My bio of Alexander Guard is about 50 pages and I have it only in local libraries/historical societies and in the family. I can make a copy of it for $10 or download it on a CD for much less.
John Cleves Symmes from around Morris County, N.J. was a Congressman who petitioned Congress for a large tract of land in Southwest Ohio. He had other investors in the project and advertised it mainly to Rev. War veterans to settle it. Gershom Gard bought 1,280 acres. He had land between Roxbury and Hanover, N. J. that he sold. Gershom and his family left for Pa. and Ohio in the fall of 1788. They stopped at his brother Jeremiah's place in Union Twp, Fayette Co, Pa. He had two sisters there as well. They had been there about 10 years earlier. His sisters were Charity Hayden (John) and Sarah Parkhurst (Samuel). Jeremiah's wife was Ezperience Brown. After the winter runoffs they took a flatboat down the Ohio from Redstone. This included the Lees, Whalens, Gibbs, Browns and Peter Keen. They arrived at North Bend 1789. Eventually Gershom and family members moved to his land in Springfield Township. All of this is in the bio. He died there and most of his family moved on to Illinois. They became prominent citizens and political people in that new state. Gershom's cemetery is in bad condition - not being taken care of. The bio had several letters in it that they wrote while on their journey. These were found in an old trunk in N.J.
Didn't Rev. Stephen come to Ohio? Seems that I remember something of that sort. He may be in the History of Butler County, Ohio book. You can type that in and find it online. Do the same with Hamilton County, Ohio. You will find Gershom in it and many other ancestors. I believe that the Morris County book I have has all those names - not sure about Pearce because I have never looked up that name. I will look up specifics but it would be easier if you contact me by my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Melba
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