Surnames in My Shrub

This is not an exhaustive list, but here are many of the names in my tree, and then in Andrew’s, that I am researching.

My mom’s side: (many of these from PA) Kinsley, Smith, Lacey, Motzenbacher, Batcheler, Foster, Jones, Griffith, Pearson, Welch, Burch, Crandall

My dad’s side: (many of these from OH) Brown, Wintrow, North, Young, Ditmer, Fryman, Surber, Harnsbarger, Munn, Beam, Niswonger, Miller, Hill, Goings/Goins/Goens, Staudt, Davidson

Andrew’s mom’s side: (mostly from IN and OH) Reed, Hartsock, Roach, Sloane, Seymour, Stockman, Yazel, Hippert, Bollinger, Bausman, Crumrine, Sink, Oyler, Brady, Morts, Shroyer

Andrew’s dad’s side: (mostly from IN): Nelson, Heaton, Wood, Bastion, Galloway, Potts, Boyce/Boys, Boring, Corey, Parsons, Sparks, Hornaday, Ward, Caywood

8 thoughts on “Surnames in My Shrub

  1. I’m just looking for one name in my shrub. Bond who was a mulatto farmer in Shelby County Ohio (found in a census) around 1860. Married with children. Said he was born in Ohio which would have made that 1803, right around the time of Rumley. I’m also curious about what happened in Rumley and to the other blacks in that surrounding area. Hope you can find more info.

  2. Hi, I’m looking for information on an Andrew Brown who married my great great grandmother Catherine Corey on Feb 18, 1874 in South Augusta, Iowa. The witness was Edward Goines, I believe the son of John and Rachel Baird Goines. Near as I can tell, John’s father is David Goines and wife Anna Brown and Anna is daughter of Alexander Brown and Sarah Benson. Pretty sure my Andrew is somehow related to this branch but can’t quite work it out. He’d have probably been born somewhere around 1850. There is an Andrew Brown living with a Pulum family in 1870 that is 15 years old in Union Township, Des Moines County, Iowa and he works for them. Hopefully, there’s an Andrew in your tree somewhere. I have a lot of Browns showing up in my Autosomal DNA on, too, but so far can’t identify anyone as a realtive in my tree.

  3. If your linage runs through Rumley odds are our forefathers did business together and probably drank Wooden Shoe Beer together!!!

    In this are of Ohio there are literally hundreds of small towns that once were bustling, what happened to the small towns in Ohio, Rumley included was the updating of roads and prosperity. Sidney and Wapakoneta Ohio are within 10 miles of Rumley and in the mid to late 1800’s they were thriving manufacturing cities and introduced the decline of rural populations in Ohio.

    Your post on “Rumley, Ohio – A Ghost town of sorts” is very interesting. the only part that I slightly disagree with is the “Did something happened that set off the racial tensions that lead to the mass exodus from the town? This is something I am very interested in researching.” portion of the post.”

    My family has lived within 5 miles of Rumley since 1832, I have never heard a single thing about any racial tension, it is non existent in this corner of Ohio. Here is our county historical website with a quick blurb from 1846 about Rumley. “The 1846 edition of Howe’s “History of Ohio” says of Rumley, “There are 400 Negroes (half the population of Van Buren Township) as prosperous as their white neighbors and equal to the whites in morals, religion and intelligence.” To me that speaks volumes to the esteem held by the people that lived in Rumley.

    Many small towns around Rumley that enjoyed a similar fate, including the one where my forefathers are buried, most of the time they aren’t even marked, there’s an old school house and some grave markers and that is it.

    If you get to this corner of Ohio again I can take you to several cemeteries in the area that are not on the map to help with your search.

    • Awesome. Thanks for the info! A lot of what I post is hypothesis, although I found information on racial tensions from another writer who posted about issues in the NW portion of Ohio. I would love to find more information about the migration out. I have sadly been in a research slump since I had a baby. If I make it back out to the area this summer, I might have to take you up on the offer of the cemetery tour. Thanks!

  4. Drop me a line. I have a good deal of information on the Reeds in NE Ohio. I’m also curious to see what you have dug up.

  5. Contact me if you, or the Totten that you helped, are interested in “fleshing out” the Calvin P Totten family tree. I have the ancestry of this family connected back to 1615 in England. I have been documenting all of the Totten family in America for over ten years.

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