Mary Unknown Young b. 1787

Mary 4th great grandma on RootsMagic tree.

Mary was born in 1787 in Pennsylvania. Her last name, parents, nothing is known of her until she was married to Michael Young around 1807. They married in Pennsylvania and lived there until about 1820.

In 1820 Mary, Michael and 2 young children were further west in Stark County, Ohio. They had 5 more kids in Ohio and the family owned land, farmed. In 1850 Mary was 63 years old and on the 1850 census she lived in Marlborough Township, Stark, Ohio. Her kids were married and in homes of their own except for the youngest son Israel, who was 23 and lived at home. Michael and Israel farmed, Mary kept house and probably had a spectacular garden. Mary’s youngest daughter Esther had married Peter Miller and they would move near Waverly Iowa, their son William Miller was the grandad of Faber Miller.

Mary died at age 70 and is buried at Union Cemetery in Hartville, Stark County, Ohio.

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  • 1850 United States Federal Census at Ancestry
  • New map of Stark County, Ohio at Library of Congress
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Canton, Ohio : births, baptisms, deaths, marriages at FamilySearch
  • Find a grave memorial 105743390

Elizabeth Jeffrey b. 1779

Elizabeth Jeffrey 4th great grandma on RootsMagic tree.

Elizabeth was born in 1779 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. She was the oldest child of Samuel and Jane Hanna Jeffrey. A published family history states Elizabeth’s dad Samuel Jeffrey was from Ireland and came to America, first Maryland then Pennsylvania. There’s no proof for this, just a statement.

Around 1795 Elizabeth married Andrew Crooks from Pennsylvania. Elizabeth and Andrew had 7 kids. Four of the seven kids stayed in Pennsylvania. 2 moved to Ohio and 6th child Elizabeth Crooks married William Stewart in PA then went all the way west to Shell Rock, Iowa. Elizabeth Crooks Stewart was the great grandma of Elizabeth Speedy.

Elizabeth Jeffrey Crooks died in 1818 at age 36. She is buried at Montour Cemetery in Oakdale, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Her husband Andrew remarried, died 30 years later and is buried in the same cemetery.

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Christian and Anna Renistra b. 1800

Christian and Anna Renistra, 4th great grandparents on RootsMagic tree.

Christian and Anna have one record each. They were probably born in 1800, lived in Harlingen, Friesland, Netherlands. Christian probably died in 1845, Anna probably died in the 1860s. Their 2 records are for the marriage and then death of their daughter Catherina who married Garbrand Roos. Christian and Anna probably had additional kids.

Anna, her last name unknown, is on Catherina’s marriage record of June 14, 1846. The marriage record is handwritten and in German, so it’s a mystery what’s actually written. Catherina and her mom Anna are on the record, dad Christian is not, so probably deceased. Catherina’s husband Garbrand Roos with his parents Jan and Meenke Schroder are also on the 1846 record.

Roos, Garbrand and Catharina Renistra 1846 marriage

Christian and Anna lived in Harlingen, Netherlands, near the Wadden Sea, a strange space -intertidal- on the coasts of Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. The Wadden Sea at high tide is a regular coastline with water, waves. At low tide the sea disappears and the ‘bottom’ of the ocean is exposed for miles, it’s called ‘mudflats’. There are six-and-a-half hours between high tide -1.5 meters, about 5 feet deep; and low tide -mudflats.

Probably shortly after Anna’s death, daughter Catherina with Garbrand and their Roos family migrated to America in 1862, first Illinois, then Grundy County, Iowa. Their son Johan married Lena Wisbar, whose son George Roose and wife Mary Frerichs had a son Stanley Roose, who married Elizabeth Speedy. When Catherina died in Iowa, in 1909 her dad Christian is on her death record, her mom’s name isn’t on the record.

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Andrew Crooks b. 1773

Andrew Crooks 4th great grandpa on RootsMagic tree.

Andrew was born in Maryland in 1773 and grew up in Harford County, about 50 miles northeast of Baltimore. A 1776 colonial census shows Andrew 3 years old, with his dad Henry, mom Jane Howlett, older brother William, younger sister Margaret and Elizabeth Kerby who could have been a relative, nanny or servant. In Harford County, Broadcreek Hundred in the population of 342 there was one Crooks family and a couple Howlett families.

Crooks family 1776 US census

Around 1795 Andrew married Elizabeth Jeffrey from Pennsylvania. Andrew and she had 7 kids. Elizabeth died in 1818 at age 39. Andrew then married Margaret Allen, they had 4 kids. Andrew was a farmer, his sons helped him farm.

Andrew wrote his will on January 8, 1849 and died on January 8, 1849. In the will Andrew provides for his widow and all children with lands or money. Each daughter received $100 including Elizabeth who was living in French Creek, PA and married to William Stewart. By 1860 Elizabeth and William were in Wisconsin, the in 1870 lived in Shell Rock, Iowa where their youngest daughter Elizabeth married Manford Speedy in 1873. Daughter Elizabeth Crooks Stewart was the only child of Andrew to make it to Iowa. Youngest son Andrew went to Missouri, all other kids stayed in Pennsylvania.

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Elizabeth Frances Green b. 1809

Elizabeth Green 4th great grandma on RootsMagic tree

Elizabeth Frances Green was born in 1809 or 10 in Seaford, Sussex, England. A church, parish register shows her baptism on April 1, 1810. The handwritten record is viewable only at FamilySearch, it’s copyrighted, text reads, ” Elizabeth Frances Green, baptized 1 Apr 1810 Seaford, Sussex, England, parents Stephen Green and Mary”. Elizabeth was the 5th of 7 kids of Stephen and Mary Hoad Green. On February 13, 1830, the day before Valentine’s Day, Elizabeth married Richard Mockford of nearby Brighton, Sussex, England. In 1830 Valentine’s Day was already a thing based on Saint Valentine, a 3rd century saint.

In 1851 and 1861 Elizabeth and family were on the England censuses living on the southwestern edge of England in Budock, Cornwall, England. Elizabeth and Richard had 8 kids: 4 sons and 4 daughters. Richard was a ‘Miller, Foreman’ an advanced skill and his oldest son Henry a ‘Miller, Journeyman’ an apprenticed skill.

All of the Mockford family moved to America, not all together but over a few years. Their son Henry migrated in 1854, their son William in 1859. Elizabeth and Richard followed and by 1863 were living in the Brockport, Rochester New York area. Richard started a flour business, his sons Henry and William followed in this business. Elizabeth would have managed the home and probably was famous for making bread with fresh milled four from her family’s store.

All of the Mockford kids married and when Richard died in 1867 he and Elizabeth had at least 8 grandkids. As a widow, on the 1870 census Elizabeth was the head of house and her youngest son Edward and 2 daughters Clarissa and Emily lived with her. Clarissa was a dressmaker, Emily a milliner and Edward worked in a furnace, maybe a pottery furnace or an industrial furnace, not sure. On the 1880 US census was living with Edward, his wife Adella and their kids in Batavia, New York. Elizabeth died on June 28, 1889 and was living with he daughter Clarissa and family.

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  • England Sussex parish registers 1538-1910 database copyrighted image FamilySearch
  • This could have been her view growing up in Seaford, Sussex via Google Maps https://goo.gl/maps/xQ8mY2zECawZDcoF8
  • England and Wales Census, 1851 at FamilySearch
  • 1870 United States Federal Census at Ancestry

John Johns and Philippa b. 1800

John Johns and Philippa 4th great grandparents on RootsMagic Tree

John was born around 1800 in Mylor Cornwall England. He married Philippa, last name unknown, around 1820. John and Philippa stayed in the Mylor area and had 7 kids: 5 daughters and 2 sons. Their children were baptized in the local church from 1827 to 1840. John was a gardener, Philippa would have managed the house.

Johns, John 1851 England census

John died then was buried on September 25, 1856 he was 55. John may have known about his grandson Richard Mockford born on September 21, 1856 but probably not, news traveled way slower in 1856. John’s grandson Richard Mockford left NY for Iowa where he married Matilda Flood and they named their daughter Philippa after Richard’s mom and grandma. Great granddaughter and the 3rd Philippa married Harve Speedy, their first child was Elizabeth Speedy.

New York 1856John and Philippa Johns in Cornwall did live to see their daughter Philippa marry Henry Mockford in July of 1853 then sail to New York in November 1855. John and Philippa probably had a postcard in the mail, from daughter Philippa Johns Mockford in America, showing the Statue of Liberty.

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Margaret Malone b. 1818

Margaret Malone 4th great grandma on RootsMagic tree

Margaret was born in Pennsylvania on June 30, 1818, the daughter of Andrew and Mary Malone. By 1830 the Malone family was in Stark County, Ohio. On the 1830 US census Margaret’s family shows a total of 6 people. Before 1850 only men’s names were recorded, women and children in the home were tick marks. The 1830 census has Andrew and Mary Malone with 4 kids, a son 20-29, Margret and another daughter 10-14 and a daughter 15-19. No names or information for any of Margaret’s siblings yet.

In Ohio on March 24, 1836 Margaret married George Bair. George’s family was also from Pennsylvania and moved to Ohio in 1805. Ohio’s population was 45,000 in 1800 then 1.4 million in 1840 with lots of German Americans coming to Ohio from PA. Margaret and George Bair had 5 kids: 4 daughters and a son. Their oldest child Elizabeth Harter Bair married Samuel Druckenbrod whose daughter Fiana Druckenbrod lived with her grandparents for at least one year. Fianna married William Miller in Ohio and they moved to Bremer County, Iowa where their daughter Lola married another William Miller and had a son Faber Miller.

Bairs, Malone, Millers, Kryders in Plain Ohio.

Margaret and George, their neighbors the Bairs, Kryders, Millers

Margaret and George farmed. An 1870 atlas of Stark County show Margaret and George’s land, surrounded by relatives all around. Close neighbors left to right: J and WL Miller, JM Kryder, Franklin Bair, JH Bair, JS Miller and George Bair and Margaret’s land at bottom right.

George and Margaret are both buried at Saint Jacobs Lutheran Cemetery, in Stark County. They share a headstone. Margaret died in 1894, 2 years after her husband.

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Thomas Glenn b. 1766

Thomas Glenn 4th great grandpa on RootsMagic tree

Thomas Glenn was born on March 4, 1766 in Pennsylvania. His parents were probably Thomas and Elizabeth, newly discovered ancestors, maybe from Coleraine, County Londonderry, Ireland, not a lot of facts and records yet.

Thomas Glenn married Jane Bromfield on May 12, 1789 in Cumberland, PA at the Presbyterian church. Presbyterians trace their origin to Britain, mostly Scotland. Thomas and Nancy probably had 10-12 children and farmed in Island Creek, Jefferson County, Ohio, eastern Ohio, near the Ohio River. Thomas fought in the War of 1812, a major in Andrews Regiment, Ohio Militia. He paid taxes in Island Creek, real and personal estate, with tax records from 1816 to 1838. There was a cholera epidemic in Ohio that began in 1830. Both Thomas and his daughter Elizabeth died of cholera. Thomas was 82, Elizabeth was 55.
The 1850 US census mortality schedule database proving Thomas and Elizabeth’s deaths is little morbid but packed with family history information and at the bottom, a note of about the crops, land soil and cholera in the area. “The above township is well adapted to raising wheat crop, oats and indeed almost kind of product common to this country. The land is rolling but little broken rich and fertile soil mostly limestone. Wheat and apple crop … in 1849 of the farmers … our third crops better … the cholera carried off many of the citizens in 1849” Some of the note is unreadable.

Glenn, Thomas and Elizabeth 1850 mortality schedule

Thomas Glenn and daughter Elizabeth Speedy 1850 mortality schedule

Thomas is buried at Island Creek Cemetery in Toronto, Jefferson County, Ohio, in the “Pioneer Section”. Wife Nancy and daughter Elizabeth Glenn Speedy are in the same cemetery. Elizabeth Glenn married William Speedy and their son Manford with his uncle Alexander Glenn was in Iowa by 1856. William Speedy joined them in Iowa by 1870.
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Jan Roos and Meenke Schroder b. 1798

Jan Garbrand Roos and Meenke Andressen Schroder 4th grandparents on RootsMagic tree.

Roos Renistra marriage

Jan Roos was born in 1798 and married Meenke Schroder born 1801. They lived in Leeuwarden, a city and municipality in Friesland, Netherlands. They probably lived-in the city and Jan could have been a bread baker ‘ broodbakker’ like his son Garbrand. Jan and Meenke are on the marriage records of their son Garbrand who married Catherine Renistra in Leeuwarden and also on the marriage record of their son Harm who married Lammechien Takens in Ogle County, Illinois. Jan and Meenke didn’t migrate to America, most of their children did, stopping first in Ogle County, Illinois. Garbrand and Catherina Roose stayed in Ogle County soon after their son Johann was born in 1865 they moved on to Grundy County, Iowa where their grandson George Roose was born and then married Mary Frerichs, parents of Stanley Roose.

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Pleasant Davis and Sarah Horton b. 1790

Pleasant Davis and Sarah Horton, are most likely, 4th great grandparents on RootsMagic tree.

Pleasant Davis and Sarah Horton were both born in Virginia around 1790. They married on September 9, 1806 in Virginia. Pleasant fought in the War of 1812: 87th Regiment, Virginia Militia, he was a private. An Indiana death certificate for daughter Susan Davis Black has both Peasant Davis and Sarah Horton on the record. Proving Sarah Davis -great grandma of Faber Miller- is their daughter has no factual records but has some probable records. There is the book ‘A tabulation of the descendants of Joseph Horton : a soldier of the American Revolution’ a published family history with reference to Horton Davis who went to Iowa- probably Sarah Davis’s brother. Also there is a family history compilation, not quite a book, some of it shared on Ancestry, that may be the reason Florence Miller, sister of Faber, and Ellen Mitchel 1st cousin 1x removed of Faber and Florence, wrote up notes on their ancestors to share with the person working on the family history, way before online family history existed. And Sarah Davis and Jacob Miller named sons: James Davis, Horton and Pleasant Miller; common to carry on family names, maiden names of mothers. 

Burdine's letter

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