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Ch/grch of Aaron Van Cleave (of Ben-AIJ) & Elizabeth Van Cleave (of John-AIJ)
Posted by: Richard Lawson (ID *****2474) Date: January 15, 2003 at 02:21:35
In Reply to: Ch/grch of Aaron Van Cleave & Rachel Schenck by Richard Lawson of 724

John Van Cleave,

Checking the Vancleave fam gen forum, I did not seem to find much posted about my own Van Cleave lines, so I posted a little information about them first. Then I posted some stories, mainly about the attack on Bryant's Station, from the writings of Errett Van Cleave & his son, James Wm Van Cleave, who were more closely related to you & your lines. I was planning to post more about your Aaron & Elizabeth (Van Cleave) Van Cleave lines, when I found, and posted a follow-up to, the follow-up post by Pat Loftin, concerning the Samuel Van Cleave (of Ben & Ruth Munson) line. Now, on to Aaron & Elizabeth's lines, but first, I must relate and experience I had about 25 years ago.

Sometime during the years of 1977 & 1978, my wife and I moved to Crawfordsville, Montgomery Co, IN, with our oldest five children. For the short amount of time we were there, I tried to find as much about my Van Cleave-Chase & related lines as possible. Much of that time, it was too cold to be outside visiting cemeteries, so most of my research was in the local library, and in the Montgomery Co, IN courthouse.

During one of my visits to the courthouse, I found a reference to the will of an Aaron Van Cleave in one of the indexes, and I informed one of the clerks that I wanted to see that folder (in Box 14). I was told that they would have to go down into the basement and bring it up, and that it would be about an hour. As you can imagine, I had plenty of other names of the Van Cleave family members to look for in the indexes. When they brought me the very old & dusty probate folder, with the name Aaron VanCleave on it, I can still remember how excited I was to see it. It was, by far, the thickest will or probate folder I had seen, up to that time.

I was really hoping, naturally, that it was the will of my 3rd grt grandfather, Aaron Van Cleave (d 1846), widower of Elizabeth (Griffin) Van Cleave (d 1834), instead of the will of my 5th grt Uncle Aaron Van Cleave (d 1844), widower of Elizabeth (Van Cleave) Van Cleave (d 1833-5?), your direct ancestors.

It took me awhile to dust off the old pages, and to try to unfold them without causing any harm to them. After I began to read some of the names of heirs, it eventually became apparent to me that the wills of both Aaron's were mixed together in this one folder. I decided to just read what I could, in what little time I had left that day, and to ask them to hold this folder at their desk until the next day (I seem to recall that they had to return it to the vault in the basement). After a series of 2-3 hr periods, in morning or afternoons, I finally felt confident that I had the two wills properly seperated.

Finally, after I had seperated & wrapped something around each will, I took them up to one of the clerks and explained to her that this one folder contained two wills of two different Aaron Van Cleave's. I hope they were properly seperated into two folders, and indexed by seperate #s a & b, as I suggested for them to be, but, at first, they were not convinced that I knew what I was talking about. I'm not sure I was ever able to convince them.

From Vancleave fam gen forum post #476:

5-2 Aaron b 12/15/1768, md 3/4/1794 Sh'y Co, KY to Eliz. Van Cleave(John-AIJ), d 8/29/1844 Mont, IN.

Elizabeth was b abt 1773 & d (abt 1833-5?). Aaron & Elizabeth were born in Yadkin Valley, Rowan Co, NC. Aaron & Elizabeth (Van Cleave) Van Cleave had the following children:

5-2-1 Benjamin S(hepherd) b 8/12/1796 Shelbyville, KY, md 8/11 1818 in Sh'y Co, KY to Matilda B Taylor, dau of John Peyton Taylor & Mary Davis, d 4/21/1854 (IN/IA?). (widow-Matilda b 1/15/1797 VA & d 4/4/1880 [Dallas Co, IA?]-where she was listed in 1860/70 FCs).

5-2-2 Enoch b abt 1798 Sh'yv., KY, md 4/16/1817 Sh'y Co, KY to Elizabeth Morris, d 1832/3 (inventory 3/20/1833) Montgomery Co, IN. Elizabeth md (2) John Haynes 9/2/1833 Mont. Co, IN.

5-2-3 John B ("Jackson") b abt 1800/1 Sh'yv., KY, md 9/19/1821 Sh'y Co, KY to Mary B Taylor, dau of John Peyton Taylor & Mary Davis, d 3/29/1831 Mont. Co, IN. Mary md (2) Cornelius Johnson 7/4/1839 Mont. Co, IN.

5-2-4 Samuel b abt 1803 Sh'yv., KY, evidently d very young.

5-2-5 Margaret "Peggy" b abt 1805/6 Sh'yv., KY, md 9/8/1825 Sh'y Co, KY to Benjamin Samuel Taylor, son of John Peyton Taylor & Mary Davis, d (when/where?).

5-2-6 Crawford b abt 1808 Sh,yv., KY, md (1) 7/22/1830 Mont. Co, IN to Sarah Van Cleave (Aaron-John-AIJ). Crawford md (2) 8/27/1840 Mont. Co, IN to Eunice King, dau of Corneilus King & Mary Van Cleave (John-John-AIJ), d (187_ Grundy Co, MO?). Crawford & Eunice in 1850 & 1860 FCs of Grundy Co, MO & Eunice listed there in 1880 FC.

Children of Benjamin S Van Cleave & Matilda B Taylor:

5-2-1-1 Basil T(aylor?) b 7/10/1819 Shelbyville, KY, md 1/12/1843 Mont. Co, IN to Kezzie Harris, d 9/23/1843 Mont. Co, IN.

5-2-1-2 John Peyton b 9/26/1820 Sh'yv., KY, md 9/5/1844 Mont. Co, IN to Marjorie Jane McMullen, dau of James McMullen Jr & Martha Van Cleave (John-Ben-AIJ), d 2/24/1899 Mont. Co, IN. (widow-Marjorie b 12/1/1826 KY& d 4/17/1905 Mont. Co, IN-both bur in Harshbarger Cem, Clark TP, Mont. Co, IN).

5-2-1-3 Mary Elizabeth b 6/12/1822 Sh'yv., KY, md 4/16/1840 Mont. Co, IN to Preston Van Cleave, son of Samuel Van Cleave (Aaron-John-AIJ) & Rachel Van Cleave (John-Ben-AIJ), d 7/9/1914 (ID?-note in my file worksheet-Ft Dodge, Douglas Co, IA 1860 FC-wid of Preston 1907 Idaho).

5-2-1-4 Joseph Warren 12/9/1823 (twin) Sh'yv., KY, md (1?) 12/23/1847 (Mont. co, IN?) to Elizabeth Chinneworth, d 1/9/1863 (where?-note in my file worksheet-Ft Dodge, Douglas Co, IA 1860 FC-[md (2?) ______ Dice?]-no later census info).

5-2-1-5 Benjamin Taylor 12/9/1823 (twin) Sh'yv., KY, md 1/16 1850 Mont. Co, IN to Mary A Taylor, dau of Benjamin Samuel Taylor & Margaret "Peggy" Van Cleave (Aaron-Ben-AIJ), d 5/4/1901 (IA?-p9 Adams TP, Dallas Co, IA 1900 IA soundex for Vancleave: Vancleave, Benjamin T 76 12/23 KY & grdau, Jessie 17 1/83 IA). Benjamin & Mary were listed in 1880 FC of Adams Tp, Dallas Co, IA.

5-2-1-6 Aaron Crawford b 4/19/1826 Sh'yv., KY, d 11/21/1830 Mont. Co, IN.

5-2-1-7 Lydia Anne b 3/16/1828 Browns Valley, Mont. Co, IN, md 4/2/1848 Mont. Co, IN to Allen Moore, d 12/22/1914 (CA?-note in my file worksheet-Linn TP, Dallas Co, IA1860 FC-wid of Allen 1907 Calif).

5-2-1-8 Thomas Taylor b 11/11/1829 Browns V'y, IN, md (1?) 9/17/1857 (IA?) Martha A Fisher, d 5/10/1912 (IA?-note in my file worksheet-[md (2?) _____ Hays?]-Adams TP, Dallas Co, IA 1860-80 FCs & 1907).

5-2-1-9 Samuel Grimes b 2/29/1832 Browns V'y, IN, md 9/9/1858 (IA?) to Tabitha Francis, d 3/7/1916 (IA?-note in my file worksheet-Adams TP, Dallas Co, IA 1860-80 FCs &1907).

5-2-1-10 Solomon Munson b 6/18/1834 Browns V'y, IN, md 9/7/1854 (IN/IA?) to Jane Hays, d 2/12/1914 (CA?-note in my file worksheet-Long Valley TP, Lassen Co, CA 1880 FC & 1907).

5-2-1-11 Cornelius Johnson b 5/14/1836 Browns V'y, IN, md 8/7/1864 (IA?) to Rachel Chinneworth, d 6/2/1915 (NB?-note in my file worksheet-Adams TP, Dallas Co, IA 1860-80 FCs & Polk Co, Neb 1907).

5-2-1-12 Margaret Jane b 10/4/1839 Browns V'y, IN, md 7/15/1858 (IA?) to Franklin Francis, d 9/5/1905 (I A?-no notes in file worksheet).

5-2-1-13 Stephen Allen b 2/19/1842 Browns V'y, IN, (never md?), d 12/17/1862 (IA?).

Children of John Peyton Van Cleave & Marjorie Jane McMullen:

5-2-1-2-1 James William b 11/10/1845 Browns Valley, IN, (never md?), d 10/17/1925 Mont. Co, IN. (bur in Harshbarger Cem).

5-2-1-2-2 Benjamin Warren b 11/7/1847 Browns V'y, IN, md abt 1875/6 (IA?) to Louisa Viola Fisher, d 12/10/1902 Mont. Co, IN. (bur in Harshbarger Cem). B(enj) W(arren) & L(ouisa) V(iola) were listed in 1880 FC of Buena Vista & Luckamute, Polk Co, OR: p503A; with sons: E(mmert) 3 IA & F 2 IA. I do not have a clue what the name of the 2nd son, that began with the letter F, was, do you?

5-2-1-2-3 Joseph Albert Wright b Browns V'y, IN, md 5/4/1881 Mont. Co, IN to Susan Catherine Bowers, d 5/2/1916 Albuquerque, NM. (sons: Errett 1885 & Otto 1891 of Albuquerque 1940).

5-2-1-2-4 Martha "Mattie" Ann b 2/24/1851 Brown's V'y, IN, md 9/17/1879 Mont. Co, IN to Thomas Denny, d 2/7/1927 (CO?-note in my file worksheet-of Colo 1925).

5-2-1-2-5 Thomas Jefferson b 8/4/1854 Adel, Dallas Co, IA, (never md?), d 4/8/1882 Mont. Co, IN. (bur in Harshbarger Cem).

5-2-1-2-6 Lindsey Francis b 6/7/1857 Adel, IA, md 10/26/1889 (Rio Blanco Co, CO?) to Rachel Amanda Van Cleave, dau of Preston Van Cleave & Mary Elizabeth Van Cleave (see 5-2-1-3 mentioned previously), d 11/26/1934 (Co?-note in my file worksheet-of Colo 1925). Lindsey & Rachel were listed in 1900 FC of Rio Blanco Co, CO: p6 Meeker pct4; with ch: Walter 11 CO & Florence 8 CO.

(5-2-1-2-7? Infant b 1859/60 Adel, IA-d.y.?)

5-2-1-2-8 Matilda Jane b 9/13/1862 Adel, IA, (never md?), d 7/27/1883 Mont Co, IN. (bur in Harshbarger Cem).

5-2-1-2-9 Sarah Louise b Browns V'y, IN, md 6/22/1885 Mont. Co, IN to Josephus Terry, d 2/14/1945 (CO?-note in my file worksheet- of Colo 1925).

5-2-1-2-10 Eva J b 1/24/1870 (twin) Browns V'y, IN, (never md?), d 9/1/1885 Mont. Co, IN. (bur in Harshbarger Cem).

5-2-1-2-11 John Wesley b 1/24/1870 (twin) Browns V'y, IN, (never md?), d 5/24/1894 Mont. Co, IN. (bur in Harshbarger Cem).

Children of Benjamin Warren Van Cleave & Louisa Viola Fisher:

5-2-1-2-2-1 Em(m)ert b abt 1876/7 IA, md (1?) 4/19/1899 Mont. Co, IN to Flora Harwood & (2?) 12/15/1913 (CO?) to Alice Leona Berry, dau of Wm Harrison Berry & Alice Elizabeth Reynolds, d (where/when?)

5-2-1-2-2-2 F (male) b abt 1877/8 IA, nothing further.

Now that I have shared with you what I have about your Van Cleave line, I will go back to the children of Enoch, John B, Margaret Taylor & Crawford, and share a brief outline of their families.

Children of Enoch Van Cleave & Elizabeth Morris:

5-2-2-1 James M b 1818 Shelbyville, KY, md 4/5/1838 Mont. Co, IN to Miranda B Allen, d (IA?-James & Miranda in 1860 FC of Monroe Co, IA & 1870 FC ofWapello Co, IA-Maranda in 1880 & 1900 FCs of Wapello, Co, IA).

5-2-2-2 Aaron M b 3/9/1820 Sh'yv., KY, md 12/15/1842 Mont. Co, IN to Elizabeth Hallett, d 11/17/1882 Mont. Co, IN.

5-2-2-3 William M b 5/6/1823 (twin) Sh'yv., KY, md 6/29/1843 Mont. Co, IN to Mary Lydia Christina Elliott, d 5/22/1879 Mont. Co, IN.

5-2-2-4 Elizabeth b 5/6/1823 (twin) Sh'yv., KY, (md 9/3/1837 Fountain Co, IN to Abraham Watson?), d (where/when?), nothing further.

5-2-2-5 David Henry b 1825 Sh'yv., KY, md (when/where?) to Lavina Swain, d (where/ when?), listed in 1850 FC of Fountain Co, IN.

5-2-2-6 Martha Jane b 1827 Browns Valley, Mont. Co, IN, (never md?), d 1845 Mont. Co, IN.

5-2-2-7 Dorcas Ann b 1831 Browns V'y, IN, md 10/3/1848 Mont. Co, IN to John Masterson, d (where/when?). Elizabeth (Morris-Van Cleave) Haynes 49 VA was listed with John Masterson 25 OH & Dorcas A (Van Cleave) 19 IN, in 1850 FC of Mont. Co, IN, nothing further.

Children of John B Van Cleave & Mary B Taylor:

5-2-3-1 Henry Smith b 6/22/1822 Shelbyville, KY, md 8/7/1844 (Mont./Vigo Co, IN?) to Matilda Jane Young, d 7/22/1884 (Vigo Co, IN?). Henry & Matilda listed in 1850 & 1880 FCs of Vigo Co, IN.

5-2-3-2 Matilda Ann (b abt 1825 KY/IN?), md 12/4/1843 Mont./Vigo Co, IN, d 2/7/1861 (where?).

5-2-3-3 Sarah Jane (b abt 1827 KY/IN?), md (when/where?) to Robert A Young, d (when/where?).

5-2-3-4 Elizabeth (b abt 1829 KY/IN?), md (when/where?) to Thomas Smith, d (when/where?).

5-2-3-5 John Samuel b 12/22/1831 Browns Valley, Mont. Co, IN, md(1?) (when/Vigo Co, IN?) to Sarah Smith & (2?) (when/Vigo Co, IN?) to Letitia Budd, d 9/22/1905 (Vigo Co, IN?). John S was listed as 19 IN, with Cornelius Johnson 58 VA & Mary (B Taylor-Van Cleave) Johnson 53 VA in 1850 FC of Vigo Co, IN. John S & Letitia were listed in 1880 & 1900 FCs of Vigo Co, IN.

Children of Margaret "Peggy" Van Cleave & Benjamin Samuel Taylor:

5-2-5-1 William C b abt 1830 Browns Valley, Mont. Co, IN, md 5/24/1855 Mont. Co, IN to Lydia King, dau of Corneilus King & Mary Van Cleave (John-John-AIJ), d (where/when?-see 1860 FC of Adams Tp, Dallas Co, IA).

5-2-5-2 Mary A b abt 1832 Browns V'y, IN, md 1/16/1850 Mont. Co, IN to Benjamin Taylor Van Cleave, son of Matilda B Taylor & Benjamin S Van Cleave (Aaron-Ben-AIJ & Elizabeth-John-AIJ), d (1880-1900 Dallas Co, IA?-Ben & Mary listed in 1880 FC of Adams TP, Dallas Co, IA & Ben listed there in 1900 FC with their grdau, Jessie).

5-2-5-3 Matilda J(ane?) b abt 1834 Browns V'y, IN, md 5/6/1852 Mont. Co, IN to Robert Ellis, d (when/where?-note in my file worksheet-not in MI in 1860).

5-2-5-4 George S b abt 1836 Browns V'y, IN, md 11/28/1861 Mont. Co, IN to Hepta J Humphreys, d 3/21/1908 Mont. Co, IN.

5-2-5-5 Lucinda E b 12/25/1837 Browns V'y, IN, md 3/17/1853 Mont. Co, IN to Aaron Van Cleave, son of Levi Van Cleave (Mary-Ralph-AIJ) & Matilda Van Cleave (Aaron-John-AIJ), d 5/1/1878 Mont. Co, IN.

5-2-5-6 Nancy B b abt 1840 Browns V'y, IN, (md-when>1860/where?), nothing further.

5-2-5-7 Sarah "Sally" C b 12/23/1842 Browns V'y, IN, md 3/10/1864 Mont. Co, IN to Marion Van Cleave, son of John Van Cleave (Aaron-John-AIJ) & Malinda Van Cleave (Ralph-Ben-AIJ), d 4/5/1894 Mont. Co, IN.

5-2-5-8 Elizabeth "Bessie" (P/J?) b abt 1845 Browns V'y, IN, (md-when>1860/where?), nothing further.

5-2-5-9 Basil N b abt 1847 Browns V'y, IN, (md-when>1860/where?), nothing further.

5-2-5-10 James A P b abt 1849 Browns V'y, IN (same yr his father died?), (md-when>1860/where?), nothing further.

Children of Crawford Van Cleave & Sarah Van Cleave:

5-2-6-1 Elizabeth b 4/15/1834 Browns Valley, Mont. Co, IN, md 10/6/1853 Mont. Co, IN to Henry C Lisbey (8/29/1830-4/6/1906), d 9/30/1897 (Grundy Co, MO?) both bur in Stepp Cem, Grundy Co, MO.

5-2-6-2 Isaac M b abt 1836/7 Browns V'y, IN, md (1?) (when/where?) to Elizabeth Husted, (2?) 12/5/1865 (Grundy Co, MO?-where they were listed in 1870 FC), d (MO?-note in my file worksheet-see 1880 FC of Buchanan co, MO).

Children of Crawford Van Cleave & Eunice King:

5-2-6-3 Sarah M b abt 1842 Browns Valley, Mont. Co, IN, md (when/where?) to (said to have md an Arrasmith), d (MO?-note in my file worksheet-(dau? Bertha, dau of H.S.H. & Sarah N (not M), 5/7/1869-12/12/1877 bur in Stepp Cem, Grundy Co, MO).

5-2-6-4 Asa M b abt 1846 Browns V'y, IN, md (when/where?) Mary J York (2/8/1850-8/16/1909), Civil War Veteran-Co F, 11th MO Calv.-, d 187_ (MO/ID?-Asa & Mary listed in 1870 FC of Grundy Co, MO, and widow & ch listed in 1880 FC of Marsh Basin, Cassia Co, ID).

5-2-6-5 Samuel N b 11/13/1851 Browns V'y, IN, md 1/3/1874 (Grundy Co, MO?) to Louisa E Agee, d 10/11/1877 (Grundy Co, MO?-where he is bur in Stepp Cem).

5-2-6-6 Mary Jane b May 1853 Browns V'y, IN, md 12/25/1873 (Grundy Co, MO?), to Wm R York (1/11/1853-Jan 1929), d Aug 1920 (Grundy Co, MO?-both bur in Stepp Cem, Grundy Co, MO-note in my file worksheet- see 1900 FC of Atchison Co, KS).

5-2-6-7 Lydia A "Maggie"? b abt 1855 Browns V'y, IN, md 8/10/1872 (Grundy Co, MO?) to Sials C Cox, nothing further.

5-2-6-8 William H b abt 1858 Browns V'y, IN, (never md?), killed by lightning (when/where?).

5-2-6-9 Nancy E b Nov 1861 Grundy Co, MO, (never md?), d >1910 (Grundy Co, MO?-where she was listed as 18 MO KY IN in 1880 FC with mother, Eunice J (King) Van Cleave 60 IN KY KY, and where she was listed as 38 11/61 MO as step-dau of, & with, James F Layson in 1900 MO soundex for Vancleave & where she is listed as step-dau of, & with, James F Layson in 1910 MO soundex for Vancleave. (Soundexes did not list any age or birthplaces for head of household, such as James F Layson, and I did not search for those census listings).

That concludes my information about children & grandchildren of 5-2 Aaron-Ben-AIJ. 5-3 is Samuel-Ben-AIJ, and I have already posted information about his lines, for Pat Loftin, in a previous post. I will try to post more information about my direct Van Cleave lines as soon a possible, but some of them were already mentioned, as spouses, in this post. Hope this helps you in your search for your Van Cleave lines, and I will look forward to any information you may be able to share to fill in any blanks, or answer any of the many questions of (when/where?).

More later,
Richard Lawson
Niangua, MO

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