This article was republished in Family Research in Monroe County, Ohio, Volume 1 with a date of February 20, 1970 which is probably an error.
Sometimes one hits a seeming impasse when trying to learn the origin of a Monroe Co. family. That was my problem tracing my Brown family. Since Monroe Co. was "off the beaten track" so to speak, and with no main artery for entry except the Ohio River, or beating your own path through the forest, it seems to me that most Monroe Countians had to come "up river" from Washington Co. Ohio, or down river from Belmont Co. or "across river" from the Virginia counties or eastern Pennsylvania.
If your problem is getting your family out of Monroe Co., I would suggest that you hunt for records in either Washington or Belmont Cos in Ohio, and even in Guernsey Co, and with no luck there, try Ohio Co., Monongalia Co. or Tyler Co. in West Virginia, or Greene, Fayette, or Washington Counties in Pennsylvania.
A Daniel Kyger or Kiger (and even sometimes spelled Cager) lived on Negro Run or Sunfish Creek. He was in Monroe Co. by 1806-1810, as his name appears on a land plat of that time, as owning land in Range 3, Township 2, Section 30, NW. He is also listed in Salem Township in the 1820 census, with 5 sons ranging in age from "under 10" to "between 16 and 26." Daniel is shown in the "over 45" age category. He also had five females in his family, presumably daughters, ranging in age from "under 10" to "between 16 and 26." His wife was in the 26/45 age category.
We are able to learn Mrs. Kyger's first name from the land records still available. In 1819 Daniel Cager and Ann, his wife, sold part of their land in R.3, T.2, S.30 to John Rutter, and in 1829 Daniel and Ann Kiger sold land to Richard Cain. Again in 1832 we find them selling more land in that same legal description to James Foggin. In 1822 the court records reveal that George Roush sued Daniel Kyger, Adam Henthorne and William Henthorne for debt in the amount of $334.00. This record tends to indicate that there may be some connection between the Kyger and Henthorne families. However, the possibility of ever being able to find out more about this Daniel Kyger, from the available records in Monroe Co., is remote. In checking the marriage record, it is now possible to surmise that perhaps the Henthornes involved in the debt action with him were his brothers-in-law. A further check of Monongalia records shows that Sara Kiger married Ralph Berkshire there on Feb. 7, 1803, and that she was a daughter of a George Kiger. It could very well be that Daniel was her brother, and also a son of George Kiger. At least that is an avenue for further research for anyone interested in this family. A James Kiger, aged 49, is listed in the 1850 Monroe Co. census, with a wife, Lucinda. Other records reveal that she was the daughter of Richard and Hannah Cain. I believe that this James Kiger was one of the sons of Daniel, but have yet to find a substantiating record to definitely prove this contention.
[Note: The remainder of the column deals with the Fitzrandolph and Randolph family and is not reproduced here. REH]