– Court Cases accessed from Google Books
For the last several years part of my research has focused on Licking County, Ohio, about 30 miles east of Columbus. There my 3rd Great Grandfather, Abner Goff and his father, Daniel purchased 200 acres for $1,000 in 1813 after moving from Clarendon, Rutland, Vermont. In a search for “Abner Goff” in Google Books I discovered several references to an Ohio Appeals Court Case which addressed a dispute over land where an individual died intestate.
The subject Abner Goff (grandson of my Abner and cousin to my great grandfather) died in 1896 without a will and with no children. According to Ohio law his 162 acres passed to his widow, Martha. Martha died with a will, but the will did not address the disposition of the land, only granting a life estate to Martha’s brother, Ensley Finney Hass. The dispute arose at death of Mr. Haas as to the proper distribution of the property. The Goff family claimed that under Ohio law they were entitled to one half of the land. Mr. Hass’s heirs disputed this. Hence this court case.
What makes this case interesting to me is not the details of the argument from a court case more than a century ago, but what I found when I visited the Recorder’s Office in Licking County a few years ago. As a young person Abner’s brother, Gilbert B. Goff, moved from Licking County, Ohio to Michigan and had great success in lumber and other businesses. In 1911 as this dispute was headed to court, Gilbert Goff executed a quit claim relinquishing his claims to this property and giving it to the heirs of his brother, Zara Goff and their sister, Mary Goff Lampson. What’s interesting is that he lists fourteen of his known nieces (with their married names) and nephews as we see in a transcription of the document below.
On our recent visit to the Moosehead Lake area of Maine, I located the will of William Sears, father of Emily Sears Templeton, and my wife’s great-great grandfather. The will was executed in 1885, about three years before his death. William left eight of his nine surviving children one dollar each. The tenth child, Melinda, died in 1882. The remainder of his estate he left to son, Charles H Sears in trust for his wife Edith. Charles was also entrusted with the care of the two minor children, Allen and Hiram, until they reached the age of 21. Charles died in 1890, providing some context for his mother’s marriage the following year to William Huff.
William died in 1888 and is buried in the Riverside Cemetery, Willimantic, Piscataquis, Maine. His tombstone gives his birth year as 1810, although his census records imply a birthdate in the 1820’s. His census records along with those of many of his children list his birthplace as Maine. However, some of his children’s later census records list his birthplace as Canada English. I have not found any information about him prior to the 1860 census.
The most significant fact from this document for our family research is the listing of daughter, Emily Templeton, confirming that this is our Emily’s family and that she had not remarried as of 1885.
We recently had the opportunity to look through a drawer of ”memories” during a recent visit with Ruth’s uncle. One of the treasures was a spiral notebook written by Ruth’s great grandmother, Mabel Louise Hervey (1863-1960), wife of George Rogers Wales and mother of Susan Hervey Wales Rollason.
The 30 plus pages of the spiral ring notebook start at her birth as Adelaide Francis Gifford, her adoptive family, Abraham and Elizabeth Boynton Hervey, her courtship and marriage to George and the birth of her children. She remembers being stranded in a snow storm on the train ride home from the Centennial celebration in Philadelphia in 1876, and much more. Follow this link to read the Biographical Notes of Nana.
At the Registry of Deeds for Penobscot County, Maine I also found a deed dated 4 Nov 1854 by which Samuel Templeton transferred property to Eben W Robbins for $1. This is the same 50 acres that Samuel purchased from his father, Adam for $400 18 years earlier. From the deed we see that Ebenezer Robbins is living on the property in Kirkland (now Hudson) Penobscot, Maine.
What’s the story? Eben W. Robbins married Samuel’s sister, Mary Ann Templeton. It is very likely that Samuel and Mary Ann’s mother, Barbra (Barbary) Templeton was living with the Robbins, since there is a record of her death in Hudson in 1859.
Note, too, that an Amiel Robbins was a witness to this transaction. Most likely this is the son of Amiel Robbins who died in this area in 1833. The questions are: Is Amiel Robbins the brother of Susannah Robbins, Samuel’s wife? Is Eben a brother as well? Food for thought and more analysis – a good subject for another post.
In the records of the Probate Court of Penobscot County, Maine I found this inventory of the estate of Amiel Robbins, who died, as stated here, on 20 July 1833, in Milton, Penobscot County. Why do I find this of interest? Ruth’s 2nd great grandparents were Samuel Templeton and Susannah Robbins. We know that Samuel was the son of Adam Templeton, but to this point the family has not been able to identify the parents of Susannah. In the probate records Amiel Robbin’s wife’s name is listed as Susannah. Also of note is that Samuel and Susannah Templeton named a son Amiel.
The Amiel Robbins family was listed in the 1830 census in Boydstown, Penobscot, Maine, a household of 7 members with the male head between the ages of 50 and 59. Boydstown is now Orneville Township, located just south of Milo, Piscataquis, ME. This area of Penobscot County became part of the new Piscataquis County when it was created in 1838.
Having just returned from a wonderful vacation to Greenville, ME , we delight in the time we were able to spend with Ruth’s mother in the town where she grew up. I also had an opportunity to visit the courthouses in Bangor, Penobscot County and Dover-Foxcroft, Piscataquis County. Over the next several days I look forward to posting several of my discoveries, i.e. more pieces to the puzzle that makes the stories of our families.
At the Registry of Deeds in Bangor I found a deed from Adam Templeton to son Samuel dated 29 March 1836 for 50 acres of land in Kirkland (now Hudson), Penobscot, Maine. We also discover several additional pieces of information in the details:
We recently had the opportunity to look through a drawer of “memories” during a recent visit with Ruth’s uncle. One of the treasures was a spiral notebook written by Ruth’s great grandmother, Mabel Louise Hervey (1863-1960), wife of George Rogers Wales and mother of Susan Hervey Wales Rollason.
Mabel was born to Rev. John Easton Gifford and Catherine Augusta Jenner on 1 December 1863 in what is now Bournedale, Barnstable, MA. Her birth name was Adelaide Frances Gifford. We know that her birth mother was ill and hospitalized for many years. “Biographical Notes of Nana” gives us a few insights about this time, as well as her adoptive family, Abraham Hervey and Elizabeth Boynton along with her adult years and family.
After reading the journal I wonder if this is something she wrote following the death of her husband, George Rogers Wales, in 1922. After 1922 there are only four entries, all of which display a somewhat different style from the earlier ones.
Click on the image below to go to the Journal or click on the link to the index. Scroll down to the bottom as you read each page. At the bottom of the page are arrows to take you forward or back to the next (or previous) page. Some editorial notes were made by her son, John Wales (1892-1988).
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One of my Continuing Quests is to find the birthplace of my grandfather, William Andrew Inhoff, (1877 – 1918) – see this page for details.
For the reasons outlined, I am focusing my search at this point on an area between Frankfurt and Fulda in Hesse in Germany.
The distance from Frankfurt to Fulda is about 50-60 miles. Oberkalbach, just south of Fulda is an area from which many Germans emigrated to Hardin County, Ohio. Others came from the Freiensteinau area.
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This zoomed-in map of the area above in the rectangle shows Freiensteinau, along with Reinhards and Hintersteinau. Church records from Hardin County show Resch’s from Reinhards. Other records show Leibolds from Hintersteinau.
Along a country road just a few files north of Sackville, New Brunswick, lies the Midgic Cemetery, the burial place for many members of the Estabrooks family, including Silas and Elizabeth.
Silas Estabrooks, a farmer, was born in this area in 1811 and died February 20, 1895. His great grandfather, William Estabrooks, came to Canada from Rhode Island as a young boy with his mother and step father.
Elizabeth Trerice Estabrooks was born in 1817, daughter of Elisha Trerice and Anna. Elizabeth’s great-great grandparents, Samuel Porter and Remember Makepeace came to Nova Scotia from Lebanon, CT in 1761, part of the New England Planters (see description.)
Silas and Elizabeth’s daughter, Matilda Jane Estabrooks was the mother of Angie Stiles, Ruth’s grandmother.