Sunday, July 28, 2013

Samuel Bivins

The first record I have found of Samuel Bivins I have found is when he married Esther Garran in Campbell County, Kentucky on the 17 January 1828.  David Badgerow is listed as their bondman.  Since the bondman is normally close family and David's wife was Keziah Bevins I believe that Samuel is likely her brother.

1830_Census_USA_Kentucky_Campbell_County_Samual_Bivins The next record for Samuel Bivins is the 1830 USA census.  Samuel's family is still living in Campbell County, Kentucky.  They are listed as:

Samuel Bivins
2 males under 5
1 male 20 to 29
1 female 15 to 19
1 female 20 to 29
3 persons under 20
2 persons 20 to 29

The 2 males under 5 are likely his first two sons Nathaniel and John.  1 male 20 to 29 is Samuel.  There are 2 females listed in the house hold 1 between the ages of 15 and 19 and 1 between the ages 20 and 29.  One of these would be Esther Garran, Samuels wife.  She is most likely the elder female as later records give her birth date around 1806.  Who is the younger teenage girl?  Perhaps a sister to Samuel or Esther?  Or possibly Samuel was married before his marriage to Esther and had a daughter?    It would be so helpful if these early census listed all members of the family wouldn’t it!

I have not been able to find Samuel's family in the 1840 USA census.  The next census I do find Samuel's family in is the 1850 USA Census.  They are now living in Mahaska County, Iowa.

1850_Census_USA_Iowa_Mahaska_Samuel_BivinsSamuel Bevins, age 50, male, farm, born in NY.
Esther Bevins, age 44, female, born in PA.
Nathanel Bevins, age 22, male, farm, born in KY.
John Bevins, age 21, male, farm, born in KY.
James Bevins, age 19, male, none, born in KY.
Joseph Bevins, age 16, male, none, born in Ohio.
Menirva Bevins, age 14, female, born in Ohio, attending school.
George Bevins, age 10, male, born in Ohio, attending school.
Bonapart Bevins, age 4, male, born in Ohio, attending school.

From the ages and birth places of their children it seems that Samuel lived in Kentucky until at least 1831 and had moved to Ohio around 1834 when their son Joseph Bivins was born.  This census lists all their remaining children as born in Ohio.  However Napoleon Bonaparte Bivins their youngest child does later list Indiana as his birth place.
Samuel Bivins gives his age as 50 so born in 1800 and in New York.  Esther gives her age as 44 so born in 1806 in Pennsylvania.  If the were living in Ohio why are they not recorded there in the 1840 census?  Perhaps the record is badly transcribed.  I will have to look again for them.

This census is the last record I've found with Samuel Bivins so far.  It seems that he died between 1850 and the next census in 1860.


In 1860 Esther is recorded as the head of house, living in Liberty, Marion County, Iowa.

Ester Bevans, age 53, female, born in PA, can not read or write, insane caused by fetr [sic] (fetor).
Napoleon B. Bevans, age 13, male, born in Ind., attending school.
John Bevans, age 31, male, born in KY.
Eliza J. Bevans, age 22, female, born in Iowa.
Andrew J. Bevans, age 4, male, born in Iowa.
Samuel H.  Bevans, age 10/12, male, born in Iowa.

Her youngest son Napoleon Bonaparte is living at home and attending school.  Her second oldest son John is married to Eliza J. and has two son's Andrew J. Bivins age four and Samuel H. Bivins 10 months old both born in Iowa.

That is the last record I can find for Esther Bivins (Garran).   I’ve continued to trace their children and will share what I’ve found soon.  So far I have not found anything that proves what the relationship between Samuel Bivins and my Keziah Bevins is.  So far I know they both state they were born in New York, they were a few years apart in age.  Keziah born 1797 and Samuel 1800 and Keziah’s husband was the bondman for Samuel’s marriage.

There were some Bivins/Bevins who  moved from Springwater, New York where Keziah married David Badgerow and settled near where David would have lived.  They were on the Ohio side of the boarder, perhaps this is why Samuel moved into Ohio?  I will be working on these families in more detail soon and I hope that something will turn up to connect this group together.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Bevins New York to Kentucky

I’ve been doing a lot of research the past few months but just haven’t had a chance to post about it here.  One of my interests right now is my 3rd Great Grandmother Keziah Bevins born 19 Oct 1797 in New York.  The birth date comes from later records as I have not yet been able to find a baptism record for her.  Many trees have her father as Abner Bevins, but no document has been found to show that he is Keziah’s father, that I know of.

Last summer I was gifted a Family Finder DNA kit and I’ve had so much fun working with my cousin matches to figure out how we are related.  One interesting thing is I have a very large number of matches who all have ancestry in Kentucky, Tennessee and the Ohio area.  We have not yet been able to figure out how I relate to this group of people.  The only known connection I have to that area is that my 3rd great grand parents lived in Campbell County, Kentucky for about 16 years after their 1818 marriage in Springwater, New York.  Perhaps it is through the Bevins line some how.  I’ve always wondered why they moved to Kentucky in the first place.  My Badgerow line as far as I can tell has no ties to Kentucky or that area at that time period.   It is looking like Keziah had family in the area and this could be why they made such a huge move.

On 17 January 1828 in Campbell County, Kentucky there is a marriage of a Samuel Bivins to Esther Garran.  David Badgerow is the bondman on this record.

I was reading about marriage practices in that area and in order to obtain a marriage licence the couple had to first get a marriage bond.  This was to show the courts that there was no legal reason the two people could not be married.  If a reason later came up then a bond fee would have to be paid.   The laws in Kentucky at that time didn’t give woman the legal right to enter into a contract so a bondman would stand in an sign for her.  This would normally be a father or brother of the bride.  It seems to be common that a close friend or guardian of either the bride or groom could stand in as a bondsman as well.

So why did David Badgerow stand in as bondsman to the marriage of Samuel Bivins and Esther Garran?  It seems very likely to me that Samuel is Keziah’s brother.  Interesting that Keziah also named a son Samuel.  However I can’t just jump to that conclusion and move on.  I’ve been researching Samuel’s descendants and I’ve been in touch with one who’s worked on his Bivins line for some time.  It’s wonderful to find a possible cousin to share research with.

I’ll be sharing more about Samuel Bivins and other Bivins/Bevins families that I think are connected soon.

Saving Fold3 Records to Ancestry Member Trees

When I was on Fold3 the other day I noticed a new feature.  You can now save a record directly to a person on your tree.  This doesn’t really surprise me as Ancestry bought Fold3 not that long ago.  I’m glad they decided to make this available!

I decided to give it a try with my 3rd Great Grandfather David Badgerows War of 1812 pension record.

Fold3 David Badgerow War 1812


When you open the record in the top right is a bright green “Save to Ancestry” button.  When you click on that it asks you to select what tree the person is in.  Then you can type in their name.  It brings up a list of people to select from.  At first this confused me because there was no scroll bar on the side of the window.  It was only showing me 2 people at a time and I thought it couldn’t find the right David Badgerow in my tree.  Minor heart attack moment thinking my tree was mucked up!  Once you find the right person in the menu click on them.


Then you receive a message saying the Fold3 record has been successfully saved to your Ancestry tree.  I like that there is a link to go directly to their profile there.


When I went to David Badgerow’s profile page I found that his War of 1812 pension files had been added to the bottom of his sources list.  When you click on it you are taken to the associated file on Fold3.

I like that this is a quick and easy way to add the sources to your Ancestry tree.  One thing to note is that it does not create an event, or link the source to an event in your tree.  You will need to go to Ancestry and create these manually then link the source with it.