(This series about the HENTHORN surname began Thursday, 19 Nov 1970). The articles were republished in Family Research in Monroe County, Ohio, Volume 1. Note: Some surname capitalization added by REH.)
HENTHORNE FAMILY - 1st Installment
Is your surname HENTHORNE? If so, perhaps you have some scattered bits and pieces to add to this family tree, as again we have a tangled web to unweave. In addition to Mrs. Grace SCHAFER of Hannibal, who is a descendant, I have heard from Mrs. Roy L. HENTHORN of 6905 N.W. 32nd, Bethany, Okla. 73008; Mrs. A.R. BOLERJACK of 4870 Tony, San Jose, Calif. 95124; and a Mrs. COPUS of Wisconsin who even called me long distance one day just to see if I could add any information to what she already had. Her address is 913 W. Fulton St., Edgerton, Wisc. 53534.
According to Hardesty's History, JAMES HENTHORNE, the Original Clarington Settler (hereinafter referred to as James-OCS, to minimize the confusion) came to Monroe Co. about 1798-9 and was a Revolutionary Soldier. At this time I can not prove either one of the statements. He did not make application for a pension, but the first general law regarding pensions was passed in 1818, and he was probably deceased by then. I have never found an application made by his widow either. That source also states that he came from the Fort on Wheeling Creek and that he had been at the Fort when Boggs was killed on Boggs Island by the Indians. In order to pinpoint dates, it would be necessary to sidetrack to history in order to back track on this genealogy, but that is another story, and will be the subject of other columns. Suffice to say that since this is not my family, and I do not have any history books dealing specifically with the Indian Wars around Wheeling, I leave that for you, if this is your family.
Hardesty's History also states that James HENTHORNE, the O.C.S. had the following children: James Jr., Henry, William, Adam, Ann, and Mary. Marriage records for Ann and Mary can be found in Monongalia Co. W. Va. -- Ann married Daniel KIGER, Feb. 9, 1796 and Mary HENTHORNE married Thomas KIRKPATRICK, Feb. 11, 1800. Hardesty also states that James Jr. married Nancy BOWEN in Salem Township in 1800 and William married Susan PARROTT in Monroe Co., in 1807. If you add those pieces of information together, it appears that James HENTHORNE, the O.C.S. lived in Monongalia Co., Virginia until the first part of 1800, and then came to Monroe Co.
The next step is to try to find some dates for this James, the O.C.S., and we now surmise that he was in Monroe Co. by 1800. The earliest extant census for the State of Ohio is 1820, but there still is one for Newport Township in Washington Co. Ohio for 1800. That township later went to form Monroe Co. in 1820. That 1800 census shows James HINTHORN, James HINTHORN, Jr. and John HINTHORN.
The next information I have is the 1818 tax list for Monroe Co. and there I found listings for James HENTHORN, Sr.; James HENTHORN Jr.; and two women, Margaret HENTHORN & Elizabeth HENTHORN. This still doesn't add up to much, so we go to the 1820 census, and there we find families headed by Adam HENTHORNE, over 45 years of age; John HENTHORNE over 45; James HENTHORNE over 45 - but he also had four children under 10; Margaret HENTHORNE over 45. She had children in her family who were born between 1804-1810, so I think we can discount her as being the widow of James the O.C.S. It also seems that we can discount the 1820 listed James as being the O.C.S. so we back track to the 1818 tax list, and there we had a James Sr. and James Jr. but it is my contention that the Sr. in that year was really James, the son of the original James, and the Jr. was a third generation HENTHORNE. It begins to look as if James, the O.C.S. was alive in 1800 and listed in Newport Township as James HINTHORN, but deceased by 1818, with Elizabeth being his widow, but that she too was deceased by 1820. However, proving this is likely to be difficult, in view of the scarcity of early Monroe Co. records.
Hardesty's History also has another bit of information which shows that James, the O.C.S. was deceased by 1822. That source states that the site of Clarington was willed by James HENTHORNE to his son William, who in turn sold it to David PIERSON, who laid out the town of Clarington in 1822.
Now we can try to find out when James, the O.C.S. was born. A general rule of thumb allows 30 years for a generation, but of course families in those days always had several children, so a parent could generally be around 20 years older than this oldest child, and 40 years older than his youngest child, but don't count on it. Hardesty's History also mentions a man who was 92 years older than his youngest child.
But, if this is the only thing to go on, you have to at least give it a try. The 1820 census shows James HENTHORNE over 45, so he had to be born at least by 1775. We fare better with John, as we have specific dates for him. He is buried in the HARTER Cemetery in Hannibal and was born Nov. 7, 1772 and died in July of 1846. The son, Adam, is also buried in the HARTER Cemetery, and his tombstone shows that he was born in 1780. The birthdate for Henry is placed circa 1775-80, and since Ann and Mary were married in 1796 and 1800 respectively, I suppose they were a few years younger than Henry. I have no date yet for William.
I would think that James, Jr. was the eldest son - Juniors generally are - so we can move his birth back a few years and still be within a safe range. Now we can surmise that James (the OCS) and his wife were probably married circa 1770, and if you again surmise that they were normal human beings, with normal instincts and were married when they were around 20 years of age, if we add another 17-20 years, we come up with a possible birthdate for them of around 1750, give or take a few years either way. Now we have a possible span of years in which they lived out their lives - 1750-1820, the proverbial three score years and ten.
HENTHORNE FAMILY - 2nd Installment
Mrs. Grace SCHAFER asked me to write about the HENTHORNE Family in this column and lent me her notebook of information, so this is an attempt to get a family chart started. I notice that the HENTHORNE family had a reunion near Beallsville in August, so if there is a Family historian connected with that group, perhaps he (or she) can correct some of these assumptions.
The names of the children of James HENTHORNE; the Original Clarington Settler, are available in Hardesty's History, and based on the limited information available to me at this point, I would say that the birth dates for them probably were: James, Jr. born circa 1771; John, born in 1772; Henry, born in 1775; Ann, who married Daniel KIGER, born in 1776; Mary, who married Thomas KIRKPATRICK, born in 1778; Adam, born in 1780; and William, born in 1782. Those dates may not be correct, so don't quote me as the authority, I am merely trying to start a Henthorne Family Chart, and as more information is collected, perhaps some of these children will have to be changed around somewhat.
James, Jr. - according to Hardesty's History, he married Nancy BOWEN. I think he moved to Illinois. He is the ancestor of Mrs. Copus of Wisconsin and she is attempting to work out his line.
John, born in 1772 - he married Mary Eleanor JARRETT in Monroe Co. and then left this area between 1807 and 1810 as he is listed in the Monongalia Co. Va. census in 1810. He purchased land in Monongalia Co. in 1814, and when he sold it in Aug. of 1832 (see Monongalia Co. Deed Book 11, Old Series, page 461) the deed states: "John Henthorn and Mary Eleanor, his wife, of Monroe Co., State of Ohio, ... 30 acres, part of a 250 acre
(Note: There seems to be a type setting problem at this point. The previous paragraph doesn't seem to have an end and the following text seems to be on a different subject)
(The next seems to be a continuation about John and Mary Eleanor HENTHORNE, stating that, "They are buried ... ".) on the HARTER Cemetery in Hannibal, and the tombstones show that John died July 23, 1846, aged 74 years and Mary HENTHORNE died June 21, 1867, aged 79 years. Their children were (1) William and James, twins, born Jan. 11, 1806; (2) John Jarrett HENTHORNE, born May 25, 1807 and married Persia M. DURKEE, July 20, 1830; (3) Thomas J. HENTHORN, born Feb. 25, 1809; (4) Nimrod Evans HENTHORNE, a physician at Clarington and Baresville (Hannibal) born Mar. 9, 1811; (5) Ann HENTHORNE, born Sept. 7, 1813; (6) Matilda HENTHORN, born Mar. 19, 1815, married Abraham KYGER; (7) Adam HENTHORN, born Sept. 10, 1819 and married Cassandra, he was a stone mason by trade, and his children were: William, b. 1840; Alonzo, b. 1842; Nimrod, b. 1843; Charles, b. 1845; Mary, b. 1847 and Martha, b. 1850; (8) Mary E. HENTHORN, born Sep. 11, 1821. Mrs. SCHAFER is descended through #4, Nimrod Evans. Nimrod married Nancy Graves DURKEE or DIERKES, a sister of the Persia who married his brother, John. They were children of Benjamin DURKEE an 1812 soldier. They had three sons who served in the Civil War - James B., who died in service; Deming O'Connor HENTHORNE, Co. E. 116th Ohio Inf. and John Wesley HENTHORNE, who served in Co. H. 77th Ohio Inf. John Wesley HENTHORNE married Mary Jane RUSH and they were Mrs. SCHAFER'S ancestors.
Mrs. SCHAFER also had access to Dr. Nimrod's account book, and some of the items noted in that book were as follows: "July 26, 1865 - Fleming Harrison returned home from the Union Army, 180th Reg. O.V.I. with an honorable discharge, therefore the above bill of $18.85 is settled in full."
The same type of entry was entered with the name of Benjamin Howell of the 180th Regiment. In Sept. of 1851, it was noted that he purchased one barrel of whiskey containing 41 gallons for the sum of $7.89, (probably for medicinal purposes). In 1875, he discounted the bill owed him by Joseph Hicks in the amount of $41.50 "in consequence of getting his house burned and losing all his household goods." Dr. Nimrod HENTHORN and his wife are both buried at the HARTER Cemetery in Hannibal (Nimrod, b. 1811, died Mar. 1, 1879 and Nancy b. April 4, 1817, died Oct 15, 1892).
Henry, born circa 1775 - according to information in Mrs. SCHAFER'S notebook, he died in 1843 in Monongalia Co., W. Va. He was a stone mason and in the War of 1812 and was married to Sarah RIDGEWAY, daughter of Lot RIDGEWAY and Catharine FRAZIER. Sarah was born May 30, 1781 in Berkeley Co., W. Va. and died Sept. 1, 1861 in Monongalia Co., W. Va. Their children were (1) Lot - 1803-1867, married Ann STEWART; (2) Nancy, born 1810, mar. Charles STEWART who was born 1794 and died 3-3-1868; (3) John W. HENTHORN, born circa 1807, mar. Malinda West; (4) Julia Ann, born 1816, mar. John EVERLY; (5) Mary born May 1817, died Nov. 30, 1894; mar. (1st) David DURBIN and (2nd) Mr. DONALDSON.
Ann, born about 1776 - married Daniel KIGER in Monongalia Co. W. Va. She and her husband moved to Vermilion Co., Illinois between 1833 and 1835, as evidenced by this deed record from the Monroe Co. Recorder's office: Book #1, page 213 - "Whereas on the 15th of March 1833 by deed of that date Daniel KIGGER of the County of Monroe and State of Ohio but now of the County of Vermillion in the State of Illinois, did for and in consideration of $500.00 to him paid by John HENTHORN ... fractional Section No. 24; Twp. 2, Range 3 ... and whereas Ann KIGGER wife of said Daniel who was at the ... wife of him, and is still living and remains the wife of said Daniel, and hath not heretofore joined with said Daniel in the conveyance of the subscribed tract of land hereby ... /s/ Ann Kigger, 29, July 1835 - deposition taken at Vermillion Co., Ill." (... indicates burned portions of this deed record.) Additional information on Daniel and Ann KIGER can be found in this column under date of Feb. 12, 1970.
Mary, born circa 1776 - married Thomas KIRKPATRICK in Monongalia Co., Va. I have no more information on her at this time.
William, probably born about 1782 - his wife was supposed to have been Susanna PARROTT, however, it could be that her last name was JARRETT, in view of the fact that Wm.'s brother married a Mary JARRETT. Mrs. BOLERJACK of California was interested in lining up his descendants. His middle name may have been David, and some records indicate that he moved to Vermillion Co. Ind. about 1830 and died there in 1842.
HENTHORNE FAMILY - 3rd Installment
If all of the pieces of information you have fit the family puzzle you really have it made, but generally that is not the case. There are generally leftovers, and that is the case with these HENTHORNES in Monroe Co.
The first question is, "Who is the Adam HENTHORNE who is buried in the Rutter Cemetery near Cameron?" Mrs. SCHAFER is of the opinion that he was a brother of James, the Original Clarington Settler, but I don't think she had documentary proof of this statement. Obviously, he was not the son of James, the O.C.S. as that Adam is the one buried at the HARTER Cemetery.
The Adam HENTHORNE buried in the RUTTER Cemetery died August, 1830, aged 49 years, therefore born about 1781. His wife was named Nancy and she was appointed as the administrator of his estate at the May term of court, 1835. She died in Sept. 1847 and I think the tombstone shows "aged 61" but it is badly eroded. It too, is in RUTTER Cemetery. After her death, one of the heirs sued the others for partition of property in an action filed January 13, 1848, so their heirs can be proved by this suit: Eli BALDWIN and Anne, his wife vs. heirs of Adam HENTHORNE deceased, i.e. Joseph HENTHORNE, Andrew HENTHORNE, Margaret ULLOM (she was the widow of Joseph), Phebe HENTHORNE, Mary CLARK and Daniel CLARK her husband, Jane HENTHORNE a resident of the State of Virginia and Daniel HENTHORNE.
Again to try to find out when this Adam and Nancy HENTHORNE were married, we have to first find out the ages of their children. Annie BALDWIN, wife of Eli and Mary CLARK, consort of Daniel, are also buried in the RUTTER Cemetery, so it was easy enough to get dates for them. Ann died March 1861, aged 39 years, 11 months, 2 days, and Mary CLARK died May 14, 1851, aged 46 years, 6 months. Therefore, Mary was born about 1805 and Anne about 1821 so they could have been the eldest or the youngest children, and now it seems safe to assume that Adam and Nancy were married at least by 1805.
The court records also show that another suit for partition of this property as filed in 1936 by Andrew HENTHORNE by his next friend, William Walton (see my book, Vol. VII, page 49) which indicates that Andrew was a minor in 1836. It indicates the property was S.36, T.2, R.3. By 1850, I think he is the one listed as Family #34 in Salem Township. This suit lists the same heirs and it dragged on until 1852, when the only Margaret was named as Margaret CAMPBELL and James her husband, so she must have married James CAMPBELL between January 13, 1848 and July 21, 1852. Instead of Mary CLARK (who we know died in 1851, from the information on her tombstone) this suit in 1852 names her husband, Daniel, and her children as defendants. The children were Hannibal CLARK; Angeline CLARK; Franklin CLARK; Amanda CLARK; Caroline CLARK; Nancy CLARK; Mary Clark; and Julius CLARK. (However, the 1850 census shows this last named person to be Julia, a female.) An added defendant in the suit of 1852 was an Elizabeth HENTHORNE, who was not named in the prior one.
Also buried in the RUTTER Cemetery is an Ephraim HENTHORNE, who died May 29, 1821, aged 35 years, and Elizabeth, daughter of Ephraim HENTHORNE, who died February 10, 1847. The Adam buried here was born circa 1781, and this Ephraim was born about 1786, so it seems that they were of the same generation - where they brothers or cousins?
Another suit for partition in the records of the Monroe Co. Court of Common Pleas concerns the heirs of William HENTHORNE, who died prior to August 27, 1851, the date that suit was advertised in this paper. Petition for Partition: John HENTHORNE and wife vs. Adam HENTHORNE, Eli HENTHORNE, James HENTHORNE, Nathan HENTHORNE, John HENTHORNE, William HICKMAN, and Matilda, his wife, Peter STEWART and Martha, his wife, James STEWART, Fanny STEWART, Daniel STEWART, Nathan STEWART, John STEWART, Peter STEWART, Jr., Ellen STEWART and Alexander STEWART, minor heirs of Elizabeth STEWART, deceased and Fanny HENTHORNE, widow of Wm. HENTHORNE, lately deceased.
This particular William may have been the son of a James HENTHORNE, and grandson of Susannah HENTHORNE, who left a will in Ohio Co., Virginia dated February 2, 1799. That William was supposed to have been married to a lady named Fanny. See next week's issue for the will of Susannah HENTHORNE. This particular William could also be the son of James, the Original Clarington Settler, but then you have to discount the information in the 2nd installment (of this series of articles) as it shows James' son, William, as marrying a lady named Susannah, and that he moved to Illinois about 1830.
HENTHORNE FAMILY - 4th Installment
Another unknown HENTHORNE, at least at this stage of this search, is Susannah HENTHORNE. Her will can be found in Will Book 1, page 47, in Ohio County, West Virginia and it was dated Feb. 2, 1799, however the date of Probate is not given, so we have no way of telling how long it was after she wrote her will before she died, and the terms were carried out.
The following is that will: "In the name of God, Amen. I Susannah Henthorn of the County of Ohio, being very sick and weak in health and body but of perfect mind and memory, Thanks be unto God calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all women once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally I do recommend my body to the earth to be buried in descent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors, nothing doubting but at general resirection I shall receive the same again, by the mighty power of God and as touching such wordly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with in this life for all my just debts to be paid. I give and dispose of the same in the following manner -
"The witnesses to this will were Andrew White, William Henthorne, and David Howell.
Inasmuch as it is not ethical to be a witness to any paper or document in which you have a personal interest, I would be of the opinion that the witness, William HENTHORNE, was not the same as the grandson William to whom she left the remainder of her plantation. So that brings up a question - who was the witness? Another son whom she does not give anything, another grandson named William, a brother-in-law, or perhaps a nephew?
If you are saving these columns, I refer back to Adam in the 3rd installment. He is buried in RUTTER Cemetery, and Mrs. SCHAFER is of the opinion that he was the brother of James the Original Clarington Settler. Now the questions arises - is the Adam in the will of Susannah HENTHORNE, the same Adam in the RUTTER Cemetery. If so, then the James in the will is the Original Settler in Clarington, James, (OCS) had a son, William, but I guess the answer would be in the disposition made by Adam of the property he got from his mother, Susannah, to see if that disposition was made by an Adam and Nancy HENTHORNE. That item does not seem to have been checked out by the persons working on this family. Another possibility which seems to fit is the bequest to "my daughter-in-law, Elizabeth." If we assume that Susannah's son, James, was married at the time of her will, but her son, Adam, was not then the daughter-in-law must have been James' wife. Again refer to previous installment #1 which surmises that James the OCS was alive in 1800 and his widow, Elizabeth was listed in the 1818 tax list, but too was deceased by 1820.
If you are not now thoroughly confused, I shall complete this series with two more HENTHORNES which may or may not be pertinent to the family of James, the Original Clarington Settler.
A John HENTHORN, born 1715 in Ireland married Fanny, and had a son, James who was in Fayette Co. near Uniontown, Pa. but left after the Rev. War circa 1781. This John also had John, Jr., who died in 1786 in Uniontown, and a daughter, Sarah, who married for a second husband, James Quinn, and also a daughter Mary who married David Jennings. Perhaps the Monroe Co. James belonged to this family.
There was another James HENTHORN, who made a will in Berkeley Co., Va., 11 March 1775 (Will Book I, pp. 58-60). I have a copy of this will which was copied for me by Mrs. Christine Bergen, a researcher in Berkeley Co. He had a wife, Mary, a son, James, who were the executors of his will, also eldest daughter, Mary JACKSON, son Adam, daughter, Ann WATSON, daughter Elizabeth WATSON, son William HENTHORNE, daughter Sarah COLLINS, daughter Susannah ROBBE, son John HENTHORNE, grandson Joseph, son of Adam, and Mary daughter of George WATSON. Also to James YELLIGEN, on his behaving well the remainder of his service. This will was proven at the May term of court, 1776.
The Monroe Co., James HENTHORN could be the son named in this will. You can take your pick, as your guess would be as good as mine at this point. Perhaps as a result of these columns more bits and pieces will be forthcoming, and some of these questions can be answered.