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Lewis S. Muse and Eliza Burke
Posted by: Candace Gravelle (ID *****9731) Date: November 02, 2003 at 14:58:21
In Reply to: Re: Samuel Elbert/Gov of GA's children and grandchildren by Kathleen Marsh of 36

Lewis S. Muse served in the War of 1812 from the State of North Carolina. He received two bounty land warrants, one in 1852 while residing in Pettis County, Missouri and one in 1855 while residing in Muskingum County, Ohio.
This appears to be Lewis S. Muse in the 1850 census in Pettis County, Missouri (with the name misspelled as Mews):

1850 census Pettis County, Missouri
68th Dist. page 152 Oct 1850

Lewis S. Mews, age 60, Virginia (Occupation: Saddler)
Eliza, age 57, Georgia
Thos., age 36, North Carolina
James, age 18, Virginia
Edward, age 16, Virginia

Lewis S. Muse was in Harrison County, Virginia in the 1830 census, but have not found him yet in 1840 census. This is what the 1830 census shows for his household:

Notes: MUSE, LEWIS S. (listed in census INDEX as Lewis L. Muse, however the census image shows Lewis S. Muse)
1830 census Harrison County, Virginia page 323 (Eastern Dist.)
2 males under age 5
1 male age 5 - 10
2 males ages 10 - 15
1 male age 40 - 50
1 female under age 5
2 females ages 10 - 15
1 female age 30 - 40

From Samuel Elbert's heirs' bounty land warrant file, Lewis S. Muse was in Harrison County, Virginia (now is part of West Virginia) in 1837 when he filed an affadavit for his wife Eliza's share of the Samuel Elbert bounty land:

October 1835
State of Virginia, County of Hariss. (Harrison)
Know all men by these presents that we, Lewis Muse and his wife Eliza Muse formerly Eliza Burke, citizens of Hariss. County and State of Virginia, one of the heirs at law of Gen'l Samuel Elbert deceased, to hereby constitute, nominate and appoint David Thompson and John Kerr our true and lawful attorney to
prosecute any claims to land or money that may be due from the State of Georgia and the United States or either on account of the Revolutionary Services of Brigadier Gen'l Samuel Elbert deceased and to demand and receive from the proper offices in Georgia and Washington City and Land Warrant or Warrants so due and to surrender them at the General Land Office in order to obtain Certificates of Scrip in lieu theeof, which he is ahtorized to receive, sell and assign, or if said Warrants be already surrendered, then to demand and receive the
Certificates and to sell and assign the same......under the Act of Congress of the fifth of July 1832....We hereby ratify and confirm whatever said attorney or his attorneys may lawfully do in the premises. As witness our hand and seal this 10th day of October 1835.
Witness: T. Burdett, J.P. Lewis S. Muse, ELiza M. Muse

From Lewis S. Muse's bounty land warrant file from his War of 1812 service ( file is at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.) he also had a son named Robert W.P. Muse, who lived in Morgan County, Ohio in 1853 and in Muskingham County, Ohio in 1855. Robert W.P Muse moved to Harvey County, Kansas by 1869 or so and there is an article about him in the History of Kansas book:

Notes: Was a Captain in civil war when was started in the 15th Ohio Infantry in 1861; discharged as a Major:
Robert W.P.Muse, Co. A 16th Ohio Infantry

Notes from History of Co. B 16th Ohio Infantry:
Major Robert W. P. Muse.
Promoted to Major from Company A. Resigned January 13, 1863. Was attorney for a railroad in Kansas and died about 1890.

NOTES: Biographical History of Kansas and Nebraska (from index)
Robert W.P. Muse - - Lawyer, Judge, editor of Zanesville Aurora, Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio

NOTES from the History of the State of Kansas, Harvey County by William G. Cutler:
" JUDGE ROBERT W. P. MUSE, was born in Harrison County, W. VA. April 22, 1821, and when fourteen years of age went to Savannah, Ga., where he attended school at White's Academy, and also at Beard's High School in St. Mary's; returning to Ohio, he completed his education at Howe's Academy, at Zanesville, at which place he commenced the study of law, completing his legal education in the office of the Hon. Isaac Parish, at McConnellsville. He was admitted to the bar at Newark, Ohio, in 1845, and commenced practice at McConnellsville, the same year. In 1848, he was elected Prosecuting Attorney of Morgan County, Ohio to which office he was re-elected in 1850. He removed to Zanesville,Ohio in 1852, and purchased the Zanesville Aurora, which paper he edited and published as a daily and weekly journal for four years. Selling his paper he resumed the practice of law in that city, which he continued until the breaking out of the great rebellion, when, with characteristic promptness he recruited a company for the three months service and tendered his services to Governor Dennison, who promptly accepted them and assigned his company to duty as Company A. Fifteenth Ohio Volunteers. His regiment was at once sent into West Virginia, where they assisted in re-building the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, from Wheeling to Grafton, the Rebels having destroyed it. His regiment was a Phillipi, and supported Heckman's Battery, which there fired the first shot of the campaign. Having surprised the enemy in camp they defeated them and drove them back to Rich Mountain, where they again routed them and followed them to Carricksford, where they again defeated them, killed their commander, Gen Garnett, and so utterly demoralized the Rebel command that they disbanded. returning home at the expiration of his term of enlistment (three months) the Judge at once raised another company for three years service, and again entered the army as Captain of Company A., Sixteenth Ohio Volunteers. Was promoted to Major, and served with his regiment in all the engagements in which it participated until 1863, when he resigned his commission and returned home and resumed the practice of law in Zanesville. he was elected Probate Judge on the Union ticket the same year, to which office he was re--elected in 1866. Declining a re-nomination, in 1869, he moved to Kansas, locating at Abilene, where he purchased considerable property. in 1871, he moved to Newton (his present home) and took charge of the Land Department of the A. T. & S. F. R. R., at that place. He also engaged in the lumber business and began building up the city, and has done much to improve his city and county. He edited and published the Newton Republican for several years, and has occupied a prominent part in the politics of the State and County, having been elected presidential elector on the Hayes ticket, in 1876, and again on the Garfield ticket, in 1880, on which occasion he was also elected to bear the vote to Washington. He is the present Mayor of the city and is largely interested in the Harvey County Saving's Bank. The Judge has retired from active law practice, and is now engaged in building and improving property in Newton. He has large property interests in Newton and Harvey County. Owns one-half of the Arcade Block, the finest building of the kind in the State, costing over $60,000, and has done much toward making Newton the beautiful and prosperous city which it now is. The town only ten years old now having a population of nearly 5000. He is the author of the History of Harvey County, is an able writer, a fluent speaker and a man of untiring energy, is a member of the Blue Lodge, Chapter, and Commandery, also of the I. O. O. F. Judge M. is emphatically a self-made man, having worked his way through his scholastic course, and in everything which he undertakes displays an unflagging zeal which insures success, is ever ready to aid any project which will benefit the people, and is independent and outspoken in advocating what he deems to be right and denouncing that which he believes to be wrong. "

NOTES: Morgan County, Ohio Marriage Records:

Muse, Robert W.
Married: Jan 01, 1845 in: Morgan Co., OH
Source: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT, Film # 0910657

1850 census Morgan County, Ohio
Morgan Twp. July 1850 page 251

Robert W.P. Muse, age 29, Lawyer, Virginia
Julia A., age 29, Ohio
Alta O., female, age 3, Ohio
Adeline B., age 8 months, Ohio

1880 census Harvey County, Kansas
Newton Twp. page 433

R. W. P. MUSE age 59, WV Editor --- ---
Julia MUSE ,Wife , age 59 OH Keeping House VT VT
F. B. HANIMER Son-in-Law, age 6 MI, R.E. Agent NY NY
I. M. HANIMER ,Daughter, age 23, OH WV OH
Addah HANIMER , GrandDaughter, age 1, Kansas
John APPLEGATE, grandson, age 7 --- --- ---
Mary FOOTE , Servant, age 16, RUSSIA, GER, GER

NOTE in the article about Robert W.P. Muse from the history of Harvey County, Kansas, it says that he lived in Savannah, Georgia (Chatham County) to attend school when he was about 14 years old. That would have been about 1836 or 1837 or so. Since Samuel Elbert Muse married his first wife Margaret Clark in 1841 in Chatham County, Georgia, I believe that he was most likely a brother of Robert W.P. Muse and a son of Lewis S. Muse and Eliza Burke. His name of Samuel Elbert Muse also strongly suggests a connection to former Gov. Samuel Elbert (whose granddaughter Eliza Burke married Lewis S. Muse).

I am continuing research on Lewis S. Muse to try to find an estate or will or deed record in Muskingum County, Ohio
which if found, hopefully will provide info about his children, their names, where they lived, etc.

A daughter of Lewis S. Muse, Olivia Burke Muse married Jerome T. Watrous in 1842 in Muskingum County, Ohio.
Lewis S. Muse was living in Muskingum County, Ohio in 1856 when he sold his bounty land warrant. I did not find him in 1860 census or after. Olivia Burke Muse (who married Jerome T. Watrous) died in 1846 and he remarried.

That's about all I have on Lewis S. Muse and ELiza Burke so far.

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