Cynthia Hill b. 1763

Cynthia Hill 5th great grandma on RootsMagic tree

Cynthia Hill was born August 18, 1763 in Rehoboth, Massachusetts to James and Eunice Walker Hill. Through her dad, Cynthia’s ancestors go back to Mayflower passengers John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley. John and Elizabeth married then had 10 children who lived to adulthood (a rare thing in the 1600s) so today there are millions of Howland & Tilley descendants. If you are related to Philippa Flood Mockford Speedy you’re (99% sure) one of them.

Cynthia married Asa Angell around 1794 and they had seven kids, three sons and four daughters. They lived in New Berlin, New York, farm country in the center of NY state 30 miles west of Albany. They lived on a farm, Asa was also a cooper: he made wooden barrels, buckets and tubs. Their kids married, had families and stayed in New York except for Dexter who lived in Indiana, Rhode Island and then returned to NY. Cynthia died in 1830, Asa in 1842. Both are buried in Scribner Cemetery, New Berlin, New York. There are 40 other Angell memorials there at the Find a Grave cemetery site, including Asa’s siblings and sons.

My daughter Cynthia Angell wife of Asa

I’ve started an Iowa Society of Mayflower Descendants Official Membership application, a slow process. 2020 is the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing. Cynthia Hill is a proven Mayflower Descendant and her marriage to Asa Angell is proven. Asa’s dad Israel wrote a letter to Asa with a special note to grandson Dexter, whose will mentioned daughter Delia. After her dad Dexter’s death Delia went to Butler County, Iowa where her brother Charles lived. Delia married William Flood, their daughter Matilda Flood married Richard Mockford, their daughter Philippa Mockford married Harve Speedy, they’re the parents of Elizabeth Speedy. I have an informal proof written up here: https://eachlifeinplace.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/john-i-was-on-the-mayflower-howland-to-philippa-mockford-1.pdf

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Stephen Green and Mary Hoad b. 1765

Stephen Green and Mary Hoad, 5th great grandparents on RootsMagic tree.

Stephen Green was born in Seaford, Sussex, England. He was christened on March 9, 1765 his parents were Hannah and Stephen Green. Stephen had 8 siblings. Mary Hoad was christened on March 31, 1774 in Seaford. Her parents were John and Elizabeth Finch Hoad. Mary had 9 siblings.

Mary and Stephen were married on January 19, 1795. “Stephen Green and Mary Hoad, No. 179 Stephen Green of this parish, widower, of the same parish spinster Married in this Church by Banns this 19th day of January in the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety five by me Tho. Evans. This marriage was solemnized between us the mark of Stephen Green the mark of Mary Hoad. In the presence of the mark of Richard Hoad the mark of Mary. -And- 1795 Banns marriage between Stephen Green widower and Mary Hoad spinster of this parish were published on the three Sundays underwritten. That is to say 4th, 11th 18th of January 1795 by me Tho. Evans, Vicar.” Spinster is the same as maiden, unmarried.

Their parish was most likely St Leonards, now an episcopal church. Their town Seaford is on the southwest edge of England on the English Channel. There is a place there called Seven Sisters, 500 feet chalk cliffs along the coast. If a person were standing in the panoramic photo they’d be a speck.

Seven Sisters Panorama, East Sussex, England at Wikipedia

Stephen’s first wife was Ann Levant, they had 4 children. Stephen and Mary had 7 children. Elizabeth Green was the youngest daughter- 2nd great grandma of Elizabeth Speedy, she would leave for America in 1862 with her husband Richard Mockford – they lived in Monroe, New York, their grandkids would go west, Richard Mockford to Iowa where he married Matilda Flood, their daughter was Philippa Mockford Speedy, their granddaughter was Elizabeth Speedy.

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Samuel Jeffrey and Jane Hanna b. 1750

Samuel Jeffrey and Jane Hanna 5th great grandparents on RootsMagic Tree

Samuel Jeffrey was born in 1750, probably in Pennsylvania, maybe in Ireland or Scotland. HIs parents and past aren’t known. Wife Jane Hanna has even less information, just that she was in the area and about the same age. Samuel and Jane married around 1775 and had 9 kids.

The Jeffreys married near Maryland, then settled in Allegheny County in western Pennsylvania, about 15 miles west of Pittsburgh. In the area, near the towns of Clinton, Moon and Imperial, the Pittsburgh International Airport is there now.

Samuel was in the Revolutionary War with the Chester, Pennsylvania Militia, from 1781-1782. A Pennsylvania Veteran Burial Card shows this info. On December 8, 1786 Samuel and James Brice were on a land deed, they bought 3.4 acres.

Pennsylvania, Land Warrants and Applications, 1733-1952 at Ancestry

The Jeffrey family is on the 1790 US census which is 9 pages with 5800 total households, heads listed by name, wife and spouse by tick marks. With Samuel and Jana are 3 daughters and 4 sons. On this same census are William Stewart, William Speedy, Henry Crooks, the Howlett and Hanna families- all ancestors of Elizabeth Speedy. Some members of these families traveled west together from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin and a few to Iowa.

In the digital book from 1889, History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, there’s a bio with details on Samuel Jeffrey, “R. W. Jeffrey (Robert Walker Jeffrey b. 1824), farmer, is a grandson of one of the early settlers of Fayette township. Samuel Jeffrey, who was born in Ireland, emigrated to America, locating first in Maryland, but later coming to Allegheny county, where he took up a tract of land from the government.” The ‘born in Ireland, emigrated to America’ part is a maybe, there’s no records to prove this yet.

Samuel died on August 26, 1798. Jane Hanna Jeffrey probably died about the same time. Samuel has a headstone at Montour Cemetery, Oakdale, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The current newer headstone was placed in 1970. Inscribed on the headstone: Samuel Jefferey Sr. Died August 26, 1798 Revolutionary War Veteran Pvt. H? Chester Co. Penna Militia Served Apr 23 1781 to Jan 1, 1782 The Oldest Marked Grave … Cemetery. Jane is probably buried in the same cemetery.

In the same Montour Cemetery other Jeffrey family are buried including Elizabeth Jeffrey Crooks whose daughter Elizabeth Crooks Stewart went all the way to Iowa where her daughter Elizabeth Stewart and husband Manford Speedy had a son Harve Speedy, dad of Elizabeth Speedy .

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  • Pennsylvania, Land Warrants and Applications, 1733-1952 at Ancestry
  • Pennsylvania, Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-2012 at Ancestry
  • History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania at HathiTrust
  • 1790 US Census at FamilySearch

John Connable b. 1749

John Connable 5th great grandpa on RootsMagic tree.

John Connable was born in 1749 in Bernardston, Massachusetts, the 3rd of 7 kids of Samuel & Mary English Connable. John grew up in Bernardston on the northern edge of Massachusetts and stayed there for most of his life with a short time in Guilford, Vermont a town 10 miles north.

John farmed and owned a sawmill. He was a deer reeve- decided hunting quotas for the community. He was on inspection committees, a surveyor of highways and also built, engineered bridges like his dad Samuel. John was the executor for his dad’s estate and inherited the family home which he passed on to his oldest son Joseph Connable.

Genealogical memoir of the Cunnabell, Conable or Connable family

John and was a private in the Revolutionary War with Colonel Elisha Parker who kept a diary noting orders from General George Washington and from Colonel Benedict Arnold in an expedition to Canada with 1000+ men.

John married 3 times, was a widow twice. He and 2nd wife Sarah Dewey were parents of Leydia Connable who with her husband Obed Gaines went west to Black Hawk County, Iowa in 1854. Leydia and Obed’s son William had a daughter Mary Ella Gaines who married James Miller in Waverly, Iowa. Their son William married Lola and they were the parents of Faber Miller born 1905.

John Connable is buried at Old Cemetery in Bernardston, Massachusetts. His headstone still stands, it’s faded, with this inscription ‘Death is a sweet sonorous sound To those who have salvation found, It wafts them to the courts of bliss, Where all is joy and happiness’.

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Phebe McNeil b. 1789

Phebe McNeil 5th great grandma on RootsMagic tree.

Phebe was born March 12, 1789 in Fayette, Kentucky. Her parents were Jonathan and Jane McCord McNeil both of Virginia. They married in Botetourt County, VA in between the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains, then moved 300 miles west to Kentucky. Phebe McNeil and her siblings were all born in Knox County, Kentucky. Knox County is about 8 miles south of the Dr. Thomas Walker State Historic Site. The historical site has a replica of a cabin built around 1790, the type of cabin Phebe and her family would have lived in. After they cut down trees, made lumber and built it. Phebe is the only one of her family who left the area, all siblings stayed in Knox County, married and had families.

Original 1790s log house

In Knox County, Phebe married Elbert Howard on October 24, 1811. Phebe and Elbert had 1 daughter and 2 sons born in Kentucky. By 1820 they had moved to Lawrence, Indiana where Elbert’s older sister Elizabeth and her family were living.

Phoebe died in June 1826 she was about 40 years old. She’s buried at Old Shiloh Cemetery in Lawrence, Indiana. At the same cemetery are Elizabeth Howard Evans and her family. Elbert, after Phebe’s death moved his family to Lake Illinois and married again. Elbert’s daughter Polly married Benjamin Swain, their daughter Sarah went to Iowa where she married William Gaines and had a daughter Mary who married JD Miller, their son William is the dad of Faber Miller.

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Abraham Bair b. 1784

Abraham Bair 5th great grandpa on RootsMagic tree

Abraham Bair, born 1784, in Adams, Pennsylvania was the oldest son of Jacob and Barbara Bair who were probably 2nd generation German Americans. By 1810 Abraham was 22 years old and with his family had moved west to Ohio, a state for 7 years, since 1803. On March 31, 1812 Abraham married Elizabeth Harter. A family history book states this was the first marriage in Stark, Ohio. “Tradition says the marriage ceremony of the first couple was: You bromis to take te voman you holt by te hant to pe your vife, and tat you will shtick to her through hell-fire und dunder? Den I bronounce you man and voman, by Got!!,”

Abraham fought in the War of 1812, his pension records show he fought with the Ohio Militia in Captain James Downing’s Company. Abraham and Elizabeth had at least 7 children and lived on a farm. They grew clover, corn, hay, hemp, oats, wheat; produced butter, honey, milk; raised bees, bulls, cows, geese, hens, horses, pigs, sheep.

Bair, Abraham will

Abraham’s 1829 inventory, partial from his estate

Abraham died at age 45 in 1830. His will was dated September 5, 1829. Brother in law Jacob Harter was the administrator. Abraham’s inventory included 2 iron kettles and a Dutch oven, barrels, a weavers loom and gears, a spinning wheel, a plough, a wagon saddle and sheepskin, a black mare, a bay horse, walnut and poplar boards, Dresden ware and a wooden clock with case. The will is several handwritten pages. In 1833 Abraham’s town lot was offered for sale, his children who were still minors, had Abraham’s brothers and brother in laws as guardians, estate managers.
Sources

  • War of 1812 Pension Application Files Index, 1812-1815 at Ancestry
  • Ohio Repository, The (Canton, Ohio) 1833 May 17 at Ancestry
  • Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998 at Ancestry
  • Ohio county marriages 1789-2013 database at FamilySearch
  • Notes on the Bowman, Harter and Sauer families at FamilySearch

Jane Howlett b. 1753

Jane Howlett 5th great grandma on RootsMagic tree

Jane, from Maryland, was born in 1753, the oldest child of Andrew and Margaret Howlett. Jane and her siblings grew up near Baltimore. Andrew Howlett owned lands: Howlett’s Ambition and Howlett’s Triangle, the two lots totaled 75 acres.

Baltimore, Maryland

About 1770 Jane married Henry Crooks. In 1776 she was 23 years old. On the Maryland census, Jane and family lived on a farm which Jane would have taken care of, when Henry went off to the Revolutionary War. After the war, Henry earned land from his military service. In 1786 on the Pennsylvania, Septennial Census, Jane and Henry, their family lived in Washington County, in western Pennsylvania, about 5 miles east of the Ohio River. Jane and Henry had 7 kids, 4 sons and 3 daughters.

Jane died in 1816, Henry lived another 15 more years. They are both buried at Raccoon Church Cemetery in Candor, Pennsylvania, USA. They share a headstone, carved with on the front and on each their initial J. C. and H. C. on the back. Henry Crooks was in the Revolutionary War so has a

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Maria Anna Kryder b. 1770

Maria Anna Kryder 5th great grandma on RootsMagic tree

Maria Anna Kryder was born in 1770 in Berks County, Pennsylvania to John & Anna Fuchs or Fox, the 2nd of 5 kids. In 1790 Maria married Johann Fryberger and by 1800 Maria and Johann had 3 kids and were on the census in Centre County, about 147 miles west of Berks County, PA. In 1810 Maria and Johann had 7 kids and lived on a farm in the same area. Maria’s brother John and his family were nearby.

The 1820 US census has Maria with Johann and kids in Stark County, Ohio. Along with Maria’s brother John Kryder and family and hundreds of others from Pennsylvania they moved 200 miles further west to Stark, OH. Maria’s parents and other siblings stayed in Pennsylvania. Maria’s daughter Elizabeth Fryberger married Henry Miller. Their son Peter Miller and his wife Esther moved 700 miles further west to Bremer County, Iowa, their great grandson was Faber Miller my grandpa.

Miller, Wm bio with mom

Elizabeth, daughter of Maria and Johann 

Maria was a widow in 1845, she was 75 years old. Maria lived to age 81 she died in 1851. Both she and Johann are buried at Maplegrove Mennonite Cemetery in Hartville, Stark County, Ohio, USA.

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Henry Crooks b. 1743

Henry Crooks 5th great grandpa on RootsMagic tree

Henry Crooks was born in 1743, probably in Maryland to William and Mary Weir Crooks. In 1768 or so Henry married Jane Howlett. Henry and Jane had 7 kids. By 1786 Henry, his brothers, his wife’s family and other families from Harford County, MD were in Washington County Pennsylvania, a 200 mile journey. They all farmed on land they owned and paid taxes on properties and possessions. The 1798 taxes for Henry show his home, 1 dwelling valued at $20, and 200 acres of land valued at $1620.

Crooks 1798 taxes

Henry was a widow in 1816, he was 73 and lived 25 more years, he died in 1831 at age 88. Henry’s will is at Ancestry . com, a typed up record. He named his children in the will with his son Henry and friend James McAdams as executors.

“In the name of God Amen, I Henry Crooks Senior of Robinson Township in the county of Washington, being in an afflicted state of body, but having a sound mind and understanding (thanks be to the Almighty God for the same) being mindful of my mortality, do make and constitute this my last will and Testament. First and principally, I recommend my immortal Spirit to God who gave it, in hopes of a joyful resurrection, and my body to the earth (when it shall please God to separate my soul and body) to be buried decently at the discretion of my executors. And as to my worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with I give and depose thereof as follows, after my lawful debts and funeral expenses being paid. I do leave and bequeath to my son William Crooks two dollars, to my son Andrew Crooks two dollars, to my son Henry Crooks two dollars to my son John Crooks two dollars to my daughter Jane now wife of John Burns two dollars also to my daughter Mary McKillip two dollars, likewise and all the residue to my daughter Margeret Crooks to be paid to her at the discretion of my executors as to time and manner. I do nominate and appoint my friends James McAdams and Henry Crooks my son to be my executors of this my last will and testament. I publish and declare this and none other to be my last will and testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirteenth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty five.
Henry Crooks Sr (Seal)
Signed and sealed in the presnece of John R McEwen, John Crooks,
Washington County ss: Be it remembered, that on the 21st day of March A D 1831 Before William Hoge Deputy Register”

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Andrew Malone b. 1775

Andrew Malone 5th great grandpa on RoostMagic tree

Andrew Malone was born about 1775 in Pennsylvania. He married Mary around 1795. Mary’s last name and parents are unknown. Andrew and Mary on the 1820 US census lived in Washington Township, Franklin County, PA about 40 miles northwest of Baltimore  They lived in Franklin County until 1828 or 1829 when the family moved west. Andrew and Mary were in their 50s, their kids were in their 20s, 30s. Maybe a son or daughter in law joined the trip. If they drove their horse and wagon 10 miles every day the 258 mile journey would have taken about 35 days.

Families moving west in the 1800s is sometimes presented as sunshine and roses but it wasn’t quite that. Once they arrived at their new home:

“earlier settlers … were confronted with two sets of problems: the one concerned with shelter, food, health, and protection – things vital and immediate … the other with ownership of land, transportation, and currency – things necessary for his economic advancement … Without the successful solution to the first, there was little need to worry about the second”

The Malone family, when they got to Stark County, Ohio, joined an already established  community of German Americans  farmers from Pennsylvania. Their neighbors in Ohio may have been their same neighbors in Pennsylvania: Bair, Fryberger, Harter and Miller families. The community stepped up, pitched in, helped out to make the move easier for the new arrivals.

Andrew and Mary’s children married and had families in Stark. Their daughter Margaret married George Bair, grandparents of Fianna Druckenbrod who with her husband William Miller moved further west to  Bremer County Iowa. Fianna Druckenbrod Miller would return to Stark County, Ohio for annual family reunions.

Malone, 1850 Ohio

1850 US census Stark, Ohio

Mary Malone died in November, 1845. The 1850 US census shows Andrew lived with daughter Margaret, her husband George Bair and their young family. Every person on the census page is born in Germany, Pennsylvania or Ohio. Most are farmers, with  a blacksmith, carpenter and a couple laborers. Andrew died later that year.

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