Sources for William Lister – Part 1 of 3 – My Sources

Roberts Project
Roberts-Barmes-Lister Line
By Don Taylor

I’ve been asked what I do when I say, “I review my sources, the sources at Family Search, and the sources on Ancestry,” as the first step in preparing to write a basic sketch about my 3rd great-grandfather, William Lister.

I believe William Lister was born about 1793 in Maryland from my research. He married Nancy Strain (1807-1844) on 17 June 1822 in Highland County, Ohio, and had four children with her—Nimrod (1824-1888), Sarah (c. 1831-?), William Marcus (1832-1921), and James (c. 1840-?). Then he married Leah Adkins on 23 April 1864 in Pickaway County, Ohio. William had one child with Leah, Elizabeth Ellen (1847-1933). I had six source citations associated with William Lister.

My Sources

1830 Census[i]

Although my initial assessment of William Lister & the 1830 Census didn’t result in a clear determination if William was in Pickaway County or Ross County because his son, Nimrod (born c. 1825), and his son William (born 1832) were both born in Pickaway County, I’m confident that William was in Pickaway County in 1830. His household consisted of

  •             William           (age 20-29)
  •             Nancy              (Age 20-29)
  •             Nimrod            (under 5)
  •             Unk. Female   (10 to 14)

The unknown female could be a sibling of William, Nancy, or unrelated.

1880 Census

In the 1880 Census, William’s son, Nimrod, reported that his father was born in Maryland, and his mother was born in Pennsylvania. Nimrod was 55 years old in 1880, confirming he was five years old during the 1830 Census.

Find-a-Grave

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

William Lister’s Find-a-Grave Memorial #38330408[ii] includes two photos of his marker. The marker is unclear regarding his death. It reads Died November 2*, 1848. My reading of the two images on the website suggests it says 23 November 1848. The marker should be gently and carefully cleaned and then examined to ascertain if it reads 20 November or 23 November. In the meantime, I’ve decided to use 23 November as William’s death date.

Marriage to Nancy Strain

William Lister married Nancy Strain[iii] about 17 June 1822. That appears to be when the license was issued in Highland County, Ohio. I was concerned about this being the marriage of my William Lister because Highland County is about 50 miles Southwest of Pickaway County, and there was a William Lister who lived in Ross County during the 1830 Census. However, thanks to Find-a-Grave, I see that Nancy and William are buried side by side at the New Holland Cemetery, so I am convinced this is the marriage of William to Nimrod’s mother.

Marriage to Leah Adkins

Ohio County Marriages indicate that William Lister married Leah Adkins on 23 April 1846.[iv] William’s first wife, Nancy (Strain), died on 23 November 1844. He was 53years old; Leah was 27. William’s son William was only 14 years old, so it is unlikely that he was the William that married Leah.

Unknown Source

One of the most interesting sources I’ve found is “unknown.” Rootdigger193 shared an image with Ancestry on 1 January 2011. It appears to be an excerpt from a probate or other legal proceedings book. It says it is from “Vol Three, Pages 296 – 298” from somewhere. It reads:

James Porter administrator of William Lister vs . Leah Lister et al. Petition to complete Real contract On 12 June 1850, a petition was filed by James Porter as administrator of the estate of William Lister dec’d. stating that during the lifetime of Willim Lister entered into a contract with Elacy Enis and William King by which he sold to them 50 acres of land in Monroe Township[v] for the sum of $450. The monies were all paid but William Lister died before he could convey the deed. William Lister died leaving his children: Nimrod Lister, Sarah Lister who intermarried Aaron Veyo, William M. Lister, James W. Lister and Elizabeth E. Lister. Also Leah Lister his widow. The title was conveyed by the heirs 1 July 1850. 

This document provides a wealth of information.

  • William Lister died before 1850.
  • Leah Lister is the name of his widow.
  • His children living in 1850 include:
    • Nimrod Lister
    • Sarah (Lister) Veyo
    • William M. Lister
    • James W. Lister &
    • Elizabeth E. Lister

Reconciliation

  My Records K8JH-PX9 KJMH-VN5
Birth 1793 Maryland c. 1802 Maryland 1793 – Pickaway Co.
Military 1812
James Alfred     1 October 1822
Marriage 1 17 June 1822 c. 1827 30 May 1822
Birth of Nimrod 1825 c. 1826
1830 Census 1830 Pickaway Co.  
Birth of Sarah c. 1831 c. 1831  
Birth of William Marcus 2 August 1832 c. 1836 2 August 1832
Birth of James M. c. 1840 c. 1840
Marriage 2 (1846) 23 April 1846 23 April 1846
Birth of Elizabeth Ellen c. 1847
Property Sale Bef. 23 November 1848
Death 23 November 1848 20 November 1848
Burial Aft 23 November 1848 1848

Conclusion 1

These differences made me want to look closely at the sources of four items.

    1. William’s birth date and location.
    2. Was there a son James Alfred? If so, who was his mother?
    3. What was the date of William’s marriage to Nancy Strain? – A review of the source document showed it reads 17 June 1822. I updated the profile on KJMH-VN5 to indicate a change from 30 May 1822 to 17 June 1822.
    4. What was the birthdate for William Marcus?

As I mentioned, K8JH-PX9 has no sources cited, so I’ll look at the sources cited in KJMH-VN5.


Endnotes:

[i] 1830 Census (A) (NARA), Ancestry.Com, Walnut, Pickaway, Ohio; Series: M19; Roll: 138; Page: 50; Family History Library Film: 0337949. 16th name down, Wm Lister. https://www.ancestry.com/sharing/27472134?h=cac284&utm_campaign=bandido-webparts&utm_source=post-share-modal&utm_medium=copy-url.

[ii] Find a Grave, Find a Grave, William Lister, Pvt – 1793-1848. Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/38330408/william-lister: 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).

[iii] Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2016, Family Search, Highland County Marriage Records 1821-1837, vol 1-2, Page 180 – #600 – William Sister [Lister] & Nancy Strain – Issued 17 June 1822. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:ZZ5F-7T6Z.

[iv] Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993, Ancestry.Com, William Lister & Leah Adkins. 23 Apr 1846 – Pickaway, Ohio.

[v] Monroe Township is in Pickaway County, Ohio.

Happy Birthday Asa Taft

29 April – Asa Taft – Ancestor# 84

Roberts-Barnes-Taft Line

Today, I remember my 4th Great-grandfather, Asa Taft. He was born on 29 April 1774 in Uxbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts Colony.

Asa married Sarah Whitney on 18 September 1794 in Peru, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. After Sarah died in 1813, Asa married Lucy Fuller in Triangle, Broome County New York. Asa may have married a third time, to Lucy Wilson, sometime after 1825.

He died on 17 March 1839 in Triangle, Broome County, New York and was buried in the Taft Cemetery in Triangle.

For more information on Asa Taft see:

There are no known photos, paintings, or drawings of Asa Taft (1774-1839). If you have an image of Asa or know more about his life, I would love to hear from you.

If Asa is your ancestor, I would love to share information with you. Please let me know how we are related. Also, like me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or comment at the bottom of this post.

 

Happy Birthday Stephen Taft

16 April – Stephen Taft

Roberts-Barnes-Taft Line

Today, I also remember my 6th great-grandfather, Stephen Taft. He was the second ancestor born on 16 April. Stephen was born in 1710 in Uxbridge[1], Province of Massachusetts Bay (Now Worcester County, Massachusetts). Stephen married Mary Lewis on 27 March 1733 in Uxbridge. I believe they had 10 children including my 5th great-grandfather Silas Taft. Stephen died on 3 February 1803 in Uxbridge. (His burial details are unknown.)

For more information on Stephen Taft see:

    • I have not researched Stephen’s life, however, I did write about the Taft surname.]
    • Family Search: 2HK1-NML
    • Find-a-Grave: Stephen Taft
    • My Ancestry Family Tree: Stephen Taft LINK-TO[-INDIVIDUAL-IN-MY-ANCESTRY-TREE]
    • There are so many conflicting trees on Ancestry, I can’t point to any specific set of trees.

There are no known photos, paintings, or drawings of Stephen Taft . If you have an image of Stephen or know more about his life, I would love to hear from you. If he is your ancestor, I would love to share information with you. Please let me know how we are related. Also, like me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or comment at the bottom of this post.


Footnotes

[1] Some researchers suggest he was born in Mendon, Massachusetts Bay Colony. Again, I have not independently researched Stephen and cannot confirm which birth location is more likely.

Happy Birthday Tamise Sutherland

April 3

Roberts, Barnes, Taft, Sutherland Line

Today, I remember my 3rd great-grandmother, Tamise/Tammy Sutherland/Southerland. She was born on 3 April 1796 in New York. Tamise married Joel Cruff Taft about 1819 at Triangle, Broome County, New York, and died on 24 March 1864 in Fairbanks, Sullivan County, Indiana.

For more information on Tamise Sutherland see:

There are no known photos, paintings, or drawings of Tamise Sutherland. If you have an image of Tamise or know more about her life, I would love to hear from you.

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Happy Birthday Mercy (Taft) Barnes

Happy Birthday to my 2nd Great-grandmother, Mercy Eliza Taft.

  • On March 27, 1822, she was born in Manhattan, New York.
  • She married Nelson Barnes in 1839 and had nine children.
  • Mercy died on 4 October 1984 in Turman, Indiana, and was buried at Drake Cemetery in Fairbanks

Key sites for Mercy include:

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