Wednesday, August 28, 2013

10. Children of Joseph Darrah

Children of Joseph and Elizabeth Darrah:

1.         Eldest daughter Rosina Darrah, possibly pronounced Ro Sina’ and nicknamed Sina in the family, married William S. Hughes in Muskingum County on October 13, 1836.
Muskingum County has a William Hughes on the 1830 Census with a wife the right age range as Rosina, but there are three children too old to be Rosina’s. This William may be the father of Rosina’s husband. This William also appears on the 1840 Census with additional children.
A second William is on the 1840 Census in Dresden with a wife the right age, so this is more likely our Rosina. There is a second unidentified male in the same 20-30 year age category, maybe a brother of William. Rosina is in the right census group at age 37, but it looks like William is a group too low. Enumerator error?
On the 1850 Census William and “Dinah” are in Franklin County with ages 49 and 47 listed correctly. In neither case are any children listed, so the couple may have been childless.
A national search of both the 1860 and 1870 Censuses failed to turn up either member of the couple, so they may have both died fairly early.

2.         Second daughter Mary Darrah, born in 1804 in Muskingum County, married Joseph Chapman on February 10, 1825, at the age of 21. Joseph’s entry on the 1830 Census of Springfield Township shows himself at 20-30, a female, age 20-30, evidently Mary at 26; one male under five, later identified as Wells M., born March 3, 1827; one female, aged 15-20, unidentified (sister, maid?); and two females, also under five. These last two girls are probably Hannah, born September 28, 1825, and Mary, born May 24, 1830, just before the census.
The 1840 Census of Lima Township of Licking County, just to the west of Muskingum, has Joseph at 30-40; a female at 20-30, probably Mary at 36 and mis-marked by the enumerator; one female 10-15, probably Hannah at 14; one female 5-10, probably Mary at 10; and a third female under five, probably Rebecca, born in 1835.
Chapman researcher Leon Chapman reports that Mary Darrah Chapman died in Muskingum County on September 23, 1840. If so, Mary would have had two other children, Levi, born in 1837, and James born in 1839. This is based on the 1850 Census of Fairfield County, just south west of Licking County, where Joseph is listed with these children and a different wife. Leon Chapman lists a William Chapman born on September 22, 1840, which would have meant Mary died as a result of childbirth. William is not listed in 1850, so he may have died soon after Mary’s death.
Joseph, after Mary’s death a widower with at least six children, needed a wife in a hurry. Within three years he married again, to Elizabeth [Unknown], and proceeded to have four more daughters, Sarah, Frances (Fanny), Emeline, and Louisa.
Prolific father Joseph Chapman also liked to travel, for he was living in Woodford County, Illinois, by the 1860 Census, at the age of 51.
Of Mary Darrah’s children, Hannah married J. Williams about 1845, possibly in Fairfield County; Wells M. married Elizabeth Moyer and moved to Mahaska County, Iowa; Mary married J. Craiglow. At this time, we do not know the fate of the rest of the children.

3.         Francis B. Darrah, the only son, was born in Muskingum County ca1808 and lived with his parents until his marriage to Adeline Dozier on November 1, 1835. He was 27. Francis and Adeline had two sons by the 1840 Census: Joseph, born in 1838, and an unidentified son who seems to have died before 1850.
On the 1850 Census two more sons have been added to the family, John, born in 1844, and Henry, born in 1847. Francis evidently named his sons after his father and uncles. I would not be surprised to learn the dead son was named Robert!
Joseph, age 83, and Elizabeth, age 78, were living on the same farm as Francis in 1850 and were probably retired and enjoying their grandchildren.
After 1850 this family seems to have dropped off the earth. A national search of the 1860, 1870, and 1880 Census indexes turned up nothing on any of them, and a search of the IGI revealed nothing either. Francis and his family in later life is now officially a mystery.

4.         Hannah Darrah, third daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth, was born in Muskingum County on July 22, 1808. She lived with her family until September 25, 1836, when she
married Charles Green. Hannah was 28 years old, and evidently her husband was four years younger than she.
Charles and Hannah had a son Joseph Henry (there are those names again!) in 1837; a second son, John E. in 1841; and a third son, Charles A. in 1845. They seem to have had no daughters.
The Green family continued to live and farm in Muskingum throughout their lives, as they appeared on the census there through the 1880’s. Hannah died on January 20, 1888, and she is buried in McKendree Chapel Cemetery there, along with her husband, whose burial date is uncertain.
On the 1860 Census the Greens have a Thomas Dorah, age 9, living with them. Who this is I do not know. [A younger son of Francis?]
On the 1870 Census their son Charles A. Green, his wife Frances Sharpe Green, their son Howard, and Frances’ sister Ella Sharpe, were living with them, and the 24-year-old Charles was working on his parent’s farm. On the 1880 Census, grandsons Howard, Elmore, Ernest, and Oliver were listed with them, but the boys’ parents are missing.

5.         Youngest daughter Rebecca Darrah was born in Muskingum County in 1812 and lived with her family until November 12, 1837, when she married Frederick A. Seborn. Frederick was a lawyer and farmer and was well to do financially. The couple seems to have had servants most of the time.
Rebecca and Frederick had no children and lived in Muskingum County for the rest of their lives. At present I do not know when they died or where they are buried.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

9. Joseph: Eldest of Henry Darrah's Children

            Joseph, the oldest of Henry Darrah’s children, was born in 1767, probably in York County, Pennsylvania, where his father evidently grew up and married. We only have evidence to place Henry in York County by 1775, but no other evidence places him anywhere else.
           Joseph lived with his family in York County until 1786, when the family pulled up stakes and migrated westward. After a brief sojourn in Fayette County, probably from 1786 to 1788, the Henry Darrah family moved to that area of Washington County that is now Greene County, where they settled down and Joseph and his siblings grew to adulthood.
Joseph did not appear as a Head of Family on the 1790 Census, even though he was 21 years old. He was probably roaming, as young men are prone to do, and was counted within a friend’s or relative’s household.
           In 1791 Joseph and his younger brother Robert joined the Washington County militia as Privates, serving in Sergeant Abner Braddocks’s detachment between April 16 and May 24, 1791.
Joseph evidently liked the military life because he shortly thereafter joined Captain Samuel Brady’s Ranger unit about 1792 and participated in a scouting expedition into the Ohio territory along the Muskingum River. This information comes from the History of Licking County, Ohio, published in 1881.
         Several members of Brady’s expedition seemed to like the area, since at least four later settled in Muskingum County, including Joseph Darrah.     
            In their book Where The Frolics And The War Dances Are Held, authors James Morton and Jeff Carskadden agree that Joseph was a member of Captain Samuel Brady’s Rangers.
Joseph’s military career continued as he enlisted in 1794 in Captain Bragg’s Company of Rangers, per the Township Histories of Muskingum County, Ohio” and participated in the military actions leading up to General Anthony Wayne’s Indian campaign and battle at Fallen Timbers. These military actions were most likely instrumental in his later migration to Ohio.
            Following these military actions, Joseph returned to Greene County and settled down. The 1800 Census of Greene County shows Joseph with one female in his same age group, born 1765-1784, probably his wife, and two males in the 1790-1800 birth range.
            The identity of this wife remains unknown, although the Park family of Monongalia County, now West Virginia, maintains that Joseph’s wife was Phoebe Park.
If so, Phoebe possibly died as a result of disease or childbirth, as no further record of her has been found.
           Joseph migrated to Muskingum County, OH, by December of 1804, as he was shown as the owner of property at Range 14, Township 15, Sections 03 and 04 at that location. This land was in Newton Township. He was most likely here by 1803, if daughter Rosina’s birth information is correct.
            He was named in his father’s 1806 Greene County will, but he was not listed as participating in the probate settlement list, probably indicating that he had left the area. The 1810 Census of Ohio no longer exists, but a search of that year for Pennsylvania and Virginia revealed no Joseph.
            On the 1820 Census, Joseph is shown with lots of unidentified people: One male 45+ and one female 26-45 (This is probably Joseph and Elizabeth); 2 males 16-26 (Unidentified); 1 male 10-16 (Probably Francis); 1 male 0-10 (Unidentified); 2 females 16-18 (Probably Mary and Rosina); 1 female 10-16 (Probably Hanna); and 1 female 0-10 (Probably Rebecca). These children’s names are from Joseph’s later will.
             The two older boys, born 1794-1804, are probably the same ones shown on the 1800 Greene County entry and the sons of Phoebe Park. They are gone from the household by 1830 and are not mentioned in Joseph’s 1848 will. The youngest boy in the house remains unidentified, but may have been a grandson.
            The 1830 Census shows Joseph with a son, probably Francis B., and three daughters, probably Rosina, Hannah, and Rebecca. Daughter Mary had already married by then. The 1840 Census shows Joseph and Elizabeth alone except for a male 10-15, possibly a grandson, as all their children were married by this time.
            On the 1850 Census of Muskingum County, OH, Joseph is shown with wife Elizabeth, born 1772 in VA, living next door to their son Francis B. and his family.
            Joseph made out his will in 1848, when he would have been 81 years old. He names his wife Elizabeth and his children as son Francis and daughters Rosina, Hannah, Rebecca, and Mary (deceased). He also names the husbands of his daughters, which I thought was very nice of him!
            Joseph and Elizabeth died very close together; Joseph on March 1, 1852, and Elizabeth on March 25, 1852. They are buried in the McKendree Chapel Cemetery, Springfield Township, Muskingum County. Also buried in McKendree are their daughter Hannah Green and her husband Charles Green.