As family historians we
share what we have gathered knowing we have given the time and done our best
with what we've found. We open and close
our research with an open mind that something new may come to light down the
line and that's o.k.
I begin this post with that statement because the information that follows contains some correction to facts that have been updated. It originally appeared that Belle's great grandparents Jacob and Mary Ann (Cornelius) Covert had obtained land in Mercer County as the result of the Bounty Lands Act for his service in the War of 1812.
He did serve in the War of 1812
He did purchase land in Mercer County
That land was not his bounty lands. (the search goes on for those acres which now appear to have been located in Butler County.
the community around West Liberty, Butler County continued to grow, in April of
1856 Jacob made the decision to purchase one hundred acres of land along Wolf
Creek in Liberty Twp., Mercer County. This tract was bought from James McClintock. It was a part of an
original land grant to George Taylor.
Once again the wagons were loaded and Jacob and Mary Ann along with their
youngest son Jacob D. set off for this new land of opportunity. While in those days transportation was by
horse and wagon, the new location was only ten miles to the northwest from West
Liberty, and the family continued to be active in both areas.
months after the move Jacob sold twenty-five acres of the new tract to his
son-in-law John W. Campbell and nineteen acres to his son William.
the same time period some of his adult children also made the move to Mercer
County. They were Mariah who first married Henry Campbell and later, Wm. Dale;
Isaac M. married (Belle's grandfather) to his second wife Nancy Campbell;
as well as William married to Catherine Adams;
Elizabeth Jane, married to John H. Campbell;
and John V. married to Clara Taggart. Jacob's son Lucas, married to Elsie Douglas, chose to move to Iowa between
1850 and 1860. Daughter, Rose Ann
married before the family move and settled with her husband, James Thompson in Cherry Twp, Butler County. He
was a casualty of the Civil War and she later married Thomas Campbell and a third time to John Turk. Maps of that time also indicate
that other families from the West Liberty area moved to Mercer County also.
in their seventh decades, Jacob and Mary Ann built their new home along Wolf
Creek just southwest of the village of Pine which would later become Grove
City. They were probably glad to sit back and watch the family grow surrounded
by grandchildren to dote on. Their youngest son, Jacob Decalb Covert lived with
them and he and his wife, Sarah (Bixler),
raised their family there.
records also show that in 1864 Jacob sold property to a granddaughter, Mary E. (Campbell) Miller. She was the daughter
of Elizabeth Jane (Covert) Campbell.
Mary had recently been widowed when her husband James Y. Miller was a casualty
of the Civil War. Her husband's family lived in the area as well and it appears
everyone came together in helping her become settled nearby to raise her two
children. This sales agreement also stated that Isaac M. was a co-seller but no
earlier deed from Jacob to Isaac has been found. The 1860 census of Liberty
Twp. records that Isaac M. owned real estate. Yet another land record mystery.
also sold property to George Clupper,
the husband of a niece, Isabella (Vogan)
Clupper. Isabella was the daughter
of Jacob's sister Sarah (Covert) Vogan
and she and her husband were residing with Isabella.
last tract of land, eight and one half acres, that Jacob sold was too James Christy in 1868. This left Jacob about
fifty-three acres of the original one hundred he purchased in 1856. Those acres were bequeathed to his youngest son, Jacob Decalb Covert.
acquired many acres of land over the years, Jacob could go to his grave knowing
he had provided well for his family. In his eighties Jacob wrote his will in
which he stated that he was leaving his home and acreage to his youngest son Jacob
Decalb Covert. To his other living
sons he gave one dollar since he had helped them with their lands earlier and
his living daughters five dollars. His remaining assets were left to his
beloved wife, Mary Ann.
excerpt from a Covert Family research project I am co-authoring.
My grandmother was old enough to remember the day her father did not come home.The circumstances of his death were told to me many years later by my father. His grandfather had become ill at work and died.
For the over twenty years I have been researching our family that was the only accounting of his death I had; no obituary or burial record.
He appeared in the 1880 census as married with five children and working for the railroad.
His date of death was recorded on the marriage license application of his wife at the time of her second marriage. Now mind you I had read the microfilm of the local newspaper published during the time period of his death, November 1891. And what did I find? Nothing.
The census record and the application were the sum total of the sources in my family tree. Until now that is. And suddenly there it was. Just not where it was supposed to be.
But there it was. In the local paper --- the previous year. Yes, he died in November of 1890; not 1891. It seems the clerk who completed the marriage license application got it wrong and my great grandmother may not have looked it over before signing. Or perhaps she gave the wrong date. There is was. Not an obituary. Not a burial record. Rather it was an article entitled Death and Distress. And it gave the report of my great grandfather's death in support of the family story I had received from my father so long ago.
How did I make that discovery? I didn't. Corroberation is a good thing.
A few years ago a distant half cousin and myself found each other through the miracle of the internet and exchanged a few records. That was that until a couple of years ago when she contacted me again to say she wanted to put together a published family history and would I help her with the research. Of course I would, and the fun began.
Together we have made some great finds and while I wasn't surprised to receive a call from her a few days ago; I was however pleasantly surprised by what she had found.
Not only did it support the family story it also revealed additional information of the precarious family situation surrounding his death.
My grandmother was one of the younger children who had not contracted the fever but . . . as the opening line of this post says. . . My Grandmother Was Old Enough to remember the day her father did not come home.