Thursday, December 25, 2014

On this day - December 25

I checked my genealogy database calendar and found the following birthday and marriage anniversaries. I wondered how they celebrated their birthdays and marriages on Christmas. Or was Christmas the more important day? I always found it interesting that couples married on Christmas. Perhaps it was because family was altogether to help them celebrate. Or perhaps it was a day when they didn’t have to work and had time to have a wedding.

My Dad’s side:
  • Maria Catharine Trösster was born 25 December 1813 in Oberhundem, Westfalen.  Maria is my 2nd great grandmother. She was the daughter of John Joseph Trösster and Maria Elisabeth Döbener, and married Joseph Henrich Horoch 2 Aug 1825.

My Mom’s side:
  • John Stubbs Stackhouse was born 25 December 1854 in Copiah County, Mississippi.  John Stubbs Stackhouse married Laura Ellen Coor 29 Apr 1886, who was the daughter of Daniel K. Coor & Susan Allen.  Laura is my first cousin 4 times removed.
  • John Samuel Lancaster and Sue S. Manning were married 25 December 1874 in Ellis County, Texas. John Samuel Lancaster was the son of Josiah R. Lancaster & Mary Jane Land. John is my first cousin 5 times removed.
  • John Eugene Coor and Mary Margaret Lyles were married 25 December 1884 in Erath County, Texas.  John Eugene Coor was the son of James Madison Coor and Melissa Ann Welch. John is my 2nd great granduncle.
  • Laudrick Edison Coor was born 25 December 1899 in Dublin, Erath County, Texas. He was the son of Dempsey P. Coor and Mary Victoria Pair. He is my first cousin 3 times removed.

My husband’s father’s side:
  • Jesse Gorrell and Sophia May Forney were married 25 December 1828.  Jesse Gorrell was the son of James Gorrell and Sarah Milholland. He is my husband’s 2nd great granduncle.

My husband’s mother’s side:
  • Dorothea Maria Petersdotter was born 25 December 1864 in Åsenhöga, Sweden.  She was the daughter of Peter Jaënsson and Stina Cajsa Nilsdotter.  She is my husband’s first cousin 3 times removed.
  • Ruth Marie Challberg was born 25 December 1899 in Nebraska. She was the wife of Carl David Harry Nilsen, who was my husband’s great uncle.

Contact me if any of these people are part of your family, too.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Blog Caroling: Twelve Days of Christmas

The Christmas season would not begin until the Burl Ives "Twelve Days of Christmas" record was played. I cannot imagine anyone else singing that song. That record was played to death; literally. So I was saddened when I didn't have one to play to my girls. A co-worker was kind enough to find the album on eBay, so now I begin our Christmas caroling season with good ole Burl Ives.

You can hear him sing here.

Here are the lyrics. I've only included the last verse to keep this post short.
On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
12 Drummers Drumming
11 Pipers Piping
10 Lords a Leaping
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids a Milking
7 Swans a Swimming
6 Geese a Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Bishop Family: Petition for Partition, Part II

I found the newspaper item where Jacob Bishop requested the partitioning of a piece of property in Huntington Township, Ross County, Ohio, and listed all of the children and heirs of Henry Bishop and Catherine Schreyer.[1]  You can find that post here.

Then on 31 May 1838, another item was found in the Scioto Gazette.[2] It was a notice of the public sale at the Courthouse in Chillicothe of the same tract of land from the previous notice.  Here is the transcription.

Ross Common Pleas.
Scioto (Chillicothe Ohio) Gazette, 31 May 1838, p 3

Jacob Bishop,                    }
       vs.                               }  Petition for Partition .
David Bishop and others   }
By virtue of an order made in the above cause at the April
Term of said Court, in the year 1838, I will expose to
public sale at the Court House, in the city of Chillicothe, on
Monday, the 2d day of July next, between the hours of 10 A.
M. and 4 P.M. of said day, the following tract of land, situate
follows, to wit: beginning at a white oak, ash and hickory,
Southeasterly corner of surveys No. 2912 and No. 3816, run-
ning thence North 50 W 144 poles to a beech and sugar tree
thence South 4½ West 13 poles to a beech, thence S 8 W 10
poles to a sugar tree, thence S 25 W 102 poles to three sugar
trees, thence N 40 E 200 poles to a sugar tree and hickory,
thence South 50 E 54 poles to the beginning: containing one
hundred and fifty acres be the same more or less.
  Terms of sale—One-third of the purchase money to be paid
on the day of sale, one-third in one year, and the other third
in two years, with interest from the day of sale.
                                                CHARLES MARTIN, Sheriff R.C.
May 31, 1838                                                                      7w5

What is learned from this newspaper notice is:
·         there was a court hearing at the April Term
·         the public sale would be 2 Jul 1838 at the Courthouse in Chillicothe
·         the land description is identical to the previous notice to partition
·         a third of the purchase price to be paid on day of sale, one third a year later, and final third two years later

Obtaining the court record of the hearing might give me more information about the request for partition. Was the partition granted? Or was the land to be sold and the money divided among the heirs?

So when at the Family History Library in January, the court records will also be searched along with the land records.

Henry Bishop and wife, Catherine Schreyer were the 3rd great-grandparents of my husband.



[1] “Notice,” Scioto  (Chillicothe Ohio) Gazette, 18 Jan 1838, p3, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : 17 Nov 2014).
[2] “Ross Common Pleas,” Scioto (Chillicothe Ohio) Gazette, 31 May 1838, p3, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : 17 Nov 2014).

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Bishop Family: A Petition to Partition in Ross County, Ohio

It's been a while since I posted. I am currently working on my husband's Bishop line.

I found this notice in the Scioto Gazette, a newspaper published from 1835 to 1854 in Chillicothe, Ohio, which is in Ross County.[1] Family names that were searched in this newspaper were GORRELL, SHOTTS, and BISHOP. What brought my attention to this article was Mary Shotts’ name along with her husband, Daniel Shotts. These are my husband’s paternal 2nd great-grandparents. Mary’s maiden name was Bishop.

Notice.
“Notice,” Scioto Gazette, 18 Jan 1838, p3,
GenealogyBank.com
(
http://www.genealogybank.com : 17 Nov 2014).
JACOB BISHOP, of Ross county, Ohio, hereby gives notice
To David Bishop, who resides in Indiana, Amos Bishop,
Mary Shotts, late Mary Bishop, and her husband, Daniel
Shotts, Eliza Toops, late Eliza Bishop, and her husband Tho-
mas Toops, and Catharine Bishop, all of whom reside in Ross
county, Ohio; Daniel Bishop who resides in Ross county, Ro-
bert Bishop who resides in Ross county, Elizabeth Terry, late
Elizabeth Bishop, and her husband ------ Terry, who resides in
Kentucky, Margaret Moore, late Margaret Bishop, who resides
in Indiana; the heirs and legal representatives of Henry Bish-
op, dec’d., their names and residence unknown; the heirs and
legal representatives of Mary Stagnor, dec’d., late Mary Bishop,
their names unknown, supposed to reside in Pickaway and Ross
counties; the heirs and legal representatives of Jacob Bishop,
dec’d., their names unknown, some reside in Ross, some in
Hardin county, the residence of others unknown; the heirs and
legal representatives of George Bishop, dec’d., who reside in
Kentucky, their names unknown; the heirs and legal repre-
sentatives of John Bishop, dec’d., they reside in Ohio, their
names or counties in which they reside not known; that a
petition was filed by him on the 13th day of January, 1838, in
the Court of Common Pleas, Ross county, in the state of O-
hio, against the above named parties, wherein he demands par-
tition of the following real estate situate in Huntington town-
ship, Ross county, Ohio, bounded and described as follows:--
Beginning at a white oak, ash and hickory, south-easterly cor-
ner of survey, No. 2912 and No. 3816, running thence North
50 W. 144 poles to a beech and sugar tree; thence South 4 ½
W. 13 poles to a beech, thence S 8 W. 10 poles to a sugar
tree; thence N. 50 W. 190 poles to a red oak, beech and dog-
wood; thence N. 50 W 102 poles to three sugar trees; thence
N. 40 E 200 poles to a sugar tree and hickory; thence S. 50
E. 54 poles to the beginning; containing one hundred and fifty
acres, more or less; and that at the next term of said
Court, application will be made by the petitioner for an order
that partition may be made of said premises.
CREIGHTON & BOND, A

There appeared to be a lot going on in this notice of court action. There are a lot of names, some familiar and not so much. It is about a petition filed by Jacob Bishop
“on the 13th day of January, 1838, in the Court of Common Pleas, Ross county, in the state of Ohio, against the above named parties, wherein he demands partition of the following real estate situate in Huntington township, Ross county, Ohio”

Then the property is described as:
Beginning at a white oak, ash and hickory, south-easterly corner of survey, No. 2912 and No. 3816, running thence North 50 W. 144 poles to a beech and sugar tree; thence South 4 ½ W. 13 poles to a beech, thence S 8 W. 10 poles to a sugar tree; thence N. 50 W. 190 poles to a red oak, beech and dogwood; thence N. 50 W 102 poles to three sugar trees; thence N. 40 E 200 poles to a sugar tree and hickory; thence S. 50 E. 54 poles to the beginning; containing one hundred and fifty acres, more or less;
I think I have figured out who the first set of people listed are:
David Bishop, who resides in Indiana, Amos Bishop, Mary Shotts, late Mary Bishop, and her husband, Daniel Shotts, Eliza Toops, late Eliza Bishop, and her husband Thomas Toops, and Catharine Bishop, all of whom reside in Ross county, Ohio;

David Bishop, Amos Bishop, Mary Bishop Shotts, Eliza Bishop Toops, Catherine Bishop, and Jacob Bishop (the petitioner) are children of Frederick Bishop and Susana Cress.

The next set of names that were separated by a semicolon are:
Daniel Bishop who resides in Ross county, Robert Bishop who resides in Ross county, Elizabeth Terry, late Elizabeth Bishop, and her husband ------ Terry, who resides in Kentucky, Margaret Moore, late Margaret Bishop, who resides in Indiana;
These are some of the children of Henry Bishop and Catherine Schreyer. Frederick Bishop was also a son of Henry and Catherine Bishop. I have 11 children born to Henry and Catherine, however not a Daniel. Perhaps Daniel is a middle name for one of the sons or I have missed one of the children.

The next sets of names separated by semicolons are heirs of deceased children:
·         the heirs and legal representatives of Henry Bishop, dec’d., their names and residence unknown;
·         the heirs and legal representatives of Mary Stagnor, dec’d., late Mary Bishop, their names unknown, supposed to reside in Pickaway and Ross counties;
·         the heirs and legal representatives of Jacob Bishop, dec’d., their names unknown, some reside in Ross, some in Hardin county, the residence of others unknown;
·         the heirs and legal representatives of George Bishop, dec’d., who reside in Kentucky, their names unknown;
·         the heirs and legal representatives of John Bishop, dec’d., they reside in Ohio, their names or counties in which they reside not known;
By 1838, Henry Bishop and wife Catherine have died; Henry in 1830 and Catherine in 1836.[2] Children of Henry and Catherine who have died included:
  • Frederick, the father of the first set of names, died in 1819.[3]
  • John, 1809[4]
  • Henry, 1832[5]
  • Jacob, 1819[6]
  • George, 1835[7]
  • Mary, 1834[8]
  • David, 1856[9]
  • Robert, 1875[10]
  • Margaret, unknown
  • Elizabeth, unknown
  • Nancy, unknown

This newspaper notice gives clues as to the location of the children of Henry & Catherine Bishop.

Name
Names of Heirs
Heir Location
Frederick
David, Amos, Mary Shotts, Eliza Toops, Catharine
Indiana and Ross County.
John
unknown
Ohio, counties unknown
Henry
Unknown
unknown
Jacob
unknown
Some in Ross Co, some in Hardin, some unknown
George
unknown
Kentucky, counties unknown
Mary Stagnor
Unknown
Pickaway & Ross counties
David


Robert

Ross County
Margaret Moore

Indiana
Elizabeth Terry

Kentucky
Nancy


Daniel Bishop

Ross County

There was no information about two of the children of Henry and Catherine: David Bishop and Nancy. Is it possible that the Daniel Bishop who was listed could be a misprint and really David? And could Nancy be one of the other daughters? John F. Bishop, whose Family Group Sheet I have did list a Nancy Bishop between Mary Bishop and Elizabeth Bishop. But there was no vital information. Other vital information came from some family bible.

So what is this land that Jacob wants partition? And why hasn’t it been dealt with before? Henry had died in 1830 and Catherine in 1836.

On 6 Jun 1832, George Bishop, John Long, and Thomas McCann presented to court $250 to bind themselves.[11] George Bishop was appointed Administrator of the estate of Henry Bishop. Previously on the 5 Jun 1832, that letters of administration be granted to George Bishop on the estate of Henry Bishop, deceased. The motion accepted that the widow, Catherine was incapable of administering owing to infirmity of age. The court also ordered that Daniel Grubb, Samuel Thilboron and Isaac Bradford, freeholders appraise the personal property of Henry Bishop, deceased.

The appraisal was conducted 25 Aug 1832 and the public sale was 29 Nov 1832 and the bill of sale was included in the probate package. She received a total of $103 and 73.5 cents. The bill only showed a list of items and value but not who purchased the items.

There was no mention of land in the estate papers. The next task is to search for land records for Henry Bishop before his death and what became of the land after his death. With this description as listed in the newspaper notice, it should be simple to compare to the land purchases and sales of any Bishop land. The land records for Ross county are not digitized on Familysearch.org yet, so the microfilms will have to be searched at the Family History Library next month when I’m there.



[1] “About The Scioto gazette,” Chronicling America (http://www.chroniclingamerica.gov/lccn/sn84024214/ : accessed 15 Dec 2014).
[2] For Henry’s death, "Find A Grave," database and digital images, Find A Grave (http://www.findagrave.com), Memorial# 35869435, Bishop Hill Cemetery, Ross Co OH, Heinrich "Henry" Bishop. For Catherine’s death, "Find A Grave," database and digital images, Find A Grave  (http://www.findagrave.com), Bishop Hill Cemetery, Chillicothe, Ross Co, Ohio, Memorial# 97926638, Catherine Schreyer Bishop.
[3] Weekly (Chillicothe, Ohio) Recorder, digital image, Genealogybank.com (http://genealogybank.com), "Died," 15 Sep 1819, p 35, obit of Frederick Bishop.
[4] Estate of John Bishop, 1809, Ross Co, Ohio.
[5] Estate of Henry Bishop, 1832, Ross Co, Ohio.
[6] Family Group Sheet, Henry Bishop & Catherine Strawyer, created by John F. Bishop, Carmichael, CA.
[7] Family Group Sheet, Henry Bishop & Catherine Strawyer, created by John F. Bishop, Carmichael, CA.
[8] "Find A Grave," database and digital images, Find A Grave (http://www.findagrave.com), Memorial# 97928283, Bishop Hill Cemetery, Chillicothe, Ohio, Mary Bishop Stagner.
[9] Family Group Sheet, Henry Bishop & Catherine Strawyer, created by John F. Bishop, Carmichael, CA.
[10] Family Group Sheet, Henry Bishop & Catherine Strawyer, created by John F. Bishop, Carmichael, CA.
[11] Ross County, Ohio Probate Records, 1832, Henry Bishop packet #529, familysearch.org  : accessed 26 Nov 2014.

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