Posted By:Don French
Subject:Re: FRENCH Family & Shroyer Family
Post Date:March 12, 2004 at 00:42:51
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Forum:Sullivan County, IN Genealogy Forum
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Ms. White,

I'm curious, did you see a copy or photo of the 1820 Census, or was it an index?
Because I'm wondering if they might have been neighbors in Sullivan Co., Indiana, which the actual census may indicate.

I just recently obtained info that indicates Henry & his wife married in the Dayton Ohio area. And additionally, I think I also found their marriage date in 1808 (Pertle Co.). I don't have proof yet that it's them however.

I mention this because you stated your family was in the Dayton area apparently around the same time. They likely migrated together to Indiana (Merom).
Can you give me some more specifics about your Dayton area connections & times? I've learned that Pertle Co., Ohio came into being in , I think, 1808.

I don't see any marriage connections to your Shroyers.
But I'm VERY interested in your family of that time period ... for they may have known each other & migrated together.
And I have very little info on my roots that far back.

Let me enclose some more info here, in case it gives additional insight. This info. below, I just received it recently (thanks to Ken Reed).

.......................Don French...........


June. 22, 1897 Tuesday Sullivan Democrat

- Harrison French An Old and Much Respected Citizen of Sullivan County Passes Away.- Mr. Harrison French died Saturday morning after a two days illness at the home of his daughter Mrs. F. E. Basler. Mr. French has been in feeble health for the past year but was able to be out and attend to his business affairs until last Thursday when he came in from his farm and was taken very sick.
       Harrison French was born in Gill's Prairie, in Sullivan County, Indiana, on April 6, 1819 and died June 16, 1897.
       Harrison was a son of General Henry French who was born in Dayton, Ohio. His father (Henry) was a blacksmith and went to Canada to follow his trade. Shortly afterwards, he returned to Dayton where he was married, He and his wife soon afterward moved to this county and settled on what is now known as Gill's Prairie. We are unable to give the exact date, but it was probably early in the present century, probably previous to the war of 1812. At that time there was no settlement in the county except a few huts at Carlisle. There was not a road in the county, nothing but the Indian trail that led from the Old Post to Lafayette, which followed the Wabash river. He lived to see the old state road established and the stage route. The only possible outlet for any product was by flat boat on the Wabash.
       There were many outbreaks of the Indians at that time, and the Territorial Governor (General Harrison) commissioned him as General conferring on him power to raise recruits and resist any aggression of the savages. He reared a family of eight children; six sons and two daughters, all of whom are dead except Henry French. They were a sturdy family of remarkable longevity....