William C Crawford

Have you ever had cause to go back thru your research to make sure the father/son relationship is accurate? Well, that’s my situation with Nelson G. Crawford’s son William. Since a descendant of William recently completed a yDNA test, I find that I want to verify the lineage. Unfortunately, Nelson’s son, William, died before the birth of his son. Thus, records proving the relationship are difficult to find.

Below is the information I have on William, his wife, Mary and their son, William.

William C. Crawford was born on 28 Nov 1835 in Warren County, Indiana.[i]

William C Crawford was the son of Nelson G. Crawford and Martha Smith.[ii]

He lived in Washington Township, Warren County, Indiana on 1 Jul 1850.[iii]

William C Crawford was listed in the household of Nelson G Crawford on the 1850 census. According to the census, William was 14 years old and born in Indiana.

He lived in Liberty Township, Warren, Indiana, United States on 1 Jul 1860.[iv]

William C Crawford was listed as a 24 year old farmer born in IN with $2000 in real estate. His household included Mary E. Crawford, aged 24 and Ephraim Bremer, as 23 year old farm laborer.

William died on 6 Nov 1860 at the age of 24 in Warren County, Indiana.1

He was buried after 6 Nov 1860 at West Lebanon Cemetery in West Lebanon, Indiana.1

He had his estate probated on 16 Nov 1860 in Warren, Indiana, United States.[v]

William C. Crawford and Mary E. Bell were married on 26 Dec 1858 in Warren County, Indiana.[vi], [vii], [viii], [ix]

Mary E. Bell, daughter of Thomas Bell and Melissa Newell, was born on 8 Oct 1835.

She lived in Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana in 1850.[x]

She lived in Liberty Township, Warren, Indiana, United States on 1 Jul 1860.[xi]

Mary witnessed the probate of William C. Crawford on 16 Nov 1860 in Warren, Indiana, United States.5

She lived in Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana on 1 Aug 1870.[xii]

She died on 3 Jun 1880 at the age of 44 in Warren County, Indiana.[xiii], [xiv]

Mary was buried after 3 Jun 1880 at West Lebanon Cemetery in West Lebanon, Indiana.13, 14

William C. Crawford and Mary E. Bell had the following child:

11. William Clay Crawford was born on 30 Jan 1861 in West Lebanon, Indiana.[xv], [xvi]

He lived in Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana on 1 Aug 1870.[xvii]

On 24 Jul 1885, he was the proprietor of Brashear Lumber yard in Brashear, Adair, Missouri, United States.[xviii]

William lived in Brashear, Adair, Missouri, United States in 1887.[xix]

He lived in Aspen, Pitkin, Colorado, United States.

Between 1890 and 1929 he was an ore shipper’s agent for A. V. Smelter in Colorado, United States.16

William lived in Leadville, Lake, Colorado, United States in 1890.16

He lived in Pueblo, Pueblo, Colorado, United States between 1893 and 1908.16

About 1893–1925 he was Inspector for the united States government looking after ore shipped here from Canada and other places  in Colorado, United States.20

William lived in Pueblo, Pueblo, Colorado, United States in 1893.16

He lived at Precinct 17 in Pueblo, Pueblo, Colorado, United States on 1 Jun 1900.[xx]

In 1907, he received a letter from his uncle, James H. Crawford, about the family history.16

William lived at Precinct 2 in Pueblo, Pueblo, Colorado, United States on 15 Apr 1910.[xxi]

He lived in Leadville, Lake, Colorado, United States on 8 Jan 1920.[xxii]

Before 1925 he was a director American National Bank of Leadville in Leadville, Lake, Colorado, United States.16

In 1925 William was director Carbonate American National Bank after merger between American National Bank and Carbanate National Bank in Leadville, Lake, Colorado, United States.16

Before 1929, he was a member in Leadville, Lake, Colorado, United States.16

Before 1929, he was a member in Leadville, Lake, Colorado, United States.16

Before 1929, William was a member in Leadville, Lake, Colorado, United States.16

He died on 15 Apr 1929 at the age of 68 at 133 East 8th St. in Leadville, Lake, Colorado, United States.15, 16

He was buried at Mountain View Cemetery in Longmont, Boulder, Colorado, United States.15, 16

William Clay Crawford and Anna Elizabeth Paul were married on 4 May 1886 in Brashear, Adair, Missouri, United States.[xxiii], 16, [xxiv]

Anna Elizabeth Paul was born in Jun 1865 in Illinois.20

She lived in Precinct 17 in Pueblo, Pueblo, Colorado, United States on 1 Jun 1900. 20

She lived in Precinct 2 in Pueblo, Pueblo, Colorado, United States on 15 Apr 1910.21

Anna lived in Leadville, Lake, Colorado, United States on 8 Jan 1920.22

She died on 5 Sep 1935 at the age of 70 in Leadville, Lake, Colorado, United States.[xxv], [xxvi]

She was buried at Mountain View Cemetery in Longmont, Boulder, Colorado, United States.25, 26


[i] Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 26 November 2022), memorial for William C Crawford (1835-1860), Find a Grave Memorial no. 237818353, created by Shirley Benham, citing West Lebanon Cemetery, West Lebanon, Warren County, Indiana; accompanying photograph by Shirley Benham, William C Crawford.

[ii] Warren County Historical Society (Warren County Ind.), Combined Atlas of Warren County, Indiana: illustrated 1877 (Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publishers, 2001), page 27 – Biographical sketches, Nelson G. Crawford.

[iii] 850, Warren County Indiana, Population Schedule, Washington Township, Warren County, Indiana, page 177 Image 6 of 13, household 41, Nelson G Crawford; digital image, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication M432.

[iv] 1860 U.S. Census, Warren County, Indiana, population schedule, Liberty Township, Warren County, Indiana, page 25 Image 10 of 27, household 179, William C Crawford; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication M653.

[v] Warren County, Indiana, Probate Case Files, Probate File 35 William C Crawford (November 1860), William C. Crawford, 16 November 1860; Warren County (IN) Courthouse, Williamsport, Indiana.

[vi] “Indiana, Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017), William C. Crawford – Mary E Bell.

[vii] “Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992,” database, MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com : viewed online April 2017), Mary E Bell – William C Crawford.

[viii] U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 database, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7836/). Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 : viewed online 27 November 2022.

[ix] “Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941,” Ancestry.com, (www.ancestry.com : County Court Records at Williamsport, IN, Warren County, Indiana, viewed online (28 January 2020), Mary E Bell.

[x] 1850, Warren County Indiana, Population Schedule, Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana, page 6 Image 9 of 14, family 58, James Bell; digital image, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 27 November 2022); NARA microfilm publication M432.

[xi] 1860 U.S. Census, Warren County, Indiana, population schedule, Liberty Township, Warren County, Indiana, page 25 Image 10 of 27, household 179, William C Crawford; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication M653.

[xii] 1870 U.S. Census, Warren County, Indiana, population schedule, Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana, page 34 Image 2 of 25, household 266, Crawford Mary E; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online February 2018); NARA microfilm publication T132.

[xiii] Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 18 October 2021), memorial for Mary E Crawford (? – 1880), Find a Grave Memorial no. #1971679950, created by Shirley Benham, citing West Lebanon Cemetery, West Lebanon, Warren County, Indiana; accompanying photograph by Shirley Benham, Mary E Crawford.

[xiv] Jenkins, Rosella Rasmussen, editor, Warren County Cemeteries Volume 2 (Pine Village, Indiana: Rosella Jenkins, 1985)

[xv] Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online April 2017), memorial for William C. Crawford (1861-1929), Find a Grave Memorial no. #60879591, created by Longmont Genealogical Society, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Longmont, Boulder County, Colorado; accompanying photograph by MKL, William C. Crawford.

[xvi] “Death Took Good Citizen,” obituary of W. C. Crawford, newspaper clipping, from Herald Democrat (Leadville, Colorado) 16 April 1929; Crawford Family Papers, photocopy from James Paul Crawford; privately held 2022 by owner, Marcia Philbrick, Seneca, KS 66538.

[xvii] 1870 U.S. Census, Warren County, Indiana, population schedule, Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana, page 34 Image 2 of 25, household 272, James Bell; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online November 2017); NARA microfilm publication T132.

[xviii] “Lumber,” Kirksville Graphic (Kirksville, MO), 24 July 1885, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 29 November 2022).

[xix] “Local News,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 15 December 1887, page 5; Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online November 2019).

[xx] 1900 U.S. Census, Pueblo County, Colorado, population schedule, Precinct 17, Pueblo, Pueblo County, Colorado, ED 101, sheet 1B Image 2 of 46, household 17, Crawford William C; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017).

[xxi] 1910 U.S. Census, Pueblo County Colorado, population schedule, precinct 2, Pueblo City, Pueblo County, ED 167, Sheet 1A Image 1 of 35, household 11, Wm C Crawford; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestr.com : viewed online March 2017); NARA microfilm publication T624.

[xxii] 1920 U.S. Census, Lake County, Colorado, population schedule, 4th Precinct, Leadville, Lake County, Colorado, ED 75, sheet 1B Image 2 of 9, household 13, William C. Crawford; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017).

[xxiii] Missouri, Missouri, Marriage Records, 1805-2002, William C Crawford – Anna E Paul, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed online April 2017).

[xxiv] “Married,” Kirksville Graphic (Kirksville, MO), 7 May 1886, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 29 November 2022).

[xxv] Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online April 2017), memorial for Anna E. Paul Crawford (1864-1935), Find a Grave Memorial no. #60879564, created by Longmont Genealogical Society, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Longmont, Boulder County, Colorado; accompanying photograph by MKL, Anna E. Paul Crawford.

[xxvi] “Anna E. Crawford Dies at Leadville,” Longmont Times (Longmont, CO), 6 September 1935, page 1; digital images, Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection (coloradohistoricnewspapers.org : viewed online 28 November 2022).

Bell Family

Are you by any chance researching the BELL family? Do you know of anyone searching the BELL family? Or, would you happen to be doing research in Warren County, Indiana? If so, the Bell family is a puzzle!

In December 1858, William C. Crawford married Mary E Bell. In 1860, William and Mary are shown on the census living in Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana.

According to the Find a Grave site, William C. Crawford died on 6 Nov 1860 and is buried in Warren County, Indiana. Family records indicate that William C. Crawford and his wife Mary E. Bell had a son, William Clay Crawford, who was born in January 1861 after his father’s death. The 1870 census supports this relationship since Mary E. Crawford and a 9 year old Wm C Crawford are living in the household of James Bell.

A check of the 1850 census for Warren County, Indiana includes a household for James Bell that includes a child, Mary E. Bell.

This 1850 census record is where the confusion begins. First, it includes two women of an appropriate age to be the wife of James Bell: Mary and Jane. Second, it includes George T. Bell in the household.

There is a George T. Bell of a similar age who married Eliza Foster in 1859. The 1917 death certificate for George Thomas Bell is available on Ancestry. According to this death certificate, George’s father was named Thomas.

Unfortunately, online trees aren’t proving to be much help figuring out these families. Most trees on Ancestry for George T. Bell have his father listed as Thomas (citing the death certificate). However, the tree on FamilySearch has George’s father listed as James (from the census record).

To help locate William Clay Crawford in the 1880 census, I’d like to track down BELL cousins to see if he is living near them. Thus, I need to figure out these families.

Since George T. Bell married Eliza W. Foster, their descendants are my cousins with Eliza’s father, Zebulon Foster being a common ancestor. Thus, I reached out to one of those cousins whom I had previously corresponded with to see if she could help. I knew we were related thru the FOSTER surname, but I did not realize that she descends from Eliza Foster and her husband George T. Bell! This cousin cleared up a lot of my confusion!

George T. Bell is the son of Thomas Bell. Thomas Bell is also the father of Mary E. Bell and James Bell. The three adults in the 1850 census record (James, Mary and Jane) are siblings of Thomas. Thus, the three children, George, Mary and James, are living with their uncle James and aunts Mary and Jane in 1850. This would suggest that Thomas and Melissa died before 1850.

I never would have figured this out without help from my FOSTER cousin!

Friday Find

Do you have file cabinets in your home office? Are they full of paper to support your genealogy research? Unfortunately, I have to admit that I have three file drawers full of paper documents plus two book cases of notebooks full of documents. Shortly after my retirement, I read a blog post by Dick Eastman promoting going paperless with my genealogy research. (See his post, Your Guide to a Paperless Life Today) Since that time, I’ve been trying to convert my paper files to digital.

Today’s Friday Find comes from one of those digital files: the probate record of William C. Crawford [LZLC-BG4] of Warren County, Indiana.

Warren County Indiana
Probate File 35

Estate of William C. Crawford

The State of Indiana
Warren County

I, James H. Crawford swear that I will faithfully
discharge the duties of my trust as Administrator
of the estate of William C Crawford deceased,
according to law, so help me God

James H Crawford

Subscribed and sworn to before me this
23 day of November A.D. 1860
[Henry R Pomeroy] Clerk

State of Indiana, Warren County:
I, Nelson G. Crawford, swear that I am worth
over and above my indebtedness, sixteen hundred
dollars as I believe so help me, God

Nelson G. Crawford

Subscribed and sworn to before me this
16 day of November A.D. 1860
[H R Pomeroy] Clerk

State of Indiana, Warren County:
I, Mary E Crawford swear that I am worth,
over and above my indebtedness three hundred
Dollars, as I believe so help me God

Mary E Crawford

Subscribed and sworn to before me, this
16 day of Nov A.D. 1860
H R Pomeroy Clerk

Know All Men, That we James H Crawford
Nelson G. Crawford and Mary E Crawford
are found, unto the State of Indiana, in the penal sum of
sixteen hundred Dollars
for the payment of which we jointly and severally bind ourselves
our heirs, executors and administrators.
Sealed and dated the 16 day of November A.D. 1860

The condition of the Above Obligation is, that ifs the above bound
James H Crawford shall faithfully discharge
the duties of his [?] as Administrator of
the estate of William C Crawford deceased,
according to law, then the above obligation to be void, else to remain
in full force.

James H Crawford (seal)
Nelson G Crawford (seal)
Mary E Crawford (seal)

[Approved] by me
this 16 day of November A.D. 1860
Henry R Pomeroy Clerk

I Henry R Pomeroy Clerk of the Court of
Common Please for the County of Warren in the State
of Indiana, do hereby certify that administration
of the estate of William C Crawford late of
Warren County, deceased; who died intestate, is granted
to James H Crawford and the said
James H Crawford having qualified and
given bond as such administrator __ is duly author-
ized to take upon himself the administration of such estate
according to law

Witness my hand, and Seal of said Court
this 23 day of November 1860
Henry R Pomeroy Clerk C.C.F.

page 3

James H Crawford adminstrator of the estate
of William C Crawford deceased
made the following account in said estate
To wit

Balance of [niny] my hand as per account [?]

[Judical] Feb 26th 1862 $434.02
since filing the above I have [recorded]
the following sums, to wit

of [Sawer] & Briggs $100.00
of I B Mattis Principal $54.55
Interest $ 5.04
of Steven D Briggs $20.[0]0
Of Absalain Slump $ 560
Of [Sawer] & Briggs July 21st 1826 $100.00
of George Tyler $ 0.80
of N G Crawford principal $28.90
of N G Crawford interest $ 2.81

Total amount received $848.80

I claim [?] for the following
sums paid out to wit
To [Linengood} & [Rood] for [souch] No 16 419.75
To Nelson G. Crawaford for Bonds No 17 $300.00
to [?] paid for taxes per receipt $ 5.53
Total amound paid out $ 825.28

Balance in my hands
of the [times] received as above $ 23.52

I, James Crawford swear that the above
acct current is me & [coscet] so
[says] me
James H Crawford

Subscribed & sworn before me this
11 day Aug 1862

H B Pomeroy LR
Thomas Bryant Dep

page 4

Sale Bill Sold by Sheets & Braden Indianapolis, Ind.

Account of the Sale of the Personal Property
of William C Crawford, deceased, sold by James H Crawford
at the late residence of the decedent. at Public Sale, on the 22 day
of December, 1862

No. as on the Inventory

Name of articles Amt sold for To Whom Sold cash or surety

1one stone churn .30 Harvey Reddick J c Lincoln

11 One kitchen table .15 Alexander Marsh Cash

13 Two smoothing Irons .75 James Abelellen Cash

14 One set of Harness 19.25J oseph McAlister Christian Gunn

17 Two buckets & basket .85 George C Tyler W Lawer

18 Two axes & hatchet 1.15 Joel Briggs Cash

17 One Kettle 3.25 Samuel Mathes Isaac Chrisman

three [twists] of stove pip 1.05 Joel Briggs Cash

22 two piles of Wood 1.65 Harvey Raddick J C Lincoln

21 Scythe and [Snath] .25 David Wands Cash

23 One lot of Chickens 2.40 Henry Cozad Cash

Three hundred ears seed corn 1.05 Nelson G Crawford J C Lincoln

24 Three hundred ears seed corn 1.05 Joseph McAlister C Gunn

Balance of Seed Corn 1.30 Nicholas Barwich Cash

25 one third barrel of Pickels 1.10 Franklin Barwick W Lawer

26 a third barrel of salt .75 Nelson G Crawford J C Lincoln

27 One pan of oil .55 Samuel MathisI saac Chrisman

27 One grey Barrel Box .50 Franklin Barwic W Lawer

28[?] & Scoop Shovel 1.55 Franklin Barwick W Lawer

29 ? 8.25 Joseph McAlister C Gunn

page 5
No. Item Amount To Whom Sold Cash or Surety

31 Lot of Lumber 1.20 [Nathaniel ?] Cash

32 Lard, Can 1.20 Harvey ReddickJ C Lincoln

33 Hey Riggin .80 Nelson G Crawford J C Lincoln

34 Corn Cover and Trace chain .50 Nelson G Crawford J C Lincoln

35 Shovel Plow 3.05 Franklin Barwick W Lawer

36 One Tow horse plow 10.85 Franklin Barwick W Lawer

37 Set of doubletrees 2.72 Abraham Ridner ?

38 One saddle & bridle 8.25 John Mellott Isaac Chrisman

39 One pided heifer 11.30 George C Tyler W Lawer

40 One red spotted cow 23.25 A. R Windso r[?] Briggs

41 one sow and pigs 15.25 Harvey Reddick J C Lincoln

42 Two first choice piggs 12.25 John Griggs S P Briggs

43two second choice piggs6.75John Briggs S P Briggs

44 one white sow 20.50 Nelson G Crawford J C Lincoln

46 five second choice hogs fat 40.55 Abraham [Ridener] [?]

47 one two horse waggon 81.00 Samuel Matties Isaac Chrisman

48 One brown mare 90.00 R. P. Adams [?]

51 two stacks of oats 5.10 Absalom Sharp Adam [Troost]

52 One stack of hey 7.20 George W. Smith J W Smith

53 one stack of hey 6.80 Richard Reddick H. Reddick

54 One stack of hey 2.70 George W. Smith J W Smith

55 one stack of hey 2.90 Benjamin Juda cash

56 one stack of hey 4.10 Martin mcAlister J McAlister

57 one [piece] of corn on north east part of the farm 139.49 Lower and Briggs A. Swisher

58 the south end of farm 122.27 Lower and Briggs A Swisher

Total Amount $672.43

John C Lincoln, Clerk

page 6

I James H Crawford administrator
of the estate of William C Crawford decu8217’d
having volunteered in the military
service of the United States of America
for the term of three years or
during the war hereby resign
all my trusts as administration
of the estate of William C Crawford
deceased [Aug] 11th 1862

James H Crawford

Warren County, Indiana, Probate Case Files, Probate File 35 William C Crawford (November 1860), William C. Crawford, 16 November 1860; Warren County (IN) Courthouse, Williamsport, Indiana.

Zebulon Foster

Zebulon Foster was born on 19 Aug 1808 in Pike, Ohio, United States.16

He lived in Warren County, Indiana about 1830.7

 In 1831, he was granted all lands held by Richard Foster on the waters of the Wabash in Richard Foster’s will.8

Zebulon lived in Warren County, Indiana in 1832.9

He married Caroline Ostrander on 14 Feb 1833 in Pike, Ohio, United States.36,1014

He lived in Washington Township, Warren County, Indiana in 1836.4

He was among first members of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1837 in Warren, Indiana, United States.4

Zebulon lived in Warren County, Indiana in 1840.15

He lived in Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana on 1 Jul 1850.16

He sold to John Stufflebeam land being part of W 1/2 NW 1/4 Section 14 Township 21 N Range 9 West on 8 Jan 1853 in Warren County, Indiana.17

Zebulon was witness of the will of Thomas Johnson on 15 Jul 1853 in Warren, Indiana, United States.18

He sold land to the Lake Erie Wabash and St. Louis Railroad company being a part of the NE 1/4 of Section Number (15) in township in Jan 1854 in Warren County, Indiana.19

He sold to James Howard land being 9 1/2 acres in the SW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of section 14 township 21 North range 9 west on 24 Jan 1854 in Warren County, Indiana.20

Zebulon sold land to George Pence land being part of lot 1 in the West half of the NW 1/4 of Section 14 Township 21 Range 9 on 7 Feb 1854 in Warren County, Indiana.21

He sold land to Francis Wheeler being lot 4 in the NW division to the town of Lebanon on 23 May 1854 in Warren County, Indiana.22

He sold to David Evans land being part of the W 1/2 of the NW 1/4 of section 14 township 21 north of range 9 on 4 Aug 1854 in Warren County, Indiana.23

Zebulon lived in Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana on 1 Jul 1860.24

He was listed on the tax rolls in 1865 in Pike Township, Warren, Indiana, United States.25

He lived in Medina Township, Warren, Indiana, United States on 23 Jun 1870.26

He married Juliet Fleming on 31 Aug 1876 in Warren County, Indiana.5,2728

Zebulon lived in Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana in 1880.29

He was a member of the Republican Party.4

He celebrated his 75th birthday in 1883 in Warren, Indiana, United States.30

Zebulon celebrated his 80th birthday on 19 Aug 1888 in Warren, Indiana, United States.9

He died on 5 Sep 1889 at the age of 81 in Warren County, Indiana.2,3132

He was buried after 5 Sep 1889 at Redwood Cemetery in Warren County, Indiana.2,31

Zebulon Foster and Caroline Ostrander were married on 14 Feb 1833 in Pike, Ohio, United States.36,1014

Caroline Ostrander, daughter of Edward Ostrander and Margaret Forbes, was born on 23 Mar 1814 in Ross, Ohio, United States.13,3334

She lived in Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana on 1 Jul 1850.16

She lived in Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana on 1 Jul 1860.35

Caroline lived in Medina Township, Warren, Indiana, United States on 23 Jun 1870.36

She died on 3 Jun 1871 at the age of 57 in Warren County, Indiana.45,13,31,34

She was buried after 3 Jun 1871 at Redwood Cemetery in Warren County, Indiana.31,34

Zebulon Foster and Juliet Fleming were married on 31 Aug 1876 in Warren County, Indiana.5,2728

Juliet Fleming was born on 15 Jan 1829.3839

She lived in Medina Township, Warren, Indiana, United States in 1880.29

She sold land being the Northeast quarter of section ten (10) and that portion of the west half of the southeast quarter of said section lying north & east of the Illinois Central RailRoad and all being situated in Township Twenty one (21) North Range Nine (9) west on 15 Oct 1889 in Warren County, Indiana.40

Juliet died on 31 Jan 1905 at the age of 76 in Jackson, Kansas, United States.3839,4142

She was buried at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Jackson, Kansas, United States.3839,4142

ENDNOTES:

1. Jenkins, Rosella Rasmussen, editor, Warren County Cemeteries Volume 2 (Pine Village, Indiana: Rosella Jenkins, 1985)

2. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online June 2016), memorial for Zebulon Foster, Find a Grave Memorial no. # 20545190, created by Lesa Epperson, citing Redwood Cemetery, West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States; accompanying photograph by Lisa Epperson, Zebulon Foster.

3. Wayne Dawson, The History and Ancestry of Rev. John Foster, 1735-1800: His family, his life, his ancestry; Ross County, Ohio, Pike County, Ohio, Allegany County, Maryland, Bedford County, Pennsylvania, Prince George’s County, Maryland; including the ancestry of Basil Foster and Sarah (Foster) Athy (Clayton, California: Wayne E. Dawson, 1985), page 77; digital image, FamilySearch Books, Familysearch.org/library/books viewed online 29 September 2022.

4. Counties of Warren, Benton, Jasper and Newton, Indiana: Historical and Biographical (Chicago: F. A. Battey & Co., Publishers, 1883), page 170; digital images, Archive.org, http://www.archive.org viewed online 14 May 2022.

5. Warren County Historical Society (Warren County Ind.), Combined Atlas of Warren County, Indiana: illustrated 1877 (Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publishers, 2001), page 27 Biographical Sketches – Zebulon Foster.

6. Alabama, Surname Files Expanded, 1702-1981, My First Three Generations Foster Family by Mrs. Barbara J. Ahart, database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online December 2018). Original Source: Alabama Department of Archives and History. Public Information Subject Files—Surname files, 1901-1984 available via microfilm in reference, SG002624-2652 and 13361-13362, containing the materials added from 1984-2005. Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama.

7. Warren County Centennial: 1827-1927 (Williamsport, Indiana: Warren Graphics, 1927; 1982), page 34: History of Pike Township; FamilySearch, http://www.familysearch/library/books viewed online 29 September 2022.

8. Indiana, Warren. Deed Records, 1827-1901.  Film #1977054 DGS 8071879. Richard Foster, June 1831; Vol 11: page 420; digitized images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 17 March 2022.

9. Birthday Party, The Warren Republican,  (Warren County, Indiana), 30 August 1888; Public Member Story, kygranny_1, submitter,  linked to Zebulon Foster, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com,  posted 31 Jan 2012.

10. One Hundred Years 1815-1915 of Pike County, Ohio Marriages (Waverly, Ohio: Pike County Genealogical Society), p. 335

11. “Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993,” Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (July 2017), Zebulon Foster – Caroline Ostrander.

12. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 database, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7836/). Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 : viewed online 16 March 2022.

13. “Family Data Collection — Individual Records,” Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (July 2017), Caroline Ostrander.

14. Ohio, Pike County. Marriage Records, volume 1.  Film #292748 DGS 4016255. Zebulon Foster, 15 Feb 1833; Volume 1: page 202 – image 254; digitized images, FamilySearch http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 28 September 2022.

15. 1840 U.S. Census, Warren County, Indiana, population schedule, Warren County, Indiana, page 169 Image 53 of 80, Zebulon Foster; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017); NARA microfilm publication M704.

16. 1850, Warren County Indiana, Population Schedule, Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana, Page 6 Image 9 of 14, family 56, Zebulon Foster; digital image, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017); NARA microfilm publication M432.

17. Indiana, Warren. Deed Records, 1827-1901.  Film #1977056 DGS 8071881. Zebulon Foster, 8 Jan 1853; Vol. 14: page 260 (image 163); digitized images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 April 2022.

18. Warren County Indiana Will Book, Will Books 1 & 2, page 277-281 (Crawford.IN.003). Hereinafter cited as Warren County Indiana Will Book.

19. Indiana, Warren. Deed Records, 1827-1901.  Film #1977056 DGS 8071881. Zebulon Foster, January 1854; Vol. 14: page 347 (image 207); digitized images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 April 2022.

20. Indiana, Warren. Deed Records, 1827-1901.  Film #1977056 DGS 8071881. Zebulon Foster, 24 Jan 1854; 15: 36-37; digitized images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 April 2022.

21. Indiana, Warren. Deed Records, 1827-1901.  Film #1977056 DGS 8071881. Zebulon Foster, 7 Feb 1854; Vol. 14: page 227; digitized images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 April 2022.

22. Indiana, Warren. Deed Records, 1827-1901.  Film #1977056 DGS 8071881. Zebulon Foster, 23 May 1854; Vol. 14: page 368 (image 218); digitized images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 April 2022.

23. Indiana, Warren. Deed Records, 1827-1901.  Film #1977056 DGS 8071881. Zebulon Foster, 4 Aug 1854; Vol. 15: pages 119-120; digitized images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 April 2022.

24. 1860 U.S. Census, Warren County, Indiana, population schedule, Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana, page 66 Image 11 of 22, family 463, Zebulon Foster; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017); NARA microfilm publication M653.

25. U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918, Zebulon Foster, 1865; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 10 March 2021). Original Source: Colorado, Regular Revenue and Special Bankers Tax, Vol 31 1916, Tax years 1915-1917; Records of the Internal Revenue Service.

26. 1870 U.S. Census, Warren County, Indiana, population schedule, Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana, Page 33 Image 1 of 25, family 262, Zebulon Foster; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017); NARA microfilm publication T132.

27. “Indiana, Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017), Zebulon Foster.

28. “Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941,” Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : County Court Records at Williamsport, IN, Warren County, Indiana, viewed online (December 2018), Robulon Foster.

29. 1880 U.S. Census, Warren, Indiana, population schedule, Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana, ED 65, page 18 Image 4 of 9, family 190, Foster Zebulon; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online February 2018); NARA microfilm publication T9.

30. “An Old Settler’s Anniversary,” digital image, Warren Republican (Williamsport, IN), 30 August 1883; digital image, NewspaperArchives.com (www.newspaperarchive.com : viewed online October 2017).

31. Jenkins, Rosella Rasmussen, editor, Warren County Cemeteries Volume 2 (Pine Village, Indiana: Rosella Jenkins, 1985), p. 69 Redwood Cemetery

32. Zebulon Foster, Obituary, The Warren Republican,  (Warren County, Indiana), 19 September 1889; Public Member Story, kygranny_1, submitter,  linked to , Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com,  posted 31 Jan 2012.

33. Jenkins, Rosella Rasmussen, editor, Warren County Cemeteries Volume 2 (Pine Village, Indiana: Rosella Jenkins, 1985), p. 69 Redwood Cemetery (calculated birth from death and age) (Crawford.Nelson.Notebook)

34. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online June 2016), memorial for Caroline Ostrander Foster, Find a Grave Memorial no. # 20545171,

35. 1860 U.S. Census, Warren County, Indiana, population schedule, Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana, page 66, family 463, Zebulon Foster..

36. 1870 U.S. Census, Warren County, Indiana, population schedule, Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana, page 33 (image 1 of 25), family 262, Zebulon Foster..

37. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 database, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7836/) : viewed online 16 March 2022.

38. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 29 September 2022), memorial for Juliett Foster (1829-1905), Find a Grave Memorial no. 90762859, created by Kathy Little-Mick and maintained by Judy McAsey Arnold, citing Pleasant Grove cemetery, Jackson County, Kansas; accompanying photograph by McFarland, Juliett Foster.

39. “Foster,” The Holton Recorder (Holton, Kansas), 9 February 1905, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 29 September 2022).

40. Indiana, Warren. Deed Records, 1827-1901.  Film #1977704 DGS 8071891. Juliet Foster, 15 Oct 1889; Vol. 43: page 37; digitized images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 16 May 2022.

41. “Death of Mrs. Juliette Foster,” The Holton Signal (Holton, Kansas), 8 February 1905, page 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 29 September 2022).

42. “Mrs. Juliette Foster,” The Tribune (Holton, Kansas), 10 February 1905, page 3; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 29 September 2022).

Friday Finds

Lizzie Foster Will

Indiana Circuit Court (Warren County
Will Records

Film 1976522 DGS 7662654
Will Records, v. 4 (from p. 200) 1884-1895 Will records v. 5-6, 1895-1928

Based on handwritten documentation, this is from v. 5-6

page 199

Be it remembered that on the 4th day of August 1920, there was filed in the office of the Clerk
of the Circuit Court of Warren County, Indiana, the last will and testament of Lizzie Foster, deceased,
late of Tippecanoe county, Indiana, which said will nad the Probate is in the words and figures
as follows to-wit;
I, Lizzie Foster, of West LaFayette, Indiana, being of sound mind and disposing memory do now make and declare the following as my last will and testament.
Clause 1: I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my death as
convenient, and that my body be interred in the cemetery at Armstrong Chapel, Warren County, Indiana.
Clause 2. I will, devise and bequeath to my sister, Mattie Foster, all my property, real, personal
and mixed, to be had and held by her for and during the term of her natural life with the right to
use and dispose of such of the personal property as she may desire for any purpose during her
lifetime.
Clause 3: At the death of the said Mattie Foster I will, devise and bequeath all of the real estate
of which I may die seized and all of the personal property above bequeath to her which shall remain
undisposed of by her to my brother, Sam Foster, in case he be living at the time of my death, and in
case he shall then be dead, I will, devise and bequeath all of the property described in this clause
of my will to James Lackey Foster, son of the said Sam Foster.
Clause 4. I now make and appoint Sam Foster as executor of this my last will.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and seal this March 8th 1920.
Lizzie Foster
Signed by the said Lizzie Foster and declared by her to be her last will and testament in our
presence, and signed by us as attesting witnesses thereto at her request and in her presence and in
the presence of each other this March 8th, 1920.
C. V. McAdams
Bess McAdams
State of Indiana
Warren County, SS
On the 4th day of August A.D. 1920. personally came before the clerk of the Warren Circuit
Court c. V. McAdams one of the subscribing witnesses to the annexed and foregoing instrument of
writing purperting to be the last will and testament of Lizzie Foster late of Tippecanoe County,
in the state of Indiana, deceased, who being now duly sworn to testify the truth the whole truth and
nothing but the truth concerning the execution of the last will and testament of Lizzie Foster,
deceased, on his oath aforesaid testified as follows, to-wit; that he saw the said Lizzie Foster in her
life time, but who is now deceased, sign her name to the annexed and foregoing instrument of writing
as and for her last will and testament, that he heard her declare the same to be her last will and
testament; and that C. V. McAdams and Bess McAdams signed their names thereto as attesting witnesses at
the request of said testatrix in her presence and in the presence of each other, and at the time she
so executed said last will and testament the said Lizzie Foster was of full age to devise and be-
queath her property that she was of sound and disposing mind and memory, and that she was not under

page 200
coercion or restraint of any person or persons whomsoever, and further saith now
C. V. McAdams, Witness
Subscribed and sworn on this 4 day of Aug. A.D. 1920.
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said
Court of Office in Williamsport, Ind., on this 4 day of Aug. A.D.1920.
William Cowgill, Clerk.

State of Indiana, Warren County, SS.
I, William Cowgill Clerk of the Warren Circuit Court of Indiana do herby
certify that the annexed and foregoing last will and testament of Lizzie Foster late
of Tippecanoo County, deceased, has been duly admitted to probate; that its due execution
was this day fully proven before me by the testimony of . V. McAdams one of the subscrib
ing witnesses thereto whose profs, together with said last will and testament have been
duly recorded on page of Will Record No now on file in my office.
In Testimony Whereof I have hereunto set my hand affixed this seal
of said court at Office in Williamsport on this 4 day of Aug. A.D. 1920.
William Cowgill, Clerk

This will is also available on Ancestry in their database, Wills and Probate Records, 1798-1999.

Zebulon Foster

Zebulon Foster was born on 19 Aug 1808 in Pike, Ohio, United States.18

He was the child of Rachel Browning and Richard Foster.6,8

He lived in Warren County, Indiana about 1830.9

 In 1831,  Zebulon was granted all lands held by Richard Foster on the waters of the Wabash in Richard Foster’s will.10

He lived in Warren County, Indiana in 1832.11

He married Caroline Ostrander on 14 Feb 1833 in Pike, Ohio, United States.2,56,8,1217

On 20 Nov 1833, Edward Foster was born in Warren County, Indiana.8,18

He lived in Washington Township, Warren County, Indiana in 1836.19

Zebulon was among first members of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1837 in Warren, Indiana, United States.20

On 20 May 1837, Rachel Foster was born in Indiana, United States.8,18

He lived in Warren County, Ohio in 1840.21

In 1840, Eliza W. Foster was born in West Lebanon, Indiana.8,22

On 28 Aug 1842, Mary Foster was born in West Lebanon, Indiana.8,23

In Jun 1846, William F. Foster was born in Indiana, United States.8

On 14 Oct 1848, Harriet Foster was born in West Lebanon, Indiana.8,24

He lived in Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana on 1 Jul 1850.18

Zebulon sold to John Stufflebeam land being part of W 1/2 NW 1/4 Section 14 Township 21 N Range 9 West on 8 Jan 1853 in Warren County, Indiana.25

He was witness of the will of Thomas Johnson on 15 Jul 1853 in Warren, Indiana, United States.26

He sold land to the Lake Erie Wabash and St. Louis Railroad company being a part of the NE 1/4 of Section Number (15) in township in Jan 1854 in Warren County, Indiana.27

Zebulon sold to James Howard land being 9 1/2 acres in the SW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of section 14 township 21 North range 9 west on 24 Jan 1854 in Warren County, Indiana.28

He sold land to George Pence land being part of lot 1 in the West half of the NW 1/4 of Section 14 Township 21 Range 9 on 7 Feb 1854 in Warren County, Indiana.29

He sold land to Francis Wheeler being lot 4 in the NW division to the town of Lebanon on 23 May 1854 in Warren County, Indiana.30

Zebulon sold to David Evans land being part of the W 1/2 of the NW 1/4 of section 14 township 21 north of range 9 on 4 Aug 1854 in Warren County, Indiana.31

He lived in Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana on 1 Jul 1860.32

He was listed on the tax rolls in 1865 in Pike Township, Warren, Indiana, United States.33

Zebulon lived in Medina Township, Warren County, Ohio on 23 Jun 1870.34

He married Juliet Fleming on 31 Aug 1876 in Warren County, Indiana.23,5,14,3537

He lived in Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana in 1880.38

He was a member of the Republican Party.3

Zebulon celebrated his 75th birthday in 1883 in Warren, Indiana, United States.39

He celebrated his 80th birthday on 19 Aug 1888 in Warren, Indiana, United States.11

He died on 5 Sep 1889 at the age of 81 in Warren County, Indiana.7,4041

Zebulon was buried after 5 Sep 1889 at Redwood Cemetery in Warren County, Indiana.7,40

Endnotes:

1. Jenkins, Rosella Rasmussen, editor, Warren County Cemeteries Volume 2 (Pine Village, Indiana: Rosella Jenkins, 1985)
2. 1877 Atlas of Warren County Indiana (Indiana: J. H. Beers and Co., 1877)
3. Counties of Warren, Benton, Jasper and Newton Indiana. Historical and Biographical (Chicago: F. A. Battey & Co., 1883)
4. The History and Ancestry of Rev. John Foster 1735-1800: His Family, His Life, His Ancestry (Clayton, CA: Wayne E. Dawson, 1985)
5. Alabama, Surname Files Expanded, 1702-1981, Zebulon foster, database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online December 2018).
6. Alabama, Surname Files Expanded, 1702-1981, My First Three Generations Foster Family, database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2019).
7. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online June 2016), memorial for Zebulon Foster, Find a Grave Memorial no. # 20545190, created by Lesa Epperson, citing Redwood Cemetery, West Lebanon, Warren, Indiana, United States; accompanying photograph by Lisa Epperson, Zebulon Foster.
8. Counties of Warren, Benton, Jasper and Newton, Indiana: Historical and Biographical (Chicago: F. A. Battey & Co., Publishers, 1883), page 170; digital images, Archive.org, http://www.archive.org viewed online 14 May 2022.
9. Warren County Centennial 1827 1927 (Williamsport, IN: Warren Graphics, 1982)
10. Indiana, Warren. Deed Records, 1827-1901.  Film #1977054 DGS 8071879. Richard Foster, June 1831 Vol 11: page 420; digitized images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 17 March 2022.
11. Birthday Party, The Warren Republican,  (Warren County, Indiana), 30 August 1888; Public Member Story, kygranny_1, submitter,  linked to Zebulon Foster, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com,  posted 31 Jan 2012.
12. Marriage Record, Pike County Ohio page 202.
13. The History and Ancestry of Rev. John Foster 1735-1800: His Family, His Life, His Ancestry (Clayton, CA: Wayne E. Dawson, 1985), p. 77
14. One Hundred Years 1815-1915 of Pike County, Ohio Marriages (Waverly, Ohio: Pike County Genealogical Society), p. 335
15. “Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993,” Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (July 2017), Zebulon Foster – Caroline Ostrander.
16. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 database, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7836/). Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 : viewed online 16 March 2022.
17. “Family Data Collection — Individual Records,” Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (July 2017), Caroline Ostrander.
18. 1850, Warren County Indiana, Population Schedule, Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana, Page 6 Image 9 of 14, family 56, Zebulon Foster; digital image, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017); NARA microfilm publication M432
19. Counties of Warren, Benton, Jasper and Newton Indiana. Historical and Biographical (Chicago: F. A. Battey & Co., 1883), p. 50 “Voters of Washington Township, 1836” (Crawford.IN.024)
20. Counties of Warren, Benton, Jasper and Newton Indiana. Historical and Biographical (Chicago: F. A. Battey & Co., 1883), p. 137 (Crawford.IN.024)
21. 1840 U.S. Census, Warren County, Indiana, population schedule, Warren County, Indiana, page 169 Image 53 of 80, Zebulon Foster; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017); NARA microfilm publication M704
22. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 16 March 2022), memorial for Eliza W. Foster Bell (1840-1926), Find a Grave Memorial no. 27564758, created by Lesa Epperson, citing West Lebanon Cemetery, West Lebanon, Warren County, Indiana; accompanying photograph by Lesa Epperson, Eliza W. Foster Bell.
23. “Death Message,” Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), 26 January 1929, page 11; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2019).
24. “Family Data Collections – Births,” Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : viewed online (October 2017), Harriet Foster.
25. Indiana, Warren. Deed Records, 1827-1901.  Film #1977056 DGS 8071881. Zebulon Foster, 8 Jan 1853 Vol. 14: page 260 (image 163); digitized images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 April 2022.
26. Warren County Indiana Will Book, Will Books 1 & 2, page 277-281 (Crawford.IN.003). Hereinafter cited as Warren County Indiana Will Book.
27. Indiana, Warren. Deed Records, 1827-1901.  Film #1977056 DGS 8071881. Zebulon Foster, January 1854 Vol. 14: page 347 (image 207); digitized images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 April 2022.
28. Indiana, Warren. Deed Records, 1827-1901.  Film #1977056 DGS 8071881. Zebulon Foster, 24 Jan 1854 15: 36-37; digitized images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 April 2022.
29. Indiana, Warren. Deed Records, 1827-1901.  Film #1977056 DGS 8071881. Zebulon Foster, 7 Feb 1854 Vol. 14: page 227; digitized images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 April 2022.
30. Indiana, Warren. Deed Records, 1827-1901.  Film #1977056 DGS 8071881. Zebulon Foster, 23 May 1854 Vol. 14: page 368 (image 218); digitized images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 April 2022.
31. Indiana, Warren. Deed Records, 1827-1901.  Film #1977056 DGS 8071881. Zebulon Foster, 4 Aug 1854 Vol. 15: pages 119-120; digitized images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 April 2022.
32. 1860 U.S. Census, Warren County, Indiana, population schedule, Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana, page 66 Image 11 of 22, family 463, Zebulon Foster; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017); NARA microfilm publication M653
33. U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918, Zebulon Foster, 1865; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 10 March 2021). Original Source: Colorado, Regular Revenue and Special Bankers Tax, Vol 31 1916, Tax years 1915-1917; Records of the Internal Revenue Service.
34. 1870 U.S. Census, Warren County, Indiana, population schedule, Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana, Page 33 Image 1 of 25, family 262, Zebulon Foster; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017); NARA microfilm publication T132
35. “Indiana, Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993,” database, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online July 2017), Zebulon Foster.
36. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 database, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7836/) : viewed online 16 March 2022.
37. “Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941,” Ancestry.com,  (www.ancestry.com : County Court Records at Williamsport, IN, Warren County, Indiana, viewed online (December 2018), Robulon Foster.
38. 1880 U.S. Census, Warren, Indiana, population schedule, Pike Township, Warren County, Indiana, ED 65, page 18 Image 4 of 9, family 190, Foster Zebulon; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online February 2018); NARA microfilm publication T9
39. “An Old Settler’s Anniversary,” digital image, Warren Republican (Williamsport, IN), 30 August 1883; digital image, NewspaperArchives.com (www.newspaperarchive.com : viewed online October 2017).
40. Jenkins, Rosella Rasmussen, editor, Warren County Cemeteries Volume 2 (Pine Village, Indiana: Rosella Jenkins, 1985), p. 69 Redwood Cemetery
41. [Title], Obituary, The Warren Republican,  (Warren County, Indiana), 19 September 1889; Public Member Story, kygranny_1, submitter,  linked to Zebulon Foster, Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com,  posted 31 Jan 2012.

Missing Deeds

Recently, Michael John Neill posted a ‘Genealogy Tip of the Day’ to Account for Every Acre. With my Zebulon Foster research in Warren County, Indiana this is proving to be difficult. First, I’m not exactly sure what land he owned.

Zebulon Foster was not an original land owner in Warren County, Indiana. He is listed as a grantee in the deed indexes. That reference is for a Will in a Deed Book. The will indicates that Zebulon inherits all of his father’s Land on the Wabash. Thus, I started looking for Richard Foster and found him as an original land owner.

Assuming that Zebulon inherited at least some of the land patented by his father, Richard Foster, I started looking for Zebulon as a grantor. I found several deeds where Zebulon and his wife Caroline sold off portions of the land in the NW 1/4 of section 14 and one deed for railroad right of way in section 15.

Zebulon sold to John Stufflebeam land being part of W 1/2 NW 1/4 Section 14 Township 21 N Range 9 West on 8 Jan 1853 in Warren County, Indiana.

Indiana, Warren. Deed Records, 1827-1901. Film #1977056 DGS 8071881. Zebulon Foster, 8 Jan 1853 Vol. 14: page 260 (image 163); digitized images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 April 2022.

He sold land to the Lake Erie Wabash and St. Louis Railroad company being a part of the NE 1/4 of Section Number (15) in township in Jan 1854 in Warren County, Indiana.

Indiana, Warren. Deed Records, 1827-1901. Film #1977056 DGS 8071881. Zebulon Foster, January 1854 Vol. 14: page 347 (image 207); digitized images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 April 2022.

Zebulon sold to James Howard land being 9 1/2 acres in the SW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of section 14 township 21 North range 9 west on 24 Jan 1854 in Warren County, Indiana.

Indiana, Warren. Deed Records, 1827-1901. Film #1977056 DGS 8071881. Zebulon Foster, 24 Jan 1854 15: 36-37; digitized images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 April 2022.

He sold land to George Pence land being part of lot 1 in the West half of the NW 1/4 of Section 14 Township 21 Range 9 on 7 Feb 1854 in Warren County, Indiana.

Indiana, Warren. Deed Records, 1827-1901. Film #1977056 DGS 8071881. Zebulon Foster, 7 Feb 1854 Vol. 14: page 227; digitized images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 April 2022.

He sold land to Francis Wheeler being lot 4 in the NW division to the town of Lebanon on 23 May 1854 in Warren County, Indiana.

Indiana, Warren. Deed Records, 1827-1901. Film #1977056 DGS 8071881. Zebulon Foster, 23 May 1854 Vol. 14: page 368 (image 218); digitized images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 April 2022.

Zebulon sold to David Evans land being part of the W 1/2 of the NW 1/4 of section 14 township 21 north of range 9 on 4 Aug 1854 in Warren County, Indiana.

Indiana, Warren. Deed Records, 1827-1901. Film #1977056 DGS 8071881. Zebulon Foster, 4 Aug 1854 Vol. 15: pages 119-120; digitized images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 4 April 2022.

However, these deeds only account for a small portion of the land Richard Foster patented. As I continued searching Warren County Indiana deed records, I found some additional deeds involving his second wife and his children. These deeds are for some of the parcels of Richard Foster land.

Even though I found quite a few deeds they do not account for all of the land originally patented by Richard Foster. That’s when I thought of Range Indexes. In Kansas, most counties not only maintain grantee and grantor indexes to the deeds but also what are called RANGE INDEXES. These Range Indexes make it easy to track the ownership of a parcel of land from the original patent thru time. Since I don’t believe Indiana maintains range indexes, I decided to try and create my own in a spreadsheet.

Since there are deeds by Zebulon Foster or his children for each of the parcels of land that Richard Foster patented, I believe that I have verified that Zebulon inherited all four parcels. Unfortunately, I do not have deeds showing the transfer of all of this land by Zebulon Foster to others or to his children. Thus, I need to do the following:

  • Continue searching Warren County Indiana deed indexes for deeds by Zebulon Foster, his widow Juliet or his children: William Foster, Edward Foster, Eliza Bell, Hattie Fleming, Rachel Crider and Mary Crawford
  • Locate the foreclosure court case dated 22 Dec 1885
  • Research the name changes for the railroads to determine whether I need to locate more deeds for railroad right of way
  • Search deed records for the counties where the children lived to see if a Warren County deed was recorded in their locality.
  • Search Probate records for clues to the distribution of this land
  • Identify the grandchildren and search deeds for their names to see if they inherited any of this land.

By creating my own ‘range index’ I have a better view of what I have been able to verify about the ownership of this land as well as where I’m missing information.

Division of Land

Have you ever tried to track land from one generation to another? This ‘passing down’ of the land is one tool I use to help verify the children in a family. While identifying the children of Zebulon Foster has been fairly easy, tracking his land is proving to be a little more difficult.

The post, Widow’s Deed, discussed the sale of his second wife’s interest in some of the land to his children in 1889. Later the children begin selling their shares of some of his land in Warren County, Indiana.

In November 1889, William Foster sells his share in a parcel to his siblings.

Warren County, Indiana
Deeds Vol. 43 page 113-114

This Indenture witnesseth that William Foster and Caroline
E Foster his wife of Warren County in the State of Indiana
Convey and Warrant to Edward Foster, Eliza Bell Hattie
Fleming
Rachel Crider & Mary Crawford for the sum of
four thousand six hundred & 44 45/100 Dollars the following
described Real Estate situate in Warren County in the
State of Indiana to wit: The west half of the north east
quarter of section fifteen (15) containing 75 acres more or less

page 114
and all that part of the west half of the south east quarter
of section ten (10) lying South of the Illinois Central
RailRoad containing abut 25 acres more or less
& all in township twenty one (21) North range nine (9)
west
& containing in all 100 acres more or less
subject to all the rights & franchises held by the Wabash
Railway company on & over the tract first described
and subject also to a judgment & decree of foreclosure
in favor of William C. Smith rendered in the Warren
Circuit Court on the 22nd day of December 1885 against
William Foster and Zebulon Foster (now deceased) which
said judgment and decree of foreclosure the said
grantees above assume & agree to pay said judgment
was rendered for the sum of $4,326.00
In witness whereof the said William Foster and Caroline
Foster his wife have hereunto set their hands and seals this
20 day of November A.D. 1889
William Foster (seal)
Caroline E Foster (seal)
State of Indiana Warren County ss
Before me _ a _ in and
for said County and State personally appeared William
Foster & Caroline E Foster his wife and acknowledged
the execution of the within Warranty deed to be their
voluntary act and deed
Witness my hand and seal this 20th day of November 1889
David James
Recorded Nov 21 1889
Jno C Stephens Recorder Warren Co Ind

Indiana, Warren. Deed Records, 1827-1901. Film #1977704 DGS 8071891. William Foster, 20 Nov 1889 Vol 43: Page 113-114; digitized images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 16 May 2022.

Then in 1890, all of the children except Mary Foster Crawford sell their share of another parcel.

Warren County, Indiana
Deeds Vol. 43 page 580

This Indenture witnesseth that Edward Foster & Sarah
A Foster his wife of Vermillion County Illinois William B
Crider and Rachel Crider his wife & John J Fleming and Harriet
Fleming
his wife of Iroquois County Illinois & George T
Bell & Eliza W Bell his wife & William Foster & Carrie E
Foster his wife of Warren County in the State of Indiana
Convey and warrant to James Goodwine of Warren
County in the state of Indiana for the sum of nine
thousand seven hundred Dollars the following described
Real Estate situate in Warren County in the
State of Indiana to wit:
The undivided five sixths (5/6)
of the North East quarter and the west half of the south
East quarter of section Ten (10) and the west half

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of the Northeast quarter of section Fifteen (15) except that part of said
last named tract lying south of the right of way of the Wabash
Rail road & except said right of way all of said lands lying and
being in Township Twenty one (21) North Range Nine(9) west

in said County. And also except the right of way heretofore
conveyed by Zebulon Foster Deceased and now owned by the
Illinois Central Rail Road Company through the west
half of said South East quarter of said Section Ten (10)
In witness whereof the said Edward Foster & Sarah Foster William
Crider & Rachel Crider James J Fleming & Harriet Fleming
George T Bell and Eliza W Bell & William Foster & Carrie E Foster
have hereunto set their hands and seals this 17th day o Dec
ember AD. 1890
Edward Foster (seal) John J Fleming (seal)
Sarah A Foster (seal) Harriet Fleming (seal)
William B Crider (seal) Eliza W Bell (seal)
Rachel Crider (seal) Geo T Bell (seal)
State of Indiana Warren County SS:
Before me C W Osburn a Justice of the Peace in and for
said county and state personally appeared Eliza W Bell
and George T Bell and acknowledged the execution
of the within warranty Deed to be their voluntary act
and deed. Witness my hand and official seal this 8th
day of January 1891
C W Osburn (seal)
Justice of the Peace
State of Illinois Iroquois Cunty ss:
I Isaac Amerman a Notary Public in and for said
County in the state aforesaid do hereby certify that
William B Crider and Rachel Crider his wife John J Fleming
and Harriet Fleming his wife who are personally known
to me to be the same persons whose names are sub
scribed to the annexed deed appeared before me this
day in person and acknowledged that they had
signed sealed and delivered the said instrument
of writing as their free act and deed for the uses
and purposes therein expressed
Given under my hand and Notarial seal this seventeenth
day of December A.D. 1890
Isaac Amerman (ss)N.P.

Page 582
State of Illinois Vermilion County SS
I Lewis A Burd a Notary yPublic in and for said County
in the State aforesaid do hereby certify that Edward Foster
& Sarah A Foster who are personally known to me to be
the same persons whose names are subscribed to the
annexed deed appeared before me this day in person
and acknowledged that they had signed sealed and deliv-
ered the said instrument of writing as their free
act and deed for the uses and purposes therein expressed
Given under my hand and notary seal this 31 day
of December A.D. 1890 Lewis A B[rud] SS
N.P.

Recorded Jany 14” 1891
Jno C Stephens Recorder Warren Co Ind

Indiana, Warren. Deed Records, 1827-1901. Film #1977704 DGS 8071890. Edward Foster et al, 17 Dec 1890 43: 580; digitized images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 16 May 2022.

Then on page 582 (image above) of the same volume is another deed involving the parcel of land for which William Foster sold his share to his siblings. This deed of sale does not include Mary Foster Crawford’s share.

Warren County Indiana
Deeds Vol. 43 page 582

This Indenture witnesseth that Edward Foster and Sarah A
Foster his wife of Vermillion County Illinois William B
Crider and Rachel Crider his wife John J Fleming and Harriet
Fleming
his wife of Iroquois County Illinois and George
T Bell and Eliza W Bell his wife of Warren County in the
State of Indiana Convey and Warrant to James Goodwine
of Warren County in the State of Indiana for the sum
of Twelve hundred Dollars the following Real Estate in
Warren County in the State of Indiana to wit
The undivided
Four fifth 4/5 interest of the West half of the Northeast
quarter of section fifteen (15) except that part of said
tract lying North of the right of way of the Wabash rail
road and except one acre conveyed by Zebulon Foster to
William Goodrick and all of said land lying and
being in township twenty one (21) North Range nine
(9) west
in said County
In witness whereof the said Edward Foster and Sarah Foster
his wife of Vermillion County Illinois William B Crider
and Rachel Crider his wife John J Fleming and Harriet
Fleming his wife of Iroquois County Illinois George T
Bell and Eliza W Bell have hereunto set their hand and
seal this second day of January AD 1891

page 583
Edward Foster (seal) John J Fleming (seal)
Sarah A Foster (seal) Harriet Fleming (seal)
William B Crider (seal) Eliza W Bell (seal)
Rachel Crider (seal) Geo T Bell (seal)

State of Illinois Iroquois County SS
I Isaac Amerman a Notary Public in and for said County
in the State aforesaid do hereby certify that William B
Crider and Rachel Crider his wife who are personally
known to me to be the same persons whose names are
subscribed to the foregoing instrument appeared before me
this day in person and acknowledged that they signed
sealed and delivered the said instrument as their free
and voluntary act for the uses and purposes therein
set forth including the release and waiver of the right
of Homestead. Given under my hand and Notorial
seal this second day of January A.D. 1891
Isaac Amerman (SS) N.P.
State of Illinois Vermilion County SS
I Lewis A Burd a Notary Public in and for said county
in the State aforesaid doe hereby certify that Edward Foster
& Sarah A Foster his wife who are personally known to me
to be the same persons whose names are subscribed
to the annexed deed appeared before me this day in
person and acknowledged that they had signed sealed and
delivered the said instrument of writing as their free
act and deed for the uses and purposes therein expressed
Given under my hand and Notary seal this 12 day of
January A.D. 1891 Lewis A Burd (ss) N.P.
State of Illinois Iroquois County SS
I S F Swinford a Notary Public in and for said
County in the state aforesaid do hereby certify that John
J Fleming and Harriet Fleming his wife personally
known to me to be the same persons whose names
are subscribed to the foregoing instrument appeared
before me this day in person and acknowledged
that they signed sealed and delivered the said instrument
as their free and voluntary act for the uses and purposes
therein set forth including the release and waiver of the rights
of Homestead. given under my hand and Notary seal
this second day of January AD 1891 S F Swinford (ss)
Notary Public

page 584
State of Indiana Warren County ss
Before me C W Osburn a Justice of the Peace in and
for said County this 12th day of January 1891 personally
appeared Eliza W Bell and George T Bell her husband
and acknowledged the execution of hte annexed deed
Witness my hand and official seal
C W Osburn JP (seal)
Recorded Jany 14 1891
Jno Stephens Recorder Warren Co Inda

Indiana, Warren. Deed Records, 1827-1901. Film #1977704 DGS 8071890. Edward Foster et al, 2 Jan 1891 Vol 43: page 582; digitized images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 16 May 2022.

Then in December 1890, Mary Foster Crawford begins selling her share in two parcels of land. The first deed is recorded on page 584 of volume 43 in Warren County, Indiana. This particular deed identifies Mary Crawford’s father, Zebulon. Although the deed refers to Mary Crawford as ‘unmarried’ the statement by the Probate Judge acknowledges that she is a widow.

Warren County Indiana
Deeds Vol. 43 page 584

This Indenture witnesseth that Mary Crawford (un-
married) of Ford County in the State of Kansas Convey
and warrant to James Goodwine of Warren County
in the State of Indiana for the sum of nineteen
hundred dollars the following described Real Estate
situate in Warren County in the State of Indiana
to wit:
The undivided one sixth 1/6 interest to the
North East quarter and the West half of the South east
quarter of section Ten (10) and the west half of the North
east quarter of section fifteen (15) except that part
of said last named tract lying south of the right of
way of the Wabash Rail road and except said right
of way, and all of said lands lying and being in
Township Twenty one (21) North Range nine (9) west

in said County and also except the right of way
heretofore conveyed by Zebulon Foster (my Father)
and owned by the Illinois Central Rail Road crossing
through the west half of the South East quarter of
said section Ten (10)
In Witness whereof the said Mary Crawford (unmarried)
has hereunto set her hand and seal this 26th day of
December A.D. 1890
Mary Crawford (seal)
State of Kansas Ford County ss
Before me D W Moffitt a Probate Judge and Ex officio
Clerk in and for said county and state personally
appeared Mary Crawford a widow and acknowled
ged the execution of the within warranty deed to be
her voluntary act and deed

page 585
Witness my hand and official seal this 26” day of December
1890
D W Moffitt (ss)
Probate Judge and Ex Officio Clerk
Recorded Jany 14 1891
Jno C Stephens Recorder Warren Co Ind

Indiana, Warren. Deed Records, 1827-1901. Film #1977704 DGS 8071890. Mary Crawford, 26 Dec 1890 vol. 43: page 584; digitized images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 16 May 2022.

Then on page 585 of the same volume is a deed for Mary Crawford’s sale of the second parcel of land.

Warren County Indiana
Deeds Vol. 43 page 585

This Indenture witnesseth that Mary Crawford unmarried
of Ford County in the State of Kansas Convey and Warrant
to James Goodwine of Warren County in the State of
Indiana for the sum of Three hundred Dollars the
following Real Estate in Warren County in the state
of Indiana to wit
The undivided one fifth (1/5) interest
of the west half of the north east quarter of section fifteen
(15) except that part of said tract lying North of the right
of way of the Wabash Rail Road and except one acre
conveyed by Zebulon Foster to Wm Goodrick and all
of said land lying and being in Township Twenty
one (21) North Range Nine (9) west
in said County
In witness whereof the said Mary Crawford has hereunto
set her hand and seal this 6” day of January A.D. 1891
Mrs Mary Crawford (seal)
State of Kansas Ford County ss
Before me D W Moffit a Probate Judge and Ex Officio
Clerk in and for said County this 6” day of January 1891
Mrs Mary Crawford a widow acknowledged the
execution of the annexed deed
Witness my hand and official seal
D W Moffitt Probate Judge (ss)
and Ex Officio Clerk
Recorded Jany 14 1891
Jno C Stephens
Recorder Warren Co Inda

Indiana, Warren. Deed Records, 1827-1901. Film #1977704 DGS 8071890. Mary Crawford, 6 Jan 1891 vol 43: page 585; digitized images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 16 May 2022.

Not only do these deeds identify the children in the family, but they identify most of the spouses along with where they were living in 1890.

Land on the Wabash

Have you ever tried to track down land deeded in a will, especially when the will doesn’t provide a specific description of the land? That’s my case when trying to identify the land Zebulon Foster received thru the will of his father, Richard Foster.

I will and bequeath unto my
third son Zebulon Foster all the lands I have in the State
of Indiana on the waters of the Wabash River as follows
to wit: That if it should be considered that the said lands
at first cost should be more than his equal share of my
estate hereafter then he shall pay back the overpaid to the
said estate, and I also give to him one sorrel mare in
consideration of services rendered since he was of age, not
to be accounted as any part of his legacy. 

Indiana, Warren. Deed Records, 1827-1901. Film #1977054 DGS 8071879. Richard Foster, June 1831 Vol 11: page 420; digitized images, Family Search http://www.familysearch.org : viewed online 17 March 2022.

Fortunately, Richard Foster made it easy to find this land since he purchased the land from the U.S. government. In all Richard Foster purchased four pieces of land

West Half of the Southeast Quarter of Section 10 Township 21 Range 9

Certificate
No. 6762

The United States of America
To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting:

Whereas, Richard Foster, of Pike county, Ohio
has deposited in the General Land office of the Untied States, a certificate of the Register of th Land Office at Crawfordsville
whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said Richard Foster
according to the provisions of the act of Congress of the 24th of April, 1820, entitled, “An act making further provision for the sale of the Public Lands,” for

the West half of the South East quarter of Section ten, in township twenty one North of range nine West in the District of Lands offered for sale at Crawfordsville, Indiana, containing eighty acres

according to the official plat of the survey of the said Lands, returned to the General Land Office by the Surveyor General, which said tract has been pur-
chased by the said Richard Foster
Now Know ye, That the United States of America in consideration of the premises, and in conformity with the several
acts of Congress, in such case made and provided, have given and granted, and, by these presents, do give and grant, unto the said Richard Foster,
and to his heirs, the said tract above described. To
Have and to Hold the same, together with all the rights, privileges, immunities and appurtenances, of whatsoever nature thereunto belonging, unto the said Richard
Foster, and to his heirs and assigns forever

In testimony whereof, I, Andrew Jackson
President of the United States of America, have caused these Letters to be made Patent, and the seal of the General Land Office to be hereunto
affixed.
Given under my hand, at the City of Washington, the tenth day of April in the year of our
Lord, one thousand eight hundred and twenty nine, and of the Independence of the United States the
fifty-third
By the President, A. J.
[G.G.] Commissioner of the General Land Office

Northeast Quarter Section 10 Township 21 Range 9

Certificate
No 6763

The United States of America
To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting:

Whereas, Richard Foster, of Pike county, Ohio
has deposited in the General Land office of the Untied States, a certificate of the Register of th Land Office at Crawfordsville
whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said Richard Foster
according to the provisions of the act of Congress of the 24th of April, 1820, entitled, “An act making further provision for the sale of the Public Lands,” for

the North East quarter of Section Ten, in township twenty one North of range Nine West in the District of lands offered for sale at Crawfordsville, Indiana, containing one hundred and sixty acres.

according to the official plat of the survey of the said Lands, returned to the General Land Office by the Surveyor General, which said tract has been pur-
chased by the said Richard Foster
Now Know ye, That the United States of America in consideration of the premises, and in conformity with the several
acts of Congress, in such case made and provided, have given and granted, and, by these presents, do give and grant, unto the said Richard Foster,
and to his heirs, the said tract above described. To
Have and to Hold the same, together with all the rights, privileges, immunities and appurtenances, of whatsoever nature thereunto belonging, unto the said Richard
Foster, and to his heirs and assigns forever

In testimony whereof, I Andrew Jackson
President of the United States of America, have caused these Letters to be made Patent, and the seal of the General Land Office to be hereunto
affixed.
Given under my hand, at the City of Washington, the tenth day of April in the year of our
Lord, one thousand eight hundred and twenty nine, and of the Independence of the United States the
fifty-third
By the President, A. J.
[G.G.] Commissioner of the General Land Office

West 1/2 Northwest 1/4 Section 14 Township 21 Range 9

Certificate
No. 8511

The United States of America
To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting:

Whereas, Richard Foster, of Pike county, Ohio
has deposited in the General Land office of the Untied States, a certificate of the Register of th Land Office at Crawfordsville
whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said Richard Foster
according to the provisions of the act of Congress of the 24th of April, 1820, entitled, “An act making further provision for the sale of the Public Lands,” for

the West half of the North west quarter of Section fourteen in Township twenty-one, North
of Range nine West, in the district of lands offered for sale at Crawfordsville
containing eighty acres

according to the official plat of the survey of the said Lands, returned to the General Land Office by the Surveyor General, which said tract has been pur-
chased by the said Richard Foster
Now Know ye, That the United States of America in consideration of the premises, and in conformity with the several
acts of Congress, in such case made and provided, have given and granted, and, by these presents, do give and grant, unto the said Richard Foster,
and to his heirs, the said tract above described. To
Have and to Hold the same, together with all the rights, privileges, immunities and appurtenances, of whatsoever nature thereunto belonging, unto the said Richard
Foster, and to his heirs and assigns forever

In testimony whereof, I Andrew Jackson
President of the United States of America, have caused these Letters to be made Patent, and the seal of the General Land Office to be hereunto
affixed.
Given under my hand, at the City of Washington, the first day of October November in the year of our
Lord, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-nine thirty, and of the Independence of the United States the
fifty-fourth fifth
By the President, A. J.
G. G. E. H. Commissioner of the General Land Office

West 1/2 NE 1/4 Section 15 Township 21 Range 9

Certificate
No. 8512

The United States of America
To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting:

Whereas, Richard Foster, of Pike county, Ohio
has deposited in the General Land office of the Untied States, a certificate of the Register of th Land Office at Crawfordsville
whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said Richard Foster
according to the provisions of the act of Congress of the 24th of April, 1820, entitled, “An act making further provision for the sale of the Public Lands,” for

the West half of the North East quarter of Section fifteen in Township twenty-one, North
of Range nine West, in the district of lands offered for sale at Crawfordsville
containing eighty acres

according to the official plat of the survey of the said Lands, returned to the General Land Office by the Surveyor General, which said tract has been pur-
chased by the said Richard Foster
Now Know ye, That the United States of America in consideration of the premises, and in conformity with the several
acts of Congress, in such case made and provided, have given and granted, and, by these presents, do give and grant, unto the said Richard Foster,
and to his heirs, the said tract above described. To
Have and to Hold the same, together with all the rights, privileges, immunities and appurtenances, of whatsoever nature thereunto belonging, unto the said Richard
Foster, and to his heirs and assigns forever

In testimony whereof, I Andrew Jackson
President of the United States of America, have caused these Letters to be made Patent, and the seal of the General Land Office to be hereunto
affixed.
Given under my hand, at the City of Washington, the first day of November in the year of our
Lord, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-thirty, and of the Independence of the United States the
fifty-fifth
By the President, A. J.
E. H. Commissioner of the General Land Office

A search of the First Landowners Project helps me place this land on a map.

Then a look at an 1877 plat map of Warren County reveals that Zebulon Foster still owned the land in Sections 10 and 15. However, the plat map does not indicate an owner of the NE quarter of section 10. Nor does Zebulon Foster own the land that was in section 14.

Now that I’ve identified the ‘Land on the Wabash’, I need to figure out what happened to the land during Zebulon Foster’s lifetime.

Friday Finds

Do you have old handwritten notes in your genealogy files? I have lots of pages of such notes. Whether looking at a book or microfilm, I often took notes instead of making photocopies.

One of those pages of notes was from a biography of George W. Crawford found in the book, Biographical History of Tippecanoe, white, Jasper, Newton, Benton, Warren and Pulaski Counties, Indiana, Volume I.

Fortunately, this book is one of the many digitized and found on Archive.org. Thus, I was able to transcribe the entire biography of George W. Crawford.

Crawford-IN-014-Geo-W-Crawford-Tippecanoe-White-Jasper-Newton-Warren

George Crawford Biography

Biographical History of Tippecanoe, White, Jasper, Newton, Benton, Warren adn Pulaski Counties, Indiana. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1899

p. 398

Born on the old homestead which he now owns and occupies, in Pike township, Warren county, George W. Crawford is one of the honored old residents of this locality. His parents, William Allen and Lutitia (Snodgrass) Crawford, were pioneers of this county, as they came here in 1829, and entered the identical tract of land now in the possession of George W. and cultivated by him for many years.
William A. Crawford was born in Kentucky, July 23, 1803, and was but two years old when his parents took him to Preble county, Ohio. There he grew to manhood, and was married to Miss Snodgrass March 15, 1827, and within two years the young couple came to this section of Indiana. Here they bravely mastered the difficulties of frontier life, and by industry and preserving labor made a comfortable home in the wilderness and reared their children to be good and useful citizens in whatever community they should dwell. Every one who knew them was their friend and their house was an example of unlimited cheer and hospitality. Faithful and consistent members of the Christian church, their daily lives were beautiful reflections of that of the Master who disciples they professed to be. The father passed to the better land April 24, 1854. The mother, born in Harrison county, Kentucky, July 22, 1805, a child of Samuel and Sarah (Sellars) Snodgrass, is still living. Though now in her ninety-fourth year, she is remarkably sound in mind and body, and her senses of sight and hearing are but little impaired. She was about nineteen years of age when she went with her parents to Preble county, Ohio, and there she was married. She became a typical frontiers-woman, brave, self-possessed, industrious and self-reliant and in the first years of her residence in this section she had abundant need of all the fortitude and endurance which she possessed. She was equal to the burdens placed upon her, and imparted strength and courage to every

page 399

one who came within range of her helpful, fearless nature. Her home is now made with her daughter, Mrs. Robb, of West Lebanon, Warren county.
William A. and Lutitia Crawford were the parents of seven sons and four daughters. Two of the sons, James Samuel and William Marion, were heroes of the war of the Rebellion — heroes whose lives were offered up willing sacrifices to their loved country. Both enlisted in Company E, Eighty-sixth Regiment of Indiana Volunteer Infantry. James S. was taken prisoner at the battle of Murfreesboro, and died in the hands of the Confederates; and William M. died at Camp Dennison, September 6, 1862. The eldest daughter, Jane married Benton Williams and died a number of years ago. Three other children died in early life. The surviving members of the family are George W., John D., of West Lebanon; Harvey of Dodge City, Kansas, Margaret, wife of Bolivar Robb, of West Lebanon; and Sarah Elizabeth, wife of Henry A. Houpt, of Pike township.
George W. Crawford was born October 30 1846, and has never lived at any other place than on the old homestead. He is a practical and successful farmer and in highly respected by a large circle of friends and well-wishers. Socially, he is a Mason, a Knight of Pythias, a member of the Woodmen of the World, and in his political views he is an uncompromising Republican. One of the notable and interesting events of his somewhat uneventful life was the journey through the western states, commonly known hereabout as the “Pilgrimage,” and frequently mentioned in this work, in connection with the history of hte participants of this delightful trip. It was made in the autumn of 1891, and over two months were spent by these seven old friends and neighbors in visiting the chief points of interest in the western states, National Park, etc.
January 4, 1875, G. W. Crawford married Miss Sarah E. Porter, daughter of Elias Porter, a pioneer of this county. Mr. and Mrs. Crawford have a son and a daughter, named respectively Donald Porter and Stella L.

This biography is NOT for my line of Crawfords but for the James and Martha (Knight) line. Since my family seemed to migrate alongside James and Martha, there are quite a few details in this biography that may help with researching my line.

  • 1803 – Kentucky – William A. Crawford’s place of birth
  • 1805 – Harrison County KY – Lutitia’s place of birth / residence of Samuel and Sarah (Sellars) Snodgrass
  • 1824 – Preble County, OH – approximate arrival time of Snodgrass family
  • 1827 – Preble County OH – William A. Crawford married Miss Snodgrass
  • 1829 – Warren County, IN – William and Lutitia arrival

Not only does this biography help me build a timeline, but viewing the digital copy of the book contains a hint of a second volume which is not part of my handwritten notes. In the index, there is an entry for George W Crawford and Lutitia Crawford. The page number for Lutitia was 885 which is greater than the number of pages in the book I viewed. A search of Google turned up a digital copy of Volume 2 in the Indiana State Library collection.

On page 885 is a biography of Mrs. Lutetia Crawford which is very similar to the information about her in the George W. Crawford biography.

A search of volume II for the word, Crawford, turned up another biography related to the James and Martha Crawford family. On page 953, is the biography of Parmenas G. Smith. The wife of Parmenas Smith was identified as Eliza M. Shankland, daughter of David Shankland and his wife, Sarah Crawford. Since Sarah was a daughter of James and Martha Crawford, Eliza Shankland was their granddaughter. Thus, this biography will also help build the timeline for the travel of the Crawford families.

Biographical History of Tippecanoe, White, Jasper, Newton, Benton, Warren adn Pulaski Counties, Indiana, Volume II. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1899.

Digital copy in Indiana State Library Digital Collections / https://indianamemory.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p1819coll6/id/24466

page 953

Parmenas G. Smith

Parmenas G. Smith, who after a life of industry and indefatigable toll is now spending the evening of his span of years in retirement at his pleasant home in West Lebanon, Warren county, is a native of Bourbon county, Kentucky, his birth having occurred October 9, 1821. He was one of the eight children, three of whom were sons, of George W. and Mary Smith, who in

page 954
1830 emigrated to Vermilion county, Illinois. Two of the sons and two of the daughters still living. The father, George W. Smith, died March 30, 1853.
It twas in 1840 that P. G. Smith came to Warren county, and December 11th of that year his marriage to Eliza M. Shankland was celebrated. She is a daughter of David Shankland, one of the early pioneers of this county. Born in Nicholas county, April 9, 1795, a son of John Shankland, who had located in that state soon after the close of the Revolutionary war, he left home at twenty years of age and dwelt for a few years in Ohio. He was married in Preble county, that state, September 27, 1817, to Sally Crawford, whose brother William was a pioneer of Warren county. In October, 1829, David Shankland, wife and six children arrived in this county and took up their abode upon government land in Pike township. There the father cleared a fine farm and resided until his death, Jun 11, 1872, the result of an accident, he having been thrown from his wagon. His wife, who was in the wagon, also, was badly injured, but recovered. She died April 16, 1875. They were esteemed members of the Christian church, and were relied upon to do all within their power in support of good causes. He was very fond of music, possessed a fine voice, and at various times taught a singing school with marked success. In the early days of his residence here he had fine sport as a hunter, as wolves, deer and other wild game were abundant, and he was an excellent marksman. Three of the six children who accompanied him to this state survive: Mrs. Smith; David, now of the state of Oregon; and Mrs. Sarah Byers, of Steuben township, Warren county.
The eldest child of P. G. Smith and wife, and their only son, Columbus, died when two years and three months old. Their four daughters are, respectively: Jane, wife of George W. Compton; Mrs. Amanda M. Cronkhite; Sally J., wife of Joseph Whitten; and Anna M. Mrs William Siddens.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith are devoted members of the Christian church, and have endeavored to embody in their lives the noble principles in which they believe. They have tried to aid and uplift their fellow men, lending a helping hand to the poor and needy, and cheering and sympathizing with those in trouble.