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Dead Ends

The following are my dead ends in my family tree, where I cannot find the parents. The women on the page are listed with their married names in parentheses. If anyone has any information on these people, or if they can help me. Please contact me. Thanks!

7th Generation:

James Stephens, c.1798-1880, North Carolina, Tennessee

James was born circa 1798 in North Carolina. In his youth, he moved with his family to Tennessee, where he settled in Sumner Co., TN. He was married there in 1823 to Nancy Head. He moved later to Montgomery Co., TN. Sometime after 1856, he moved to Hudson County, TN, where he died in July 1880. He married a second time to Ann McKinnon. He had children: Elizabeth, Theresa, John, Francis, Margaret, James, Amanda, Eldridge, and Eginarra. He was supposed to have been of Scottish descent, and his name has sometimes been spelled Stevens.

Nancy Head (Stephens), c.1802-1856, Tennessee

Nancy was born circa 1802 in Tennessee. Nancy was married to James Stephens on March 26, 1823 in Sumner Co., TN. They lived in Sumner County for a few years, and then moved to Montgomery County, TN, where Nancy died on June 6, 1856. They had children: Elizabeth, Theresa, John, Francis, Margaret, James, Amanda, Eldridge, and Eginarra. Nancy's surname was listed as "Head" on her marriage record, but in another source, she is listed as "Nancy Forest". One other researcher believes her full name may have been Mary Nancy Head. Research has been done on early families in Sumner County, Tennessee (and the surrounding area) and she seems to not fit into any Forest or Head family in that region.

Anthony Plymale, c. 1765-c.1840, Virginia, Ohio

Anthony Plymale was born in the late 1750's or early 1760's in Botetourt County, Virginia. He was married there on January 11, 1789 to Bethia Bowen. They lived in what is now Giles Co., Virginia, and had 13 children: Elizabeth, Theodosia, Mary, John, William, James, Magdalene, Anthony, Tabitha, Gabriel, Hugh, Bethia, and Bowen. After his wife died in about 1812, Anthony remarried to Ann Criner and moved to Ohio where he died in about 1840. Nothing is known of his parents. His father is believed to have emigrated from somewhere in Europe to Virginia. The wife is supposed to have been a Virginia native.

Susannah Brown (Martin), c. 1782-a. 1859, Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri, Oregon

Susannah "Sooky" Brown was probably born sometime between 1780-1790 in Virginia (although the 1850 census puts her birth at about 1782, she was probably born towards the end of that decade). The 1810 census puts her birth between 1786-1794, the 1840 census puts her birth between 1780-1790 and the 1850 census puts her birth in about 1782. Her 1850 census record and the 1880 census of her only surviving son William agree that she was born in Virginia. That is the only information we have on her until her marriage to Zadock Martin in 1807 in Knox County, Kentucky. They lived in Kentucky until about 1815, when they moved to what is now Clay County, Missouri. They then moved to what is now Platte County, Missouri in about 1827. In 1846, they moved to Yamhill County, Oregon. Susannah was living there as late as 1859. It is possible that she moved away from the county after this date and the location of her final years and date of death is unknown. The names of Susannah's nine children were: Greenberry Thomas, Hardin Davis, Franklin B., Gill E., William Jennings, Millicent G., James B., Josephine J. and Elizabeth Jane Martin.

The only clue to Susannah's family origins is the 1897 Annals of Platte County, Missouri which indicates that she was the sister of Roland Brown of Platte County. We do not know who Roland's parents are either. According to his tombstone, he was born in 1791. He was married in 1810 in Garrard County, Kentucky. He and his family first lived in Knox County, Kentucky (where Susannah lived) and eventually moved to Clark County, Ohio and then to Platte County, Missouri (where Susannah again lived).

It is also possible that Susannah was also related to Nancy Brown, who was married to Joseph Martin (the brother of Zadock Martin). Of course, Brown is such a common name that it would not have been surprising if two brothers happened to marry women with the same last name who were not related. Nancy Brown was born in Kentucky during the early 1790s and later lived with her family in Clay and Platte Counties, Missouri. Nancy Brown was probably the daughter (or close relative) of Frederick Brown, who gave his permission for her to be married in 1810.

Given the unproven legend that the family had Indian blood, it is possible that Susannah or one of her ancestors was Native American.

??? Crobarger, c. 1774-1820's, Pennsylvania?, Virginia, Tennessee.
This unknown Crobarger was probably born during the early to mid 1770's, either in Pennsylvania or Virginia. He married to a woman named Catherine and first lived somewhere in Virginia, probably in the southwest part of the state. They had four known children, and by the 1810's, moved south in to Tennessee, where they appear to have settled probably in Hawkins, Grainger or Jefferson County. He died there sometime between about 1818 and 1830. Although no known record yet records his name, one descendant lists George as his given name. If that is the case, he may have been the Johann George Croberger that was baptized on December 1, 1774 in Elizabethtown, Penn., to Michael and Eva Croberger. That George was probably the nephew of George Crobarger of Hawkins Co., Tennessee. Also, given the scant possibility of Indian descent, it might be wise to look into that as a possibility. Could he have been an Indian and his wife Catherine was a Crobarger?

Catherine (Crobarger), 1777-1875, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri, Oregon

Catherine/Katherine was born on December 16, 1777 in Pennsylvania. She married an unknown Mr. Crobarger and they first lived in Virginia. They had known children: George, Susannah, Francis and Harriet. Sometime in the 1810's, they moved to eastern Tennessee and were in Jefferson County in 1830. After Catherine's husband died in the 1820's, she moved with her family to Platte County, Missouri, where they settled in Martinsville. In 1846, she went with her daughter and son-in-law to Oregon, and first settled in Yamhill County. In 1851, she moved with them to Douglas County, Oregon, where she lived on the Martin farm until her death on March 4, 1875. Nothing is known of Catherine's ancestry or family. Ralph Roberts, a descendant, has reported her maiden name as McCreedy, yet that appears to be totally unfounded. The only other clue is from the 1870 census, when Catherine lists that both of her parents were foreign born. Given that, I would surmise that she was either German or Scotch-Irish.

Mrs. Mary??? (Murray), c. 1782-aft. 1820, Pennsylvania

Mary was born circa 1782, in Pennsylvania. She was married to David Murray and had at least 7 children, the only one that is known is James. Mary's given name is a guess, as there is no (as of yet) record that lists her name. The assumption is based on the fact that her son James named his eldest daughter Mary Elizabeth Murray, and that she was named in honor of both grandmothers, (Elizabeth being the other grandmother).

Elizabeth (Barklow), c. 1790-c. 1845, Pennsylvania.

Elizabeth was probably born between 1780 and 1790 in Pennsylvania. She married the elderly widower James Barkelow in 1823 in Union County, Pennsylvania. They had two children, Benjamin and Flora, before James died in 1834. Elizabeth probably died in 1844 or 1845 in Union Co., Pennsylvania. Considering that Elizabeth was at least 33 at the time of her marriage to James Barkelow, she may have been married and widowed before then.

There is no evidence which would indicate anything about her family before her marriage. The only clue is that given her husband's relatively strict Dutch naming practices, her son Benjamin Chambers Barklow was probably named after someone from her family. The first guess is that she was the daughter of a Benjamin Chambers. There was a Benjamin Chambers in Union Co., Pennsylvania, yet his immediate family was pretty well documented and she does not fit in. It is possible though that she was related to this family indirectly. She may have been the daughter of Benjamin's older brother Robert Chambers and his first wife, whose name may have been Mary Culbertson. It is also necessary to check other families related by marriage to the Chambers': Barber, Van Valzah, Boude, etc.

Thomas Palfrey, 1796-1875, England, Wales, Canada, New York, Wisconsin.
Thomas was born circa 1796-1798 in England. In his youth he moved to Wales where he married a woman named Mary. After a few years they moved back to England and in 1829, made the voyage across the Atlantic and settled in Quebec, Canada. In 1832, they moved over the border and settled in Erie County, NY. In 1840, they were living in the town of Newstead. In 1846, Thomas moved with his family to Winnebago Co., WI, where they settled in Rushford Twp. He died there in 1875. He and Mary had children: John, William, Eliza, Mary, Thomas and Richard. The only link to other family is a woman named Jane Palfrey who accompanied the family to America. She was too old to be a wife and too young to be a mother. Perhaps she was a sister, sister-in-law, or step mother?

Jane Jones(Palfrey), c. 1800-aft. 1831, Wales, England, Canada, New York.

Mary was born circa 1800 in Wales. She was married to a man named Thomas Palfrey in about 1817. They later moved to England and in 1829, they made the voyage across the Atlantic and settled in Quebec, Canada. The family moved to Erie Co., NY in 1832 and to Winnebago Co., WI in about 1848. She had children: John, William, Eliza, Mary, Thomas and Richard. It is not known when Mary died. Assuredly, she died sometime between 1831 and 1850, most likely in Canada or New York.

Johann J. Streu, c. 1803-1883, Germany, Wisconsin, Minnesota.

Johann Joachim Streu was born circa 1803 in Mecklenburg-Scherwin, Germany. He was married to Fredericka Detloff circa 1833. They lived in Levkendorf, Germany and had 6 children. In 1857, he emigrated with his family to America, and they settled in Milwaukee Co., WI. In 1871, he moved with his daughter's family to Blue Earth Co., MN, and he died there on July 2, 1883.

Fredericke D. Detloff (Streu), c. 1804-1883, Germany, Wisconsin, Minnesota.

Fredericke Dorothea Detloff was born circa 1804 in Germany. She was married to Johann Streu/Stroy, and lived in Levkendorf. In 1857, she moved with her family to America, where they first settled in Milwaukee Co., WI. In about 1871, she moved with family to Blue Earth Co., MN, where she died on March 30, 1883.

8th Generation:

Olive Kilburn (Owen), 1780-1856, Connecticut, New York

Olive was born on February 19, 1780 in Connecticut. In her youth, she came to Delaware County, New York, where she married John Owen on August 6, 1796. They had children: Melinda, Amherst, William, Abby, Eben, Belinda, Olive, Nancy and Abraham. Olive died in Cannonsville, Delaware Co., NY, on September 11, 1856. Olive's parents are not known, but she is probably connected to other Kilburns of Delaware County, which include Wallace Kilburn, Jehiel Kilbourn and Heman Kilburn. None of the knowledgeable researchers of the New England Kilburns has any how Olive fits into that line. Olive may have been a daughter of Seth Kilborn and Lois Blinn.

Sophia (Seilhammer), c. 1781-aft. 1830, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio

Sophia was born circa 1781 in Pennsylvania. There are no clues or links to her parentage but she was probably of German origin. Sophia was married to Johann Conrad Seilhammer c. 1801 in Pennsylvania, probably in Lancaster County. They had 6 children: Elizabeth, Anna, John, Sarah, Julia and Phebe. They lived in West Cocalico Twp., Lancaster Co., PA for a few years before settling at Brandywine in Chester co., PA. They were living at Brandywine in 1810, but before 1813 they had moved to Jefferson Co., VA (now WV). Sophia's husband died sometime between 1813 and 1820, after his service in the War of 1812. In 1820, they were living in Jefferson Co., VA (WV), but by 1830, had moved to Berkeley Co., VA (now WV). Sophia never remarried. Sometime in the early 1840's, Sophia moved with her youngest daughter to Dayton, Montgomery Co., Ohio, where she died on September 24, 1856.

John Hill, 1773-1853, Delaware, Kentucky, Indiana

According to a calculation from his age at death found on his tombstone, he was born on (about) November 29, 1773. The 1850 census and the 1880 census of his daughter Ann record his birthplace in Delaware. As a youth, he came to Kentucky, where he was married in 1796 to Dorothy Allen. They lived in a part of Bourbon County, Kentucky, that soon became Nicholas County. Their known children included: Margaret, Mary, William, Ann, James, Sarah, Thomas, and Alford. In the 1830's, he moved with his family to Boone County, Indiana, where they settled in Jefferson Township. John died there in 1853.

The only possibility of a relative he lived near was a James Hill who lived near him in Nicholas Co., Kentucky through 1820. Given the possibility for error on his tombstone, the birth date November 29, 1773 might not be accurate. If that is the case he may have been the John Hill who was born on November 19, 1775 in Wilmington, Delaware; the son of John Hill and Anna Hunt. (This John had an older brother named James, born in 1774.)

Isaac Cowan, c. 1770-1847, Pennsylvania, Kentucky
Isaac Cowan was born circa 1770 in Pennsylvania. As a youth he came to Kentucky, where he married circa 1790 to Jane Hall. They lived in a part of Bourbon County, Kent., that eventually became Nicholas County. They had children: Barnabus, Elizabeth, Amos, Synthia, Rachel, Nancy and John. Isaac lived the remainder of his life in Nicholas County, Kent., where he died in 1847. It is possible that he was the son of David Cowan and Mary Gray. He was also probably related to the Hugh, Catherine and Margaret Cowan who lived in the same area of Kentucky.

Jane Hall (Cowan), c. 1775-1820's, North Carolina, Kentucky

Jane Hall was born circa 1775 in North Carolina. As a youth she came to Kentucky, where she married circa 1790 to a man named Isaac Cowan. They lived in a part of Bourbon County, Kentucky that became Nicholas County. They had children: Barnabus, Elizabeth, Amos, Synthia, Rachel, Nancy, and John. Jane may have been the daughter of William and Elizabeth Hall of Iredell Co., North Carolina. Their son James moved to Nicholas County, Kentucky and there are similar names in both of the families.

Mary A. Ballard (Brown), c. 1770's-1847, North Carolina, Tennessee

Mary Ann Ballard was born circa 1773 in North Carolina. Mary was married to a Jeremiah Brown circa 1790, probably in Anson or Montgomery Co., North Carolina. They settled in Montgomery County where they stayed until they moved to Montgomery County, Tennessee, which was sometime between 1804 and 1808. She had the following children: James, Sarah, Mary, Margaret, Archibald, David, Nelson, Elijah and Nancy. Mary died in late 1847 in Montgomery County, Tennessee. Nothing is known of her heritage but she may have been the daughter of a Thomas Ballard.

Mrs. Jacob Foust, c. 1785-c. 1823, North Carolina, Tennessee

The first wife of Jacob Foust was born circa 1785 in North Carolina. She married Jacob Foust in North Carolina in about 1803 and moved with him to Montgomery County, Tennessee, soon after the marriage. This wife was probably the mother of 11 children: John, William, Sarah, Mary, Elijah, George, Elizabeth, Jacob, ???, Jesse, and Peter. She died about 1823 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee, and her husband remarried soon after to Elizabeth Bristow. According to one research, this woman's name was Patsy Ware Nelson, but where this information came from is a mystery. Note: one of Jacob Foust's sons by his second marriage was named Robert NELSON Foust, which may have been in honor of Jacob's first wife, if in fact that was her name.

John Current, c. 1765 - c. 1829, North Carolina

John Current was born in the 1750's or 1760's in North Carolina, Virginia, or Maryland. He came as a youth to Iredell Co., North Carolina where he married Susannah Remington in 1782. They had 5 known children: Hugh, John, Andrew, Tabitha, and Matilda. John died before October 1829, when his estate was inventoried. He may have been connected to the family of James and Margaret Current who settled in what is now Grafton, West Virginia. More than likely, he was born in Maryland. He was probably either the son of Martin and Matilda Current from Prince George's County or Hugh and Ann Current of Montgomery County.

Susannah Remington (Current), c. 1765-1820's, North Carolina

Susannah Remington was born circa 1760's. If her husband came from Maryland then she may have been born there as well. She was in what is now Iredell Co., North Carolina in 1782, when she married John Current. Nothing is known of her heritage or family except that she was probably the sister of a Richard Remington who married in Iredell County in 1784 and who died in 1791. Research on the two of them has proved fruitless. It seems that within several years nearly all of the Remingtons moved away from North Carolina to Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana.

John Allen Wallace, c. 1754-1845, Virginia, North Carolina

John is said to have come from Amelia Co., Virginia and I would guess would have been of Scotch-Irish descent. He served in the American Revolution and was married probably in the late 1770's or early 1780's. He married Sarah Granger and their children included: Warren, Martha, Susan, Elizabeth, Jane, Lucinda, Agnes and Sarah. He settled with his family in Iredell Co., NC where he died when quite old.

Sarah Granger (Wallace), c. 1762-1846, Virginia, North Carolina

Sarah Granger is supposed to have been from Amelia Co., Virginia and was born sometime between 1760-1770 according to censuses. She married John Wallace by the early 1780's and they settled in Iredell Co., NC. Children included: Warren, Martha, Susan, Elizabeth, Jane, Lucinda, Agnes, and Sarah. She died in 1846 in Iredell Co., North Carolina.

Henry Parrish, c. 1767-1811, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee

Henry Parrish was born circa 1767 in Virginia or North Carolina. He came to Franklin County, North Carolina where he married Elizabeth Strother in about 1787. They lived there until 1793, when they settled in Wilson County, Tennessee. He is said to have died in 1811 in Wilson County, Tennessee. He had the following children: David, Fanny, William, Jane, Martha, and Elizabeth. Nothing is known of his heritage but he may have been connected to the Parrishes of Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

John Bowen, c. 1745-1826, Virginia

John Bowen was born circa 1745 in Virginia. He married Elizabeth circa 1770 and they lived off Craigs Creek in Montgomery County, Virginia. They had the following children: Bathia, William, Mary, John, Hugha, Magdalene, James, and Sally. John is said to have died in 1826. There are as of yet no proof as to his heritage but it is possible that he may have been the son of Henry Bowen and Anna Moon.

Elizabeth (Bowen), c. 1750-c.1834, Virginia

Elizabeth was born circa 1750 in Virginia. She married John Bowen in the 1770's and they lived in Montgomery County, Virginia where she died in about 1834. Several sources indicate that her maiden name was LaFon, which may be because her daughter Mary married a John LaFon. In any case, she may have been the daughter of Nicholas LaFon (Frenchman) and his wife Elizabeth Sthreshley of Essex County, Virginia.

Christina Powell (Hatfield), c. 1737-1809, Virginia, West Virginia

Christina Powell(??) was born circa 1737 in Virginia. She married Andrew Hatfield in about 1757 and they settled in what is now Giles County, Virginia until about the year 1800 when they moved to what is now Cabell County, West Virginia. Christina is said to have died there on October 25, 1809. She had the following children: Nancy, Isaac, John, William, Andrew, Jonas, John, Adam, Edward, Thomas, William, Moses, and Sarah. I am not aware for the sources for this information put researchers put her maiden name as either Powell or Snidow and that she may have been married before her marriage to Andrew Hatfield and that one of those names may have been a maiden name one may have been her first husband's name. Nothing further is known of her.

Mrs. Zaddock Martin, c. 1740's-Unk., North Carolina, Kentucky

This woman was born probably in the 1740's or 1750's. She was married to Zaddock Martin probably in the 1770's or early 1780's, this was either in North Carolina or Virginia. They settled in Wilkes County, North Carolina but did not stay there long and between 1798 and 1802, moved to Knox County, Kentucky. She had the following known children: Isaac, Cynthia, Joseph, Nancy, and Zaddock. She probably died in the 1790's or early 1800's. Nothing further is known.

Abigail Williams (Merriman), c. 1760-aft. 1829, Connecticut, Kentucky, Illinois

Abigail was born circa 1760 in Connecticut. She married Amos Merriman circa 1780-1785. They lived in Cheshire, Connecticut until the late 1790's when they moved to what is now Bridgeport, Connecticut. They stayed there until 1812-1813, when Abigail moved with her entire family to Scott County, Kentucky. Then in 1829 the family moved to Sangamon County, Illinois and Abigail then went with her daughter Laura to nearby Cass County, Illinois. She died there after 1829. She had the following children: Polly, Lyman, Reuben, Lyman, Abigail, and Laura. Family history indicates that her maiden name was possibly Williams. If that is true, she may have been the Abigail Williams, born in 1760 in Wallingford, CT to Willoughby and Abigail Williams. This Abigail's brother Willoughby Williams Jr. married Abigail Merriman, Amos' sister.

Daniel Murray, c. 1750-Unk., Scotland, Pennsylvania.

Daniel Murray was born circa 1750, probably in Scotland. Legend indicates that he came to America as a soldier. He married in the 1770's in Pennsylvania, but his wife's name is not known. He died in Franks Township, Huntingdon (now Blair) County, Pennsylvania. 5 known children: John, Thomas, David, Catherine, Daniel.

Eleanor De Long (Barklow), c. 1728-aft. 1763, New Jersey.

Eleanor De Long was born circa 1728, probably in New York or New Jersey. She married William Barkelow in about 1747 and they lived in New Jersey. 7 children: Jane, James, William, John, Cornelius, daughter, and Daniel. She died after 1763. Based off of Dutch naming patterns, her name was probably Eleanor/Elinor, but may have also been Elizabeth. De Long is an educated guess at her maiden name.

Sarah Ellison (Dunham), c. 1778-1864, New York, New Jersey, Indiana

Sarah Ellison was born circa 1778 in New York or New Jersey. She came as a youth to New Jersey where she married Henry Dunham circa 1794 and they settled at Woodbridge, Middlesex County. They stayed there until the mid to late 1810's when they moved to Wayne County, Indiana. Sarah died there in 1864. She had the following children: Elizabeth, Azel, John, Cyrus, Mathias, Alanson, Mary, Rufus, William, Dayton, and Hiram. She was probably the sister of Mary Ellison who married Henry's brother Amos Dunham. She was also probably the daughter of a John Ellison. One researcher indicated that she was the daughter of John Ellison and Rachel Wessels of what is now New York City, but the age difference would make this impossible and they were probably her grandparents.

Catharina S. D. Baarmann (Ipkendanz), 1779-Unk., Germany.

Catharina Sophie Dorothea Baarmann was born on December 8, 1779 in Germany. She married Johann H. C. Ipkendanz on Nov. 9, 1799 in Gadenstedt, Germany. 5 children: Maria Sophia, Maria Dorothea, Maria Christina, Ilse Christiane, Johann Heinrich Konrad
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