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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

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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.

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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

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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.

Will in Deed Book

Is this an April Fool’s Joke?

Have you ever encountered a will entered into a deed book? I’ve seen those ‘et al’ deeds where the land is split between children, or deeds from the administrator of an estate to a child or children, but I don’t recall ever finding an actual will in a deed book.

However, while searching the deed indexes of Warren County, Indiana for FOSTER deeds, I found the will of Richard Foster on page 420 of volume 11 of the deeds.

Warren County Indiana
Deed records, 1827-1901

Deed records, V. 10-11, 1841-1850 Film 1977054 GS 8071879

Foster Richard Will & Testament Book 11 page 420

IN the name of God Amen, I Richard Foster of the County of Pike
and State of Ohio being sick and weak in body but of sound dis
posing mind and memory and understanding considering the
certainty of death and uncertainty of the time thereof and being
desirous to settle my worldly affairs and thereby be the better
prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me
home do therefore make and publish this my last will and
testament in manner and form following that is to say firstly
I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my
body to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my
Executrix hereinafter named and after my dets and fun
eral charges are paid second 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. Thirdly, I will and
bequeath unto my beloved wife Rachel all the reside of my
lands and covenants with all my goods and shattels moneys
and credits after paying all my just debts so long as she shall
remain my widow for the purpose of raising my children and
to be at her disposal during the — Fourthly I will that at the
death of my wife that the two oldest of my children, to wit
Jeremiah B Foster and John Foster shall account for the ad
vancement made to them as per receipts and Zebulon Foster
according to the bequest made above and then an equal dii
[decid] struck between all my children, to wit, Jeremiah
B Foster, John Foster, Eliza Wilson, Zebulon Foster, Cassandra
Foster, Lemuel G Foster, Asenath Foster, Thomas Foster,
Seth C. Foster and Rachel Foster share and share alike.
And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint y dear wife
Rachel Foster to sole executrix of this my last will
and testament revoking and annulling all former wills by
me heretofore made satisfying and confirming this and none
other to be my last will and testament. In testimony whereof
I Richard Foster have to this my will consisting of one sheet of paper
set my hand and seal this seventh day oF June in the year
of our Lord God (1831) one thousand eight hundred and thirty
one
(seal)
Signed & Seal in presence of us
Be it known on the day before the above will was wrote the deceased richard Fostr called
on us to bear witness that the above was his will In testimony
whereof we have hereunto set our hand and seals as witness

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.
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.

Since the version transcribed into the deed book does not identify the witnesses of the will, I looked for the actual will in the records for Pike County, Ohio. The will is recorded on page 54 of volume 1 of Pike County, Ohio will records.

Pike County Ohio
Will Record
Vol. 1
page 54

State of Ohio
Pike County

Pike Court of common Pleas June Term
being the 20th day of June AD 1831

Be it remembered that on this day the last will
and testament of Richard Foster late of Pike county deceased
was [exhibited] in open court and proved by the oaths of Joseph Foster
George Johnston and James Davis in all things agreeable to the statute
in such cases mad and provided as follows to wit”
State of Ohio Pike County
This day personally appeared before the Court of Common Please ina nd
for said County the within name Joseph Foster George Johnston
and James Davis who being duly sworn did depose and say that they
were present at the time of speaking the testamentory words named
in the within instrument by the said Richard Foster, now deceased
that the same was immediately reduced to writing and was read over to the
said Richard Foster and then and there declared to be his last will and
testament and that he then and there desire @ these deponents to bear
testimony that such was his will which they accordingly did and within
six days thereafter attested the same as such that the same was done
and made by the said Richard Foster in his last sickness and that at
the time of making said will he the said Richard was of sound mind
and memory and these deponents are entirely disinterested unto the
subject matter of said will.
Sworn to and subscribed
in open Court June 20th 1831
Joseph Foster
George Johnston
James Davis

And the Court being satisfied that said will has been duly executed
and that the testator was of full age and of sound mind and memory
and not under any restraint at the time of executing the same It
is therefore ordered by the Court that said Will be admitted to record
pursuant to statute which said will reads in the word following “to wit,”
In the name of God Amen
I Richard Foster of the County of Pike and State of Ohio being sick
and week in body but of sound disposing mind memory and
understanding considering the certainty of death and uncertainty of
the time thereof and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs
and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall
please God to call me home do therefore make and publish this my
last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say
I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body to
the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executrix here
in after named and after my debts and funeral charges are paid
Second I will and bequeath unto my third son Zebulon Foster

page 55
all the land 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 overplus to the said estate andI also givve 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. Thirdly I will and bequeath unto
my beloved wife Rachel all the reside of my lands and tenements
with all my goods and chattels moneys and credits after paying all
my just bills so long as she shall remain my widow for the purpose
of raising my children and to be at her disposal during the Fourthly
I will that at my death of my wife that the two eldest of my children, “to wit,”
Jeremiah B foster & John Foster shall account for the advancement
made to them as per receipts and Zebulon Foster according to the bequest
made above and them and equal dividend be struck between all my
children, “to wit,” Jeremiah B. Foster, John Foster, Eliza Wilson, Zebulon
Foster, Cassandra Foster, Lemuel G Foster, Asenith Foster, Thomas
Foster, Seth C Foster and Rachel Foster share and share alike
And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my dear wife Rachel
Foster to be sole executrix of this my last will and testament revoking
and annulling all former wills by me heretofore made ratifying and
confirming this and none other to be my last will and testament
In testimony whereof I Richard Foster have to this my will consisting
of one sheet of paper, set my hand and seal this seventh day of June
in the year of our Lord God (1831) one thousand eight hundred
and thirty one
Seal
Signed and sealed in presence of us
Be it known that on the day the above Will was wrote the deceased
Richard Foster, called us to bear witness that the above was his
will. In testimony whereof we have hereunto set our hands as
witness this 13th day of June one thousand eight hundred
and thirty one
Joseph Foster Seal
George Johnston seal
James Davis seal

Ohio Probate Records, 1789-1996, Pike County, Will Record Vol. 1 1815-1865, Richard Foster, 1831; digitized images, FamilySearch (www.famlysearch.org : viewed online 17 March 2022).
Ohio Probate Records, 1789-1996, Pike County, Will Record Vol. 1 1815-1865, Richard Foster, 1831; digitized images, FamilySearch (www.famlysearch.org : viewed online 17 March 2022).

Since these two records are very similar, it is obvious that finding the copy of the will in a deed book is not an April Fool’s joke. This is just another example of why I like to use records found in a Recorder of Deeds office.

Ignored?

As you look at your pedigree chart, do you have ‘favorite’ lines to research? Are there lines that haven’t received as much of your attention? Readers of this blog are well aware that I have favorites – particularly my Crawford line.

While updating my research of Zebulon and Caroline (Ostrander) Foster, it became obvious that I had not equally researched my various lines. The research I had on this family was basically census, marriage and cemetery records. Even though I was aware that Zebulon owned land in Indiana, I had not done any land record research for him.

When looking back over my years of research, accessing these land records is much easier today than when I began my genealogy journey. Prior to the family History Library digitizing their collection of microfilm, I had to travel to access these records. Thus, lines that were in published genealogies were relegated to my ‘ignore for now’ pile. Since a group of researchers, led by Wayne E Dawson, put together The History and Ancestry of Rev. John Foster, 1735-1800, my Foster research got put in the ‘ignore for now’ file.

Thankfully, those deed records have been digitized. While I can’t access the Warren County, Indiana land records from home, I can view them at Seneca Free Library which is an affiliate library. Thus, I only have to travel 0.5 miles to view these records.

A search of the general index to deeds for Warren County, Indiana from 1826 to 1864 revealed quite a few FOSTER records. However, entries for Zebulon Foster did not appear until volume 3 where his first appearance in the index indicates Zebulon Foster purchased land from George Pence in 1854.

Besides Zebulon Foster, there are land transactions for the following Fosters:

  • Joseph Foster
  • Fredrick Foster
  • John Foster – possibly Zebulon’s older brother
  • Jeremiah B Foster – likely Zebulon’s older brother
  • David Foster
  • Lackey Foster
  • Joshua Foster
  • Samuel B Foster
  • John G Foster
  • Houston Foster
  • William Foster
  • Hamilton Foster
  • Paulina Foster
  • William B Foster
  • Arthur Foster
  • Russell Foster
  • Daniel Foster
  • Mary Foster
  • Mary A Foster
  • Henry Foster
  • Polly Foster
  • Horace Foster
  • Richard Foster

While it will take some time to work with all of these deeds, they will help me separate the various FOSTER families in Warren County, Indiana while improving the documentation I have on my Zebulon Foster family and removing that ‘ignored’ status from this line.

Friday Finds – Crawford Obits

Do you have clippings of obituaries in your genealogy files? Or do you prefer the digital versions of the newspapers. I have both. Since I can access a lot of newspapers from my own home, I do prefer the digital versions. However, those digital copies are a luxury that earlier genealogists did not have.

Instead, they collected clippings. And I was fortunate to connect with such a researcher / clipper of Warren County Indiana thru Walter Salts. His collection of binders of clippings was donated to the Illiana Genealogical and Historical Society in Danville, Illinois.

Buried in my files are photocopies of pages from these binders. While going thru my past Indiana research, I came across one set of these photocopies that contains the obituaries of James H. Crawford and his first wife, Eliza Jane (Swisher).

Mrs. Elisha Briggs, of this place, last Monday received intelligence of the death of her brother’s wife, Mrs. Eliza Jane Crawford, which occurred after an illness of several weeks, at Dodge City, Kans., on Friday July 8th, 1892, at 7:20 a.m. Deceased was the wife of James H. Crawford, who several years since removed from this county and located in Kansas. She was over 50 years of age and leaves an husband an six children, the youngest of whom is 18 years of age. Mrs. Crawford died of heart trouble. The funeral was held at the Methodist Church, of which denomination she had been a worthy and exemplary member for many years, at 2 o’clock p.m. last Sunday.

probably from Warren Republican July 14, 1892 issue

In that same set of photocopies was the obituary for J. H. Crawford. There is a handwritten date on the obit: 7-16-1908.

J. H. Crawford Dead

J. H. Crawford died at his home in Dodge City, Kan., Wednesday of last week and was buried Friday. He was somewhere near 75 years of age at the time of his death and his passing away was probably due in a great measure to his advanced age.

Mr. Crawford was formerly a resident of this county, residing on the farm between here and Williamsport which he sold to the Ringel Bros.’ father when he left here for Kansas many years ago. Mr. Crawford has many friends in this county who will be grieved to learn of his demise.

EG p. 52

And then on another page of clippings is a full obituary for Eliza J. Swisher Crawford

Eliza J. Swisher Crawford

Eliza J., daughter of John and Emelia Swisher, was born in Warren county, Indiana, July 14th, 1835.

She was converted when a child, and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church at “Crow’s Grove,” Indiana, since called “Swisher’s Chapel,” in honor of her grandfather, who was a pioneer in that country.

Her parents died before she was grown, leaving in her charge two younger brothers and a sister, she being the eldest of four children. The charge she faithfully kept, always looking after their welfare s though they were her own children.

On April 10th, 1856, she was married to James H. Crawford at the residence of her uncle, William F. Wood, where she then lived. There were born unto them seven children – William N., John D., Charles H. (died in infancy), Abraham L, Jennie, Henry C., and Clara V.

In 1878 she, with her family, immigrated to Ford county, Kansas, here she has since resided.

She has been in feeble health for several ears, but on Easter Sunday was taken ill with what, at that time, seemed a slight indisposition, but in spite of all that loving hands and medical skill could do continued to grow worse until the morning of July 8th, at 7:20 o’clock, when, surrounded by husband and family she quietly crossed the dark river, after bidding them a fond farewell, and entreating them to meet her in heaven.

The funeral services were held in the M.E. Church, on Sunday, at 2:30 p.m. attended by a large concourse of friends many being unable to get inside the church. The remains were interred in the Maple Grove cemetery.

She was a pious and devoted Christian. Among her leading characteristics was her love and devotion to the wants of her family. The greatest happiness she ever knew was in promoting the happiness of her loved ones.

While the family are overcome with grief at parting with their dearest loved one, they humbly bow to the Divine will and say with her, “He doeth all things well.” she was loved by all who knew her and her loss is deeply mourned by all. — Dodge City, (Kan.,) Globe-Republican

likely from Warren Republican July 28, 1892

While these obituaries are similar to the ones found in the Dodge City, Kansas papers, they provide a glimpse of the family from the county of their birth. The digital versions of the Dodge City newspapers can be found on Newspapers.com. Below are citations for those obituaries:

Eliza Crawford

“Died,” The Journal-Democrat (Dodge City, Kansas), 16 July 1892, page 4; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 6 February 2022).

“Obituary,” The Dodge City Globe (Dodge City, Kansas), 18 July 1892, page 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online October 2019).

James Crawford

“Pioneer Citizen Sleeps into Peaceful Death,” The Journal-Democrat (Dodge City, Kansas), 10 July 1908, page 4 col. 6; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 22 December 2021)

“Old Settler Gone,” The Globe-Republican (Dodge City, Kansas), 9 July 1908, page 1; digital images, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 6 February 2022).

William Duggins Indiana land

Would you consider yourself a ‘straight-line’ researcher or a ‘branching out’ researcher. In other words do you only research ancestors or do you branch out and research their siblings. I have to admit to being a ‘branching out’ researcher along with a multiple shrubs researcher.

As I’ve been going back thru my research, I recently realized that I haven’t reviewed my research for my ancestors half brothers, William and Henry Duggins. Since I recently discovered that William received patents for land in Warren county, Indiana where my ancestor, Nelson Crawford also patented land, I decided that I need to review my research for William and do some more digging into his life.

A search of the Bureau of Land Management records reveals that William Duggins received two patents for land in Warren County, Indiana. The first is certificate No. 35937 dated 1 July 1852.

The United States of America
Certificate
No. 35937

To all to whom these presents shall come, Greetings:
Whereas William A. Duggins, of Preble County, Ohio
has deposited in the General Land Office of the United States, a Certificate of the Register of the
Land Office at Crawfordsville, whereby it appears that full payment has been madd by the said
William A Duggins
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 and the East half of the South West
quarter and the North East quarter of the south east quarter and the
North West quarter of the South West quarter of section thirty in town-
ship twenty three, north of range nine west, in the District of lands
subject to sale at Crawfordsville, Indiana, containing two hundred
and thirty six acres, and ninety four hundredths of an acre

according to the official plat of the survey of the said Lands, returned to the general Land Office by the Surveyor
General, which said tracts have been purchased by said William A. Duggins

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 William A. Duggins
and to his heirs, the said tracts 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
William A. Duggins,
and to his heirs and assigns forever,

In testimony Whereof, I Millard Fillmore
President of the United States of American, 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 July,
in the Year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty two, and of the
Independence of the United States the Seventy Sixth
By the President: Millard Fillmore
By Alex. McCormick Apt Sec’y
E. S. Terry, Recorder of the General Land Office

U.S. General Land Office Records, 1776-2015, William A Duggins, 1 July 1852; database with images, Ancestry.com (: viewed online 11 February 2022). Original Source: U.S. Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records.

The second patent was for certificate Number 36087 dated 1 August 1853.

The United States of America

Certificate
No. 36087

To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting:
Whereas William A Duggins of Preble County Ohio
has deposited in the General Land Office of the United States, a Certificate of the Register of the
Land office at Crawfordsville whereby it appears that full payment has been amde by the said
William A. Duggins
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 South East quarter of the South East quarter and
the South West quarter of the South West quarter of section Thirty, in
Township Twenty Three North of Range Nine West int he District of Lands
Subject to sale at Crawfordsville Indiana containing twenty six acres
and ninety four hundredths of an acre

according to the official plat of the survey of said Lands, returned to the General Land Office by the Surveyor
General, which said tract has been purchased by the said William A. Duggins
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 William A. Duggins
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 William A. Duggins

and to his heirs and assigns forever

In testimony whereof, I, Franklin Pierce
President of the United States of America, have caused these Letters 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 August,
in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty third and of the
Independence of the United States the Seventy eighth
By the President, Franklin Pierce
By Jno H Wheeler Apt Sec’y
J H Granger Recorder of the General Land Office

U.S. General Land Office Records, 1776-2015, William A. Duggins, 1 August 1853; database with images, Ancestry.com (: viewed online 11 February 2022). Original Source: U.S. Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records.

A search of the ‘First Landowner’s’ database on the History.Geo website for Duggins in township 23N of range 9W reveals that William A. Duggins was the first land owner of the south half of section 30 of T23N R9W in Warren county, Indiana

This map shows that William Duggins’ land in section 30 is just south of land his half brother, Nelson Crawford, owned in section 19. Seeing them as neighbors in Warren County, Indiana reinforces the idea that I need to expand my knowledge of William Duggins and his family.