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Re: Royston Family in Orleans Early 1800's
Posted by: Michael Carlisle Date: January 30, 2002 at 18:36:06
In Reply to: Royston Family in Orleans Early 1800's by Leigh Royston of 323

My great-great grandfather was the same Eli apparently. His father and mother's name match what you were looking for. Here's more.

Sources of information concerning Eli and Betsy Royston listed in Jill (Royston) Smith record:
Eli Eaton County Death Record Vol.1-pg.25 #466 64y 5m, Betsy Eaton County Death Record Vol.2-pg.16 #115 70y 2m.
Michigan Historical Death Index 1867-1882, Pg. 160, 11/14/1870, Cty 23 (Eaton)
Record of Gay Ann Heintzelman - 465 Canal, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827
Eli Royston July 1806 Eng. d. 11/14/1870 Eaton County. Buried South Eaton Cemetery, Eaton County, MI. m.1826-27 - Vermont to Betsy Pratt b. 5/1811 Vermont d. 7/3/1881 Eaton County. Buried South Eaton Cemetery, Eaton County, MI. Resided Tyler Twp. in 1846 - Eaton County, Eaton Twp. 11/1846. Moved 1846 from New York - land deeds Eaton County Liber 7 pg. 392.

Record of 1850 Census of Eaton Rapids, Eaton County, Michigan
Last       First       Age       m/f       Occup.       Place of Birth
Royston       Eli       42       m       farmer       England              Value of estate $100
       Betsy       40       f              Vermont
       John       19       m       farmer       New York
       George       17       m       farmer       New York
       Amanda       14       f               "
       Amelia       13       f               "
       Marion       10       f               "
       Thomas       8       m               "
       Alsina       7       f               "
       Cornelius       4       m               "
       Edward       1month       m              
Note: Rebecca Royston married in 1849 so she is not in this census

Record of 1870 Census of Eaton Rapids, Eaton County, Michigan
Last       First       Age       m/f       Occup.       Place of Birth
Royston       Eli       63       m       farmer       England
       Betsy       60       f       keeper       Vermont
       Cornelius       24       m       farmer       New York
       Elizabeth       21       f       keeper       Ohio
       Mary       3       f              Michigan
                     

There is a family story that tells of Eli Royston being tricked into serving on a British ship. A coin was planted in his pocket and then he was called a theif. He was sentenced to serve on a British ship which was coming to the United States. Upon arriving to the U.S.A. he jumped ship and remained to seek his fortune.
Another source said they believed Eli was 16 when he arrived in the States. This, if true would have been the year 1822 or 1823.
Eli and his family came to Eaton Township in 1846.
Another account said that two brothers serving with the English army in Canada deserted and fled across the Hudson River into New York state. One brother was Eli Royston, b. 1809 d. 8/14/1881. Buried in North Eaton Cemetery on M-50. Eli brought his family - Cornelius, Rebecca, Amelia and Marion...this was per letter from Marilyn Royston (maiden name) 1991 (Great Granddaughter of John Pratt Royston - Claude and Lavinna Royston are here aunt and uncle)


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