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Finally! Missouri!

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A close-up shot of northern Missouri counties showing Chariton on the left and Ralls on the right.

The Final Chapter in my Missouri Bound Musings

The ancestors of Gillian Virginia Morris, my grandmother’s maternal grandmother, made it to Missouri! That is, if you have followed my previous posts.

To discover how her parents, Peter Philander and Elizabeth Ely Morris, met, we must dig into Place. I use a capital “P” for Place because I consider it key to all historical research. And to understand Place, you need maps, and I do LOVE maps.

But first, a recap:

  • Part 1 and 2: Thomas H. and Malinda Salling[i] Morris(s) moved from Rockbridge County, Virginia by about 1845 and settled in Chariton County, Missouri with their children. One of those children was Gillian’s father Peter Philander Morris.
  • Part 3 and 4: Isaac Ely and Mary Polly Judy Ely travelled from Clark/Montgomery County, Kentucky to Missouri with their children. One of their children was William Scott Ely. They arrived with Isaac’s father Benjamin Ely in about 1820, and bought land in Ralls County, Missouri in 1824.
  • Part 5: Hankerson Adam Utterback and Catherine Pence Utterback moved from Boone County, Kentucky to Ralls County, Missouri via Clay County, MO by about 1824.[ii] In 1829, his daughter Rebecca Virginia Utterback bought land in Ralls County, as well.
  • Part 1: While not a direct ancestor, an important connection is John Salling brother of Malinda Salling Morris. He moved from Rockbridge County, Kentucky to Ralls County, Missouri by 1833.

William’s father, Isaac, had purchased various sections in Township 55 Range 6 of Ralls County.Ralls tsp 55 R6 Elys

Rebecca’s father, Hankerson owned 160 acres in Township 55 Range 7 Section 33, shown below. Note that, geographically, the map below would be to the left of the map above. The bend in the Salt River left incomplete above is completed below.Ralls 55-7 Page_49.jpg Utterbacks Rall county

Living so near, it is clear how William Scott Ely and Rebecca Utterback met and married.[iii] Rebecca had her land and William bought land nearby.[iv]

But how did their child, Elizabeth Ely (her gravestone says Eliza), meet and marry Peter Philander Morris, of Chariton County? How far apart are Chariton County and Ralls County? The map at the top of this post is a close-up of Missouri from the excellent map resource at the State Historical Society of Missouri.[v]According to the map’s scale for mileage, the two counties are about 60 miles apart (Google Maps confirms this). Sixty miles is a fair distance to travel in the 1800’s.

The key, of course, is Peter’s uncle John Salling. The Morris family of Chariton County likely visited the Salling family in Ralls County. So how close was John Salling to the William Scott Ely’s homestead? The plat maps for Ralls County[vi] found at the Missouri Digital Heritage site gives us a clue. I took the land office records[vii] of the families previously mentioned, a spreadsheet of which can be found hereRalls County, Missouri Land Records, and compared it to the plat maps of 1878. Here is a close-up of Sections 54-7. (You saw 55-6 and 55-7 previously.) I’ve circled the land ownership of William and Rebecca Utterback Ely and put a rectangle around the property of John Adam Salling so you can see how near they lived to one another.[viii]Ralls County Tnp 54 R7 copy

A visit, a soirée, a chance encounter? Who knows, but Elizabeth Ely and Peter Philander Morris met—and they married. I have not found a marriage certificate or the exact date of their marriage, but the death certificate of their first child, Thomas, born on June 25, 1856, names them as his parents.[ix] Place…an important push-pin in family history.

[i] Also Sally and Salley
[ii] George H. Utterback, son of Hankerson, helped sponsor the atlas listed below and indicated 1834 as his year of settlement.
[iii] Some say September 24, 1829, but I have not yet been able to verify this.
[iv] See a spreadsheet of the land purchases of all the Ralls County families here.Ralls County, Missouri Land Records
[v] The full map is available here. http://digital.shsmo.org/cdm/singleitem/collection/Maps/id/92
[vi] AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORICAL ATLAS OF RALLS COUNTY, MISSOURI Compiled, drawn and published from Personal Examinations and Surveys BY EDWARDS BROTHERS, OF MISSOURI. General Office: 209 S. FIFTH STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA. 1878 http://cdm.sos.mo.gov/cdm/compoundobject/collection/mocoplats/id/2716/rec/1
[vii] Ancestry.com. U.S. General Land Office Records, 1776-2015 [various]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.
[viii] Note that John A. Salling died in September 1878 based on Letters of Administration, 1849-1907; Author: Missouri. Probate Court (Ralls County); Probate Place: Ralls, Missouri
His land now appears to belong to his son Samuel I Salling, his daughter Susan, who married Charles H. Phillips, and Stephen Scobee, the father of Ely Scobee, who married John’s daughter Rebecca and died of Typhoid fever six weeks later (based on a find a grave report).
[ix] http://www.sos.mo.gov/images/archives/deathcerts/1928/1928_00021911.PDF

 

Happy 2015

I decided to do this just for fun. Once I sunk neck deep into the exercise I began to doubt my concept of fun! Anyway, just to put the new year into a genealogical perspective:

Today I have direct family ranging in age from 7 to 95, all living in California,

BUT…

One hundred years ago today, January 1, 1915 my direct ancestors lived in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri and ranged in age from 2 to 83. There were eight individuals.

My father, Ralph Lewis Croy was 2 years old. He lived in Henryetta, Oklahoma with

my grandfather, Justus Leonice Croy, age 35,

and my grandmother, Mary (Mollie) Elizabeth Ison Croy, age 32.

Also living in Henryetta were

my great grandfather, Calvin Harrison Croy, age 64,

and my great grandmother, Sarah Angelina Smith Croy, age 61.

 My maternal great grandfather, Gabriel Washington Ison, age 59,

and my great grandmother Gillian (Gillie) Virginia Morriss Ison, age 54,

lived in Potosi, Linn County, Kansas.

 AND at 83, my great, great grandfather Peter Philander Morriss still lived

near Rothville, in Salt Creek Township, Chariton County, Missouri.

Now, ready to get crazy? I did, figuring this out…hope I got it.

Two hundred years ago today, January 1, 1815, living direct ancestors spread across Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Virginia. They ranged in age from 4 to 92. Nineteen people in all, if I counted correctly.

In Ohio:

My great, great grandfather Jacob Croy was 4 years old. He lived in Stark County (to be Carroll County,) Ohio with

my great, great, great grandfather, Andrew Croy, age 34,

and my great, great, great grandmother, Susanna Oswalt Croy, age about 30.

Little Jacob had yet to meet my great, great grandmother Margaret Pugh (Croy) age 1. Her history is unknown.

Jacob’s grandmother, my 4X’s great grandmother, Mary Huston Croy (Roberts,) 53 at the time, lived in Plain City, Union County, Ohio. (His grandfather and namesake had died sometime after 1805 and any history before him is unknown.)

Susanna Oswalt’s father, my 4X’s great grandfather, Jacob Oswalt II, age 49,

and my 4X’s great grandmother, Sarah Huston, age about 49, lived in Rose Township, Stark County(to be Carroll County,) Ohio, as well.

Great, great grandfather Henry Smith was about 12 and living in Southeastern Ohio. (His history before then is unknown.)

Meanwhile, 3X’s great grandparents Zerah Payne and Amy Felch Payne, ages at the time 36 and 27 respectively, lived in Coshocton County, Ohio.

In Virginia:

My 3X’s great grandfather Thomas H. Morriss, age 16, and my 3X’s great grandmother, Malinda Salling (Morriss), age 11, lived in (likely Rockbridge) Virginia.

Thomas’ father, my 4X’s great grandfather, Allison Morriss, age 38, lived in Amherst County, Virginia with my 4X’s great grandmother Nancy Peters Morriss, age 36.

4X’s great grandfather, George Salling, age 44, and 4X’s great grandfather Matilda Caroline Carter Salling, age 40, lived in Estillville (what would be Gate City,) Scott County, Virginia on the Cumberland Gap.

Oh, and the Ison’s? 3X’s great grandparents Isaac Sterling Ison and Charity Ingram (Ison) both were living in Estillville (what would be Gate City,) Scott County, Virginia on the Cumberland Gap as well. They were 16 and 11, respectively.

And in Pennsylvania, amazingly…

In Londonderry Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania,

my great, great, great, great, great (that’s 5 greats now) grandfather,

Jacob Oswalt, age about 92, still lived.

(Great, great grandmother Sephronia Payne Smith, great great grandfather Schuyler Ison, great great grandmother Mary Ann Overstreet Ison lived between these two milestones.)