|Shelby County Ohio Will Abstracts Book 2 1869-1881, Shelby County Genealogical Society, Sidney, Ohio, 1999|
page 24 LEWIS BLAND 9 Apr 1866 21 Apr 1870 (A-1872)
Of Jackson Tp. Mentions wife (not named); son Geo. W. BLAND; dau Jane CLATON; the heirs of son Rolla BLAND; step sons Wm. F. & David SMITH. Wit. William A. JONES John N.W. KIRTLEYLocated this will abstract of Lewis Bland while at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne recently. Lewis was the husband of Martha Lemasters (1799-1844), who was the daughter of Jacob and Hannah (____) Lemasters, making Lewis my paternal 3rd-great granduncle.
The will was dated April 9, 1866 and probated April 21, 1870. I don't have an exact date of death for Lewis, but it must have been before April 21.
The naming of at least three children George W., Jane and Rolla will give me more potential relatives to search. I've not looked into the Bland family to trace the line forward. They might have more information on my early Lemasters. Apparently Lewis did remarry after Martha's death. My sources say Lewis was born in 1799 in Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky. He is buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Jackson Center, Shelby County, Ohio.
Notice that the Claton surname comes back up again, this Jane (Bland) Claton might have been married to a member of the Claton family who married into the Lemasters as well.
I will be looking online at FamilySearch for the original records to see what else I can find about this probate file.