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The Elusive John R. Justus (b. 1787 PA - d. 1863 OH)
Posted by: Ray Justus (ID *****5026) Date: February 03, 2007 at 06:57:27
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It has been over thirty years since I located my 3rd great-grandfather working as a tanner in Chardon, Geauga County, Ohio. This is my direct male line and also my most difficult line. Any ideas on how to pursue John's ancestry would be greatly appreciated.

John R. Justus was born March 19, 1787 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, and died September 10, 1863 in Geauga County, Ohio. He married Abigail Townsley April 05, 1818 in Geauga County, Ohio, daughter of Moses Townsley and Abigail Polly. She was born October 30, 1791 in Westhampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts1, and died October 03, 1859 in Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio.

From the Pioneer and General History of Geauga County (1853)
John R. Justus, another 1812 veteran, settled in Chardon in 1817, and in Munson in 1829, setting up a tannery south of the old stone bridge.

From the Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess County, Illinois (1889)
John R. Justice, the father of our subject, was born in Westmoreland County, Pa., the son of a Revolutionary patriot, while he himself, in later years, was a gallant soldier in the War of 1812. He was a pioneer of Ohio, to which State he went from his native State in 1814, and there he engaged in his trade of tanner and currier for several years. He married Abigail Townsley, a native of Westhampton, Mass., and her father likewise was a brave soldier in the revolution. Of that marriage seven children were born, four of whom are now living: Polly (Mrs. Brainard), George, Lucinda (Mrs. Wright), and Sidney.

More About John R. Justus:
1820 Census: 1820, Chardon, Geauga County, Ohio - Page 103
1830 Census: 1830, Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio - Page 254A
1840 Census: 1840, Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio - Page 156A
1850 Census: August 13, 1850, Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio - Page 184A
1860 Census: July 14, 1860, Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio - Page 724
Burial: Aft. September 10, 1863, Fowler's Mill Cemetery, Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio
Military service: War of 1812
Occupation: Farmer

More About Abigail Townsley:
Date born 2: October 03, 1785, Westhampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts1
1820 Census: 1820, Chardon, Geauga County, Ohio - Page 103
1830 Census: 1830, Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio - Page 254A
1840 Census: 1840, Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio - Page 156A
1850 Census: August 13, 1850, Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio - Page 184A
1860 Mortality Schedule: 1860, Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio - Page 2
Burial: Aft. October 03, 1859, Fowler's Mill Cemetery, Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio
Occupation: Housewife

Marriage Notes for John Justus and Abigail Townsley:
There is a triple headstone in Fowler's Mill Cemetery, Geauga Co., Ohio for John R., Abigail and Cordelia Justice. The cemetery records state that they were moved from the Brainard Cemetery in 1977. John R. Justus served in the War of 1812.

Descendants of John R. JUSTUS and Abigail TOWNSLEY

1 John R. JUSTUS b: March 19, 1787 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania d: September 10, 1863 in Geauga County, Ohio Burial: Aft. September 10, 1863 Fowler's Mill Cemetery, Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio
.. +Abigail TOWNSLEY b: October 30, 1791 in Westhampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts m: April 05, 1818 in Geauga County, Ohio d: October 03, 1859 in Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio Burial: Aft. October 03, 1859 Fowler's Mill Cemetery, Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio
. 2 Polly JUSTUS b: Abt. March 20, 1819 in Geauga County, Ohio d: January 15, 1908 in Geauga County, Ohio Burial: Fowler's Mill Cemetery, Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio
..... +Cheselton Priest BRAINARD b: October 20, 1814 in Chesterfield, Cheshire County, New Hampshire m: January 11, 1849 in Geauga County, Ohio d: May 19, 1908 in Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio Burial: Fowler's Mill Cemetery, Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio
.... 3 William Leonard BRAINARD b: January 19, 1861 in Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio d: November 21, 1921 in Painesville, Lake County, Ohio
.... *1st Wife of William Leonard BRAINARD:
........ +Mary Jane BARKER aka: Matey or Mattie BARKER b: Bet. 1859 - 1862 in Vermont m: March 29, 1880 d: 1943
....... 4 Jennie Beatrice BRAINARD aka: Jean Beatrice BRAINARD b: June 01, 1881 in Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio d: June 02, 1918 Burial: Maple Hill Cemetery, Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio
........... +Albert Dwight WILLIAMS m: June 14, 1905
....... 4 Della M. BRAINARD aka: Dilla BRAINARD b: May 28, 1883 in Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio d: December 20, 1906 Burial: Maple Hill Cemetery, Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio
....... 4 Samuel John BRAINARD b: July 07, 1886 in Geauga County, Ohio
........... +Eleanor MALY b: Abt. 1893 in Ohio
....... 4 Albert L. BRAINARD aka: Bert BRAINARD b: September 02, 1888 in Fowlers Mill, Geauga County, Ohio d: November 21, 1953 in Miami, Dade County, Florida Burial: Maple Hill Cemetery, Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio
........... + b: in New York m: Bef. 1921
....... *1st Wife of Albert L. BRAINARD:
........... +Unknown
....... *2nd Wife of Albert L. BRAINARD:
........... +Flo KELLER m: 1946
.... *2nd Wife of William Leonard BRAINARD:
........ +Minnie L. THROCKMORTON b: 1877 m: Abt. 1906 d: April 1935 Burial: April 28, 1935 Huntsburg Cemetery, Geauga County, Ohio
....... 4 Lynn L. BRAINARD b: Abt. 1907 d: April 12, 1963 in Shaker Heights, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
........... +Jeannette NECHAS b: July 25, 1910 in Ohio d: December 1984 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
. 2 George J. JUSTUS b: April 14, 1822 in Chardon, Geauga County, Ohio d: February 12, 1905 in Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois Burial: February 15, 1905 Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
..... +Huldah Malissa BYRUM b: July 03, 1829 in Huntsburg Township, Geauga County, Ohio m: April 11, 1847 in Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio d: October 17, 1917 in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California Burial: Bet. October 20 - 23, 1917 Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
.... 3 Charles Talmage JUSTUS b: April 05, 1848 in Geauga County, Ohio d: March 17, 1920 Burial: Bet. March 17 - 19, 1920 Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
........ +Annie MAPES
.... *2nd Wife of Charles Talmage JUSTUS:
........ +Olive Anne TOWNSEND b: August 07, 1848 in Rush Township, Jo Daviess County, Illinois m: August 21, 1873 in Jo Daviess County, Illinois d: February 05, 1927 in Warren, Jo Daviess County, Illinois (conflicts with 1930 census) Burial: Elmwood City Cemetery, Warren Township, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
....... 4 Arthur Townsend JUSTUS b: September 23, 1874 in Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa d: October 27, 1946 in Illinois Burial: Elmwood City Cemetery, Warren Township, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
........... +Jessie RUSSELL b: Abt. 1876 in Wisconsin m: October 10, 1900 in Warren, Jo Daviess County, Illinois d: August 19, 1945 Burial: Elmwood City Cemetery, Warren Township, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
.... 3 Florence S. JUSTUS b: May 10, 1850 in Geauga County, Ohio d: November 22, 1898 Burial: Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
........ +William E. MAPES b: April 30, 1845 in Ohio m: December 23, 1869 d: September 24, 1931 Burial: Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
....... 4 George Martin MAPES b: February 07, 1872 in Illinois d: September 08, 1953 in Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois Burial: Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
........... +Alice Viola EVANS b: January 21, 1874 in Illinois d: April 02, 1958 Burial: Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
....... 4 Effie Adelle MAPES b: August 31, 1874 in Illinois d: 1956 Burial: Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
........... +Frank Schoch SMITH b: October 1869 in Pennsylvania d: 1955 Burial: Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
....... 4 Myron G. MAPES b: October 24, 1884 in Illinois d: December 27, 1955 Burial: Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
........... +Luella May OSTERDY b: May 05, 1883 m: February 21, 1906 d: August 28, 1970 Burial: Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
.... 3 Frank Eugene JUSTUS b: December 22, 1852 in Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio d: October 29, 1905 in Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois Burial: November 01, 1905 Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
.... *1st Wife of Frank Eugene JUSTUS:
........ +Louisa Laura WHEELOCK b: July 04, 1854 in New York m: April 10, 1873 in Lafayette County, Wisconsin d: Bet. July 04 - 24, 1882 in Jo Daviess County, Illinois
....... 4 James Eugene JUSTUS b: November 20, 1873 in Jo Daviess County, Illinois d: Bef. April 19, 1930
........... +Viola M. POLHILL b: October 1874 in Kent Township, Stephenson County, Illinois m: Bet. 1895 - 1896 d: Bet. 1949 - 1950 Burial: Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
....... 4 Gerald J. JUSTUS aka: Gerold J. JUSTUS b: August 02, 1875 in Jo Daviess County, Illinois d: August 02, 1875 in Jo Daviess County, Illinois
....... 4 Samuel J. JUSTUS b: 1876 in Jo Daviess County, Illinois d: January 27, 1877 in Jo Daviess County, Illinois
....... 4 Bert Wilbur JUSTUS b: December 10, 1877 in Jo Daviess County, Illinois d: September 19, 1968 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Burial: Queen of Heaven Cemetery
........... +Mary A. SCHNEIDER b: January 20, 1884 in Berlin, Berlin, Deutschland (Germany) m: June 19, 1905 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
....... 4 Charles Clifford JUSTUS aka: George JUSTUS b: April 09, 1880 in Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois d: March 21, 1931 in Minnehaha County, South Dakota
........... +Mary A. or T. ROWE b: September 07, 1879 in Illinois m: June 23, 1903
....... 4 Etta Louise JUSTUS b: July 04, 1882 in Jo Daviess County, Illinois d: August 06, 1882 in Jo Daviess County, Illinois
.... *2nd Wife of Frank Eugene JUSTUS:
........ +Phoebe Abigail TYRRELL b: February 06, 1858 in Pleasant Valley Township, Jo Daviess County, Illinois m: July 12, 1884 in Gratiot, Lafayette County, Wisconsin d: January 25, 1946 in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois Burial: January 28, 1946 Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
....... 4 Ray Winthrop JUSTUS b: July 30, 1885 in Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois d: August 20, 1915 in Atwater, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota Burial: August 24, 1915 Hillside Cemetery, Egan, Moody County, South Dakota
........... +Margaret Ellen HUTTON b: March 17, 1891 in Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa m: September 14, 1910 in Madison, Lake County, South Dakota d: February 05, 1979 in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona Burial: February 09, 1979 Hillside Cemetery, Egan, Moody County, South Dakota
....... 4 Fred Cleveland JUSTUS b: February 01, 1887 in Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois d: February 24, 1891 in Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
....... 4 Della Mary JUSTUS b: June 27, 1889 in Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois d: February 21, 1891 in Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
....... 4 Bessie Leona JUSTUS b: January 09, 1892 in Ward's Grove Township, Jo Daviess County, Illinois d: June 09, 1981 in Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois Burial: Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
........... +Burton Ruben TIFFANY b: July 28, 1888 in Ward's Grove Township, Jo Daviess County, Illinois m: March 12, 1912 in Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois d: April 03, 1966 Burial: Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
....... 4 Jessie Stella JUSTUS b: March 29, 1894 in Ward's Grove Township, Jo Daviess County, Illinois d: March 09, 1977 in Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
....... *1st Husband of Jessie Stella JUSTUS:
........... +Donald WILLSON m: August 21, 1918
....... *2nd Husband of Jessie Stella JUSTUS:
........... +Jesse J. ROBIESON b: November 24, 1882 in Illinois m: Abt. 1923
.... 3 Della C. JUSTUS aka: Dellie C. JUSTUS b: October 21, 1860 in Jo Daviess County, Illinois d: August 07, 1925 Burial: Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
........ +Benjamin Franklin SIMMONS b: 1852 in Illinois m: January 26, 1882 in Jo Daviess County, Illinois d: August 25, 1925 Burial: Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
....... 4 Alice L. (Allie) SIMMONS b: December 09, 1885 d: 1887 Burial: Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
....... 4 Ruby M. SIMMONS b: 1888 d: 1890 Burial: Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
....... 4 Charles J. SIMMONS b: 1886 d: October 04, 1965 Burial: Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
........... +Gertrude Mae RICH b: 1886 d: 1953 Burial: Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
....... 4 Arthur M. SIMMONS b: 1892 d: January 11, 1965
........... +Edith AUNER m: December 28, 1915
....... 4 Florence A. SIMMONS b: August 05, 1896 d: August 12, 1976 Burial: Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
........... +William C. HILL b: 1891 m: February 14, 1920 d: 1955 Burial: Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
....... 4 Irene Carrie SIMMONS aka: Carrie Irene SIMMONS b: July 27, 1898 d: December 26, 1915 Burial: Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
.... 3 Rubie Annie JUSTUS b: February 09, 1873 in Jo Daviess County, Illinois d: February 24, 1873 in Jo Daviess County, Illinois / Listed in 1880 Census Burial: Ladies Union Cemetery, Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois
. 2 Sidney Medcaffe JUSTUS b: January 15, 1826 in Chardon Hill, Geauga County, Ohio d: February 06, 1912 in Mentor, Lake County, Ohio Burial: February 08, 1912 Mentor Cemetery, Mentor, Lake County, Ohio
..... +Malinda L. SMITH aka: Malinda H. SMITH b: April 1825 in Vermont m: March 09, 1848 in Lake County, Ohio d: August 08, 1909 in Mentor, Lake County, Ohio Burial: August 10, 1909 Mentor Cemetery, Mentor, Lake County, Ohio
.... 3 Arthur J. JUSTUS b: 1848 in Ohio d: November 12, 1883 in Mentor, Lake County, Ohio Burial: Aft. June 08, 1880 Mentor Cemetery, Mentor, Lake County, Ohio
........ +Ruby COURTWRIGHT aka: Ruby COURTWRIGHT b: Bet. 1847 - 1848 in Ohio d: August 25, 1885 in Painesville, Lake County, Ohio Burial: Aft. August 25, 1885 Evergreen Cemetery, Painesville, Lake County, Ohio
....... 4 Florence JUSTUS b: Abt. 1876 in Ohio
.... 3 Charles Edwin JUSTUS b: October 1852 in Ohio d: October 19, 1916 in Mentor, Lake County, Ohio Burial: October 22, 1916 Mentor Cemetery, Mentor, Lake County, Ohio
........ +Kate M. SHAW aka: Kate S. SHAW b: April 1855 in Ohio m: Bet. 1884 - 1885 d: September 05, 1934 in Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California Burial: September 11, 1934 Mentor Cemetery, Mentor, Lake County, Ohio
....... 4 Carrie S. JUSTUS b: August 1886 in Ohio
........... +Joseph P. NASH b: Abt. 1880 in Ireland m: Abt. 1924
....... 4 Arthur Karl JUSTUS b: April 22, 1894 in Mentor, Lake County, Ohio d: December 24, 1974 in Sierra Madre, Los Angeles County, California Burial: January 04, 1975 Mentor Cemetery, Mentor, Lake County, Ohio
........... +Florence HUDSON b: 1897 d: September 06, 1945 in probably Mentor, Lake County, Ohio Burial: September 10, 1945 Mentor Cemetery, Mentor, Lake County, Ohio
.... 3 Imogene L. JUSTUS aka: Genie L. JUSTUS b: Abt. 1863 in Ohio
. 2 Lucinda JUSTUS b: July 1833 in Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio
..... +Leroy WRIGHT b: December 20, 1830 in Ohio m: March 17, 1853 in Geauga County, Ohio
.... 3 Ida Belle WRIGHT b: Bet. 1851 - 1854 in Ohio d: Bef. 1930
.... *1st Husband of Ida Belle WRIGHT:
........ +BROWN b: in Illinois m: Abt. 1877
....... 4 Eddie BROWN b: Abt. 1877
....... 4 Daisy BROWN b: February 1880 in Illinois
.... *2nd Husband of Ida Belle WRIGHT:
........ +Elmer L. LANDON b: Abt. 1860 in Wisconsin m: Abt. 1885
.... 3 Estelle M. WRIGHT aka: Estella M. WRIGHT b: May 15, 1864 in Stockton, Jo Daviess County, Illinois d: February 01, 1907 in Woodstock, McHenry County, Illinois
........ +Thomas P. JECKS b: December 1854 in Illinois m: March 03, 1886 in Woodstock, McHenry County, Illinois
....... 4 Ellis P. JECKS b: September 1888 in Illinois
....... 4 Elsie L. JECKS b: April 1900 in Illinois
.... 3 Bertha M. WRIGHT b: February 1869 in Illinois
........ +John R. PUGH b: July 1859 in Wisconsin m: February 08, 1893 in McHenry County, Illinois
....... 4 Earl PUGH b: February 1895 in Illinois
....... 4 Winifred PUGH b: June 1899 in Illinois
. 2 Cordelia S. JUSTUS b: August 27, 1837 in Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio d: July 04, 1866 Burial: Fowler's Mill Cemetery, Munson Township, Geauga County, Ohio
..... +Burton WRIGHT aka: Newton WRIGHT b: March 15, 1829 in Ohio m: Aft. September 19, 1861 in Geauga County, Ohio


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