Augustus Alderman Conundrum S E Ohio
Looking through the Alderman online forums and family tree postings, the Alderman families in SE Ohio, Athens, Morgan & Monroe counties, are all very much in agreement as to ancestors and arrival dates and history. The main player starts with Elisha Alderman 1742-ca 1832 and his wife Thankful Huff 1753-ca 1829 and their family moving to Athens county around 1810. There were other families in this group related to Elisha Alderman, i.e. Phillips, Smith and Vandermark.
All of this is fairly well documented by various records not only in Ohio but in New York. The early documentation in NY is sketchy relying on mainly historical written narratives and family history books drawing on those narratives. Very little actual primary documents are provided linking the early Aldermans of NY around 1800 to earlier Aldermans in Connecticut.
It is fairly well established that the Aldermans of SE Ohio did indeed come to Ohio around 1810 with their families from Allegany county NY. So I will start from there with my Augustus Alderman conundrum. Up until this year, 2011, I have not found any Alderman with the given name of Augustus in any of the narratives, civil records, or family histories prior to Augustus Stone Alderman. Augustus Stone Alderman 1815-1876 was born in Athens county died in Perry county according to his death record as recorded in Perry county OH. This death record gives Augustusí parents as Elijah Alderman and Mary Watkins.
Augustus Stone Alderman married Julia Ann Noland according to some researchers on 20 Dec 1835 in Monroe county OH. Iíve not found any actual record for the marriage. The date is specific so I imagine someone somewhere has a family bible or other record to substantiate the date. The actual date is not important only the fact that Augustus married Julia Ann Noland. The Noland family is in my direct line. Another marriage of interest is Phillip Noland ca 1814 to Lucy Alderman ca 1813 on 21 Dec 1834 in Athens county OH. This marriage date is recorded in the Athens county records. There is one more Noland/Alderman marriage indirectly. This would be Letitia Noland marriage to Justus Baker Phillips on 4 Jul 1827 in Athens county OH. The Alderman connection in this case is because Justice Baker Phillipsí mother was Mary Alderman, a sister of Elisha Alderman 1742 mentioned in the beginning of this post.
The story is that Augustus Stone Alderman and Lucy Alderman are siblings and Philip Noland, Julia Ann Noland and Letitia Noland are siblings. The Aldermanís parents being Elijah Alderman & Mary Watkins while the Nolandís parents are Philip Noland 1780 and Martha Gibson. Although these relationships are not well sourced, Iíve every reason to believe they are true and no reason to believe otherwise. Now starts the mystery.
Recently researching my Nolands, I came across surveys done in 1803 in what was then Belmont county OH. The particular survey of interest is of R4 T3. This survey clearly shows Philip Noland and Augustus Alderman owning properties in Section 30. The properties are only separated by one small 40 acre farm. I will show later how these two properties are connected to Augustus Stone Alderman 1815 and Philip Noland 1814.
Now the big question is; Who is this Augustus Alderman listed in the 1803 survey? It certainly is not Augustus Stone Alderman as he was born in 1815. Iím sure it is not Augustus Stone Aldermanís father, Elijah, as he was born 1788 and would have been only 15 at the time and it is established that Elijah 1788 did not arrive in Ohio until about 1810. Whoever this Augustus Alderman is, he had namesakes for generations to come even in my Noland and Haynes lines.
Augustus Alderman Noland was named after his uncle Augustus Stone Alderman. My dadís uncle Augustus Alderman Haynes was named after his uncle, Augustus Alderman Noland. There are numerous other examples not only in the direct Alderman line but corollary lines too.
Okay this is how I connect the 1803 survey parcels to the Augustus Stone Alderman and Philip Noland families. On 7 Nov 1837 it is recorded that Augustus S Alderman buys the property described as SW 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of Section 30 located in R4 T3. This is exactly the same property owned by one Augustus Alderman in 1803.
On 20 Mar 1837 it is recorded that Philip Noland bought the SW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 30 R4 T4 in Monroe county. This is the very same parcel of land as owned by Philip Noland in 1803. Whereas the original properties in 1803 were in Belmont county and now located in Monroe county as Monroe was partly formed from Belmont in 1813.
To sum things up, who is this Augustus Alderman owning property in 1803 very near Philip Noland 1780??
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