Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hannah Lemasters household, 1850 U.S. census, Shelby County, Ohio

1850 U.S. census, Shelby County, Ohio, population schedule, Salem Township, page 316, dwelling 161, family 161; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 17 Nov 2014)

Realized I didn't have the 1850 census sourced in my database for widow Hannah Lemasters (b. 1810 PA), widow of Lemuel Quin Lemasters.  Hannah was living in Salem Township, Shelby County, Ohio.

The value of Hannah's real estate was listed as $600.  She was listed as age 40, born in Pennsylvania.  Others in the household include Hannah W, age 16, Marthy, age 13, Eliza, age 11, and Jacob, age 10, all born in Ohio.  Also in the household is 4 year old Sarah E. Reed, born in Ohio.

The names line up with the children of Lemuel and Hannah, though Eliza I have in my data as Elgiva.  The 4 year old Sarah Reed is the daughter of Jesse Reed and Phebe Ann Lemasters (1818-1849).  Why she is not living with her father, I do not yet know.  He is living in the next household, along with a 7 year old Lewis Reed (a brother?) in the John and Elizabeth Lorton household.  Will need to do some more digging in the court records there.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Petition of Rueben Claton, Shelby County, Ohio, 1853



While searching at the Allen County Public Library's Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne on Sunday, I started digging into some of the published books on the stacks relating to Shelby County, Ohio.  I was looking for some more evidence to confirm my theories about what happened to the widow Hannah Lemasters, widow of Lemuel Quin Lemasters.

In the book, "Complete Record of Land Sales : Probate Court - Shelby County, Ohio, 1852-1862" compiled by Gladys Dearduff and published in 1997 by the Shelby County Genealogical Society, I located the following :


1853 Nov 5 LIMUEL Q. LEMASTER estate.  Petition by Rueben CLATON, grdn of minor heirs: Martha, Eljwah & Jacob LEMASTER. Dower rights to Hannah CLATON.  Apprs: Abraham STOUT, Jesse LOW & Peter SHEPLEY.  Land : part of S 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec 33 T2 R73 (ca 40 acres) ; sold 16 Feb 1854 to Wm. HOBBY.
Though I need to dig into the actual probate records (which are online at FamilySearch), this snippet tells my that the Hannah Lemasters whose marriage I located in Shelby County to Ruben Claton on June 1, 1851 was the widow of Lemuel Quin Lemasters.  This land sale record was protecting her dower rights (rights she brought into the marriage) and names the minor children of Hannah & Lemuel, even if they did mangle the spellings.  The children were Martha, Elgiva and Jacob.

I'm so used to alternative spellings for Lemaster/Lemasters and now I'm pretty sure that Claton is an alternative spelling for Clayton.

The book was located in the stacks with a call letter of Gc 977.101 Sh4sL



Monday, November 17, 2014

Marriage Record: Hannah Lemasters to Ruben Claton, Shelby County, Ohio, 1851

"Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1997," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XZZQ-85C : accessed 17 Nov 2014), Ruben Claton and Hannah Lemasters, 01 Jun 1851; citing Shelby, Ohio, United States, reference vo13 p261 No3; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 562858.

The State of Ohio, Shelby County, S.S.

I certify that I have this day solemnized the marriage of Ruben Claton with Hannah Lemasters.

Witness my hand this 1 day of June A.D. 1851.

V. Guerin, Minister.

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Located this marriage record of Hannah Lemasters and Ruben Claton (Clayton?) on June 1, 1851 in Shelby County, Ohio.  This was one of the various Lemaster marriage records found in the county on FamilySearch.

I believe that this Hannah is the widow of Lemuel Quin Lemasters, who died in June 1843 in Shelby County.  Lemuel was the son of Jacob and Hannah (---) Lemasters.  I believe Ruben's surname is Clayton.  

I've been doing some digging in probate records in Shelby County, and am pretty sure that this is Lemuel's widow based on the records I've found.  More to come.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Surname Saturday : Bennett

The BENNETT surname is in my maternal line.  The origins of the surname are English.  There is much to learn about this line.

Stories and history : 

Ahnentafel # 1669 : Mary Bennett (1675-aft1718).  Mary was born December 10, 1675 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.  She married before 1697 to John Field (1673-1718).  John was born December 8, 1673 in Deerfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts and died February 17, 1718 in Coventry, Windham County, Connecticut.  They raised a family of 6 children in Deerfield.  They were victims of the Indian attack at Deerfield in 1704, where Mary and their daughter Mary and son John were taken captive, while ten month old daughter Sarah was murdered.  Mary was later ransomed back, she was living at the time of John's will.

Ahnentafel # 3338 : James Bennett (1652-1675). James was born February 14, 1652 in Tenterden, Kent, England.  He married February 16, 1675 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts to Mary Broughton (1654-1689).  Mary was born February 18, 1654 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts and died August 2, 1689 in Deerfield, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.  James died May 19, 1676 at Northapmton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts in a fight with the Indians.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Lemaster Marriage Records, Shelby County, Ohio

After locating the information about the marriage Newman Smith and Martha Lemaster in Shelby County, Ohio, I searched the FamilySearch database to see if there might be other marriage records in the county for my relatives. 

Because the surname is sometimes spelled with an 'a' or with an extra 's' at the end, I did a wildcard search for L*master* marriages in Shelby County, Ohio, and this is what I found in the indices of their databases:

S.S. Leymaster married Sarah E. Mills on 4 October 1877.

Martha Lemaster married Newman H. Smith on 25 August 1861.

Lemuel Lemasters married Hannah Allbright on 24 May 1832.

Hannah Lemaster married Joel Brandenburg on 5 June 1853.

Luman W. Lemasters married Nancy Young on 19 January 1832.

Martha Lamaster married Newman H. Smith on 25 August 1861.

Hannah Limasters married Joel Brandenburg on 5 June 1853.

S.S Leymaster married Sarah E. Mills on 4 October 1877.

Roscoe Leymaster married Harriet J. Hetzler on 4 October 1900.

Hannah Lemasters married Ruben Claton on 1 June 1851.

Elvira Lemasters married Lewis Clayton on 6 March 1855.

Jane Lemasters married Thomas Mcvay on 15 March 1831.

Luman W. Lemaster married Nancy Young on 19 January 1832.

Martha Lamaster married Newman H. Smith on 25 August 1861.


Some of these are obviously the same marriage record, though in separate databases and in some cases, indexed with different spellings of the surname.

Know relatives in this mix are my 3rd-great grandparents, Luman W. Lemasters and Nancy Young.   The Lemuel Lemasters who married Hannah Albright is Luman's brother, and the Jane who married Thomas McVay is a sister.

I have some theories as to the identities of the others in the county I will be exploring in future posts.


Saturday, November 08, 2014

Surname Saturday : Beeson

The BEESON surname is in my maternal line.  The origins of the surname are English, and this particularly line was Quaker.

Stories and history :

Ahnentafel # 955 : Charity Beeson (c1715-1809).  Charity was born circa 1715, probably in Chester County, Pennsylvania.  She married Mordecai Mendenhall (c1713-1803).  Mordecai was born circa 1713 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and his death was recorded 11th month, 3rd day, 1803 at Springfield MM, North Carolina.  They were the parents of ten children.  Charity died September 20, 1809 in Guilford County, North Carolina.

Ahnentafel # 1910 : Richard Beeson (1684-1777).  Richard was born October 1684 in New Castle County, Delaware.  He married Charity Grubb (1687-1761) on 10th month, 24th day, 1706 at West Nottingham MM, Pennsylvania and her death was recorded 11th month, 22nd day, 1761 at Centre MM, North Carolina. Charity was born September 29, 1687 in New Castle County, Delaware.  They raised ten children in Chester County, Pennsylvania, Frederick County, Virginia and Guilford County, North Carolina.  Richard death was recorded 1st month, 1st day, 1777 at Centre MM, North Carolina.

Ahnentafel # 3820 : Edward Beeson (1660-1712).  Edward was born in 1660 in Thrussington, Leichestershire, England.  He married Rachel Pennington (1662-1710) on November 7, 1682 at St. Margaret's Church, London, England.  Rachel was born November 11, 1662 in Lancashire, England and died in 1710 in New Castle, Chester County, Pennsylvania.  They were the parents of at least five children.  Edward died on October 20, 1712 in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Newman Smith and Martha Lemaster, Shelby County, Ohio, 1861

Received an exciting email this week from a potential cousin on my LeMaster side who wrote:


my 2xggfather's brother Newman Smith wife was Martha J. Lemaster, they married in Shelby county Ohio on August 25, 1861. He was also known as Rev Smith a minister of the Methodist church of Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. I think she is the daughter of Luman Walker Lemasters (1808 - 1888) (also a minister of the Methodist church )and   Nancy Young Lemasters (1812 - 1904).  Can you please confirm this?

It is always exciting to make possible new connections, and I don't usually find them on my surname that are close.  Luman Walker Lemasters and Nancy Young Lemasters are my paternal 3rd great grandparents.  As they were married in Shelby County, Ohio and lived there until the mid-1850s, any other Lemaster in that vicinity has a good chance of being a close relative.

I was not aware of the marriage record of Newman Smith and Martha J. Lemaster in Shelby County, Ohio.  A quick search of Familysearch located the record:


"Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1997," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XDPP-FQJ : accessed 06 Nov 2014), Newman H Smith and Martha Lamaster, 25 Aug 1861; citing Shelby, Ohio, United States, reference volume 4 page 184; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 562859.

I quickly wrote him back and let him know that I did not think that the connection came through Luman Walker Lemasters and Nancy Young, as their daughter Martha was born too late to be the one who married in 1861.  Their Martha J. was born circa 1851 and married in 1872 in Jay County, Indiana to William Loofborrow.

That Newman was a Methodist minister is interesting, as that was the occupation of Luman Walker Lemasters and other members of the extended family.  They were closely associated with the Methodist church.

However, where I think there might be a connection is through Luman's brother, Lemuel Quin Lemasters (1811/2-1843) and Hannah Albright.  Lemuel died young, but he did have one son and three daughters.  One of those daughters was named Martha, who was born circa 1837.  She would be the right age to be the one who married Newman Smith in 1861.

I checked out Newman Smith's FindAGrave memorial and noticed that he had a son named Perry Quin Smith and that Perry named his son Lemuel.  Circumstantial evidence, I know, but the use of the uncommon names may indicate a connection.

I need to dig into the records in Shelby County, Ohio and see what I can find on Lemuel's family after his early death.  I believe at one time I requested his estate records, but I haven't sourced them into my database.

I'm waiting with fingers crossed to see if this potential cousin responds with more information and whether or not I'll be able to add more cousins to the tree.  I wonder if he has done any DNA testing?