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Mercer County, PA - Feb 1811
Posted by: Bill Strickland (ID *****3892) Date: September 08, 2003 at 16:41:56
In Reply to: Aikins m Edeburn, 1787 PA by Bill Strickland of 14

It is really starting to look like the wife of my Aikins' patriarch, Robert Aikins, is Mary Edeburn, daughter of Jacob Edeburn:

According to the records/research of Myrna Boal Davis, Jacob Edeburn was born 1754 in Germany. He married Elizabeth Summerville who was born 1758 in Washington Co., Pa. Jacob died 1803/1804 in Cumberland County,
PA

Their children:

1. William Edeburn (this is Myrna's ancestor) born 1780 in Clearfield Co., Pa. Died 21 March 1854 in Shenango Twp., Mercer Co., Pa. He married Elizabeth (Betsy) Gilmore.
2. John Edeburn
3. Henry Edeburn
4. Peter died before 1811
5. Mary married Robert Atkins
6. Catherine married ? Gibson
7. Sarah married ? Coryea. She died before 1811.
8. Elizabeth married David Kitch
9. Jacob
10. Ruth married ? Ralston
11 Rebecca

Myrna says that these names came from a Mercer Co. Pa. court record dated Feb. 1811. Jacob died intestate and his son William was petitioning the court to divide his property equally among the children.

Although is is not bona fide genealogical 'proof', I will not hesitate to say that this sure looks like my ancestors Robert Aikins and his wife Mary "Attaburn", and her siblings

I have a photocopy of Myrna's copy of these documents, and although one always wants a better copy -- the signature section on one page is pretty vacuous -- "Robert Atkins and/& Mary his wife" is plainly visible, and what with the Germanic and Scotch-Irish dialects of that area and era, Atkins is a perfectly acceptable spelling of the name we now know as Aikins (that signature section would be of interest here).

These records seem to be filed the first of February, 1811 with Mercer County:

Inquisition Indented and taken at the house of Jacob Ketch in the County of Mercer on the twenty second day of January, AD Eighteen hundred and eleven.

Writ of Partition or Valuation, No 1 of February Term of 1811, Jacob Ediburn, dec

Whereas William Ediburn, son and heir at law (among other) of Jacob Ediburn, deceased, presented a Petition to our Justices of the Orphan's Count of Mercer County ... the twentieth day of November AD Eighteen hundred and ten.

There also seem to be other legal actions recorded in Mercer County that apparently list Jacob's children:
Ediburn - Bratten deed recorded 16 May 1817

There is also (perhaps) a deed between James Bell and the heirs of Jacob Edeyburn, date and location recorded are unknown.

Jacob died in Cumberland County -- it seems there may be some Cumberland County documents where Jacob's daughter Mary is referred to as "Mary Ehins"

Bill Strickland
Oregon City, OR


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