Sources for William Lister – Part 2 of 3 – Family Search Sources

Roberts Project
Roberts-Barmes-Lister Line
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.After I’ve reviewed and double-checked my sources, I review the sources other people have cited as the basis for facts they have found. Do I agree? Do the sources fit the right person. Are there conflicts that I should address?

When I reviewed William Lister on Family Search, I found two different individuals.

First – K8JH-PX9. He was born about 1802 in Maryland. Hie married about 1827 in Pickaway, Ohio, and had four children with “Mrs. William Lister.” Nimrod (1826-?), Sarah (1831-?), William M (1836-?), and James M (1840-?). His parents are Nimrod and Mary Lister. This entry has no sources entered.

Second – KJMH-VN5. He was born about 1793 in Ohio. He married 13 May 1822 to Nancy Strain (1802-1844) and had two children, James A (1822-1869) and William Marcus (1832-1921). He also married Leah Adkins on 23 April 1846 in Pickaway County, Ohio. This profile has five unique sources cited to support the events in William’s life.

Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958

William Sister [Lister] & Nancy Strain Married on 17 June 1822.

This is the same source I have for their marriage. I’m not sure I understand someone entered the marriage date of 30 May 1822. I don’t see that date in the record. I changed the date to 17 June 1822 in keeping with the record. It is available to view here, here, and here.

Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958

William Lister & Lea Adkins Married on 23 April 1846.

This is the same record I found earlier. It is available here. The same record with the image is available here. Again, I had used these sources previously.


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

Same Find-a-Grave Memorial #38330408[i] I utilized before.


Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953

Death Certificate #12280 – Elizabeth Ellen Corkwell

This was a new source record for me. It confirmed many things I already knew but added much more about the family. It—

    • Confirmed Elizabeth was the daughter of William Lister and his second wife, Leah Adkins.
    • Provided greater detail regarding her birth and her death.
    • Provided the first name of her husband (George) and that he died before her.
    • Probable error in the record: Elizabeth’s father, William, is reported as having been born in Ohio. I believe he was born in Maryland, per other records.

Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2011

Death Certificate 22067 – William Marcus Lister

This was a pointer to an Ancestry record.

The record confirmed his birth date, parents’ names, death date, and burial date with the location.

Probable error in the record: The informant, William Marcus’ daughter Emma, reported both her grandparents (William and Nancy Lister) were born in New Jersey. I believe he was born in Maryland based on other records.

Conclusion (Part 2)

After reviewing the sources cited on FamilySearch, I’ve come to the following Conclusions:

    1. William’s birth date and location. I feel confident that William Lister was born in 1793 in Maryland.
    2. I doubt that William had a son James Alfred. I believe James Alfred was likely the son of a different William Lister or is a sibling or possibly a cousin.
    3. William Marcus Lister was born on 2 August 1832 in Pickaway County, Ohio.


[i] Find a Grave, Find a Grave, William Lister, Pvt – 1793-1848. Find a Grave, database and images ( accessed 17 February 2022), memorial page for Pvt William Lister (1793–20 Nov 1848), Find a Grave Memorial ID 38330408, citing New Holland Cemetery, New Holland, Pickaway County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Dave M (contributor 46499754).

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