Sunday, September 27, 2009

Hamilton County, Indiana resource

There is a somewhat hidden resource for Hamilton County, Indiana researchers that the Health Department has placed online. You can now search for death records of your Hamilton County ancestors and relatives.

The site is located here, somewhat hidden by the fact that the link is located not at Vital Records, but tucked away under Online Food Inspection Reports! Click on the Vital Records link from this page, and begin searching away.

According to their website, "The Hamilton County Health Department maintains electronic vital records from approximately 19xx to 2006. The Health Department database does not include all Hamilton County Death Records."

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Borror / Boyer line: Virginia to Warrick County, Indiana

Jacob BORROR / BOYER was born circa 1763 in Moorefield, Hardy County, Virginia (now West Virginia), the son of Jacob BORROR. Jacob was Corinne's maternal 6th-great grandfather. Much of the information that I have on this line comes from correspondence I received back in 1992 from Jean Thurston of Stratham, NM. Unfortunately, I have not done much additional research.

Jacob married Magdalene STRADER, daughter of Revolutionary War soldier Christopher STRADER, circa 1788 in Virginia. Magdalene was born August 26, 1767 in Hampshire County, Virginia.

Jacob died on June 2, 1804 at North Mill Creek, Hardy County, Virginia. Magdalene and their children migrated to Jackson Township, Franklin County, Ohio during the period of 1809-1811. Magdalene died there on September 15, 1838.

Known children of Jacob and Magdalene: Martin, Christina, Jacob, Solomon, Isaac, Myomi Anna & Absolom.

Martin BOYER, the oldest son, was Corinne's ancestor. He was born circa 1783 Hardy County, Virginia and married August 26, 1816 in Franklin County, Ohio to Anna BENNETT. Anna may have been the daughter of Joseph BENNETT. Anna was born January 1795 in Hardy County, Virginia.

Martin and & Anna's family migrated to Warrick County, Indiana circa 1838. Martin died in Boonville, Warrick County, Indiana in August of 1852. Anna died May 15, 1875 in Warrick County.

Known children of Martin & Anna: Edward, Christopher C., Isaac B., Christina, Elizabeth Ann, Amos, Sarah Jane, William Martin, Lavinia, Samuel & Joseph.

There is so much research needed on this line in order to flesh it out I'm not sure where to start. The Revolutionary War angle with Christopher STRADER is interesting, but I really need to dig into the census records to verify the names and tighten up some of the birthdates, etc. These BOYERS ended up scattered throughout the Warrick and Vanderburgh County, Indiana areas.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Jacob Borror / Boyer (1763-1804)

Jacob BORROR / BOYER (1763-1804) is Corinne's maternal 6th-great grandfather. He was born circa 1763 in Hardy County, Virginia (now West Virginia), purportedly the son of another Jacob Borror. The family surname became Boyer by the time they came into Warrick and Vanderburgh Cos., Indiana.

Jacob is believed to have married circa 1788 to Magdalene STRADER (1767-1838), the daughter of Revolutionary War soldier, Christopher STRADER. Magdalene was born August 26, 1767 in Hampshire County, Virginia and died September 15, 1838 in Jackson Township, Franklin County, Ohio. Magdalene is purported to be buried in the Scioto Cemetery at Borrors Corners near Columbus, Ohio.

Jacob died June 2, 1804 in North Mill Creek, Hardy County, Virginia. One source states that he is buried in the Strader Cemetery, near Austin, Ross County, Ohio. Surely they didn't re-inter his body! Three of Jacob's sons, Martin, Jacob and Solomon moved to Franklin County, Ohio in 1809 and Jacob's widow, Magdalene, followed in 1811. They may have settled on bounty land from Magdalene's father's service during the Revolutionary War.

Most of this information remains unverified and comes from a single source - a family group sheet received back in 1992.

Known children of Jacob and Magdalene (Strader) Borror/Boyer are as follows:
i. Martin Boyer b. ca. 1793 Hardy Co., Virginia; d. August 1852 Boonville, Warrick County, Indiana; m. Anna BENNETT.
ii. Christina Boyer m. Patterson MORRIS
iii. Jacob Boyer m. Catherine CONROOD
iv. Solomon Boyer m. Catherine CLARK
v. Isaac Boyer m. Olive BABCOCK
vi. Myomi/Anna Boyer
vii. Absolom Boyer m. ______ SEEDS

Failure to Document: Where was that source?

I received an email from a someone who found my research at WorldConnect and wanted to know about my source for the marriage of Sherman Green to Almeda Boyer. Their son Ivor Green was this researcher's ancestor.

When I began to look into my database, I noticed that this was information that was unsourced in my database. Another reminder that I need to cite each and every source as I place it in the database and not try to rely on later memory. In this particular case, I was able to locate files of correspondence with another researcher that I could email my new contact. I will be working to update this information and place it in the files.

I was also able to do a quick search of the census in Heritage Quest and locate this researcher's family. I discovered that their names were listed in the census as William Sherman Green and Vina A. Green.

I still had the original letter that I received from back in 1992 regarding the Boyer line that I can send as well. Hopefully, this information will allow the researcher to continue the search.

This Boyer line is one of Corinne's lines and the name appears to have originally been spelled as Borror. By the time the family was in Warrick and Vanderburgh Cos., Indiana they had been using the Boyer spelling.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Parish of Logie (County of Stirling) (Statistical Account of Scotland 1791-1799)

A purported distant relative, Rev. James WRIGHT (1721-1800) is supposed to have written a history of the parish where he served in Logie, Scotland, entitled: Parish of Logie (County of Stirling) (Statistical Account of Scotland 1791-1799). I would love to find a copy of this work to see what, if any, mention of the Wright family history might be contained.

I have been unable to locate a copy on Google books, but I did find mention of it at the GENUKI site (

I believe James WRIGHT is the brother of my ancestor, Robert WRIGHT (1688-1749). The Wrights were from the Logie area of Scotland before Robert's son, John, came to America sometime before 1753 when he was married in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

I have found some other mentions of this particular James WRIGHT in other books preserved at Google books, he seems to have been involved in some church controversies at that time.