had: Aaron Prather, James Hilton, Basil Prather, Wm Prather, Basil R Prather.

    ·         Clark Co IN petition, dated 16 Dec 1813, included: Aaron Prather, Samuel Prather, Basil Prather, Loyd Prather.

    ·         Clark Co IN Memorial, 15 Oct 1812: Rezin Redman, Commandant of a Detachment from Clark.

    ·         Territory Memorial, 1 Feb 1815: Basil Prather. A footnote mentons Basil Prather, a native of Maryland and postmaster in 1816 at Salem. 17 April 1816: a note from the Postmaster General to Basil Prather.

    In 1820, there were Veach families in four counties in Indiana.[64] Guthrie identifies the four families in Harrison County as sons of Nathan and Elizabeth (Craig) Veach, who moved there from Knoxville TN.[65] Benjamin in Orange Co IN was probably a brother of my Jacob.[66]  The Fayette County Veaches were distant cousins from a branch which originated in Frederick Co MD; they were in Harrison Co KY in 1810.[67]

    All families in the 1820 census were spelled Veach; by 1830 both Veach and Veatch appear with no distinction.[68] All of the nine names in the 1820 Indiana census are repeated in 1830, plus a Thomas in Henry County and two younger men in Fayette County; two of the Harrison County Veatches have moved, one to Spencer County and the other to Greene County. Benjamin in Orange County has now been joined by another brother Asa. Jacob is still the only Veach or Veatch in Clark Co IN. And the Veaches identified by O. P. Light were all married in Clark County until after 1830, and in Johnson Co IN after 1835.[69]

    While there is still uncertainty about the parentage of Jacob Veach, there is no doubt about his wife’s family. Truman Hilton and his wife, Christena Patrick, were part of a large number of Marylanders who went first to Rowan or Iredell Counties in North Carolina, tthen to Kentucky and finally just across the Ohio River to Clark County.[70] There were numerous intermarriages among this group. In 1850 in that county, there were 115 people born before 1810 who claimed to have been born in Maryland, out of a population of 2499 in that age group, or about 22%.[71]

    These marriages are known to have taken place in Clark County between Veach, Hilton, Holeman (or Holman, as it is often written), Prather, Patrick, and Jacobs individuals:

    HOLEMAN, —            m            JACOBS, THOMAS             Clark, 5-22-1809

    HILTON, LETHA            m            HOLMAN, AARON            Clark, 8-6-1813

    HOLMAN, MOSES            m            PATRICK, REBECCA            Clark, 8-23-1814

    PRATHER, ARY            m            HILTON, JAMES            Clark, 3-30-1815

    PRATHER, WILLIAM JR            m            HILTON, SARAH            Clark, 10-25-1816

    HOLEMAN, CATHERINE            m            PATRICK, JEREMIAH            Clark, 11-4-1819

    PRATHER, AARON J            m            PATRICK, ELIZABETH            Clark, 6-5-1820

    PATRICK, WILLIAM            m            DAVIS, NANCY            Clark, 8-17-1820

    PRATHER, JOHN JR            m            PATRICK, MARY            Clark, 8-29-1820

    HOLEMAN, MATILDA            m            PATRICK, JOHN            Clark, 3-30-1822

    HILTON, WILLIAM            m            JACOBS, REBECCA D.            Clark, 9-28-1828

    HILTON, PRESSHA            m            PORTER, FRANCIS K.            Clark, 6-7-1829

    PRATHER, JAMES R            m            VEACH, LAVICY            Clark, 2-11-1830

    PORTER, ZEPHANIAH K            m            VEACH, FRANCES M            Clark, 6-3-1831

    PRATHER, SAMANTHA            m            JACOBS, JEREMIAH            Clark, 4-6-1833

    VEATCH, MILTON            m            NEELY, ELIZABETH            Clark, 11-30-1834

    PRATHER, THOMAS F            m            JACOBS, CATHARINE            Clark, 12-6-1838

    PRATHER, THOMAS F            m            PATRICK, MAHALA            Clark, 11-4-1842

    PRATHER, JOSEPH A            m            PATRICK, SARAH ANN            Clark, 11-28-1844

    PRATHER, MARGARET ANN            m            PATRICK, LEWIS R            Clark, 11-6-1845

    Letha (or Aletha), William, Pressha, Sarah and James are all children of Truman and Christena (Patrick) Hilton. I have located ten probable children of this couple. My ancestor, Mary or Polly, was possibly the oldest child, married in Jessamine Co KY before the family moved to Clark Co IN. Louvica Veach was a granddaughter.

    The nine Patricks are five children of Christena (Patrick) Hilton’s brother William Jr. and his wife Rebecca Jacobs, plus William’s own second marriage in 1820; Sarah and Lewis are two of the four children from the second marriage. Mahala Patrick was a widow when she married a Prather.


    Part V: Additional documents relating to Oliver Perry Light

    Oliver Perry Light was the third surviving child of David and Harriet (Dickinson) Light. In 1837, the family moved to Edgar Co IL, where David and Harriet lived for the rest of their lives.[72] In the 1850 census Oliver P. Light was listed as a schoolteacher,[73] and he is recorded in that year as a student at Georgetown Seminary, in nearby Vermillion Co IL.[74] According to Methodist Church records, he was “ordained a deacon and given full connection in 1854,”[75] after having begun serving as in 1852 in the first of many churches and circuits, moving from Williamsburg and other districts in Illinois to Dayton and Crow River, Minnesota,[76] in 1856 to Blue Grass District in Iowa in 1867 to Wymore, Nebraska, in 1884 to the Washington circuit in Kansas in 1888 and ending his career in 1889 in El Reno, Oklahoma, where he preached the first sermon. In 1853, he had met and married a schoolteacher, Miss Nancy Jane Prather (12 Sep 1833-4 Aug 1895),[77] whom he reportedly had known for only two weeks. Rev. Light served as a chaplain during the Civil War, enlisting 8 Aug 1862 in Co. H, 6th Regiment of Minnesota Volunteers, later serving as Chaplain of the 7th Minnesota, resigning 27 May 1864, due to disability.[78] A letter from O. P. Light, dated 14 May 1864, to the Governor of MN is included in “Reports and Correspondence—Minnesota in the Civil and Indian War,” p 495.[79] It also appears he took part in the famed Oklahoma Land Run, 22 Apr 1889.[80] Rev. Light died on 28 Mar 1904 in Wymore, Gage Co NE, where he is buried next to his wife.[81]

    Since 1966, I have not seen any of O. P. Light’s family charts or many of the other papers I copied that day. I did, however, inherit some documents and typed pages when my grandmother died in 1990. Among these are:

    ·  A booklet from 1934 celebrating the 45th Anniversary of the First Methodist Episcopal Church in El Reno OK.[82]

    ·  A sample of her presentations from 1982.[83]

    ·  My grandmother’s typed copies of Rev. Light’s diary and lists of marriages he performed. I am attaching all of these that I have, for their genealogical value.[84]

    ·  A typed extract from O. P. Light’s notebook. These are the first four pages and reveal the variety if dates and infmration contained in the pocketbook,

    ·  Historical Review and Directory: Commemorating the 45th Anniversary of The First Methodist Church, 1889-1934, 24 Jun 1934, unnumbered page. “History of the First United Methodist Church of El Reno (OK)” written by either Ethel Armstrong or Evelyn Eichor.

    O. P. Light’s original notes and documents, which have been lost, included a list of the churches he served,[85] which were confirmed as I followed up with the Methodist State Archives, locating whenever possible the town or village, and finding contemporary records to his being in those places. His pension papers also follow his many moves. Sources not copied here include: History of the United Methodist Church at Anoka (MN), 1854-1979. Original pages of the Historical Record of the Stockton Circuit Church for 1855, in O. P. Light’s handwriting. Ephraim H.Waring, History of the Iowa Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1909, p. 206. History of the First United Methodist Church of Wymore NE. “The United Methodist Church, Union City OK, 1890-1990.” 1870, 1880, 1900 FC. 1885 Iowa State census. Obituary, Weekly Wymorean, Wymore NE, 31 Mar 1904, p. 1.

    [1] History of Edgar Co IL, William LeBaron Co, 1879, p. 687.

    [2] Shelby Co IL Marriage Book. Proceedings of the Iowa Conference, 1895, pp. 260-261.

    [3] Pension file, Oliver P. Light, no. 134,865. He continued deaf in his right ear for the rest of his life. Attached here are two of approximately 100 pages of pension documents.

    [4] Smith’s First Directory of O. T. Homesteaders in Run of 1889, p 281 “Oliver P Light, n w 21 12 7” (; photocopy of original.

    [5] Oliver Perry Light, notebook, in possession of Kathy Alvis Patterson, containing Biblical texts from which he preached with dates and places, several church lists and detailed expesnse acccounts; 28 Jun 1889 to 11 March 1897, not written in chronological order.

    [6] “Geneology [sic] of the Grand Parents and their Children— some of them,” copied after 4 Jul 1906 by Harriet (Light) Vance.

    [7] Lancaster Co PA Will Book K, Vol. 1, p. 23, Jacob Light Jr, 11 Nov 1808. Berkeley Co VA Will Book 4, p. 408, Peter Light, dated 9 Sep 1807.

    [8] Moses Light, The Light Genealogy in America, “published for the author,” 1896, pp. 7-8, 10. A history of the Light family from the “Old Country.” Moses’s John Light settled in (then called) Lebanon Township, Lancaster Co Pa., now Lebanon Co Pa., and secured a tract of land, now a part of the city of Lebanon, patent dated April 2, 1742. Our John Light was from Caernarvon Township.

    [9] History of Clermont Co OH, Louis H. Everts Co, 1880, p. 400.

    [10] Year: 1860; Census Place: Charleston, Lee, Iowa; Roll: M653_330; Page: 65; Image: 471.

    [11] Year: 1850; Census Place: Lick Creek, Van Buren, Iowa; Roll: M432_189; Pages: 343-344; Images: 199-200.

    [12]Jane Warren Archaud, “My Grandmother and her Family: Barbara Light Williamson Robb,” sent to me by Frank L. Light, 27 Feb 2003.

    [13] Frank L. Light, “Peter Light, Son of John,” posted online at, See also Mary Kemmerle, Jacob Light of Caernarvon Township and Some of his Descendants, 1986.

    [14] Year: 1870; Census Place: Prairie, Edgar, Illinois; Roll: M593_218; Page: 212; Image: 426.

    [15] Year: 1870; Census Place: Prairie, Edgar, Illinois; Roll: M593_218; Page: 211; Image: 425.

    [16] Year: 1870; Census Place: Broullitts Creek, Edgar, Illinois; Roll: M593_218; Page: 13; Image: 25.

    [17] Year: 1870; Census Place: Broullitts Creek, Edgar, Illinois; Roll: M593_218; Page: 11; Image: 23.

    [18] Year: 1870; Census Place: Lamar, Barton, Missouri; Roll: M593_757; Page: 821; Image: 351.

    [19] This may be because Harriet had died in 1873, and Oliver did not remember her family from Clermont Co OH, which he left in 1837, at the age of nine or so. He did not obtain the data while she was living. None of her brothers and sisters is known to have come to Illinois.

    [20] Obituary, Wymore News, Wymore NE, 8 Aug 1895. A seccond, unidentified obituary; internal evidence suggests this obituary was from a Wymore NE newspaper. Portions of three additional, unidentified, obituaries, each with slightly different wording.

    [21] Year: 1850; Census Place: Des Moines, Jefferson, Iowa; Roll: M432_185; Page: 94; Image: 189. Contrary to her obituary, at this date almost a year after her father’s death, she was not “with an uncle in that county, near Fairfield,” but with a family recently arrived in Iowa from New York, not known to be related.

    [22] Year: 1850; Census Place: Des Moines, Jefferson, Iowa; Roll: M432_185; Page: 95; Image: 191.

    [23] Year: 1870; Census Place: Tomales, Marin, California; Roll: M593_74; Page: 83; Image: 166.

    [24] Year: 1850; Census Place: Liberty, Jefferson, Iowa; Roll: M432_185; Pages: 88-88; Images: 177-178.

    [25] Year: 1870; Census Place: Liberty, Jefferson, Iowa; Roll: M593_399; Page: 123; Image: 246.

    [26] Ruby M Johnson, 11056 8th NE, Seattle WA, undated Family Group Sheet.

    [27] Year: 1850; Census Place: Liberty, Jefferson, Iowa; Roll: M432_185; Page: 82; Image: 164.

    [28] Year: 1870; Census Place: Liberty, Jefferson, Iowa; Roll: M593_399; Page: 125; Image: 250.

    [29] Year: 1880; Census Place: Des Moines, Jefferson, Iowa; Roll: T9_347; Family History Film: 1254347; Page: 432.2000; Enumeration District: 83; Image: 0286.

    [30] Year: 1850; Census Place: Liberty, Jefferson, Iowa; Roll: M432_185; Page: 83; Image: 167.

    [31] Year: 1870; Census Place: Liberty, Jefferson, Iowa; Roll: M593_399; Page: 115; Image: 230.

    [32] Year: 1870; Census Place: Des Moines, Jefferson, Iowa; Roll: M593_399; Page: 52; Image: 105.

    [33] Year: 1850; Census Place: Liberty, Jefferson, Iowa; Roll: M432_185; Page: 79; Image: 159.

    [34] Year: 1870; Census Place: Fairview, Jasper, Iowa; Roll: M593_398; Page: 262; Image: 162.

    [35] Letter from Becky Van Vliet, Muncie IN, 18 Apr 1988, to Kathy Patterson. Bible record of the family of Marion W Prather and wife Nancy J Smith, at that time in the possession of Becky’s grandmother Nancy Jane (Taylor) Thomas. Marriage license, Harrison Co IN, 1 Jan 1857, Job Clark and Elizabeth Jane Praitor [sic].

    [36] Lewis C. Baird, Baird’s History of Clark Co IN, B. F. Bowen, 1909, page 54. No title page. Also, A roster of Revolutionary ancestors of the Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution: commemoration of the United States of [database on-line]. Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: A roster of Revolutionary ancestors of the Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution: commemoration of the United States of America bicentennial, July 4, 1976. Evansville, Ind.: Unigraphic, 1976, pp. 517-518.

    [37] Year: 1820; Census Place: Jeffersonville, Clark, Indiana; Roll: M33_13; Page: 49; Image: 58. Census analysis of the family of Lloyd and Nancy Prather provided to me in 1973 by Clare Prather.

    [38] Year: 1830; Census Place: Charlestown, Clark, Indiana; Roll: 28; Page: 57.

    [39] Year: 1830; Census Place: Charlestown, Clark, Indiana; Roll: 28; Page: 56.

    [40] Year: 1840; Census Place: Harrison, Indiana; Roll: 82; Pages: 311317. Also Search Results for Prather in Harrison Co IN, 1840.

    [41] Reason Prather married Sarah Ann Veach, a sister of James’s first wife, Louvica Caroline Veach.

    [42] Year: 1850; Census Place: District 13, Lucas, Iowa; Roll: M432_187; Pages: 131, 132; Image: 128, 129

    [43] Charles J. Fulton, History of Jefferson County, Iowa, Chicago: S. J. Clarke, 1914, pp. 245, 246.

    [44] Letter from Mr. Clare Prather, 21 Aug 1973, to Kathy Patterson, accompanied by Family Groups Sheets.

    [45] Miss Anna M. Cartlidge, Marriage Records of People Named Prather, Prater, Prator, Praytor, Baltimore MD, 1976.

    [46] NSDAR Descedants Database Search, Dorothy Calmback Goodrich, Nat’l #581627, Ancestor #A092400, is descended from Thomas Helms Prather.

    [47] “Pioneer cemetery, Baldwin City, Kansas, Palmyra Township,” page 265 of an unidentified book. Also Thomas’s obituary, Baldwin Ledger, Baldwin KS, 14 Dec 1888.

    [48] Portrait and Biographical Album of Jefferson and Van Buren Counties, Iowa, Chicago: Lake City Publishing, 1890, page 296.

    [49] NSDAR Descendants Database Search: Carolyn Kay McAlister Madsen, Nat’l #825227,   Ancestor #A092400, is descended from Jonathan C. Prather. I am trying to communicate with her.

    [50] This is a statement made to me by my grandmother in 1966. It is a valid explanation for why Nancy Jane was found in Illinois that summer. See the Zephaniah Porter household in 1850, below, for confirmation of the family’s being in that area.

         My grandmother’s statement is also a measure of how strongly treasured any family traditions were among the Light and Prather descendants. Ethel Armstrong had no interest in tracing ancestors beyone her grandparents and no access to census records or other means of knowing family members were in Shelbyville IL.

    [51] Year: 1820; Census Place: Jeffersonville, Clark, Indiana; Roll: M33_13; Page: 14; Image: 23.

    [52] Damaris Knobe, The ancestry of Grafton Johnson: with its four branches, the Johnson, the Holman, the Keen, the Morris: the history and genealogy of paternal progenitors, as confined to the United States, of the second Grafton Johnson of Greenwood, Indiana, great-great-grandson of the first Isaac Johnson, who reverts to the middle of the eighteenth century in Virginia, Indianapolis: Hollenbeck Press, 1924, page 110. HeritageQuest Online.

    [53] Year: 1830; Census Place: Jeffersonville, Clark, Indiana; Roll: 28; Page: 41.

    [54] Year: 1840; Census Place: Johnson, Indiana; Roll: 84; Page: 307.

    [55] Year: 1840; Census Place: Clark, Indiana; Roll: 75; Page: 304.

    [56] Year: 1850; Census Place: Becks Creek, Shelby, Illinois; Roll: M432_128; Page: 151; Image: 573.

    [57] Year: 1850; Census Place: Jeffersonville, Clark, Indiana; Roll: M432_138; Page: 163, 164; Image: 330, 331.

    [58] Year: 1850; Census Place: Becks Creek, Shelby, Illinois; Roll: M432_128; Page: 153; Image: 578.

    [59] Year: 1850; Census Place: Hensley, Johnson, Indiana; Roll: M432_155; Page: 124; Image: 553

    [60] Wanda Veatch Clark, ed., We Veitches, Veatches, Veaches, Veeches, Redmond OR; Midstate Publishing, 1974, pp. 704-705.

    [61] Laurence R. Guthrie, American Guthrie and Allied Families, Chambersburg PA: Kerr Printing Co., ca 1933, p. 612.

    [62] Marriage record, Dec 18 1805, Jessamine Co KY, “James Hilton, surety. Consent for daughter to marry given by treaman hilton. Jacob Veach resident of Woodford Co KY.” Jessamine Co KY Marriage Licenses, 1749-1867. NSDAR Library. Also at

    [63] Territorial Papers of Indiana, various petitions dated 1809-1816, from University of South Dakota Library, copied 1967, spelling as published. This researcher will be very happy when Indiana posts these records online, since I didn’t have access to a copier in 1967.

    [64] Search Results: Veach in Indiana 1820. No Veatch.

    [65] Guthrie 612.

    [66] Guthrie 704.

    [67] Guthrie 218.

    [68] Search Results: Veach and Veatch in Indiana 1830.

    [69] IN State Library
Genealogy Database:
Marriages through 1850, in_marriages_1850/marriages_search.asp. For some reason, none of our Johnson Co IN marriages, except the second marriage of Jesse Woollard are in this database.

    [70] Gravestones, New Chapel United Methodist Church, Clark Co IN.

    [71] Search Results: born in Maryland 1770-1810, in Clark Co IN.

    [72] History of Edgar Co IL, above.

    [73] Year: 1850; Census Place: District 19, Edgar, Illinois; Roll: M432_105; Page: 170; Image: 343. All censuses here are from, database online.

    [74] B. F. Henderson, “History of the Georgetown Seminary—Part I,” The Heritage (Spring 1967), pp. 15-17, and “Part II,” (Summer 1967), pp. 7-8, 10. Letter, 3 Jan 1967, from B. F. Henderson, Georgetown IL, to Kathy Alvis.

    [75] Letter, 5 Jan 1988, from Catharine W. Knight, Archivist, Central Illinois Conference, the United Methodist church, Commission on archives and History, to Kathy Patterson.

    [76] Letter, 18 Aug 1987, from Thelma Boeder, Archivist, Minnesota Annual Conference, The United Methodist Church, to Kathy Patterson, including Oliver Perry Light’s service record and a page from the Centennial History of the Elk River (MN) United Methodist Church, 1975.

    [77] Shelby Co IL Marriage Book. Proceedings of the Iowa Conference, 1895, pp. 260-261. Both are given above.

    [78] Pension file, Oliver P. Light, no. 134,865. See above.

    [79] “Reports and Correspondence—Minnesota in the Civil and Indian War,” p 495, in Ramona Armstrong Duff, Armstrong Album and Light Lines, p. 33.

    [80] Smith’s First Directory of O. T. Homesteaders in Run of 1889, p 281, above. Also included with notes are extracted 1890 Territorial Census, page 827, and the 1890 Veterans census.

    [81] Light grave stone, Wymore Methodist Church Cemetery, Gage Co NE, visited and photographed Nov 1988. The exact dates of the births and deaths of Rev. and Mrs. Light are in family and Methodist church records. Proceedings of the Iowa Conference, 1895, 260-261.

    [82] Historical Review and Directory Commemorating the 45th Anniversary of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, 1889-1934, published 24 Jun 1934, no page numbers,

    [83] Presentation given in 1982, beginning “In the Contact Bishop Hardt exprssed a desire to of the vital part of methodism in the diamond anniversary of Statement….” I can recognize my grandmother’s antique typewriter and typing style. She later purchased a tiny portable, and I know pages from that machine as well.

    [84] Five pages, including “Record of Marriages,” “Charter members of the First M. E. Church, El Reno,” salaries and collections, and committee for college funds.

    [85] Some of the original notes I took in 1966 with a typed copy of the churches.

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