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Jacob Piatt and Jane Thompson

Jacob Piatt was born c1775 in Somerset County, New Jersey, the eldest son born to Abraham and Annabelle Andrews Piatt and died April 25, 1848 in Weller Township, Henry County, Illinois. Jacob was baptised in the Six Mile Run Church in Somerset County, New Jersey, April 23, 1775. He married first c1797 someone whose name is not now known.

The known/suspected children of Jacob and ? were:

Jacob married second to Esther Livingston in Centre County, Pennsylvania, on February 16, 1808.

The known/suspected children of Jacob and Esther were:

I would be surprised if there were no children between John and James. After Esther's death, Jacob married third to Jane Thompson on November 28, 1816, in Butler County, Ohio. Jane was born in Virginia according to son, William's, 1880 census response (of course, he lists Jacob's birthplace as France. So, he may not be the most reliable source.) She listed Ohio as her birthplace in 1880 and also claimed that both of her parents were born in Ireland. Jane also died in Henry County, Illinois. Both she and Jacob are buried in the Dayton Cemetery, near Colona, Henry County, Illinois.

The known children of Jacob and Jane were:

Jacob's father, Abraham Piatt's, estate administration (died intestate) was found in the Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, courthouse and was abstracted by Marti (Baldwin) Swanson:
(1) 4 Jan 1792 - a brief statement where Anna Piatt renounced her widow's right to administer the estate;
(2) 12 Jan 1792 - estate inventory (cover and 3 legal size pages. MBS)
(3) 25 Aug 1795 - payments made on behalf of the estate (incongruously including a Carlisle newspaper subscription--how DID they deliver it to him? MBS) and the distribution of the residue (cover and 4 legal size pages. MBS):
to Anna, widow (246, 17, 7); to Jacob, the eldest son - 82, 5, 10-4/12 to Abraham 41, 2, 11-2/12; to John 41, 2, 11-2/12; to James 41, 2, 11-2/12; to Catharine 41, 2, 11-2/12; to Fanny 41, 2, 11-2/12; to Elizabeth 41, 2, 11-2/12; to Margaret 41, 2, 11-2/12; to Jane 41, 2, 11-2/12; to Eleanor 41, 2, 11-2/12; to Anna 41, 2, 11-2/12
(4) Orphan's Court papers: (a) 23 Aug 1796, p 63 - appoint John Hall guardian of the persons and estates of the minor children under the age of fourteen = Jane, Eleanor, John, Anna, and James (These appear to be in birth order, in contrast to the listing in #3. MBS) (b) 23 Jan 1797, p 79-82 - petition of-- Jacob Piatt, the eldest son; James Andre & wife Catherine; James Watson & wife Fanny [This must be Frances. MBS]; Betsy Piatt (later usually spelled "Betsey". MBS) [This is Elizabeth. MBS]; and James Hall, guardian of Jane, Elinor [sic], John, Anna, and James Piatt -- stating that "Abraham Piatt died intestate previous to the passing of the Act of Assembly lately made for the distribution of Intestate Estates passed on the 19th day of April 1794, leaving a widow named Anna, yet alive and eleven children to wit Jacob is eldest son --- Catherine intermarried with the said James Andre, Fanny intermarried with the said James Watson, Betsey Piatt the petitioners aforesaid of full age Abraham and Margaret Piatt the petitioners aforesaid minors above the age of fourteen years, and the said Jane Piatt, Eleanor Piatt, John Piatt, Anna Piatt and James Piatt minors under the age of fourteen years. . . ." (p 79) - that Abraham died having land in Haines Twp consisting of a 250 acre tract and also a 70 acre tract from the estate of George Riddle (=???) - asking the court to divide or appraise the land; the court therefore ordering the sheriff and 12 "good and lawfull men" to divide the land into 3 parts, one for the widow, the remaining 2/3 to be divided into 12 parts with Jacob getting 2 of those 12 and the other kids 1/12 of the 2/3 each. The kids are then named again, with Elizabeth being "Betsy" this time. All this is "Provided the lands aforesaid can be divided to and amongst the Heirs aforesaid without injury to and spoiling the whole thereof. But if the same lands cannot be so divided without spoilation as aforesaid, then command is given to the sheriff aforesaid that he cause the Inquest aforesaid upon their oaths and affirmations to value and appraise the same to a just and reasonable price according to the form force and Effect of the Act of Assembly in such case made and provided." (pp 81-82). (c) 25 April 1797, p 92 - The sheriff returned the writ of partition or appraisement of AP's lands with recommendation to amend the court's order. (d) 27 Aug 1797, pp 105-07 - determination that the lands couldn't be divided without injury to the whole; appraised value was 1250 pounds and seventeen pounds, ten shillings for each tract. Therefore, the four children who had reached their majority (again being named, with "Betsey" being used this time. MBS) AND "their Heirs and Assigns" were awarded the lands as tenants in common, provided they paid the other heirs the value of what might have been due them had they been old enough (this is a guess as to the intent. MBS). Pages 106-07 again name the children in birth order; it's "Betsey" again, twice. "And the Court direct[s] the said Jacob Piatt, James Andre, James Watson and Betsey Piatt to pay to the other Heirs their respective shares aforesaid in this manner. . . " (p 107). The order also required them to pay the widow Anna annually.

Jacob Piatt and his family were in Hamilton County, Ohio, as early as 1805-1810 after leaving Pennsylvania due to his objecting to the 'just and reasonable price' of his father's farm property which he had the first option to purchase - according to Dick Piatt

I have not found Jane on the 1850 or 1860 census. Does anyone know where she was? In 1850 & 1860 her step-son, John Piatt, and daughter, Eliza Stewart, were in Henry County, Illinois. In 1860 her daughter, Anna Broderick, was in Rock Island County, Illinois.

Jane was living with her daughter on the 1870 census of Coal Valley PO, Colona Township, Henry County, Illinois:

This family was enumerated #12/12 on pg 355. Jane's sons Allen and Joshua were in Dallas County, Iowa, at this time.

Jane was still with Eliza and family on the 1880 census in Colona Township, Henry County, Illinois:

This enumeration extracted from; page 234A.


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