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Amos Hostetler & Sarah Ann Miller of Clay County, IL

One of my husband’s Revolutionary War ancestors is pensioner Jacob Miller, who died in Franklin County, Tennessee in 1832.

Jacob married twice and had quite a few children in total. His third born son was Jacob Miller Jr. who married Mary Borders on 26 December 1811 in Mercer County, Kentucky.

Jacob, born in 1790, died as a relatively young man in 1844 in Sullivan County, Indiana, leaving a widow and six children. One of these children was his only daughter, Sarah Ann.

Sarah Ann Miller was born on 26 August 1814, probably in Franklin County, Tennessee as the third child of Jacob and Mary (Borders) Miller.  She was most likely named for Jacob’s mother, who died when he was just a boy.

Sarah Ann Miller married Amos Hostetler on 3 September 1835 in Clark County, Indiana. He was likely the son of Jonas Hostetler and Eulila Hoagland and was born in Kentucky about 1814.

Amos and Sarah Hostetler continued to live in Indiana after their marriage, but removed to Lawrence County for several years. Sometime between the 1850 and 1860 censuses, the Hostetler family made their way to Clay County, Illinois, where they remained for the rest of their lives.

The Hostetlers faced several challenges during their lives. Amos signed up and served during the Civil War in Co. D of the 143rd Illinois Infantry. He was discharged in September 1864 after 7 months service, but apparently was either wounded or ill, as he died on 9 October 1864 at home.

Sarah was, like many other ladies, a young widow with a family to raise and most of her children were still at home.

Sarah died on 12 September 1876, also in Clay County, Illinois, leaving one son, James S., who was the baby of the family, as a minor. James was but 11 months old when his father died and 12 years old when his sister, Edith E., was appointed as his guardian.

Edith was 24 years old and unmarried at the time. She mentioned in her court petition for guardianship that James had inherited a 1/9 share of his parents’ estate.

Amos and Sarah had twelve children, but apparently three predeceased their parents. One would be son William, born c1859, as he was not at home in 1870 and would also have had a guardian appointed for him in 1876. A second child would be son Aaron, born c1849, but not at home in 1860.

The other two are daughters are Mary A., born c1840, and Sarah J., born c1845. One of them likely married. However, the Hostetler surname is often mangled in the records or even recorded as Hochstadler, so the record hasn’t been found. Mary or Sarah probably married in Illinois.

One more thought is that perhaps because Sarah had only recently passed away, when Edith stated that James had a 1/9 portion, I wonder if that was because Sarah had one portion and her children had the other 8/9? In that case Mary and Sarah would have both died before their parents.

Given that neither Mary nor daughter Sarah are found in marriage records, I tend to believe that they both died young and that their mother, Sarah, accounted for the 9th portion of Amos’s estate.

Amos and Sarah were the parents of 12 children:

  1. Elizabeth A., born 22 October 1836, Indiana; died 9 February 1918, Clay County, Illinois; married Elijah Wilcoxen, 16 October 1856, Lawrence County, Indiana. Elijah was born in 1830 and died in 1881.
  2. Julia A., born February 1838, Indiana; married (1) Mr. Painter, before 1860, when she is back in her parents’ home (2) Albert Blackburn, 1 November 1867, Clay County, Illinois. Julia is last found in the 1900 census of Laclede County, Missouri, living with her 27 year old son, Albert. Husband Albert was born c1830 and died between 1880-1900, probably in Laclede County, MIssouri.
  3. Mary A., born c1840, Indiana; died after the 1850 census. No further record.
  4. Adam, born c1843, Indiana; died 3 March 1911, Greene County, Missouri; married Louisa J. Blackburn, 5 January 1868, Marion County, Indiana. Louisa was born c1851; died after the 1910 census of Laclede County, Missouri.
  5. Sarah J., born c1845; died after 1850. She is not at home in 1860. No further record.
  6. Barbara E., born c1847, Indiana; died after 12 April 1865; married Lafayette Phipps, 11 April 1865, Clay County, Illinois. Lafayette Fipps and Barbara were living next door to Sarah Hostetler in the 1865 state census of Clay County, Illinois. No further record.
  7. Aaron, born c1849, Indiana; died after 1850 census. No further record.
  8. Edith E., born c1852, Indiana; died after 2 November 1876, when she was appointed guardian of her minor brother, James. She may be the Edith E. Hostetler, born c1852 who married John Myers, 13 November 1889, Chatauqua County, Kansas. That Edith was Edith Ellen, who died in Pueblo, Colorado, August 1927. Edith Ellen was born in Indiana, as was Amos’s and Sarah’s daughter.
  9. Rebecca Serelda, born 18 September 1854, Indiana; died 7 July 1916, Jackson County, Missouri; married Thomas A. Miller, 25 December 1872, Clay County, Illinois.
  10. Eulila (Delilah?), aka Ula, born c1857, Illinois; died after 1910, probably in Laclede County, Missouri; married Jackson Mulligan, 1 September 1878, Laclede County, Missouri. They apparently separated or divorced.
  11. William, born c1859, Illinois; died after 1860. No further record.
  12. James S., born 30 November 1863, Clay County, Illinois; died 25 November 1934, Dallas County, Missouri; married Rebecca (MNU), c1884. They apparently had no children and she was about 10 years older than James.

If you are descended from this family, I would love to correspond with you. Please leave a comment. 🙂

 

 

 

Henry Miller of Muhlenberg County, KY: Grandchildren

Today, we will look at the grandchildren of Henry and Susannah (MNU) Miller of Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, based on what I’ve been able to cobble together about their children.

There are seven known children of Henry and Susannah who married and had children of their own, so this will be a rather lengthy list:

  1. Catherine, born c1821, Tennessee; died after 1870, probably Muhlenberg County, Kentucky; married Nathan Harper, 13 September 1842, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. He was born c1800, North Carolina; died between 1850-1860, probably Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.
  2. Mary A., born January 1825, Tennessee or Kentucky, per census reports; died after 1900, probably Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, where she was living with her son, Henry; married Meredith Lewis as his second wife, 26 January 1846, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. He was born c1806, Virginia; died between 1860-1870
  3. Emiline, born c1831, Tennessee or Kentucky, per census reports; died between 1880-1900; married George A. Boothe, 8 August 1865, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. He was born c1837, Pennsylvania; died after 1900, probably Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.
  4. Adaline, born c1831, Tennessee; died 22 March 1888, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky; married William Berry Doss, 9 September 1850, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky
  5. Martin D., born c1833, probably Warren County, Tennessee; died after 19 October 1868, when he was the security in the administration of his sister Mary Eva Lewis’s estate; married Jane Forehand, 12 July 1863, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Martin gave his place of birth in his marriage record.
  6. Susannah, born January 1835, probably Warren County, Tennessee; died 1910, when she was living with her son, family, and 1920, probably in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky; married Andrew M. Lewis, 18 February 1854, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. He was born 18 January 1825; died 17 May 1900, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, based on gravestone dates.
  7. Mary Eva, born c1838, possibly Kentucky; died before 19 October 1868, when administration of her estate began, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky; married John W. Lewis, 24 December 1857, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. He was born c1837; died between 1860 and 1870.

Catherine and Nathan Harper were the parents of seven known children, although Nathan had other children with a first wife. All events are Muhlenberg County, unless noted otherwise.

Children (Harper):

  1. Louisa, born c1843; died after 1870
  2. Lucy, born 1844/1846; died 20 December 1878; married James Henry Nelson, 26 September 1863. He was born 1844; died 1918. They were the parents of five children.
  3. John Martin, born January 1847; died 1940; married Amanda Catherine Wood, 28 November 1866. she was born 1851; died 1950. They were the parents of ten children.
  4. Susan Anne, born 30 May 1848; died 13 December 1919; married (1) William Samuel Turner, 29 November 1866 (2) John Lewis Noffsinger, 22 November 1886. She had five Turner children and one Noffsinger.
  5. Nathan C., born 11 February 1850; died 26 February 1913; married (1) Louisa Nelson, c1869 (2) Elizabeth Frances Vincent, 2 November 1875, Daviess County, Kentucky. He had one child with Louisa and thirteen children with Elizabeth.
  6. Elizabeth, born c1852; died after 1870; no further record.
  7. Henry Jackson, born 30 August 1853; died 25 September 1928; married (1) Nancy Jane Sallee, 2 November 1872 (2) Mary Elizabeth Brown, 6 April 1886, Hopkins County, Kentucky. He had seven children with Nancy and three with Mary.

Mary A. and Meredith Lewis were the parents of five children, although Meredith had children with his first wife, Elizabeth Vincent:

Children: (Lewis)

  1. Henry J., born 8 November 1846; died 12 December 1914; married Mary Emily (MNU), c1904. She was born c1886 and reported giving birth to 3 children, one living, apparently Geneva May, aged 9, at home. However, they reported being married for six years, so Geneva may not be a child of Henry. Both reported being married only once.
  2. Mary S., born c1848; died after 1860; no further record.
  3. James William, born c1852; died after 1880; married Jennie Moore, 29 March 1880. She was born c1861. They had no children in 1880 and haven’t been found in 1900.
  4. Elizabeth, born c1852; died after 1870; no further record.
  5. Sylvester, born March 1854; died after 1900; married (1) Parilee Devine, 16 September 1874 (2) Princetta (Evitts) Wright, 28 February 1895. He had three daughters with Parilee.

Emiline and George A. Boothe had one daughter:

Child: (Booth)

  1. Mary Bell, born 17 July 1866; died 1965, Sedgewick County, Kansas; married (1) John R. Hattler, 10 October 1885 (2) James Edward (Apgar?) O’Neil(?), c1896. John was born c1856, New York and reported on his marriage record that his father was born in France. He was a cook. Mary reportedly had a daughter, Addie, born in 1889, but I have not found any trace of her. Mary hasn’t been found in 1900. John Edward O’Neil has an odd note on FamilySearch about it not being known why he changed his name from Apgar to O’Neil. No marriage record has been found, but Mary and James are enumerated in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma. Both report a second marriage and Mary says she has given birth to nine children, with seven still living. Therefore, there are likely descendants, but it will take a lot more sleuthing to figure out this family.

Adaline and William Berry Doss were the parents of eight children:

Children: (Doss)

  1. Joel Henry, born 25 February 1851; died 9 January 1903; married Nancy Elizabeth Harris, 10 December 1873. She was born 1857; died 24 December 1924. They were the parents of eight children, with six living in 1900.
  2. Susan Elizabeth, born 13 January 1855; died 14 September 1914, Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana; married James Paul Veller, 26 July 1884. He was born 1832, France; died 1910, Ohio County, Kentucky. They were the parents of six children, with five living in 1900.
  3. James Berry, born 23 February 1857; died 1 January 1925; married (1) Bettie Roland, 21 May 1877 (2) Clara Fannie Vaden, 9 September 1907, Smith County, Tennessee. She was born 1890.  James had seven children, with four living in 1900 with Bettie and two more children with Fannie.
  4. Nancy, born 1859; died between 1860-1870; no further record
  5. Sarah Jane, born 18 July 1861; died 6 August 1948; married John Vincent, 24 December 1879. He was born 1854; died 1943. They were the parents of thirteen children, with eight living in 1910.
  6. Mary Ellen, born 17 January 1866; died 18 October 1948, Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana; married (1) James Monroe Bowling, 26 December 1888 (2) James W. Kellams, 29 March 1924, Vigo County, Indiana. She is buried in Ohio County, Kentucky. It is unknown whether she had any children, as she isn’t found in 1900, 1910 or 1920.
  7. William Thomas, born 6 August 1868; died 23 January 1934; married (1) C.A. Duvall, 2 August 1888 (2) Safrona Catherine Barrentine, c1890. She was born 1874; died 1939. they were the parents of two children.
  8. Alfred Jackson, born 30 May 1872; died 25 January 1925; married Mona Jane Cooper, 17 October 1893. They were the parents of seven children, with four living in 1920.

Martin D. Miller and Jane Forehand are a continuing mystery. Although they married in 1863, and Martin D. was named as a court security in October 1868, neither is found in 1870. There might be a clue, though, as Mary A. Lewis, Martin’s sister who married Meredith Lewis, is found in 1880 at home with a couple of her own children, in addition to William Miller, her 11 year old nephew, who was born in Illinois. The only choices for William’s father would be Martin or the unknown son of Henry and Susannah, born c1823. Unfortunately, neither Martin nor Jane or William can be found with any certainty in 1870.

Child: (Miller)

  1. Possibly William, born c1869, Illinois, who lived with his aunt, Mary Lewis, in Muhlenberg County in 1880.

Susannah and Andrew M. Lewis were the parents of nine children.

Children: (Lewis)

  1. Mary E., born 1855; died after 1850. She is NOT the Eliza Lewis who married William Redman. That was her cousin, daughter of John and Eva Lewis.
  2. John W., born 16 January 1857; died 30 January 1920, Daviess County, Kentucky; married (1) Martha Devine, c1882 (2) Jennie Bell Rager, c1889. Jennie was born 1872; died 1918. JOhn had one child with Martha and one with Jennie.
  3. Margaret J., born November 1858; died after 1920 census when several children and her mother, Susan, lived in the home; married Jesse Snodgrass, 23 February 1880. He was born 1846; died 1903. They were parents of nine children, all living in 1900 and of ten children, but one who had died by 1910.
  4. Sarah (possibly Sarah Louisa), born 11 April 1862; died 7 November 1935; married (1) James E. Williams (2) Samuel Anderson. She had seven children with James, but four living in 1900 and nine children by 1910, with five living. She had no known children with Samuel Anderson.
  5. Susan Emiline, born 6 February 1866; died 8 August 1940; married John Francis Smith, 5 July 1888. He was born 1857, England; died 1920. By 1910, they were the parents of seven children, with six living.
  6. Martha F., born 1869; died before 1900; married Thomas Hall, 4 October 1891. Thomas and sons Albert and Andrew H. boarded with John W. Lewis’s extended family.
  7. William Dayton, born 1874; died after 1920 census; married (1) Rosie Rager, 29 April 1895 (2) Priscilla Belle Combs, c1909. Belle died 5 September 1916, aged 30 years. In 1920, he was enumerated as widowed. He had three children with Rosie. Whether he had any with Belle can’t be determined.
  8. Pearl M., born May 1880; perhaps died soon after marriage; married J.V. Thomas, 21 January 1900. He was born 1880; died 1920; married (2) Daughter of Jessie Snodgrass and Maggie Lewis. She died of childbirth in 1910, only identified as Mrs. J. V. Thomas, born December 1880.

Mary Eva and John W. Lewis were the parents of three children. Both John and Eva died in the 1860s and the girls were raised by Andrew and Susan Lewis, as they lived with their family in 1870 and 1880.

Children: (Lewis)

  1. Eliza E., born 1858; died after 1880
  2. Mary B., born 1862; died after 1880
  3. Susan M., born 1865; died after 1880

If you are descended from any of the children of Henry and Susannah Miller, I would LOVE to make contact with you. Please leave a comment. 🙂

Henry Miller: The Next Generation

Yesterday, we reviewed a myriad of conflicting and/or missing records for Henry Miller, who settled in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky by 1840.

Henry, and presumably Susannah, who was likely the mother of his children, at least those born after 1820, didn’t leave much more of a crumb trail to the lives after 1850.

Let’s look first at 1850 when the Henry Miller family was in Subdivision 2 of Muhlenberg County, Kentucky:


Source: Ancestry

Henry, 62, Farmer, $170, born VA
Susanna, 56, born VA
Emiline, 19, born KY
Martin D., 17, born KY
Adaline, 19, born KY
Susanna, 14, born KY
Mary E., 12, born KY

It is also noted in 1850 that Martin D. and Adaline were married within the year. That appears to be a mistake – Martin wasn’t married, but Adaline did marry William Berry Doss on 9 September 1850. I have to wonder if Adaline was simply at her parents’ home when the census taker came around. I can imagine a scenario where the enumerator listed Henry, Susanna, Emiline and Martin when Adaline came walking in, accounting for her out-of-birth order appearance and, as an excited newlywed of 8 days, chimed in – YES, I just got married last week – and then the enumerator assumed Martin was the groom and finally added the two younger girls.

Now, let’s look at the 1860 census, the last for which Henry and Susan were living:


Source: Ancestry

Henry, 72, Farmer, $300, born MD
Susanah, 64, domestic, born MD
Emiline, 27, domestic, born MD
Martin, 24, stone mason, born MD

While the ages of Henry and Susanah look good, Emiline has aged but 8 years in a decade and Martin only 7 years in the same time span. Also, note that now it is reported that everyone in the home was born in Maryland!

Who were the children of Henry (and possibly Susanna MNU) Miller?

To determine Henry’s children, we need to combine those in the 1830 home with those in 1850. Since the children didn’t seem to marry at a very young age, those at home in 1850 do a great job filling in those born through the 1830s.

I’ve adjusted the age brackets from 1830 and assigned some tentative years, given that Henry had mostly daughters.

Children:

  1. Female, born 1811-1815, aged 15-19
  2. Catherine, born c1821, Tennessee; died after 1870, probably Muhlenberg County, Kentucky; married Nathan Harper, 13 September 1842, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. He was born c1800, North Carolina; died between 1850-1860, probably Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.
  3. Male, born c1823
  4. Mary A., born January 1825, Tennessee or Kentucky, per census reports; died after 1900, probably Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, where she was living with her son, Henry; married Meredith Lewis as his second wife, 26 January 1846, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. He was born c1806, Virginia; died between 1860-1870.
  5. Female, born c1827
  6. Female, born c1829
  7. Emiline, born c1831, Tennessee or Kentucky, per census reports; died between 1880-1900; married George A. Boothe, 8 August 1865, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. He was born c1837, Pennsylvania; died after 1900, probably Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.
  8. Adaline, born c1831, Tennessee; died 22 March 1888, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky; married William Berry Doss, 9 September 1850, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky
  9. Martin D., born c1833, probably Warren County, Tennessee; died after 19 October 1868, when he was the security in the administration of his sister Mary Eva Lewis’s estate; married Jane Forehand, 12 July 1863, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Martin gave his place of birth in his marriage record.
  10. Susannah, born January 1835, probably Warren County, Tennessee; died 1910, when she was living with her son, family, and 1920, probably in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky; married Andrew M. Lewis, 18 February 1854, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. He was born 18 January 1825; died 17 May 1900, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, based on gravestone dates.
  11. Mary Eva, born c1838, possibly Kentucky; died before 19 October 1868, when administration of her estate began, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky; married John W. Lewis, 24 December 1857, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. He was born c1837; died between 1860 and 1870.

Who were the unknown children of Henry found in the 1830 census?

The daughter born c1825 was certainly Mary A. Miller, who married Meredith Lewis in 1846. Andrew M. and John W. Lewis were sons of Meredith and married Mary A.’s younger sisters, Susan and Eva, as they were known.

Also, Catherine who married Nathan Harper in 1842 was most likely a daughter of Henry and Susannah. She had children named Henry and Susan and lived only three doors away from her proposed parents.

A look at the Muhlenberg County marriage records hasn’t shed much light on the mystery. There are a number of Miller marriages between 1838-1850, which is the likely time frame in which his children would have married. Because I’ve extensively researched Millers in the county because of Martin Miller, Henry’s brother, and my husband’s ancestor, I recognized a number of the married couples.

There are no unaccounted for grooms who might be the male born in the 1820s. Without even a given name, it will be very difficult to find him, assuming he lived to marry. It’s also possible that he married outside Muhlenberg County.

As for the brides, there are only two left who I haven’t been able to connect to birth families, but I have :

Susan Miller married William Moore, 5 December 1838, by Rev. Worthington

Harriet R. Miller married Edward R. Weir, 21 September 1838, Rev. George McAfee

I would tend to discount Susan who married William Moore, simply because Henry and Susannah had Susannah living at home in 1850.

As for Harriet, she seems to have ties to Millers in Hopkins County, Kentucky, so I don’t think she is a child of Henry and Susannah.

That leaves one possible son, two possible daughters and perhaps a third daughter unaccounted for.

I wish Henry or Susannah had left a will or had an estate distribution!

On Saturday, we will review the grandchildren, as I am hoping to connect with some new distant cousins.