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Have you seen this JOSIAH?
Posted by: Matt Perry Date: August 20, 1999 at 20:09:46
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I'm researching a branch of the Trueblood family in southern Indiana, and was hoping someone out there may have run across my bunch. I don't have access to Bula's famous book, but I do have a Gedcom that I understood to be a fairly complete compilation of that book's information, and this Gedcom has not provided me any answers. If anyone out there does have Bula's book, and it can shed some light on my mystery Josiah Trueblood (or I should say, Josiah Truebloods), I would very much appreciate anything you could tell me.

Here are my facts. I apologize for the length of this posting, but there's no way to tell which fact will lead to the missing link, so I just included them all:

My line is through Abigail Ann Trueblood, born 1834 in Lawrence Co, IN. She married William Withers in that county in 1852. Her parents were Josiah Trueblood and Lydia Bowden, married in that county in 1826. Josiah died about 1854 in Lawrence Co. Josiah appears in Spice Valley Twp, Lawrence Co in the 1850 census, where he is enumerated with his second wife, Rachel Field. According to that census, he was 46 yrs old and born in North Carolina. The children listed, all born in Indiana, are Charles A. (21), Abigail (15), Josiah W. (12), James (10), William (7), John (5), and Henry (9/12) who's mother was Rachel, the second wife.

Living almost next door to Josiah in this census was a James Trueblood (42), born in Indiana, with wife Catherine (41) born in NY, and sons Gilbert (21) and Solomon R. (19), both born in Indiana.

Going back a decade, in the 1840 census I again find a Josiah and James Trueblood living near each other in Lawrence Co. At this point, though, my Josiah is referred to as Josiah Trueblood Jun., and living near him is a Josiah Trueblood Sen, who appears to be between 50 and 60 yrs.

In addition, the 1830 census also has an Isiah and James Trueblood (on the same page) as well as a Josiah Trueblood in Lawrence Co. In 1820 there was one Josiah Trueblood in Lawrence.

So, here are the conclusions I've drawn: this James Trueblood is brother to my Josiah. Their father is Josiah Trueblood Senior, and he is recorded in the 1820 census in Lawrence Co, Indiana. Aside from Josiah Jr. mistakenly being called "Isiah" in 1830, all three of these men are recorded in both the 1830 and 1840 censuses. By 1850, though, Josiah Sr. had died, and by 1860 Josiah Jr. had died.

SO, I'm looking for a Josiah Trueblood, born between 1780 and 1790 probably in North Carolina, who moved to Indiana by 1810-1820, had a son Josiah (born 1804) and a son James (born 1808). With all the Josiah Truebloods in Indiana and North Carolina to be found in the Gedcom, I couldn't find either of my two Josiahs. I believe there may be some connection to the family of Mark Trueblood, who also lived in Lawrence County in 1830, 1840, and 1850, though he first appears in the 1820 census in Orange Co, with a William Trueblood (I suppose this is his father).

Does anyone know who my Josiah Trueblood is? Can anyone tell me how he fits into the bigger Trueblood picture?
Thanks so much!

Matt

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