Thank you for straightening me out on Clarissa's maiden name. My husband's family had Palmer
written down, but that was another line of the family and I think they had that mixed up. I had a question mark beside that for a long time.
***Benjamin is also my husband's great great grandfather. So you two are of the same generation.
I have the 1850 and 1870 Fed. census for OH for Ben and Clarissa. And the 1880 census for Clarissa.
(you have those, right?) And the death record from Washington Co. for Benjamin. He died 16 Dec
1871 at age 42 years, 2 months and 8 days. It says he died in Decatur Twp. and that he was born in
Washington Co OH (of course this is according to his wife) He was a farmer. Cause of death was
"congestion of the brain".
***My husband's great grandfather was the son Lewis D. Voshel. He died 5 April 1902 in Dunham
Twp. He was born in Decatur Twp. He was a kenckster or kenchster which may have to do with
salting fish or skins. His cause of death is listed as unknown. He married Mary Jane Taylor of
Washington County 25 Dec 1884.
***I haven't had any luck on the Missouri location either. Have you ever tried for land records there?
***Since the daughter Harriet R. was born about 1865 they probably both had to have been back in
OH by that date...between ca1860 when John was born and ca1865 when Harriet was born.
I have this theory that they came back because of the Civil War.
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