Ancestor Sketch – William Lister

Roberts-Brown Research
Roberts-Barnes-Lister Line
By Don Taylor

William Lister is my earliest verified Lister Ancestor. He was probably born in Maryland about 1793. He served in the War of 1812, married twice, and died in Monroe, Pickaway County, Ohio.

William Lister is found in 58 Ancestry Public Trees[i] and is Family Search profile K8JH-PX9.

Roberts/Brown – Ancestor #44

List of Grandparents

    • 5 – Grandmother: Essie Pansy Barnes(1903-1982)
    • 11 – 1st Great-grandmother: Marada Mae Lister(1867-1932)
    • 22 – 2nd Great-grandfather: Nimrod Lister(c. 1826-c. 1890)
    • 44 – 3rd Great-grandfather: William Lister (1793-1848)
    • 88 – 4th Great-grandfather: ? Nimrod Lister (1765-1847)?*
    • 176 – 5th Great-grandfather: ? Nimrod Lister (1730-1813)?*
    • 352 – 6th Great-grandfather: ? William Lister (1688-1732)?*
    • 704 – 7th Great-grandfather: ? Thomas Lister (1654-___)?*

(* Note: Ancestors marked with “*” are tentative/speculative and have not been independently researched by me.)


William Lister (1793-1848)

Birth

William was born in 1793 in Maryland. His parents were likely Nimrod and Mary Lister.

Military Service

William appears on the roll of Capt. Alexander Robinson’s company serving between 30 August and 9 October 1812. He was a private in the Army.

He also served in Capt. George Yocums Company of the Ohio Militia.

Marriage 1

William married Nancy Strain on 17 June 1822. They had four children together. 

Name Born Married Died
Nimrod 1824 – Ohio Malinda Evans 1888
Sarah c. 1830 – (Ohio) Aaron Dean
William Marcus 1832 (Ohio) Elizabeth Krohn 1921
James M. c. 1840

1830 Census

The 1930 US Census found William living in Walnut Township, Pickaway County, Ohio. With him is a female age 20 to 29, presumed to be William’s wife, Nancy, and a male under 5, presumed to be Nimrod. Also living with them is a female aged 10 to 14. This is probably a sibling of either William or Nancy.

Nancy’s Death

Nancy died on 23 November 1844 in Pickaway County, Ohio, at the age of 37.

Marriage 2

William married Leah Adkins on 23 April 1846 in Highland County, Ohio. They had one child together 

Name Born Married Died
Elizabeth Ellen 1847 George Corkwell 1933

Death/Burial, etc.

William Lister’s Marker – Photo by oh_fudge via Find-a-Grave

William Lister died on 23 November 1848, presumably in Monroe, Pickaway County, Ohio. He was buried at the New Holland Cemetery in New Holland, Pickaway County, Ohio.

Property Sale

Sometime before 20 November 1848, William 5old 50 acres to Elacy Enis & William King for $450. William died before the property transfer could occur, so his probate administrator needed to process conveying the title on 1 July 1850.


Events by Location

  • Maryland:                                              1793 – Birth.
  • Ohio, Highland County                    1822 – Marriage 1
  • Ohio, Pickaway County:                  1812 – Military Service.
  •                                                                   1824 – Birth of Nimrod.
  •                                                                   1830 – Census.
  •                                                                   1832 – Birth of William Marcus
  •                                                                   1846 – Marriage 2
  • Ohio, Pickaway County, Monroe: 1848 – Property Sale.
  •                                                                      1848 – Death
  • Ohio, Pickaway County, New Holland:  1848 – Burial

Further Actions / Follow-up

  • Research William’s Military Records closely.
  • Research William’s Children.
  • Find William in 1800 & 1810 Censuses (with Nimrod?).
  • Find William in the 1820 Census.
  • Find William in the 1840 Census.

Sources

Endnotes

[i] Accessed on 1 June 2022.

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