Site Navigation


The information below is from different documents at the Jennings County Library, some of it submitted by patrons and some have notes questioning facts. Please use this information as something you need to verify. I find much is written about Revolutionary Soldiers that is not factual. I am posting it because it may contain a lead someone is looking for but proceed with caution.
FYI the pension number information you see below has a letter before the number this is the meaning of the letters S signifies Soldier applied R signifies the application was rejected W signifies the pension was applied for and or received by the Widow.  If you have corrections or additions please send them in!

Butler, Joel - b/1752 

James, Thomas -b/1745

Campbell, John -b/1761

Kyser, Frederick -b/1761

Carson, Walter -b/1758

McGannon, Darby -b/1756

Conner, Phillip -b. 1754

McGill, Robert -b/1758

Courtney, Michael -b/1760

New, Jethro -b/1757

Elliott, William -b/1752

Spencer, Amasa -b/1760

Grinstead, John b-/1756

Stagg, John -b/1761

Hill, Thomas b-/1763

Story, John -b/1760

Hood, William -b/1753

Thomas, Evan -b/1757

Howell, William -b/1759

Watts, Mason -b/1757

Howlett, William -b/1767

Wilkerson, Joseph -b/1757

Hurlburt, Caleb  -d/1824

Johnson, Phillip-b/1758 pension claim S. 36657

PELEG BAKER   (Note on file service record not correct?? (I now have information as to what the comment "service record not correct" on this file means) SLK). Thank you Gary Childs for this information by Vivian Creeden This Peleg is NOT a soldier of the Revolution -

There has been some misunderstanding about the Peleg Baker of Jennings Co. Several years ago a
Baker researcher confused him with another Peleg Baker who was
in the Revoluti
onary War & submitted
this misinformation to various l
ibraries. However, the Peleg of Jennings Co was N
OT a Rev. War
. I offer the following as proof.

There were 2 Peleg Bakers, both born about-the same time. One Peleg was born ca 1761 in Rhode
, later lived in Washington Co, N.Y. He served in the Rev. War in the 16th Reg., Albany Co,
, enlisted a 2nd time in the Vermont line, 1777. He never lived in Kentucky nor Indiana.
He was in
the census for Washington Co
NY for years 1790, 1800 &1810. In 1820 & 1830 he appeared in the
Warren Co
, N.Y census; Warren Co was formed from Washington Co in 1813. Peleg lived in that part

       J of Washington Co which became Warren Co.

The other Peleg, the one who lived in Jennings Co, IN, was b. ca 1766-67 in N.C, probably Rowan Co,
the slo Michael & Anna Baker. After Michael's death in 1776-77, his widow Anna & most of her children
including Peleg, moved to Fayette Co, KY. Peleg signed affidavits in 1793 & 1795, Fayette Co,
he'd received his share of his father M
ichael's estate.

There are records Showing that Peleg belonged to the Marble Creek Baptist Church in Fayette Co from
9 to 1794. He then moved to that part of Lincoln Co,
KY which later became Pulaski Co. Peleg
up i
n various court records in Pulaski Co, proof that he actually did live there. He was in the
1790 census in
Fayette Co, KY, in Pulaski Co for 1800 & 1810, & Jennings Co, IN census in 1820.
ill was filed in Jennings Co in 1822
Note that the Peleg of New York was still living at the time of the
1830 census.

To add to the similarities between the two, both had daughters Susannah. The Susannah, dlo of the
Jennings Co
. Peleg, marr. 1st) Jonathon Ross, 1818 Jennings Co; she rnarr. 2nd) James Ross.
She died
in Hamilton Co
, OH. I have a copy of her obit in which it states she was bom 1804 in Pulaski Co, KY.
her maiden name was Baker. The Susannah Baker, dlo of the Peleg of N.Y., rnarr.
James Coon & lived
in Sheboygen Co
, WI. Someone joined the DAR through Peleg & his dau. Susannah Coon;
in this it
ted Peleg died in Sf. Lawrence Co, N.Y.

Vivian Creeden

19 Sept, 1822 -- Probate Book Jennings Co. In.  Page 23 - 24

Peleg Baker:s Will
In the name of God Amen, I Peleg Baker of Jennings County and State of Indiana being feble of body but of sound mind and memory do make and declare this to be my last will and testament-That is to say-
I will and bequeath to my son Joel Baker the sum of ten dollars to my son John Baker the sum of fifty dollars to my sons David and Jonathan Baker the sum of eighty dollars each To my daughter Anna Burton the sum of thirty eight dollars to my daughter Patsey Potts the sum of ten dollars to my daughter Susanna Davis the sum of twenty dollars to my daughter Betsy Baker the sum of seventy dollars and to my daughters Nancy and Mariah Baker the sum of fifty dollars each after my children above named shall have received the sums assigned to them severally I further will and bequeath to my children including my sons William and Stephen Baker and my daughter Sally Spears with those above named the balance and remainder of my real and personal property to be divided equally among them and I moreover hereby appoint my friends and neighbors Basil Meek & Joseph Meek executors of this my last will and testament In testamony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 25th day of June in the year of our Lord 1822

                                                                            Peleg Baker {seal}

signed and sealed in presence of
Ezra F. Pabody
Patrick Hudson
Daniel Meridith
Mamah? Sullivan

Proved and recorded this 19th September 1822
                                                                              James Stott Clk

He is buried at Six-Mile Cemetery in Spencer twp.

Peleg Baker land patent from Pulaski Co. Ky. Book A--page 402 signed by President James Monroe 2 Dec. 1822

Peleg Baker heirs Jenn. Co. Book A--405

BALLARD, JOHN MURRAY                                                                                              Montgomery Twp. Jenn. Co.

Born:  1758 Mass. but probably Maine

Died:  After 1833 Hopewell, Indiana

Buried:  On Steven Corya Farm south of Vernon, IN. near Commiskey

Service:   Pvt. in New York Line, under Colonel Albert Pawling Captain Daniel Williams from "Men of the Revolutionary War" by Fernow Archives of N. York page 300

Married:  Thankful (Hurlburt) Wheeler, she died after 1835

               1. Olive Ballard  married Isaac White

               2.  Horatio Ballard

               3.  Joseph W. Ballard,  born 4 July 1800--married Mary Beasley

               4.  Amanda Fellers Ballard  born 2 Nov. 1802-died 20 Feb. 1871-Married Elijah Bacon  10 Feb. 1820  Jen. Co. IN.,
                    they lived in Paris, IN.

Land record
Joseph M. Ballard  Book B--page 190   Book A--page 297 Jenn. Co.
Joseph W. Ballard  Book A--page 7  June 18, 1849   Book C--page 80

Another paper on John Ballard
                                                                                                                                                             Roster II
BALLARD, JOHN MURRAY                                                                                                          Jennings County
Born--Ca. 1758, Mass. or Conn.
Service--Pri. in N.Y. Line, Col. Albert Pawling, Daniel Williams.
Proof--Fernow, "Men in the Rev."  Arch. of N.Y., p. 300
Died--After 1833, Hopewell, Ind.  Bur. on Steven Corya farm S. of Vernon, Ind. on State Rd. 3.
Married--Thankful M. Wheeler,  d. after 1835.  Ch. Olive, m. Isaac White;  Horatio;  Joseph W., b. July 4, 1800, m. Mary Beasley; Almoda Fellers,  b. November 2, 1802.  d. February 20, 1871, m. February 10, 1820, Elijah Bacon
Ref.--Waters' Sup.,  p. 10

BRIDGES, JOHN                                                                                                                  Marion Twp. Jennings Co. IN


Died:   Jennings Co. Marion Twp.  4 Dec. 1832
    Will from Probate Book 2 -- 105, Andrew Wilson was granted LA.

From Probate Record book one condensed Transcriptions from this web site.
Andrew Wilson to whom letters of Administration was granted on the 4th day of December 1832 by the clerk of the Court in Vacation on the Estate of John Bridges late of said County deceased is recorded and filed. More on letters of administration being granted to Andrew Wilson to handle the estate of John Bridges. John Bridges died intestate and Andrew Wilson is authorized to administer his Estate. December 4, 1832. Andrew Wilson brings to court an Inventory of the personal property of Estate of John Bridges. List of items in personal property of John Bridges. Sale Bill of personal property of John Bridges. Buyers of personal property Hiram Marland, Samuel A. Keith, Samuel Finical, Elijah Marland, John Anderson, Darias Robertson, Jedehiah Graves, Alexander Wilson, Benjamin Bridges, Nathan Robertson, Samuel Weir, John Dixon, John D. Wilson, James Coons, Samuel Applegate, Simeon Robertson, George Worldey, Shadrack Pearson, David Ogden, Matthew Mondgomery. 
Widows portion of personal property-value. 

From Jeffersonville Land Entries bought land Feb. 1, 1815  sec. 11, Twp.  5 range 8--he was from Hamilton Co. Ohio, and bought 160 acres

Some marriages in Jennings Co.

1. Nancy Bridges to Matthew Montgomery 30 Oct. 1826  J. P. was Andrew Wilson

2. Polly Bridges to Samuel Applegate 2 Sept.    1834 minister Thomas Hill book 2-215

3. Nancy Bridges to John W. Sawyer--23 Mar. 1842 J.P. Andrew Wilson

4. Benjamin Bridges to Mary Ann Gardner  15 Jan. 1844  Jen. Co.

George Bridges to Sarah Thompson 28 Sept. 1843  minister Dennis Willey at Paris, IN.

1820 census page 079 Jennings Co. Ind.  a farmer

210101 (Male)                                      (female) 40200

JOEL BUTLER-Pvt.  Born March 20, 1752 in Mass.
BIRTH: Bolton VR p 19. Died September 13, 1822 at 70 years of age in the old town of Geneva in Geneva Township buried on his farm.

Service--Joseph Marsh's Regiment, Vermont Militia, Captain Stafford's company; Wait's Battalion, Vermont Mititia from Vermont Militia Rolls by Goodrich page 28.
Jeffersonville land entry November 27, 1817
Land Record Jennings County Book A--451

GAZETTEER OF THE STATE of NEW YORK (1860) by J.H.French, p 390 (Index
of Personal Names)

Cemetery notes: Joel Butler came early to this part of Southern Indiana, a missionary to the Western Country, being a Baptist minister. Date of immigration not known. He was a soldier of the revolution, and lived at one time at Woodstock, VT. Cemetery is located on banks of Sand Creek at the location of the pioneer town
of Geneva (named for Geneva, NY)

DEATH: Misc Cemeteries Records, Jennings Co;,IN film # 2109 item 5

IGI batch 7212419, sheet 43, source call # 820344

DAR PATRIOT INDEX, p 106, not pensioned. Joel Butler PVT VT, b 3-20-1752, d. 9-13-18 22, m Mabel Thompson.

p 2 Joel Butler, a Minister from New England, was a teacher in the first school in Vernon, in a cabin on the commons. He was a frequent pulpit supply.
p 33 Joel Butler opened a school in Vernon in 1817.p 63 The Reverand Joel Butler, an aged Baptist minister from New York State, taught the first school. Mr. Butler's son, Chauncey Butler and family had come to this new territory in 1816 and his father had come to visit him. While visiting is son, he occupied his time by teaching the pioneer children. Ovid Butler, the founder of Butler College, was a son of Chauncey Butler.

MILITARY:HISTORY OF WINDSOR, VERMONT 974.365, D3b p294 Military record of Revolutionary War.

"Early in Jan 1776, on the broad eastern slope of the Hill of the West Parish, then at the house of Samuel Root, Hunter mustered his recruits, of whom are preserved the names of ... Joel Butler...These, with perhaps many more, he marched away on snow shoes to Skenesborough, now Whitehall, whence descending the lake on ice they reached the army destined to Quebec, and finally encamped on the Plains of Abraham." Warner's regiment, under LT. Hunter.

Ordained a Baptist minister at Woodstock, VT, 5 Jan 1785.

Married; Mabel Thompson-September 24, 1771 she was born June 18, 1749, Farmington, Mass.
                                                                                       died  January 31, 1834, Jennings County, Indiana

Children; 1. Asa (sometimes called Ora) Butler 1772-1811

2. Eunice Emily Butler 1773 - 1830 3. CHAUNCY BUTLER-- born Augest 28, 1775, died Indiana 1840--he was a Baptist Minister married 1. Demia Bullen  2. Mary "Polly" Norcross
Jennings Co. IN, Original Land Purchasers, p 5,24 Mar 28, 1833.

Order Book 1822-1837;Circuit Court, 28 Oct 1822, #5 Chancey Butler granted to keep a tavern in his house in Geneva. 977.217 B2hj, p50.Circuit Court, Mar 22, 1824, Chancey Butler licensed to keep a tavern for 1 year.

Indiana Deed Book, FHL# 140 3621.

"I Chancy Butler of the county of Shelby Indiana, being old and feeble in body but of sound mind and memory in view of the uncertainty of life do make and publish this my last will and testament. First, I resign my body to the care of my friends and my spirit to Jesus Christ my Lord. Second, I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of my estate, and that the monies expended by my children and friends in enclosing the graves of my father and mother and such of my children as have been buried at Geneva be refunded to them. Third, I bequeth to my beloved wife Mary Butler, one cow, three sheep, and fifty dollars of household property. Also on note of about one hundred dollars which I hold against Joel Butler, and also on hundred and fifty dollars of the proceeds of my estate. Fourth, I bequeth to my children viz Mabel, Eunice, Ovid, Polly, Sally,Chancey, Mary, Irene, Demia, and William equally all the residue of my estate excepting that which is due from Ira, which I bequeth to him. Fifth, I hereby constitute and appoint my son Ovid Butler sole executor of this my last will and testament with full power and authority to deed the land to William M. Butler, my son (which I have bargained and put the same in writing) when the said Wm shall have complied with said writing and shall give to his mother a life lease of the south part of the house and shall secure to her a portion of the fruit for her own use. Also my son Ovid is hereby empowered to deed and convey to any other man in case of any failure on the premisis after giving to Wm a reasonable time. In testimony whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this day in May in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and thirty seven.
""(signed) Chancey Butler
Ashbe l Stone
Rensellart Knowlton
Marion County Be it known that on the 25th day of March A.D. 1840 Rensellart Knowlton came before the clerk of the probate court of the county of Marion aforsaid and bingby said clerk duly sworn upon his oath, and said that Chancey Butler named in the foregoing instrament of writing signed, sealed, and published, and declared the same in his presence and that of Ashbel Stone to be his last will and testament and that he (witness) and Ashbel Stone attested and subscribed the same as witnesses in the prisence and by the express direction of said Chancey Butler the and further saith not.
""attest Robert B. Duncan, clerk
recorded Feb 4, 1841

DEATH: Misc Cemeteries Records, Jennings Co.,IN FHL# 02109, pt 5.

ORDER BOOK 1822-183 7 977.217B2hj: Circuit court, 28 Oct 1822; #5"Chancey Butler granted to keep a tavern in his house in Geneva."Circuit Court, 22 Mar 1824; "Chancey Butler licensed to keep a tavern for one year."

                 3. Ora (Asa) Butler born February27, 1772
                 4. Eunice Butler born October 16, 1773

Second Paper on Joel Butler

Ind. pg. 81

BUTLER, JOEL                                                                                                                           Jennings County

Born  1752 March 20  Bolton Mass.

Service  Pvt. in Col. Joseph's Regt., 1777 Vermont Militia

Proof -  Vermont Militia Rolls by Goodrich  pg 28,   D.A.R  No. 142333

Died  - 1822 Sept. 13

Buried in old cemetery near Scipio, Jennings County

Married;   Mabel Thompson  born 18 June 1749 in Farmington, Mass. died 13 Jan. 1834

Children:   Sally  1806 - 1870,  married Spencer Thayer;
                 Chauncy,  b. 1775    

Description: Family Reunion

Date: July 2 1863

A Family Re-Union

One of the largest gatherings of one family ever held in the State, certainly the largest we ever witnessed anywhere, came off at the residence of Ovid Butler, Esq., just north of the city, near the North Western Christian University, on Thursday last. The day was one of the most beautiful and pleasant of the summer; a gentle breeze brought with it the odor of sweet flowers and a kindly bidding from Nature to toss care aside and be merry. The mandate was promptly obeyed. Children played on the lawn, in front of the family residence, among the flowers, while groups of older folks, some of whom are approaching near to the even-tide of life, collected here and there to discuss the news and relate snatches of personal history, and experience of months and years of separation. The harmony which pervaded the assemblage found expression in patriotic songs and songs of the heart, in which young and old participated or gave a listing ear.

The families and parts of families present numbered in all ninety-six persons, about sixty of whom were adults. In the meeting every eye was lit up with joy, and health seemed to be imprinted on every countenance; more than all, every one, in heart and word and deed, is loyal---true to the Government which their ancestors fought to establish, the same Government which members of the family are now gloriously fighting to maintain.

The head of the present family and branches, Mr. Chancy Butler, was born in Vermont. A good portion of his life was spent as a farmer in the State of New York, thence he came to this State in 1817, shortly after it was admited to the Union.--Little is now known of the family antecedants prior to the age of Joel Butler, who was the father of the elder Chancy Butler. He, Joel Butler, was a Baptist Preacher and spent much of his life in the calling in New England, and the State of New York. He died in this State in the year 1822.

Chancy Butler, the elder, died in this city in 1840, in the 65th year of his age. He was, in the latter part of his life, a Christian preacher and was at the time of his death, Pastor of the Christian Congregation in this city. The following are the names of the brothers and sisters (children of Chancy Butler) and their companions:

Mabel Pabody and her husband Dr. Ezra F. Pabody; Ovid Butler and his wife E. Anna Butler; Polly Knapp,widow of Amos Knapp; Sally Thayer wife of Spencer Thayer; Chancy Butler and his wife Jeannette Butler; Demia Todd and husband Dr. Levi W. Todd; William M. Buter and his wife Mary Butler.

1. Branches of the family of E.F. Pabody and wife of Vernon, Indiana;

H.C. Newcomb, wife and family of this city; Mrs. Sarrah Butler wife of Dr. Levi Butler of Mineapolis, Minnesota; Mrs. Frost, and family of Seymour, Indiana; Rob't Leavitt, wife and family of Vernon, Indiana; J.B. Smith, and family of Jennings Co., Ind.; Dr. Robt Carlton, wife and family of Madison, Indiana; also two unmarried children, Julia and Ezra F. Pabody Jr. In all 27 persons.

2. Branches of the family of Ovid Butler, of Forest Home, near this city:

William Wallace, wife and family of this city; Dr. P. H. Jameson, wife and family of this city; Ovid Butler, Jr. wife and family of this city; also five unmarried children. In all 23 persons present.

3. Branches of the family of Mrs. Polly Knapp of Vernon, Indiana:

Elijah W. Knapp, wife and family of Queensville, Indiana; Marion D. Todd and wife of Vernon, Indiana; also two children of deceased daughter of said Polly Knapp. In all 13 persons present.

4. Branches of the family of Spencer Thayer and wife of Shelby county, Indiana:

Sidney Thayer, wife and family of Shelby co., Ind.; Tohn Toner, wife and family of Shelby co., Ind; William M Thrasher and wife of Layette co., Ind.; also one unmarried daughter. In all 10 persons present.

5. Branches of the family of Chancy Butler of Shelby co., Indiana:

Albert Butler and wife and family of Shelby co., Ind. In all 5 persons present.

6. Branches of the family of Dr. Levi Todd and wife of Vernon, Indiana:

Mrs. Jane Treisback (wife of Mr. Treisback) and family of Vernon, Ind.; David G. Vawter, wife and family of Franklin, Ind.; Ovid B. Todd and wife of Jennings co., Ind.; also four unmarried children. In all 14 persons present.

7. William M. Butler, wife and one child of Green Lake co., Wisconsin. In all 3 persons present.

Besides these there were the two families of the deceased daughters of Chancy Butler, to-wit: Mrs. Eunice Wilkinson and Mrs. Irena Knowlton, unrepresented at the family meeting except by one daughter of Mrs. Knowlton.

In all there were 96 persons present--12 of the first generation--47 ofthe second and 37 of the third.

In the afternoon all the relatives collected on the lawn beneath the trees and arranged for a picture, which was taken by the well known Potographic artists, Messrs. Cox and Miller, of this city. The scene was of real Arcadian beauty, and one that will be long remembered by every one present.---Ind. Daily Gazette.

JOHN CAMPBELL-Lived near Butlerville, Campbell, Township
                                   First wife unknown
                                   Second wife-Ester Bagley  married June 30, 1830-Book 1

Born-May 1761 nr. Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland per pension application

Volunteered July 1780 Maryland State Militia under Major John Johnson; Vol. again for 2 months under Captain Orbison
                   serving in MD. & PA. Marched to Philiadelphia. Discharged Lancaster, PA. Vol. in PA three months, from Oct.
                   1780 to March 3, 1781, in Commissary Dept. purchased and collecting "Beeves" for Army at Philadelphia.  

Proof-Pension Application, April 15, 1833, Scott Co. Kentucky #S. 30915
                                    September 7, 1837 pension sent to Vernon Jennings County, Indiana
                                    Brother David, testified on Pension Application December 3, 1832

John & Ester Campbell sold to William Elliot-from Book D page 170, 40 acres January 31, 1837, Section 31, Township 9, Range 10, Columbia Township almost on the Decatur County Line.

These are marriages from Book 1, Jennings Co. - do not know if they are John Campbell's children or not.

David Campbell to Ann Clinton   Book 1  page 1 - 29 Jan. 1818  -  this would seem to be son

Allen Campbell to Emily Vawter   5 August 1829   book 1 - page 35

Andrew Campbell to Lucinda Foster   17 Feb. 1822   Book 1 - page 11

Francis Campbell to Rebecca Jeffers   29 Mar. 1826   Book 1 - page 25

Michael Campbell to Ruth Bette    18 July 1827   Book 1 - page 29

William Campbell to Sarah Bagley    15 Feb. 1822   Book 1 - page 10

In Book A - page 17 land records in Recorders office
      The Widow of William Clinton gave her son Jacob Clinton to be apprentice to David Campbell until age 21.-----28 July

Book D - page 328 - David and Ann Campbell gave to School District 1 in Twp. 7, range 9 on May 26, 1837 and this is in Campbell Twp., near Butlerville IN.

Born:  July 22, 1758, York County, Pennsylvania
Died:  March 3, 1834, Jennings County, Indiana

Married 1788 to Mary Henry-Born: 1767 in Pennsylvania - Died: 1832 Jennings County, Indiana

Land Record Jeffersonville Land Entries  23 Feb. 1818

Both buried in the Graham Presbyterian Church Cemetery

Revolutionary War soldier with the Pa. Volunteers in Captain William McClelland's Company, Co. David Kennedy's Regiment entering in July or August of 1776 for a period of three months. Then for three months starting on December 1, 1777, he was with Captain David Wilson's Company, Col. John Andrew's Pa. Regiment. He was in a skirmish near "Fox Chase" and in the Battle of White Marsh. He went to the Camden District of South Carolina in the fall of 1779; entered service as a Captain in Col. Andrew Neel's South Carolina Regiment under General Sumpter for a period of 6 months. He was in the battles of Williamson's Plantation, Camden Ferry, Rocky Mount, Hanging Rock, Sumpter's Defeat at Fishing Creek, Brieley's Ferry, and Blackstocks. Source DAR #395479.
He settled in Rutherford County, North Carolina; and in 1817 moved with his family to Jennings County, Indiana. He shows in the 1820 census with his wife Mary Henry, and children, with married children living nearby.

Pension Claim:   S 32165   National No. D.A.R.  395479 - Paula Carson Fuller  (Mrs. Dan Carson)

Children: CAUTION HERE-THERE ARE ERRORS IN THIS INFORMATION ON THE DESCENDANTS OF WALTER CARSON-they are difficult to track because of given names being used repeatedly in the family. I do not know who originally gave the information for the booklet at the Library but I am currently looking at this family for a local resident and know this is incorrect in some places and incomplete. Sheila

    1.  John Carson
    2.  William Carson  born 30 May 1789  - died Oct. 10, 1841 married Jane Caroline
    3.  Mary "Polly" Carson  -  married Mr. Mitchell
    4  Walter Carson, Jr.  born 2 June 1791 North Carolina  died 8 Feb. 1863 Jennings Co. IN. married Ginsey Graham.
        Married Jane (Jenny) Graham born 21 Feb. 1807 KY.  Shelby Co.  died 11 March 1882 Jennings Co. IN.
    5.  Felix Watson Carson
    6.  Daniel C. Carson  born 12-14-1796  died July 29, 1872 - married Delilah Seffery 10 March 1830,  Jenn. Indiana
    7.  James P. Carson   married Elizabeth Badgley  16 March 1822   Jenn. Indiana
    8.  Louisa A. Carson   married Lewis Graham   9 Jan. 1821 in Jenn. Co. IN.

PHILLIP CONNER      Family of Phillip Conner Conner Family History

Born:  July 11, 1754 in England/Ireland
Died:  February 13, 1834 in Butlerville, Jennings County, Indiana

Likely born in Ireland, migrated to Virginia via England, probably in the early 1770's
Enlisted in late 1775 at Elizabeth City, Va. at age 21 in the 3rd. VA of the Continental Line and fought until 1781, wounded by sabre. After 1800 moved west to Ohio or Kentucky with family (Willoughby, John B. Conner, wife unknown who died in 1815), from somewhere in Prince William Co. VA.  In Cincinnati, Ohio area in 1815 accompanied Willouhby, his new wife Rachel Johnson (daughter of Cornelius Johnson of Hamilton Co., Ohio) and their first two children to settle the unbroken wilderness of NE Jennings County Indiana in 1820. Revered Methodist Episcopal lay minister, possibly circuit rider, there is record of his having performed marriages in Jennings Co.  Not clear if he was formally ordained or simply a "lay minister" of the time.
Farrier by trade, may have also taught school. Sold land warrants in southern Ohio around 1815. May have lived in the Green River area of Kentucky 1806-1815

Land record:  October 27, 1817--was from Hamilton County, Ohio  --- Sec. 13-Twp. 6 - range 8     160 acres

Wife: name unknown              she died 1815

Pension Claim S 42134

Probate Record Book 1824-1836   Jennings Co. IN.

1. Willoughby Conner born 1785 Prince William Co. Va. from his Obit, in Jennings Co. Paper 17 Sept. 1864 he was killed on railroad at Butlerville.
His land record Book C--page 383--April 15, 1835---Sec. 3-twp. 7--8
He married Rachel Johnson in Ky.
    Their children:    from 1850 census--Vernon Twp.
         1.  Harriett Conner   age 23  born KY. about 1827
         2.  John B. Conner   age 19 a carpenter born 1831 KY.  He served in the civil War.  Comp. H. 27th In. Infantry
              Buried in Cave/Dixon cem. Paris, IN.--was listed with parents in 1850 census.
         3.  Allen Conner age 17 a Printer born ca. 1835 Kentucky
         4.  Daniel M. Conner age 15 born ca. 1835 Kentucky
         5.  Preston S. Conner  age 13 born 1837 in Indiana
         6.  Richard A. conner age 11 born Indiana ca. 1839
         7.  Mary Ann Conner married Byron L. Hoyt
Philip Conner's services:  Pvt. in Captain Charles West's Co. under Colonel Thomas Marshall, Captain Briscoe, Colonel Weeden,  3rd Virginia Regt.

Another paper on Phillip Conner

Ind. 102

CONNER, PHILIP                                                                                                                        Jennings Co.

Born - July 11, 1754,  England

Service - Priv. in Capt. Charles West's Co. under Col. Thomas Marshall, Capt. Briscoe, Col. Weeden, 3rd Vir. Regt.

Proof - Pension claim S. 42134 and D.A.R. No. 88387

Died - After 1836

Married __________ Wife died 1815

Children - Willoughby  b. 1785,  m.  Rachel Johnson;  John.

ELLIOTT, WILLIAM                                                                                                                                            Campbell Twp. Jenn. Co. IN.

Born:  12 May 1752   Cumberland Co. Pennsylvania

Died:  20 Aug. 1830

Service----Ensign, 1779 under Captain Todd, Bedford Co. Penn.  Colonel Davis,  Major John Woods.  Ensign 1780 under the same officers, against the Indians. Left service in October a total of 10 months  June 1781, was drafted.

Pension Claim  -- S 16378

Wife died before pensioner.  Robert Elliott was an heir of Soldier.

Land Record  Book A--93---21 March 1818 this Entry I book
                      Book A--page 97 on March 21, 1836
                      Book A--page 279 and 490  Jennings Co. In.

Page 184 Jeffersonville Land Entries-- he was from Bourbon Co. KY
August 19, 1817---160 acres--Sect. 13 --Twp. 8--range 9, this is near Nebraska, Jennings Co. IN.

Probate Order Book C--212-214   David Elliott Adm. of estate of William Elliott.
son Robert Elliott platted Nebraska

            1.  Mary Ann Elliott (Macy) later Patterson
            2.  Mary Elliott Galloway
            3.  David Elliott married Lucinda Spear 7 Feb. 1822 Jenn. Co. IN.
            4.  Robert Elliott married Rachel McKinney  8 Aug. 1844 -- Jenn. Co.
            5.  Joseph Elliott
            6.  John Elliott married Catherine Jeffers  25 Aug. 1836  Jenn. Co.
            7.  William Elliott
            8.  Margaret Martha Elliott Patterson
            9.  Johnson Elliott

Probate Order Book C--214--212    1839

GRINSTEAD, JOHN                                                                                Campbell Twp. ---Jennings Co. IN.

Born 1756       Henrico Co., Virginia

Died:  3 August 1840 ---first Monday in August.
Buried originally on a farm near Otter Creek Church, Near Nebraska, IN.

Wife:  Milly (Mildred) Walton
born 1765 Va.--died 1823

Service:  Enlisted in 1781 from Henrico Co. Va. under Captains Woodson, and Coverly, Colonels Scott and Posey. Engaged in
              Battles near Savannah, Georgia, and Siege of Yorktown. Previously served in Colonel Buford's Regt. for 18 months.
              Two years as Orderly Sergeant.

Book      Virginian's in the Rev. War---by Gmathmey,  Page 330   John Grinstead Va. Corpl. in Va. Battalion

Pension Claim -- S 35988  Jennings Co. Order Book 1 -- page 12,  24 Feb. 1823  aged 67

Will book 1--page 103  Jennings Co. IN.
John T. Grinstead-will written February 18, 1850-In the name of the Benevolent Father of All I John T. Grimstead do make and publish this my last will and testament. Item the first I bequeath to my beloved boys as follows George T. Grinstead, Jesse A. Grinstead, John M. Grinstead and Samuel W. Grinstead each one dollar. Item the second, I bequeath to my beloved daughter and son Paul T. Grinstead at the death of my wife all my real and personal property after paying my just debts equally divided among them with the exception of Paul who is to have the little mare known as Luck by the family. Item the third I do hereby appoint Joseph L. Tatum and Jesse T. Grinstead my brother executors of this my last will and testament hereby authorizing them the said Tatum and Grinstead to settle my estate as above mentioned.

I hereby revoke all former wills made by me.


Wilson Maddox

Subscribed and Sworn March 4, 1850-Wm. P. Shields, Clerk-James M. Hill Dep.

Children:   1.  Wesley Grinstead
                 2.   Richard Grinstead married Eliza Buck  13 Oct. 1844  born 10 Oct. 1780,  married 1st Elizabeth Potter
                       Jenn. Co. IN.
                 3.   William Grinstead
                 4.   John T. Grinstead married Catherine Waggoner
                 5.   Edward Walton Grinstead
                 6.   Jesse Grinstead  born 10 Oct. 1810 married Mary Davis and Kate Malaby
                 7.   Jasper Henry Grinstead born June 17, 1805    married Betsey Davis   7 Feb. 1825   Jenn. Co.
                 8.   Sarah Grinstead married Samuel McCallon (McCauley)  born 1795
                 9.   Elizabeth Grinstead married Alexander Ross
                10.  Sabrina Grinstead  born 4 Aug. 1813  married John Hudville
                11.  Milly Grinstead married Addison Davis  14 July 1829   Jenn. Co. IN.

Land record:   from Jeffersonville Land Entries   8 Aug. 1817  lived Jefferson Co. IN.

Jennings Co. land record:   Book A -- 84 -- 1 July 1826
                                           Book B -- 539 amd Book D-357  Sec. 11 - Twp. 7 range 9

John Grinstead farmed and also made Mill Stones, built Mill at Armstrong Hole, between Whinery and Weeks Ford Bridge, 
did not run long before a spring flood washed it away. It was on the South Fork of the Muscatatuck River.

National D.A.R. Number  552961 ---  Joan Hockersmith Piercefield

HOOD, WILLIAM   (Colored)                                                                                                                                                   Vernon Twp.

Born: 1753

Died:   Probate Book B -- page 3 -- 4 Sept. 1829

Probate Court extracts  ---

Sept 9, 1829, Estate of William Hood brought to court, executrix Kitty Hood refuses to act as such so Richard Stott appointed administrator of William Hood

Next session of Probate Court first Monday of January 1830-Richard Stott administrator of the estate of William Hood comes before the court and the estate is declared insolvent.

Court orders sale of Real Estate of William Hood 80 acres on which his widow now lives. 

Court adjourned January 4, 1830, comes back on January 5, 1839-first on docket estate of William Hood-deceased three weeks notice given for sale of property of William Hood. 

March 3, 1830,  Richard Stott administrator for the estate of William Hood returns to court reporting sale of property.

July 8, 1831  Richard Stott executor with annexed will of William Hood made sale of real estate of the deceased to Thomas Stone. Court approves sale of property of William Hood deceased and orders Richard Stott to execute deed to Thomas Stone since the property is paid for. 

September 9, 1831   Richard Stott administrator of the Estate of William Hood asks that he be granted motion to publish in newspaper for six weeks that on the next term of the court said court will examine and determine on all claims. Estate of William Hood that if all persons having clains against said must file same or the ruling on said estate will be postponed.

Pension Claim   W.  25781

Service:  Enlisted in N. Carolina prior to the Santee and Ashley River. Discharged after 18 months or 2 years service.

Married:  Kitty Dephery  (Dephens) 1812
                 born: 1785
                 died: 14 Jan. 1869

The Hoods came to Jefferson Co. 1807 with Colonel John Paul, and moved into Jennings Co. 1819.

Children:   1. Jess Hood  born 1815
                  2. Hannibal Hood born 1813
                  3. Ephrain Hood
                  4. William Lee Hood  married Sally Morrix,  7 Oct. 1818 Jenn. Co.
                  5. Eachel Hood  married Joshua Ragen,  8 Oct. 1825  Jenn. Co.
                  6. Eleanor Hood born 1819 married 1833
                  7. Eliza Ann Hood
                  8. Sally Hood born 1817

Land record Book A--page 46  Oct. 1838 (son)
                     Book A--457 --- June 1828

Will --- Probate Order Book B--page 3--4

HALL, ISAAC     New?                                                                                                                       Montgomery Twp.

Born  7 Feb. 1758  New Jersey

Died:  15 May 1840  Jenn. Co. IN
Buried in Old Cemetery on the Stephen Corya farm aka Lawrence Homestead - Stone

Will write what is written on his Stone:  Isaac Hall born 7 Feb. 1758 in New Jersey, when 19 years old was married to Sarah Baret. Twelve (12) years after they moved to Washington Co. Penn.  Later moved to Ohio, then moved to Jennings Co. IN, where he died 15 May 1840 at age 82 years, 3 mon. 8 days.

His wifes stone beside it:  In memory of Sarah (Baret) Hall, the Daughter of Lemuel and Sarah Baret was born 12 May 1758 in New Jersey and married Isaac Hall (1777). Then moved to Jennings Co. where she died 12 Sept. 1819 at age 63 yrs.  

Isaac Hall land record from Jeffersonville Land Entries  bought two pieces of land 21-5-8.  320 acres 7 Aug. 1812 Jenn. Co. he was from Jeff. Co.

    Isaac Hall was a shoe cobbler as well as farmer and from the Coffee Creek Baptist minutes, it stated that Isaac Hall belonged to this pioneer church in 1829 until his death in 1840.

From  James Earl   17 Aug. 1822  ---Book A---page 199  22-5-8  40 acres-- this is near Commiskey.


I find him in 1840 census,  page 481         age 80

Born 1760


From Roster of Soldiers and Patriots buried in Indiana    D.A.R.

Listed in the Surname Index to Soldiers and Patriots buried in Indiana, Listed as Owen Eleanor  page 53  Harraway  page 80?

From Pension Roll of 1835 -Commencement of Pension, Rank Private,  May 29, 1833,  Allowance $21.66,  Virginia Continental Line,  Age 72 

Listed in National Genealogical Society Quarterly Vol. XLIII, September 1955 -  King George County Virginia 1720 - 1990,  Chapter VI, 102, 103   as Owen Harraway - Elizabeth  W 5463 

Born:  ca.  1763   Essex Co. Virginia


Service:  Enlisted April 4, 1781 under Captain Philip Lee.  Essex Co. Virginia,  Colonel James Dabney

Pension Claim -- W 5463   B.L. Wt.  26404-160--55

Married:   Elizabeth ____________ 

THOMAS HILL, Sr.  17 Mar 1763 - 22 May 1848   Burial "Old" section Coffee Creek Baptist Cemetery, Paris Crossing, Indiana

Proof of Service? DAR ancestor files

Ancestor #: A056070
Service Description: 

If anyone out there has more documentation could they please let me know so I can add it here!
Sheila Kell

Various notes on Thomas Hill, Sr.

Elder Thomas Hill, Sr., was the first pastor of Coffee Creek Baptist Church, commencing in June, 1822, and continuing until December, 1838, when old age and infirmity compelled him to resign; and, at the same meeting, Elder Thomas Hill, Jr., was called, and served with wonderful success nearly twenty-eight years, when the death of his companion and failing health induced him also to resign

  Elder Thomas Hill, Sr., was the father of the Coffee Creek Baptist Church which was "constituted the first Saturday in May, 1822."
Elder Hill's biography, written by his son, Thomas Hill, Jr., appeared in the "Minutes of the Coffee Creek Baptist Association" for the year 1848, the year the elder Hill died. A brief resume based on this account follows:
  Thomis Hill Sr., was born in New Jersey on March 6, 1763. As a child, he moved with his parents to Virginia. He served three months in the American Revolution when but 19 years old. He was converted, baptized and licensed to preach by the Baptist church in Virginia in 1788/89. He came to Indiana by way of Tennessee and Kentucky, arriving in Jennings County in March, 1817. He untied with the Graham Forks Baptist Church and served as its preacher until the Coffee Creek Baptist Church was orgainized "under his labors." He was its pastor more than 16 years, when he resigned because of old age.
  About that time, in 1839 when he was 76 years old, he moved into Paris, into the two-story brick house which stood on the southwest corner of Main and Main Cross streets. He lived there until his death in 1848.
  Quoting from his son's account, "...he was still faithful in attending meetings of his own beloved church, even when unable to walk without being supported and frequently at the close of a meeting he would lean upon his staff and exhort his brethern and sisters to faithfulness in duty."

"Elder Thomas Hill, Sr., was born March 17, 1763, in the State ofNew Jersey. While he was yet small, his parents removed to Virginia, where, at the age of nineteen, he entered the army and served a three months' term in the war of the American Revolution. The 26th of October, 1786, he married to Mary Stone, by whom he had five sons. About the year 1788 or 1789, it pleased the Lord to awaken him to a sense of his conditions a sinner, and, after some months of sorrow and distress on account of sin, he was enabled to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, and realize peace in believing. He immediately began to exhort his fellow-men to flee from the wrath to come. He united with the Baptist Church, was baptized by Elder Jos. Anthony, and received a lisense from the Church to preach the gospel. His companion, a few months after, made profession of religion and united with the same church.
    "After laboring a few years in Virginia, he removed to East Tennessee, where he resided about four years. In the fall of 1798, he removed to Kentucky, and settled near Somerset, Pulaski County, uniting with the church at Sinking Creek. Thomas Hansford being pastor. He soon began to hold meetings in a destitute neighborhood about eight miles distant, and in a short time, under his labors, a church was raised up called White Oak, of which he became pastor. He was there ordained the 2nd of February, 1800, by Thomas Hansford and James Fears. He continued his labors at White Oak and retained the relation as pastor about seventeen years, during which time many were added to the church. He labored successfully in other churches and neighborhoods, especially in the vicinity where he resided, and was the favored instrument under God, in the conversion of many souls.
     "In March, 1817, he removed to Indiana, Jennings County, and untied with a small church called Graham's Fork, was chosen pastor, and continued to serve the church as such until May 1822, at which time Coffee Creek Church was organized in his immediate neighborhood and under his labors. He was a member in the constitution, was chosen pastor, and continued his pastorship for sixteen and a half years, when at this own request, he was released in consequence of the infirmities of age.
     "He was a faithful and persevering laborer in the gospel field in Indiana, supplying from three to four churches regularly for many years, until by reason of age, he found himself unable to perform the arduous duties devolving upon him, and was compelled to retire. He labored faithfully, and had the satisfaction to know that his labors were not in vain in the Lord. Many yet live who claim him as their father in the gospel, while many others, who were brought into the fold of Christ under his instrumentality, are gone to enjoy that rest which remains to the people of God.
     "On the 24th day of October, 1844, he was called to part with his bosom companion, with whom he had lived nearly fifty-eight years, She had been a faithful burden-bearer with him in all his labors and toils. The bereavement to him was very painful, but he comforted himself with the thought that his loss was her gain.
     "He continued to labor as far as health and strength would permit, and when he was no longer able to travel out an visit neighboring churches, he was still faithful in attending the meetings of his own beloved church, even when unable to walk without being supported; and frequently, at the close of meeting, he would lean upon his staff and exhort his brethren and sisters to faithfulness in duty, and point sinners to the Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world.
     "He departed this life on Monday, the 22nd of May, 1848, after a short, but painful, affliction, occasioned by a fall. The last month of his life was to him a season of more that usual religious enjoyment. He died in hope of a blessed immortality. In his last illness he remarked to his friends that he felt willing to go, and , after a few moments, repeated: 'Yes, I feel willing to go; my hope is in Jesus. I have no confidence in the flesh.'
     "On the following day, at 3 o'clock, his funeral sermon was preached at Coffee Creek meeting-house by Elder J.B. Swincher, from I Chronicles XXiX. 15: 'We are strangers before thee and sojourners, as were all our fathers; our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.' After which his remains were followed by a very large procession to the graveyard, where they were interred by the side of his dear companion, there to remain until the resurrection morn."
     In addition to the forgoing, it is due to the memory of Father Hill to say that he was a preacher of much more than common ability. Although, at the time of his conversion, he was entirely uneducated, he very soon learned to read his Bible, which was his daily companion, and in which he made great proficiency. During the entire time of his ministerial labors in this State, he was regarded as one of our most able expounders of the Scriptures. Perhaps no minister in Southern Indiana had a better faculty of illustrating his subject to make it interesting to all, or of securing and holding, while speaking, the undivided attention of his auditors. Certainly no one more fully possessed the confidence and esteem of the entire community.

"Thomas Hill died Monday, May 22, 1841, after a short but painful illness caused by a fall. His funeral service was preached the following day at three o'clock at the Coffee Creek Meeting House, by elder J.W. Swincher from 1st Chron. 19:15, 'We are strangers before Thee and sojourners as were all our father; our days on the earth are as a shadow and there is none abiding.' His body rests in the old Coffee Creek Baptist cemetary in almost the exact center of the burying ground located on what was then known as the Sylvestor Deputy farm. His wife, Mary Stone Hill, died October 24, 1844 as is buried by her husband's side. Thomas Hill was a preacher of much more than the average ability. At the time of his conversion he was entirely uneducated; however, he soon learned to read his Bible and because of his splendid natural endowment and intelligence he was considered during the time of his ministarial labors one of the most able expounders of the Scripture in that portion of Indiana. He was a convincing logical thinker of commanding personality and of robust size and strength. As one of his contemporaries says: "no one had a better faculty of illustrating his subject to make it interesting or of securing and holding, while speaking, the individual attention of his audience. Certainly no one more fully possessed the confidence and esteem of the entire community."

  Rev. Thomas & Mary (Stone) Hill had the following children - John, William, Thomas Jr., Allen, Daniel Milton. 

Click here for pictures of the Headstones of Thomas Hill Sr. & Thomas Hill Jr. also a picture of a portion of the "Old" section of the Coffee Creek Baptist Cemetery


Born:     ca. 1797  probably Vermont

Died  27 Aug. 1852    Jennings Co. Indiana

Service----First enlistment under Captain John Facet, Lt. Rufus Perry. 
                  Second under Colonel Samuel Robinson, Colonel Whitcomb, Major Wait, Captain William Buchanan. Lt. Jacob Ferman in Vermont
                 Third, 1779, under Captain Huntington, Colonel Seth Warren.
                 Was in the battle of Bennington and at surrender of Burgoyne. 15 months.
                 Fourth enlistment, volunteered at New London, Conn. and Mariner on "Trumbull,"  Captain Nichols, Lts. Malby and Starr.

Pension Claim:  R5305,  rejected for insufficient proof.

Married Martha Jack  1815

Land record in Jennings Co.  Book A--page 92 October 16, 1833.

William Howlett V.  Sally Evans divorce cont.  August 1824,  Page 146 Order Book 1822--to 1837---on 26 March 1827  Howlett divorce dismissed.

Wife Sally Evans,  this may have been second wife.

                  I find one marriage for Howlett    Cynthia Ann Howlett to John Eldridge  6 Dec. 1837  Jennings Co. IN.

                  A land reord for Nelson L.V. Howlett (Nelson Lord Viscount Howlett)   Book C---211
                  Nelson and Lydia Ann Howlett    Book  D---page 182   Jennings Co. IN.

HUGHES, JOHN                                                                                                                                                                          Bigger Twp.

Born:  1750    Virginia

Died:  19 Feb. 1831   Buried near Graham Baptist Church, which is close to Jeff. Co. line.  Government marker

Service:  Pvt. in Captain James Nathanial Fox's Co.,  6th  Virginia  Regt. Colonel James Hendricks,  Lt, Colonel Charles Simes.  Enlisted July 1777, discharged Feb 1778.  On July19, 1783, he received certificate amounting to 101 pounds, 3 shillings, 9 pence. Received Bounty land in Clark's Grant, Indiana for services under George Rodgers Clark.

Proof:   Virginia State Library has photostat copy:  W.D.  127,4;  English Conquest of N.W. Territory,  Vol. 2---page 846.

Land record from Jeffersonville Land Entry   639  acres in clarks grant,  he was from Jefferson Co. KY.

Jennings co. land record Book A---page 339

Wife:   Francis Bland  born 1764  died  1809  a sister to Mildred Bland
            married :  4 Oct. 1787  Nelson Co. KY.,

Children:  John Hughes
                 Mildred Hughes
                 James Hughes    married Jane Dunn  11 Sept. 1831   Jennings Co. IN.
                 Isaac Hughes
                 Evaline Hughes
                 Vardoman Hughes

Land Record Jennings Co. Book   A---page 339 you can also look in Entry I.

    Page 400 in Virginians Men in the Rev. War by Gwathney
    He was listed Sgt. Major in 6 and 10 Continental Line.

HURLBURT, CALEB                                                                                                                                                     Montgomery Twp.

Born:  1753,  Litchfield, Connecticut

Died:  1824, Jennings County near Paris Crossing and Paris, IN.  Had lived in Washington Co. New York

Land Record:   Book 4--page 286 -- 15 Nov. 1817  Jenn. Co.  Land Record Book  E-507

Service:  Name appears in a list of soldiers in a vol. of Sick Soldier's Bills, 1775 being itemized accounts of expense of individual soldiers during illness. Enlisted Sheenboro, Washington Co. N.Y.,  was a sergeant under Colonel Webster and Captain Tozer.

Proof:  Conn. Rev. Rolls of the Conn. Historical Society Collection,  Vol. 8,  page 16 -21,  Hurlbut Genealogy, page 112;  Roster of New York State Troops by Fernow, page 401.

Wife;  Lydia Mitchell  ( mix up here author states wife was listed as  Permelia in Land Sale - his son Caleb was married to a Permelia)

               1.  Lewis Hurlbert married Anne Wood  28 Feb 1822   Jenn. Co.,  they lived in Paris in Montgomery Twp. Jenning Co. IN.
                    Land Record -- Book A -- page 41 -  August 1821.  Page 305 was a Methodist Minister at Paris.
               2.  Caleb born 1792
               3.  Thankful Hurlburt, married John Ballard   Jenn. Co. IN, buried on the Steven Corya Farm -- near Commiskey, IN.
               4.  Jerusha Hurlburt married a Mandeville (could this be Manville?)
               5.  Rachel Hurlburt married Able Benjamin
               6.  Cyremia Hurlburt  married James Chandler
               7.  Polly Hurlburt
               8.  Lydia Hurlburt

 Found in Jefferson Co. History  page 173  childrens names, and some other history of the family
Pension Number   222434

    Land Record Book A -- 286 in 1817 near Paris or Entry I at the recorders office Jennings Co. IN    Book B--507

JOHNSON, PHILIP                                                                                                                           Campbell Twp.

Born:  ca.  1758 Scotland or Virginia

Died:  11 July 1835,  Buried on Southeast Bank of Big Otter Creek.  In an old garden on farm now owned by Mat Kibler, Jennings Co. IN.
Numerous corrections to this record by Barbara Cummings, November 2011-
"Philip and Susannah Payne Johnson had eleven children: Jane, William M, Giles, Elizabeth M., James R, Lemmy S. b 1795 probably died young, Joel W, Mary, Berry, Langston, and Clement.
Sally Johnson was not one of their children.
Mary Ann and Martha Ann were granddaughters as listed in the posted 1835 Court Records.
Daughter Mary "Polly" married Ichabod Rice.
Joel W. Johnson married Martha Cauthorn, not a Heaton. After Joel died, James R. Johnson married his brother's widow Martha Cauthorn Johnson, not Rachael Prather.
My records have Clement Johnson married to Sarah, not Nancy Burk.
Rachel Prather's husband James T. Johnson was also known as John T. Johnson, but I do not know if or how he fits into our family. Philip Johnson enlisted 1777 in Essex Co, VA. I do not know where the book "Virginians in Rev. War" came up with 1780. THANK YOU BARBARA - This correction is not pretty as I am still fighting a computer crash that ruined my old HTML editing program but I wanted to get it entered.

Service:  Enlisted at Hale's Hole, Essex Co. Virginia,  April 1777 and served for 6 years as Matross in Captain James Pendleton's comp.  In Battles of Monmouth, Stoney Point, was at Gate's defeat, and at Petersburg.

Page 424 from Book Virginian's in the Rev. War, by Gwaltmey attested as Soldier from Essex Co. in 1780.

Pension Claim:  S  36657--Probate Book in Clerks office Jennings Co. -- 9 Nov. 1835 -- names children.

Married:  Susannah Payne - 1782  she was born 1766---died 1834 in Indiana

From Jennings County Probate Book 1, Jennings County Courthouse - Nov. 9, 1835

On application of Phillip Johnson heirs for arrears of Pension due the said Phillip at his death in the Jennings Probate
And now comes the heirs aforesaid to wit William M. Johnson, Giles Johnson, Elizabeth Heaton, James R. Johnson, Polly Rice, Berry Johnson, Langston Johnson, Clement Johnson and Mary Ann Johnson & Martha Ann Johnson infant heirs of Joel Johnson deceased who is son and heir of Phillip Johnson Pensioner by James R. Johnson guardian of the said infants and represents and proves to the satisfaction of the Court that the said Phillip departed this life on the 11th of July 1835 and that they are the legal heirs of the said Phillip and proved there identity of persons and also proved to the satisfaction of the Court that no widow of the said Phillip survives him and further proved to the satisfaction of the Court that the said Phillip at the time of his death was duly enrolled upon the list of Pensioners agreeably to the acts of Congress in his behalf made and provided that there remain due and in arrear to him at the time of his decease the sum which had accrued from the 4th day of March 1832 or 1833 to the said 11th day of July 1835 at the rate of eight dollars per month for which sum the said heirs make application to be paid them.

Page 424 from Book Virginian's in Rev. War by Gwathmey, tells what county in Virginia he came from - Essex Co. 1780 

KENDRICK, HETH  (SETH) I found on the family of Lemuel Kendrick with a son Seth (birth information matching this person)

Born:  22 Dec. 1764   Battleboro, Vt.

Died:  24 Aug. 1843  (Vernon)

Service:  Enlisted Battleboro, Vt.,  June 1780 as a substitute for his father. Lemuel Kendrick. Served under Colonel William Fletcher. Captain James Blakely, Lt. Cochran.

Pension claim:  S 16176
                          Pension application names Major Kendrick as soldiers heir.

   Major Kendrick married Wealthy Hartwell 15 May 1823, Jennings Co. IN.
   born: ca. 1799 Ontario Co. New York
   died:                Indiana, Jennings Co. IN.
   wife born ca. 1802 Ontario Co. New York from 1850 census lived in Montgomery Twp.

Frederick KYSAR                    Marion Twp., Jennings Co.
Born:     1761, Berks Co., PA 1

Parents - (father) Jerg Friderich/Frederick Kayser/Keiser - bp. May 14, 1730, Waldangelloch, Baden-Wurttemburg, Germany 19, 20; immigrated to America as a young child with his father/family, Hans Christoph KAYSER/KEISER, on Sept. 26, 1732 on the ship "Mary" 19, 20, 21; d. bef. Jan. 15, 1813, Henry Co, KY 17, 18 ; & (mother) Elizabeth Davidson - b. abt. 1736; d. abt. 1780, Jefferson Co, now Henry Co., KY

Married:  March 5, 1791, Jefferson Co., KY; "Frederick Keiser & Mary Ann Cornwall, dau. of Solomon" 2 ; all other records give her name as Meriba/Mariba or various spellings of 3, 5, 22; (wife) Mary Ann/Meriba Cornwall -- b. abt. 1765, KY; d. May 1841, Jennings Co, IN 22; bur.- Commiskey, Jennings Co, IN - Kysar Cemetery 4

Service:   (served in MD, VA, & KY) Resided in Montgomery Co, MD. In 1780 he and his team were pressed into service by Gen. Lacy's Brigade. Wagon loaded with ammunition was driven to Norfolk to York, to Norfolk to MD. In 1781 removed to KY. Enlisted in Sullivan's Fort, Capt. James Patton, Gen. Clark. After the Rev. he moved to Nelson Co KY, then moved to Shelby Co KY, then to Henry Co KY, then to Jennings Co IN & he applied there 29 Aug 1834. 8 , 1 (more details are given in his pension application) Pension Claim:   # R 6061, dated Aug. 29, 1834; Rejected. Service not provided for by Act of June 1834. 1, 7

Occupation:   He served his community as a blacksmith. At that time blacksmiths made guns, wagons, plows and many other household items. 13 He was also a farmer. 14

Died:   after/post Jan. 20, 1841, Jennings Co, IN 5 ; buried in Kysar Cemetery, Commiskey, Jennings Co, IN 9 (on small family cemetery located near Mt. Zion Methodist Church; as of Oct. 2015, the current owner of the land where the Kysar Cemetery is located is Margery Adams 10 ); actual location of Kysar Cemetery (GPS reading) N38 Deg. 52.918 Min. & W85 Deg. 42.442 Min. 16 ; plaque was placed on Frederick's grave by Harold B. Kysar in May, 1989 23 ; (plaque)-"Frederick Kysar - Pvt. Continental Line, Revolutionary War, Indian War, 1761-1840"; (small marker)- "Thomas 2nd Generation, Preston 3rd Generation, Alfred 5th Generation, William H. 4th Generation all buried at Mt. Zion. Harold B. 6th Generation and Charles D. 7th Generation living at 1989 - Pearl Marhanka" 9

Children:   (they had 10 children 4, 12, 13, 14)       *note- 3 Kyser siblings marr.   3 Hopkins siblings.

1.    Solomon KEYSER- (Kysar Kin) b. abt. 1802, KY; marr. - Sept. 21, 1824, Jennings Co, IN to Sarah/Sally Stucker (1806-__); Indiana, Wills & Probate Records, 1798-1999, Marshall Co, Will Record, Vol A-C, p. 238-9 (pg. 290 online); d. aft. July 28, 1873, Bartholomew Co, IN; was originally buried in Bartholomew Co, then "re-interred" to Johnson Co, IN - Atterbury Cem., Plot-Cem. E (FindAGrave)

2.    William KYSER - (Kysar Kin; censuses; marr. records) b. abt. 1805, KY; marr. - Dec. 29, 1829, Jennings Co, IN to Sarah/Sally/Polly Hopkins (1807-1888); last found in 1860 Census - Clinton Co, IN; d. bef. 1870, assuming Clinton Co, IN (his wife living with dau./husb. -Emily & James H. Earl in 1870 & 1880 census)

3.    John Kyser/Keiser/KYSAR- (Kysar Kin) b. bet. 1805-1810, KY; unknown if married or not; d. ? according to family information he was thought to have died when a young teenage or young adult around 1820/1830's (possibly buried in the Kysar Cem.?/not confirmed); possible/not confirmed info. - John Kysar- land deed, dated Oct. 4, 1824 in Jeffersonville, Jackson Co, IN; & possible/not confirmed- John Keiser in 1860 Census, Fayette Co, KY; b. abt. 1805, KY; wife - Jane & 2 children)

4.    Thomas Russell KYSER/KYSAR- (Kysar Kin; FindAGrave; marr. records) b. March 9, 1806, Lexington, Fayette Co, KY; marr. - (1) June 29, 1829, Jennings, IN to Rebecca Hopkins (1813-1843; bur. in Kysar Cem.); (2) Oct. 15, 1846, Jennings Co, IN to Hannah Hall (1826-1879); d. Nov. 12, 1886, Jennings Co., IN; buried at Mt. Zion Methodist Church Cemetery. He lived & raised his family in Marion Twp., Jennings Co.; was a farmer. He specialized in raising superior seed corn, which he sold to farmers in many parts of Indiana. Upon his death at the age of 80, two ears of corn were carved on his monument to memorialize his agricultural skills.

5.    Phoebe KYSER- (Kysar Kin; 1850 Census; letter/chart from Terry Litvan) b. April 16, 1808, Henry Co, KY; marr. - June 30, 1829, Jennings Co, IN to William H. Hopkins (1809-1864); d. Oct. 13, 1876, Clinton Co, IN; buried in Baker Cemetery, Johnson Twp., Clinton Co, IN

6.    Jacob KYSAR - (FindAGrave; Kysar Kin; marr. record) b. June 20, 1812, KY; marr. - Aug. 6, 1837, Jennings Co, IN to Mary/Polly Hendrix (1816-1897); d. Dec. 5, 1863, Audrain Co, MO; buried - Eubanks Cem., Audrain Co, MO. "Jacob Kysar was a farmer, blacksmith, gunsmith and trader of livestock. He was an excellent marksman because he made rifles and sighted them in...No one would shoot against Jacob... (Civil War time period)...Jacob narrowly escaped death by talking a group of soldiers out of killing him one night... (soldiers took all of his cattle, hogs, horses, wagons, and tools instead)...A broken down wagon and several horses were rejected by the armies; with these Jacob moved the family back to Mexico, Missouri, and settled at Littleby. This town was later called Progress, and is now known as Bean Creek...The Eubanks Cemetery is located nearby...Trying to make a fresh start in life, and living close to the Hendrix families, Jacob helped a neighbor roof a house on a cold rainy day in December. He caught a cold and died of Pneumonia on December 5, 1863 at the age of 51 years."

7.    Frederick KYSER/KYSAR Jr. - b. 1813, KY; marr. - Aug. 22, 1831, Jennings Co, IN to Jane Cobb (1815-1883); d. bef. July 6, 1855, Howard Co, IN; (Kysar Kin; 1850 Census, marr. records, FindAGrave, probate records)

8.    Samuel KYSER - (Kysar Kin, Census - 1840, 1850, 1860; Probate records; marr. records) b. bet. 1809-1815, KY; marr. - March 30, 1837, Jennings Co., IN to Rebecca Arbuckle (b. abt. 1819 - d. Feb. 28, 1867, Washington Co, IA); d. Oct. 24, 1866, Washington Co, IA; has been assumed they were buried in Washington Co, IA - near Dublin, Dutch Creek Twp, Middleton Cem.; possibly buried in Bartholomew Co, IN; He & his family (11 daughters & 2 sons) lived in Jennings Co IN, Bartholomew Co IN, MO, Tipton Co IN, back to Bartholomew Co IN, then to Washington Co IA. He was a blacksmith. (*Eileen's & Kathy's direct line)

9.    Sarah Kyser- (Kysar Kin; & 1860, 1870, 1880 Censuses) b. abt 1820, KY; according to family information she was crippled and lived with family her entire life, never married; she lived with parents until they died, then lived with brother-Thomas's family; d. aft 1880, Jennings Co, IN; bur.- assumption - Kysar Cem. or Mt. Zion Cem.?

10.     Elizabeth - (Kysar Kin) (unknown birth & death dates/places; also unknown as to where she falls in birth order with other siblings) "An interesting story is told in Marion Township of Fredrick Kysar...The Shawnee Indians kidnapped one of his daughters when she was about 3 years old. She returned to her family a short time after reaching maturity. Not being able to adjust, she returned to the Indians, married a native, had 2 children and lived out the rest of her life with the tribe..." 13


1. Fold3 website- Revolutionary War Pensions, under Frederick Kysar or Kyzer -"Revol. War Pension Application", dated Aug. 29, 1834 & also letters; *note- according to historical maps of PA there was only a Berks Co. & Bucks Co., never was a Burks Co.; & since the clerk wrote "Burks" on Frederick's War Pension Appl., it is assumed that it was misspelled and supposed to be "Berks"; also letter (on Fold3) from Adj. Gen.'s Office to relatives - it was written as "Berks Co." - so, Frederick's place of birth needs to be updated to "Berks Co, PA"; also, his father (another Frederick) bought 1 building lot in 1762, Middletown, Berks Co, PA (another proof that Frederick was born in Berks Co, PA)

2. Jefferson Co, KY Marriage Records (2 page marr. record), from Kentucky Dept. for Libraries & Archives; also on - Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979

3. Meriba's name variations & granddaughter named after her- Kysar Kin (bk.), p. 13; also land deed (#5) spelled her name several ways within same document; (see also # 22)

4. - Meriba Cornwall Kysar, Jennings Co, IN (lists names of all 10 children) & "links" to Frederick Kysar, Solomon Kysar, Thomas Russell Kysar, Jacob Kysar, & Frederick Kysar Jr; FindAGrave gives her death date as "after 1840"; but, *see new found info. # 22 for her updated death date 5. (land deed) Jennings County Courthouse Records, Jennings Co, IN; Book G, pg. 75-76; "Fredrick Kyser & Shadrack B. Carlock", dated Jan. 20, 1841; (gave prove that Frederick & Meriba were still alive, died after/post Jan. 20, 1841 rather than after 1840 - updating their death dates); Meriba's name is misspelled 4 different ways within the same document

6. - FindAGrave gives her death date as "after 1840"; but, *see new found info. # 22 for her updated death date.

7. Revolutionary War Pension, under "Frederick Kysar or Kyzer - Revol. War Pension Application", dated Aug. 29, 1834 (also under website)

8. Roster Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolution Buried in Indiana, pg. 225; & Genealogy Abstracts of Revolutionary Was Pension Files, Vol. II: F - M, abstracted by Virgil D. White, pg. 1988

9. - Frederick Kysar, Jennings Co, IN; *note- (& other sources) gives "died after 1840", but see *new found info. (#5) for updated death date; if you search Kysar Cemetery on FindAGrave there are 3 confirmed graves: Frederick (plaque), Meriba (post next to Frederick), & (dau.-in-law, Thomas's 1st wife) Rebecca Hopkins Kysar (no marker); there are a few more graves- unknown who

10. Current land owner of Kysar Cemetery (as of Oct., 2015) - Margery Adams (deceased husband - Ira E. Adams) & her son- Dan M. Adams, 6915 S County Road 500 W, Commiskey, IN 47227-9646 - (obtained while Eileen Cox & Kathy Howard took a "road trip"; located & talked to Margery, in person)


12. G.N. Kysar's (Eileen's great-grandfather) "Family Pedigree Chart" (original, handwritten by him); dated by mentioned in old family letter from him to Miss Ruby Kysar-dated Feb. 1, 1931; original chart is in the possession of R. Eileen Cox, obtained by Kathy (Kysar) Howard.

13. WorldCat / Google Books - Jennings County, IN- Pictorial 1816-1999; by Jennings County Historical Society, publ. by Turner Pub., 1999; pg. 79

14. Kysar Kin (book), written & published by Kathy Kysar Howard, Nov. 1981, Topeka, KS; PDF copy of entire book (as an email attachment, only if you have an email address) may be obtained by contacting R. Eileen Cox -- 15. (variations of spelling- Cornwall/Cornwell/Cornell - information not confirmed yet) possible father - Solomon Cornell who resided/died in Bullitt Co, KY in 1812 (wife - Elizabeth Davenport) - information from Deborah Cornell Sullivan on, 2015.


17. Abstract of Early Kentucky Wills & Inventories, Henry Co, KY; Book B, pg. 121 (online), pg. 116 on typed page - listed Frederick Keiser (found online -

18. List of (intestate) Inventory, Henry Co, KY, (from Henry Co. Historical Soc.), dated Jan. 15, 1813; copied from loose papers filed in Box No. 1, entitled "Inventories and Sale Bills, dated 1799-1814 (have copy of, obtained by Howard Boswell) Frederick Keiser - gave list of household items (he died before this date, so it could have been end of 1812 or Jan. 1-15, 1813)

19. *new info. as to who Frederick Kysar's father was & parentage/ancestry further back - as of June, 2016 (from a Y-DNA test results) has changed to: Frederick's father is "Jerg Frederick KYASER or KEISER" (Sr.) b. May 14, 1730, Waldangelloch, Baden-Wurttemburg, Germany 20; immigrated to America as a child with his father (Hans Christoph KAYSER/KEISER- b. 1688) & family, in Sept. 26, 1732 on the ship "Mary"; marr. - Elizabeth Davidson (same info.) d. (same info.); note- German names- baptized with first & middle name but called/went by/used middle name

20. 18th Century Emigrants, the Northern Kraichau; pg. 191, #264; (obtained at the Library in Womelsdorf, Berks Co, PA)

21. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants in Pennsylvania from 1727-1776; Rupp, I. Daniel; pg. 81-82

22. * new info - updating Mariba/Meriba's death date - (microfilm from LDS/ - # 571724 ); Coffee Creek Baptist Church Records, 1822-1867, Jennings County, Indiana; page 5

23. - page 4 of 9

    Info updated as of 7-2016 by R. Eileen Cox, daughter of Kathy (Kysar) Howard who wrote the Kysar Kin book. Eileen has taken on Kathy's family history research & is applying to the DAR through Frederick Kysar; uses "Legacy Family Tree" (software) & also; can email PDF attachment of entire Kysar Kin book & is revising/updating; & also would like to contact other relatives/obtain more family history information in order to continue revising/updating family history. Able to make/send PDF's & GEDCOM's by email attachments. Frederick is Eileen's gggg-great grandfather & Kathy's ggg-great grandfather. *Please contact R. Eileen Cox:; 3212 SW Atwood Ave., Topeka, KS 66614; 785.633.5080; *encouraging relatives to take Y-37 or more DNA (Family Tree DNA) or "autosomal" DNA (AncestryDNA)-more proofs

ROBIN LLOYD            (Colored)                                                         Pension Application of Robin Loyd

Known as Indian Robin

Born:  1760 Dinwiddie Co. Va.

Service:  Enlisted June 1778 Dinwiddie Co. Va. under Colonel Bannister.  Lt. Colonel Gee, Major Hunt,  Captains John Jones and Ned Powell

Pension App. 10 Nov. 1834 age 74 Jenn. Co. IN.
Pension App. again Feb. 1838 Jenn. Co. IN

r---6501 Va. Pension Susp.  list page 413     Water Supp.  page 67

I find James and Ann Lloyd land record Book B--page 188--258--513

Robert Lloyd land record Book D--page 531

Marriages:   Frances Lloyd to Isaac Hood,  15 March 1839  Jenn. Co.  Justice of the Peace  Jonathan Kelso
                   Ann Lloyd to Elvin Ash  13 July 1837  by Dennis Carsey

I do not find a Robin Lloyd so named

Land Record:  James Lloyd to John Prather  5-7--8   Jan. 2, 1833  page 513


Born:  18 May 1756  Culpepper Co. Virginia
Died:  1 Feb. 1830   Jennings Co. IN.
Buried:  Near Freedom Church on Farm

Married,  Sallie Cogswell
Born:  5 Oct. 1769
Died:  21 Aug. 1833   Jennings Co. IN.

Pension Application  27 Aug. 1818--Index of Debtors, Warsaw Courthouse, Gallatin Co. KY.
Came to Indiana--Book A-page 50 in 1819
Book B--page 176 land record in 1821

Will, Probate Book B--page 176 and Probate Order Book 5--page 73   Jenn. Co. IN.

              1.  Thomas McGannon born 9 Jan. 1788--died 15 Aug. 1850
                   married Eleanor Tanner  18 March 1813 in Henry Co. KY.
              2,  Zachariah McGannon born 1790--died: 1825
                   married:  Lucy Coleman
              3.  Polly (Mary) McGannon 
                   married  John Molding (Moreland)
              4.  Damsel McGannon born 1800 died  30 Aug. 1826  Jennings Co. IN.
                   Married  Daniel Lattimore  27 Dec. 1823   Jennings Co. IN.
              5.  Ruben McGannon
                   Married:  Elizabeth Tanner  dau. of Lucas Tanner
                   8 Jan. 1828  Henry Co. KY.
              6.  Alexander McGannon
                   Married:  Sally Butler  2 Jan. 1834  Jennings Co. IN.
              7.  Jane McGannon
                   Married:  Walter C. Lattimore   3 Sept. 1833  Jenn. Co. IN.
              8.  Sally McGannon
              9.  Alesey McGannon   born  1815 KY.
                   Married:  Danville Branham  3 Sept. 1833  Jenn. Co. IN.
            10.  Hugh McGannon  born 1813 KY.
                   Married:  Elizabeth Fergerson   19 Nov. 1840   Jenn. Co. IN.
            11.  John McGannon
                   Married Polly Carney  13 Oct. 1824  Jenn. Co. IN.

Enlisted in Rev. Army  3 April 1777, served 3 years, Corpl. in Captain Moore Fauntleroy's Comp.  Colonel Stephen Moylan's Reg. of Penn. troops. He was discharged at Middletown, Conn. 1781. Battles engaged in, Monmouth and Brandywine.


Born:  2 April 1758 Somerset Co.  New Jersey

Died   17 July 1835  Jennings Co. IN.

Service:  Enlisted for 9 months 6 Sept. 1776. state of New Jersey,  Comp. commanded by Captain Parker in the Regiment of
              Colonel Freidenhouse.  2nd enlistment Somerset Co.  N.J. under Colonel Winds,  Major Davis, Captain Parker. He
              was in the Battles of Piscataway, Monmouth, Bound Brook. Fourth time under Colonel Ellis.

Pension claim  S.  16946
              27 May 1823 he was aged 65 with wife and two children, and crippled.  Pension claim in Jenn. Co. Court Order Book
              1822 to 1837--page 21--27 May 1823. Wife was living but not named.

Children:  Esther McGill  aged 20  born ca. 1803
                Robert McGill  married Sarah E. Watson  13 Nov. 1834

Two other early McGill marriages:
            1.  Jane McGill to John M. Brown  12 Feb. 1827   Geneva Twp.
            2.  Hetty McGill to John Mop  6 Oct. 1824

MESSERVE, WILLIAM                                                                                 Sand Creek Twp. Jenn. Co. IN.

Born: 16 April 1750

Died:  6 July 1850 aged 100 years old  (Tombstone) in Kellar Cemetery, Sandcreek Twp. near Brewersville in Jennings Co. IN.

Service:  Enlisted 1781, under Colonel Crane, Captain Thorpe, Colonel John Brooks, Mass. Line.

Pension Proof:   W. 802,  B.L. Wt.   91996--160--55

Married  1821  Zephorah Beacham
               died 1864 in Hamilton Co. Ohio

George (Meservy) from John S. Stagg and wife Mariah  20 Sept. 1841 in the town of Zenas, Campbell Twp.  Jenn. Co. IN.
Could this be a son?? name spelled as it sounds.

NEW, JETHRO                                                                                                Vernon Twp. Jennings Co. IN.

Born:  20 Sept. 1757   Kent Co. Delaware

Died:  25 July 1827  buried Vernon, Indiana: his stone is in the pioneer section of the Vernon Cemetery

Service:  Pvt. enlisted 1778 in Delaware under Captain Rhodes,  Captain Richard Dolliver's Company.  2nd Delaware Regt. Colonel Henry O'Neil. Saw the execution of Major Andre', and was at Battle of Copens, and the Seige of Yorktown, Wittnessed the surrender of Cornwallis.

Proof:  Delaware State Archives,  Vol.  2--page 1766--National Number of D.A.R. 586821  Fern Harrod Morgan & Marion Morgan Lyons.

Deed Book A--Pg. 276  Jennings Co. In, in the Recorders office. IN.

Wife:  1st -- Sarah Bowman  born 25 May 1764  Guliford Co. N. Carolina  died:  16 June 1813  Ky.
          2nd wife:  Agnes Thomas in Gallatin Co. KY.

        1.  Mary New   born 17 April 1782  married 1st.  Nathan Baker of KY.   2nd  James Wright
        2.  Willliam New   born 28 Oct. 1784,  married Susan Doris Baker of KY.
        3.  Elizabeth New  Born 6 Dec. 1786  Gulliford Co. North Carolina  married  William Harrod in Gallatin Co. KY.-- 1 April 
            1810,  William was born  22 May 1779 at Falls of the Ohio  died 28 Jan. 1835--Indiana buried Harrod cemetery near
            Austin, Indiana.
        4.  Robert New   born 20 Jan. 1789--Married:  Susan Chaffin Taylor of KY.
        5.  Amelia New  born 30 May 1791--Married  John Sipple of Delaware
        6.  John Bowman New  born  7 Nov. 1793  married Maria Chalfant of Ky.--lived later at Vernon, IN., he was a minister.
        7.  Georgia New   born  3 March 1796     never married
        8.  Sarah New  born  16 April 1798       married_________Low?
        9.  Nancy New  born  6 Feb. 1801   married Thomas Cochran--2nd.  Wiley Baker
      10.  James New born  12 June 1803  married Huldah Stoll--2nd Eliza Tarbel
      11.  Jeptha New  born  23 May 1806
      12.  Hickman New  born  12 Aug. 1807   died 5 March 1890  Buried at Vernon, IN. -- married Samira Ann Smith or
            Smithers  born 11 Feb. 1809   died  1879  Aged 70 years on Jan. 5.  married 2nd wife:  Sallie Butler  born 11 Dec. 1837
            30 Oct. 1893.

SMITH, SAMUEL                                                                                                         Sand Creek, Twp.

born:   24 Oct. 1760   Fishkill, New York
Died:   Near Brewersville,  Keller Cemetery,  Sand Creek Twp. Jenn. Co. IN.

Book A---page 98 Original Land Purchase  18 June 1837  also Book C--page 226 land record

Service:  Enlisted as Pvt. in New York line,  First under General Skyler, Colonel Gansevourt, Captain Thomas Hicks, second
              transferred to Captain Switz;  third under Major Denie, Captain Ellesworth;  fourth Major Vanderhover, Captain

Pension claim  S.  32530

Married:  Elizabeth Peters


     James Peters Smith
     He had sons Nelson and Richard Smith that taught school in a the Log Bear Creek Schoolhouse.

     Samuel Smith and wife Elizabeth Smith sold to Isaac Smith from Hamilton Co. Ohio  August 11, 1837----31--8--9

     Samuel Smith bougt from Jeffersonville Land Entries 160 Acres  29 Oct. 1817  --S33--twp/7--range 9, he was from
     Jefferson Co. IN.

     Samuel Smith to John Kellar   deed Book  H--page 486  April 8, 1844--40 acres.
This soldier verified pension file # corrected his file is now at the Jennings County Public Library.

SPENCER, AMASA                                        From the book: Revolutionary War Soldiers buried in Indiana

In 1840 census Jenn. Co. was age 87 years old born 1753 in Albany, New York.
Page 341  Jennings Co. IN.  he and his family came from Somerset, KY about 1821.

Service:  Enlisted in Charlotte Co. Virginia.  Served under Captain William Morton, Colonel Joel Watkins, Captain Thomas Williams, Colonel Lucas. Colonel Cooke, Captain John Fewkway, Colonel Lynch. In the Battles of Camden, New Jersey and Gilford Court House (Virginia.)
Book:  Virginians in the Revolution by Gwathmey page 730
            Amasa Spence age 72 in Jenning Co. Ind. MPL
Militia Pension List-- Compiled from a report of the Sec. of War in 1835...

Proof:  Pension Claim---W---2017

Died:  10 July 1846--Moses Spencer farm, Spencer Twp.

Married:  Priscilla Fitzgerald  2nd wife?  3 Jan 1835  Jenn. Co. IN.

Land Record:  Book A--page 19 also other land records check index's at recorders office.

Will Book 1--page 42 and the County Clerks Office

Children:   1.  Nathan Jackson Spencer
                 2.   James Spencer  married  Julia Ann Childs  20 Nov. 1842
                 3.   Samuel Spencer
                 4.   Anna Spencer Parsley
                 5.   Amasa Spencer Jr.
                 6.   Betsey Spencer Meek
                 7.   Jane Spencer Combeth
                 8.   Moses Spencer
                 9.   Nancy Spencer married Nathan Spencer Fitzgerald  8 Aug. 1833  Jennings  Minister  Patrick Hudson
               10.   Polly Spencer McWhorter
               11.   Sally Spencer Meek

    Book C---page 438  Moses Spencer appointed Adm. of Estate of Amasa Spencer 11 March 1842, also mentioned Book C---page 478

STAGG, JOHN                                                                                                             Montgomery Twp.

Born:  12 Dec. 1761  Bergen County, New Jersey

Died:   9 July 1846  buried Hopewell Cemetery near Commiskey on St. road 3

Married 2nd wife:  Martha (Arbuckle, Phillips) Stagg,  2 Feb. 1833  Jennings Co.
   Born:  13 Dec. 1789 in North Carolina
   Died:    2 July 1856  Montgomery Twp.  Jenn. Co. IN.

His land record   Book C---page 297  Jennings Co.
                           Book C---page 277
                           Book E---page 73

Service:  Enlisted Haverstraw,  New York under Major Van Houton,  Captain Abaham Vanderduck, Captain John Bell,
              Shreve's 2nd Jersey Regt.,  Lt. Talmage

Pension Proof---W.  2267,  B.L. Wt.  8166-160-55

             Sarah Stagg married  Philip Stoat

Will in Probate Book   1--page 46, Jennings Co. IN.

John Stagg-will written April 24, 1846-whereas I have heretofore given to each of my children the portion allotted I direct that they each recieve one dollar out of my estate. I further direct that all my estate both real and personal which I possess at my decease or may from any cause fall to me hereafter (after paying what I have above directed) shall be and remain the absolute property of my beloved wife Martha Stagg.

And I hereby make and ordain my worthy and esteemed friend Ezekiel Lewis Executor of this my Last Will and Testament.


Adam Brower

Amos Blanchard

Will proven August 1, 1846, Probate August 21, 1846, William R. Walker, Clerk of the Court


Born:  ca.  1760 Southhampton Co. Virginia

Died:  12 September 1845   Vernon,  Indiana

Service:  Served as Pvt. from Jan. to Oct. 1781,  under Captains Joshua Nicholson, Arthur Boykin,  Jesse Whitehead, Simmons, Rodgers, Mithell, Colonels Wells, Reddick and Benjamin Blount.  Enlisted at Southhampton, Virginia and was in seige of Yorktown.

Pension Claim:   S  6155

             1.  Thomas J. Story  married Jane Vawter  10 Jan. 1826,  Jennings Co. In.  Born 1797,  Died:  16 July 1878 aged 81.

Page 745  from Virginians in the Rev. by Gwathmey,  served 10 Continental Line in 10th Virginia Regt.

Land record in Jennings Co.   Book G--page 107

THOMAS, EVAN SR.                                                                                    Montgomery Twp.  Jennings Co. IN.

        Born;  22 Feb. 1757  Fredrick Co. VA.

      Died:  11 Feb. 1840  buried Hopewell cemetery near Commisky on State Road #3, has bronze marker: was Pvt. in Colonel

Service:  Enlisted Pvt. Williams co. Va.  1775 with Captain Philip Lee against Dunmore,  1776 under Captain Charles West,
              Colonel Weeden, Major Leach:  1781 Hampshire Co. Va.  substitute for James Magraw;  Battles of White Plains,
              Harlam Plains:  Germantown, Brandywine, Piscataqua.

Pension Claim:  S 17728  also record Order Book  1822 - 1831  Page 216  Jenn. Co. In.

1st wife:  Hannah Nixon  married 10 Dec. 1778  -  born 13 Sept. 1759--died  6 June 1788 Harrison Co. Va. 
2nd wife:  Sarah Booth  married 29 Jan. 1789 - born 15 Feb. 1770--died 25 Dec. 1806
3rd wife:  Mary Everton a widow in Henry Co. KY. -  born 3 Sept. 1764--died 28 Feb. 1843 aged 79--she is the one buried with
               Evan Thomas Sr. at Hopewell Cem, in Jennings County.

Children with 1st wife:
     1.  Elizabeth Thomas  born 17 Sept. 1779
     2.  Rhoda Thomas born 20 Nov. 1781 Va.   died 18 June 1868 buried Walton Cem. Jenn. Co. IN.  she married Isaac Hall Jr.
          1814 Jefferson Co. In.
     3.  Elias Thomas born 17 Oct. 1783;  died 2 Aug. 1840  married Jane Chapman 15 Feb. 1806 in KY.  Land record 7 Oct. 
          1816   Land record 7 Oct. 1816   13-5-9  Jennings Co. IN
     4.  George Thomas Jr.  born 12 April 1786  VA.
     5.  Evan Thomas Jr.,  born  2 June 1788  Harrison Co. VA.  died 31 May 1853, He married Nancy Hankins July 18, 1811 in
         Jefferson Co., IN. She was born Abt. 1799 in KY, and died December 17, 1853 in IN.

Children with 2nd wife:
     1.  Booth Thomas born 18 Jan. 1790,  died 19 Oct. 1860  buried Hopewell Cemetery, near Commiskey, Jennings Co. IN.
          Wife:  Margaret  born 1 July 1794  died 23 Sept. 1847.  Land record 29 Apr. 1818 --- Sec. 3 ---Twp. 5
     2.  John Thomas  born 11 March 1791
     3.  Hannah Thomas born 28 Nov. 1792  died 18 Feb. 1851, Seymour IN.  Married Lewis Blankenship.
     4.  James Thomas  born  4 Aug. 1794
     5.  Freeman Thomas  born 5 April 1796   died 20 Sept. 1866 buried "Old" Paris cem. aka Cave/Dixon Cem.
     6.  Amos Thomas born 1798  married Patience Chapman  30 Dec. 1820 Jennings Co. IN.
     7.  Bethsheba Thomas born 25 Nov. 1799 married a Brandon.
     8.  Joseph Thomas  born 21 Oct. 1801
     9.  Anderson Thomas  born 22 Aug. 1803 
   10.  Patience Thomas  bron 22 Sept. 1805

Page 766 book Virginian's in Rev. War by Gathmey aged 78 lived Jennings Co. IN. --MPL  Militia Pension List.

Evan Thomas is listed as one of the founding members of the Neil's Creek Anti-Slavery Society, which was connected with Eleutherian College in Lancaster Indiana.

Evan Thomas Will
wife Mary, dated September, 1838 recorded April 6, 1840, Children: Bethsheba Brandon, Elizabeth McClellan, Rhoda Hall, Elias, George, Evan he gets the big bible, Booth,John, Hannah Blankenship, James, Freeman, Amos, Joseph, Anderson, Nancy Parker's four children and a sum left them by their grandmother. Their relationship to Evan not stated, Evan mentions his house an a lot in Paris deeded to him by Mr. Goodhue. He states that he has left a certain lot ot ground for a meeting house and burying ground contrary to the law of Indiana so now he leaves it to John Ballard, William McClellan and Abram Ridely elected Trustees of said meetinghouse and the burying ground for the use of the Methodist Protestant Church.
Executor Mary, his wife.

Land record Jenn.  Co. Book A -- page 251  Book D --- 237 he sold to son Elias

Evan Thomas Sr. bought 150 acres  Jenn. Co. IN.  20 Feb. 1815 --- Book A--page 39---251 names Mary Thomas his wife.
Book D --- 237  another land record.

From Indiana Historical Magazine. Originally copied from Evan Thomas Bible.
Thomas, Evan
    Married---(1) Hannah b. Dec. 10, 1778  Ch. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 17, 1779; Rhoda,  b. Nov. 20, 1781; Elias, b. Oct. 17, 1783,
    d. Aug. 2, 1840; George, b. April 12, 1786;  Evan, b. June w, 1788, d. May 31, 1853, married (2) Jan. 29, 1789, Sarah _____
    b. Feb. 15, 1770, d. Dec. 25, 1806,  Ch. Booth. b. Jan. 18, 1790; John, b. March 11, 1791; Hannah, b. Nov. 28, 1792;  James,
    b. Aug. 4, 1794, d. Sept. 17, 1851; Fremund, b. April 5, 1796; Amos, b. 1798; Anderson, b. Aug. 22, 1803; Patience, b. Sept.
    22, 1805.  Married (3) Dec. 25, 1810, Mary, _____, b. Sept. 3, 1764, d. Feb. 28, 1843.

Booth Thomas, heir of the soldier.  (Newspaper account of death states the soldier had 14 children, 82 grandchildren, 37 great-grand-children.)

WATSON, ROBERT SR.                                                                                                                  Montgomery Twp. Jennings Co. IN

Born:  ca. 1751 Penn.

Died:  7 November 1823  aged 72 y  (from stone & family record)

Service:  Westmoreland Rangers  17 July 1783 listed in Captain Stokely's comp. of Westmoreland Ranges,   17 July 1783. Taken prisoner
at the Massacre at Laughry Creek, 24 Aug. 1781.  Haldimand Papers at British Library a list of American Prisoners held at Quebec during
Rev. War.  Comptroller Generals records Microfilm Roll 20  TR 1177.

Wife: unknown

Probate book 1 --page 181--109--144  Jennings Co. Indiana (see bottom of this record for text)

Children:  confirmed by Will, Nov. 15, 1823--written in Hoosier Journel of Ancestry by Naomi Keith Sexton. From Little York, IN.

   1.   Jane Watson  married Samuel Graham  13 Oct. 1818, Jennings Co. IN, lived in Paris, Indiana but returned to KY, about 1844 where
         she died.
   2.   Margaret Watson
   3.   Hannah Watson  married Elisha Thompson  6 May 1816 in Jefferson Co. IN.
   4.   Elizabeth Mary (Betsey) Watson D  Mar 18, 1837  Age 17yrs 8mos 24days
   5.   William Watson
   6.   James Watson, buried Cave/Dixon aka "Old" Paris Cemetery, Paris, Indiana  Died 16 April 1853  aged 66 yrs. 1 mo. 14 days married
         Elizabeth Ann Shilliday--Probably married in Shelby Co. KY. as that is where the Shilliday's were from. Newspaper article from 
         Madison paper stated he served in the War of 1812;  Pvt. under Captain Willis Stucker,  6th Regt. Ind. Militia, Enlisted 27 Jan. 1813
         discharged  26 Feb. 1813.
   7.   Robert Watson Jr.
   8.   Ebenezer Watson  married Ann McCrory  20 Dec. 1821,  Jefferson Co. IN, minister Thomas Hill Sr.
   9.   Samuel Watson  married Mary Cunningham  10 Dec. 1824, Jefferson Co. IN.  
Information on Robert Watson Sr. copied from oldest Jennings County Probate Book in 2008 by Sheila Kell
Be it remembered that heretofore to wit on the 15th day of Nov 1823  Wm Watson & Robert Watson produced and proved the last will and testament of Robert Watson Sr. duly proven in this office and the said Wm & Robt obtained letters testamentary of the said decedents Estate by entering into bonds with James Wykoff and James Hobbs their security with letters testamentary are apporved by this court and now at this time the executors aforesaid produced the following bill of appraisment which is ordered to be recorded-list of personal property-notes on the following persons Saml Watson, Elijah Thompson, James Chapman, Robt Watson, E. Shilliday, John Varner, Saml McCurry/Carry?, Caleb Shilliday, Patrick Dixon, Saml & Thomas Graham, Henry Scarce, Thomas Weekley.
Buyers at Sale-E. Lindle?, James Watson, Z. Tanerhill, E. Watson, E. Thompson, Robt Watson, E. Shilliday, P. Dixon

This day comes (January 6th, 1837) Robert Watson Executor of Robert Watson deceased and presents the following receipts and vouchers as payment
 To Wit
Paid  Geoge S. Thompson, Paid John Vaner, Paid George W Carson, Paid Saml W Kinney, Paid tax to Sheriff, Paid James Stott   Clerk
Paid James Wykoff, Paid Edmund Terrill, Paid Sheriff of Jefferson Tax, The Estate of Robert Watson, to obtaining letters, to one day appraising Estate, to one day advertising, to one day Probate Court, to one day taking bonds to debtors, Journey to Kentucky, to one day traveling expense, writing a deed, to traveling 8 days in the new purchase in persuit of Land for Land in compliance of the Will, traveling expense, to attending Court to settle Estate, Interest collected from bonds due, received on Weakley's bond, on Searey's? bond, paid William Watson for going to Shelby for 4 days at $1 a day, to going to Vernon 3 days, traveling expenses to Shelby & Vernon, attending Probate Court to settle 3 days, to going to Shelby for father in life

On this day (August 4, 1828) comes Robert Watson Executor of Robert Watson deceased and exhibited that Samuel S Graham owes the Estate $12.54
also on settlement with Caleb Shelledy $10.00
to services for 2 days 1 dollar each    $2.00
has made a settlement with said court and it appears there is assetts in his hands to the value of   $10.79
to James Chapmans note  $2.25
to clerks fees  .50

WATTS, MASON    (MAJOR)                                                                                           The "Major" comes from the Ryker family bible

Born 1757     New Jersey

Died:   12 March, 1850  aged 93,  buried Brush Creek Cememtery, near Butlerville, Campbell Twp. IN.

Married:  Deborah O. Ryker  18 June 1793 in Jefferson Co. KY.  she was the 9th child and the 4th daughter of Gerardus Ryker and Rachel Demarest Ryker.  Deborah O. Ryker Watts was born 23 Jan. 1777.  From Church Record of the Tappen Dutch Reformed Church, New Jersey.
She died:  Ripley Co. Ind. buried in unmarked grave in the Mavity Cemetery

Service:  Pvt. in Company under Captain Edmonds. Regt. of Colonel Marshall's Virginia Line for three years,  from 1778
                Page 811 of Virginians in Rev. War.  by Gwathmey--War Dept. Nat. Archives.

Pension Claim:  S. 17760

The Watts first settled Jefferson Co. IN, then moved to Ripley Co. and later to Jennings County.

13 Children  (Ryker Bible Record and other sources)
     1.  Lydia B. Watts bron 4 May 1794  married Daniel Sullivan  21 Sept. 1828
     2.  Sarah Watts  born 4 Feb. 1797  died 6 Feb. 1797
     3.  Rachel Watts   born 12 Dec. 1796  married James Wise  25 Dec. 1814,  Jefferson Co. IN.
     4.  Mary Watts  born 27 Jan. 1799   married James Stevens  20 April 1817,   Jefferson Co. IN.
     5.  Rhoda Watts  born 28 Dec. 1800  married William Pretherow  13 Aug. 1819, Jefferson Co. IN.    
     6.  David Watts  born 8 Dec. 1802  married Nancy Ross 17 Sept. 1824, Ripley Co. IN.
     7.  Margaret Watts  born 15 Jan. 1807  married 1st James Mavity on Sept. 21, 1825 buried Mavity Cemetery, married 2nd George Sumna.
     8.  John Watts  born 13 Feb. 1808,  died 28 Nov. 1857  married Ruth Cox 1824
     9.  Charity Watts  born 6 Nov. 1809 married Morton Mavity Oct. 21, 1828
   10.  Thomas B. Watts  born 1 Dec. 1811  married Elizabeth Carter  13 March 1830  Ripley Co. IN.
   11.  Deborah Ann Watts  born 7 June 1813  married: Wise
   12.  Mason Watts Jr.  born 5 Nov. 1815
   13.  Peter Watts  born 13 May 1818  Died Oct. 20 1897-buried Brush Creek Cemetery, Campbell Twp.  married Eleanor Durbin  1 Oct. 1838 she
          was born Feb. 5, 1816  died Oct. 18, 1894-buried Brush Creek Cemetery, Campbell Twp.

WILKERSON, JOSEPH                                                                                                                                                               Geneva Twp.

   This particular Patriot has notes (yellow post-it's) on his page in the Library book. These dispute what is stated so I am including both what the book says and what the notes say. The text of the notes will this color and in italics.

Born:  1757 Virginia -- Chesterfield Co.

Died:  7 Oct. 1841  Geneva Twp. Jennings Co. IN -- Buried on his farm near Brown's Corner Church

Service:  Pvt. in Captain Ralph Faulkner's Co. 5th Va. Reg. Colonel Charles Scott.  He enlisted Jan. 27, 1776 for two years. His name last appears on a roll of 5th and 9th Va. Regt. dated 11 June 1778.   Enlisted again entire service 6 years.

Page 30  from book Threads from the past, Scipio, IN. by Margaret R. McDonal.
               Charlston, South Carolina, 1778 JOSEPH WILKERSON is taken prisoner and held for 14 months and 11 days. For xic months of this time
               he is held aboard a British War Vessel anchored at sea. The prisoners are kept in the hold and fed bread and water. On release he is so
               emaciated that he enters Hospital B at SWAMP for two months.

Pension Claim:   S.  17795

Married Elizabeth Fowler in Virginia --- 1st marriage

2nd marriage Nancy Meek  27 July 1826  This is wrong Nancy Meek was the wife of Joseph Wilkerson Jr. not Sr.  also Emma is wrong.
Children:  Emma Wilkerson

2.  William Wilkerson born 1807 died 1886  married :  Margaret Brown 1833 she was born 1812 in KY. 
     land record Book C --- 37 and page 634,  June 13, 1833

3.  Thomas Wilkerson born 1809 died 1887 buried Vernon Cemetery - married Louisa Tyler

4.  Joseph Wilkersosn Jr.  married Eunice Butler  8 March 1821  Jenn. Co.  For True Facts see Decendats of Joseph Wilkerson by Judge Thes F???

I decided to go on line and see what I could find as I could not read the last Post it note - there is a lot on line about Joseph Wilkerson and family - from what I am seeing the post its are correct the author of this information seems to have confused Joseph Jr. & Sr.  Consistant in the on line information is that Joseph Sr. was a Revolutionary Soldier so I believe that part of this is correct as is his marriage to Elizabeth Fowler on April 25, 1875 in Virgina. Hopefully someone researching this family will send in more information on him.  Sheila

Land Record   Book B -- page 52 at the Courthouse
                         Book A -- Jennings Co.,  7 Jan. 1822   ( Land records are now at the recorders office in the Courthouse Annex)

(On July 22, 2016 I found this article in the November 29, 1906 issue of the North Vernon Plain Dealer it was written and submitted to the Plain Dealer by Loisa (Wilkerson) Davison, who was the daughter of Thomas Wilkerson & Louisa Tyler, making her the grandaughter of Joseph Wilkerson)

November 29, 1906 - North Vernon Plain Dealer
One Name Missing
To the Editor of the News: Sir:-In the list of names of Revolutionary soldiers from Jennings, Indiana, that of Joseph Wilkerson was omitted. Joseph Wilkerson enlisted in Chesterfield county, Virginia, January 27, 1777, to serve two years; enlisted at White Marsh December 21, 1777, for three years, joined March 16, 1778, for three years, and served until taken prisoner at Charlestons. C., and held fourteen months and eleven days; was on a British war vessel anchored out at sea for six months. The prisoners were placed in the hold of the vessel and fed on bread and water, merely enough food to keep them alive until they were exchanged. After his release he was so weak and emaciated that he was compelled to go into the hospital B, at Swamp, for two months. Joseph Wilkerson was a private first in Capt. Ralph Faulkener's company. Col. Charles Scott's Fifth Regiment; then from December 1777 in Captain Tarttons Payne's Company, Col. Richard Parker. After the revolutionary war Joseph Wilkerson went to Clark county, Kentucky; then in, about the year 1819 moved to Jennings county, Indiana, settling on a farm about three miles south west of Scipio. Here he lived for many years. He died on October 7, 1841, having reached the age of ninety-two years. His body was buried in the family graveyard on the farm where it rests at the present time. On the 7th of June, 1906, a chapter of Daughters of Revolution was formed at Seymour, Ind., for the district of Jennings, Jackson and Bartholomew counties. This chapter bears the name of the Joseph Wilkerson chapter.-Mrs. Louisa Wilkerson Davison, Seymour, Ind.


Born   12 May 1752   Cumberland Co. Penn.

Died:  Aug. 26, 1839  Jennings Co.

Service --- While resident of Penn. enlisted June 1779,  made ensign.  Served in Captain Samuel Todd's Co.  Bedford County under Colonel Davis
                  and Major John Woods.  Served 3 tours.

Pension claim -- S 16378

Heir:   Robert Elliott  (named in pension Application)

Jefferson Land Entries   160 acres July 1, 1809 from Clark County, IN.

You may use this material for your own personal research, however it may not be used for commercial publications without express written consent of the contributor, INGenWeb, and