I am researching Thomas Clawson who married Elizabeth Wilson, daughter of John and Jane/Jean (___) Wilson Sr. by 1783 in Berkeley County, VA (now WV). By 1797 they had moved to Mason County, Kentucky now Fleming County, Kentucky where they bought land from Elizabeth (Wilson) Clawson's brother-in-law and sister, John and Mary (Wilson) Jones Sr. Sometime between 1811 and 1826 they moved to Ohio, but I have not yet been able to determine where. I have found references to a Rachel Clawson who married a William Berryman and who lived in Allen/Auglaize Counties, Ohio, who may have been Thomas' daughter.
Can anyone help me place this Thomas Clawson and determine where in Ohio he moved to? Who were his parents, siblings? According to an 1826 Fleming County Circuit Court case (see below) he took depositions of people in Ross County, Ohio and somewhere near Hamilton County, Ohio, but it did not state that he was living in either of those counties.
Below is an excerpt from my family tree and shows some of the information that I have so far on this Thomas Clawson. Who were his children?
Thanks for any help.
----------------2 WILSON, ELIZABETH - Born ca 1750-1760?, daughter of John and Jane(Jean)(____?) Wilson. Her father, John Wilson Sr. died 1783 in what is now Berkeley County, West Virginia. She married Thomas Clawson (per the will of her father) and they were living in Mason County, Kentucky (in the part that became Fleming County, Kentucky) in the 1790's. Thomas Clawson and wife moved to somewhere in Ohio by 1826 according to a court case in which he sued John and Mary (Wilson) Jones Sr. of Fleming County, Kentucky over some land. Mary (Wilson) Jones was his wife's sister.
------------------+2 CLAWSON, THOMAS - Born? Moved to Ohio between 1811 and 1826 from Fleming County, Kentucky.
Thomas Clawson, Berkeley Co., Va Rent Rolls 1772 and 1777.
Mason Co., KY DB E p 29, (forgot to write down date but would have been ca 1797)
JOHN JONES AND MARY HIS WIFE of Mason County to THOMAS CLAWSON of Mason County, sale of land in Mason County by ROBERTS and JACKMANS lands.
Fleming co., KY DB A p 290, 13 Jan 1800
MESSER (MERCER) BEASON and CATHARINE his wife of Fleming Co. to ARCHABALD and JOHN HAMILTON of Fleming County. Sale of land of 150 acres and 10 poles in Fleming County for 142 lbs. Part of MESSER’s Preemption patented in the name of MERCER BEASON heir at law to MERCER BEASON DEC’D located by WILLIAM SECRETS part of said Preemption to THOMAS CLAWSON part of said Preemption.
Wit: WILLIAM KENNAN
Fleming Co., KY DB A p 230, 12 Sept 1799
THOMAS CLAWSON & ELIZABETH HIS WIFE of Fleming Co., KY to JOHN FARIS of same, sale of 1 lot in Flemingsburg #33 with improvements containing 5 rods in front, 9 rods in back for 120 lbs. Signed Thomas (X his mark)Clawson, Elizabeth (X her mark) Clawson. Wife Elizabeth appeared before two town trustees RICHARD TILTON, A. KINKEAD and advised them she was willing and freely makes the sale.
Fleming Co., KY DB A p 17, 12 June 1798
Trustees of Flemingsburgh to THOMAS CLAWSON of Fleming County, conveyance of Lot #33, containing 5 rods in front and 9 rods back. Trustees: WILLIAM MURPHY, MICHAEL CASSIDY, ADAM BRAVARD, RICHARD TILTON.
Fleming Co., KY DB A p 18, 8 Oct 1798
WILLIAM ROBERTSON AND PEGGY (MARGARET) his wife of Fleming Co. to THOMAS CLAWSON of Fleming Co, sale of lot in Flemingburg #12, for 9 lbs, 5 rods in front and 12 rods in back.
Fleming Co., KY DB A p 23, 8 oct 1798
MESSER BEESON(BEASON) and CATHARINE his wife of Fleming County to THOMAS CLAWSON of Fleming county, sale of 100 acres in Fleming county, for 50 lbs, part of MERCER BEESON preemption. Bounded by KEITH’s corner and WILLIAM SECRETS land.
Fleming Co., KY, DB A p 290, 13 Jan 1800
Mercer Beason and Catherine his wife of Fleming Co., KY to Archibald Hamilton and John Hamilton of same, 142 lbs, 105 acres and 10 poles on Fleming Creek adjoining THOMAS CLAWSON and William Secret's lines. Witnessed by: William Kennen. Signed: Mercer (X his mark) Beason and Catherine (X her mark) Beason.
Fleming co., KY DB A p 204, 9 Sept 1799
LEWIS CRAIG and MARY his wife of Mason County to ELIJAH MATICKS of Fleming co., 50 acres in Fleming County, 15 lbs, located by WILLIAM MOSS’ land on waters of Johnston Fork. Wit: ELIJAH REEVE, THOMAS CLAWSON, ROBERT BARNES JR, THOAS VEACH. /signed Lewis Craig and ELIZABETH?? Craig. proved by THOMAS CLAWSON and Robert Barnes who appeared before Joshua Stockton to acknowledge the deed.
Fleming Co., KY DB A2, p 126, 24 March 1800
THOMAS CLAWSON AND ELIZABETH HIS WIFE of Fleming County to HENRY CAMRER (CAMMERER) of Fleming County, sale of 40 acres in Fleming County, 80 lbs, corner of ROBERTS and JACKMANS at a Bettywood tree. Wit: MATHIAS GREEN, WLLIAM CLEMENTS, JOHN DAVIS.
J.P.: JAMES HARRIS, JOHN HART who obtained relinquishment of rights of dower of ELIZABETH CLAWSON after examining her privily and apart from her husband.
Fleming Co., DB B p 481, HENRY CAMRER and BARBARY his wife of Fleming County to JOHN DAVIS of Fleming County, sale of 40 acres, Fleming County land on Fleming Creek, 60 lbs, same conveyed to CAMRER by THOMAS CLAWSON and bounded by ROBERTS and JACKMAN. Date of previous conveyance 24 march 1801 by THOMAS CLAWSON and ELIZABETH his wife.
Fleming Co., DB C p 373, 4 Sept 1807
JAMES MCGOWELL, Sheriff for ADAM BRAVARD, late Sheriff of Fleming County to JAMES CHRISTY., 100 acres, Fleming county on fleming Creek, being part of MERCER BEASONS preemption. This land sold because of judgement in favor of ROBERT HIGGINS against THOMAS CLAWSON. At sale ABRAHAM ROMAN purchased it for $70, then conveyed it to GEORGE STOCKTON who conveyed it to JOSHUA KNAP for 36 lbs, 10 shillings in cash and 63 lbs 10 shillings in horses, who then assigned it to JAMES CHRISTY.
Description: located by lands of KEITH, WILLIAM SECREZ, JEREMIAH POORE’s survey.
Fleming Co., KY DB F p 283, 10 May 1811
THOMAS CLAWSON AND BETSY HIS WIFE of Fleming County to THOMAS DOUGHERTY of same, Inlot #12, Flemingsburg, 12 lbs, located on Water Street and Walnut Alley containing 5 rods in front and running 12 rods in back.
Wit: GEORGE W. BOTTS, JOHN MCNIELL
Mason Co., KY DB E p 88, 7 Oct 1797
JOHN WILSON of Greenville, SC appoints my “friend” THOMAS CLAWSON of Mason County, Kentucky my true and lawful attorney to receive from JEAN WILSON Executrix and JOHN JONES Executor to estate of JOHN WILSON, DEC’D my part which may be due me. Wit: D. GOODLETT,
Greenville Co. Clerk: Jesse Carter.
Fleming County Circuit Court Case File #4009
March 1821 (transcribed by LaVelda Faull, Glasgow, KY)
THOMAS CLAWSON, Plaintiff vs. HEIRS OF JOHN JONES, DEC’D:
THOMAS JONES and JOHN JONES, ADMINISTRATORS
Heirs were named on outside of packet as:
THOMAS JONES, JOHN JONES, JAMES JONES, ANNE JONES, FLEMING JONES, JOSEPH BELT, JANE BELT, JOSEPH HILLICOSS, SALLY HILLICOSS.
Fleming Circuit and County, SCT
Filed 6th Sept 1824, 1825 March Cont.
William P. Fleming to pay tax and fees.
THOMAS CLAWSON complains of JOHN JONES and THOMAS JONES, administrators of JOHN JONES, dec’d and JOHN JONES, THOMAS JONES, JAMES JONES, FLEMING JONES, ANNE JONES, JOSEPH BELT and JANE his wife late JANE JONES, JOSEPH HILLICOES and SALLY his wife, late SALLY JONES, heirs and legal representatives of said JOHN JONES, DEC’D, in custody of a plea of covenant broken. For this? That the said JOHN JONES in his lifetime, viz, on the 23rd day of December in the year 1797 at the County of Mason, viz, at the Circuit and County aforesaid, by his certain deed, entered sealed with his seal and now here to the court shows the date whereof is the same day and year agst? For and in consideration of the sum of 40 lbs Kentucky currency granted bargained and sold unto said THOMAS CLAWSON certain tract or parcel of land situate upon the waters of Fleming and containing 40 acres and bounded as follows……..Plaintiff in fact saith that the said JOHN JONES had no legal title to said land, but that one NEVILLE had claim better and paramount than that of the said JOHN JONES for ____acess____ of the land hereby before described and the Plaintiff in fact further saith that __? Afterwards viz. on the ___day of the year___18__, one ROBERT JOHNSON by virtue of the title of said NEVILLE which is claim? Paramount than that received of said JOHN JONES was and ___the Plaintiff conveyed to one HENRY CAMRER and by said HENRY CAMRER conveyed to one JOHN DAVIS who held the same by mesne conveyances under the said Plaintiff as his assigns by virtue of the ___of the Fleming Circuit court……and the Plaintiff in fact saith that he paid to said HENRY CAMRON a full fair and valuable consideration for the loss of said land and that obtained his release under his deed of conveyance therefore and that the said HENRY CAMRER did pay to the said JOHN DAVIS a valuable consideration and obtained a discharge from his____ under his said act of warranty and that the plaintiff hath right to have the damages due from the said Defendantsw on account of the said loss…..damages to the amount of $300.
“I have this 1st day of April in the year 1816 settled with THOMAS CLOSSON and have takeing his notes to the amount of 280 dollars and 67 cents for land lost I bought of him the said THOMAS CLOSSON in Fleming County the State of Cantucky that the said THOMAS CLOSSAN brought? ISAAC WILSON that I sold to JOHN DAVIS and was laust in a suit Jany? Strued? a clame of NEVE and YANSONS(?) I giving under my hand this 14th day of April 1816.
Attest: JOHN MCNIALL Signed: HENRY CAMERON”
“Messrs JOHN and THOMAS JONES,
Please take notice that on Thursday 4 Aug 1825 at the house of JOHN MCNEAL, Esquire, of Ross County and State of Ohio, I shall take his deposition on the next Thursday being the 11th August. I shall take the deposition of HENRY CAMERON at his own house who lives in the State of Ohio between Cincinnati and Augusted(?) and not far from the River Ohio, and shall continue from day to day until finished both of which depositions are to be read as evidence on the trial of the said at law I have against your brothers and sisters heirs and C administrators of JOHN JONES, DEC’D.
Signed: THOMAS CLAWSON
July 6, 1825”
“CLAWSON bond for Costs. To JONES heirs, 6 Sept 1824
Know all men by these presents that we THOMAS CLAWSON of the State of Ohio and WILLIAM P. FLEMING of the County of Fleming and State of Kentucky are held and firmly bound unto JOHN JONES, THOMAS JONES, JAMES JONES, FLEMING JONES, ANN JONES, JOSEPH BELT and JANE his wife, JOSEPH HELLICUS and SALLY his wife Heirs of JOHN JONES, DEC’D in the penal sum of $100 dollars current money…..”.
“The Commonwealth of Kentucky to the Sheriff of Fleming County. You are hereby commanded to summon JOHN DAVIS and ISAAC WILSON to appear before the Judge of our Fleming Circuit Court at the courthouse thereof in Flemingsburg on the 2nd day of the present June to testify and the truth to say in behalf of JOHN JONES and Heirs in a certain matter of controversy in our said Court depending and undetermined between THOMAS CLAWSON, Plaintiff and said Heirs. Signed: L. D. Stockton. 2 Sept 1825”.
“The Commonwealth of Kentucky to the Sheriff of Fleming County. You are hereby commanded to summon JAMES YOUNG, JOHN DAVIS and ROBERT DAVIS to appear before the Judge of our Fleming Circuit Court at the courthouse thereof in Flemingsburg on the 2nd day of the present June to testify and the truth to say in behalf of
THOMAS CLAWSON in a certain matter of controversy in our said Court depending and undetermined between THOMAS CLAWSON, Plaintiff and said Heirs. Signed L. d. Stockton. 2 Sept 1825”.
Original Copy of Deed (I made a Xeroxed copy of this - the edges were scalloped (wavy) and everything was brown and crumbling. Had original signatures).
This Indenture made this Twenty-third day of December One Thousand Seven hundred Niney-seven Between John Jones & Mary his wife of the one part & Thomas Clausen of the other part both of the County of Mason & State of Kentucky Witnesseth that for & in consideration of the sum of Forty Pounds current money of the State aforesaid to him the said John Jones in hand paid, the Receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge hath Granted, Bargained & sold & by these Presents doth Grant, Bargain & Sell, alien & confirm unto the said Thomas Clauson his heirs & assigns forever a certain tract or parcel of Land lying & being in the County of Mason & State aforesaid on the waters of Fleming & bounded as follows (to wit), Beginning at a corner of Roberts & Jackmans at a Bettey wood tree & Buckeye, thence East Forty Four poles & a half to a Sugar tree & buckeye, thence South One Hundred Forty Four poles to a Sugar tree & buckeye, thence West Forty Four poles & a half to Two sugar trees, thence North One hundred a& Forty Four poles to the Beginning to have 7 to hold the said tract & Parcel of land containing Forty Acres as above described, with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging, unto the said Thomas Clauson & his Heirs or Assigns forever & John Jones and Mary his wife their Heirs Exr, Admr, will warrant 7 forever Defend unto the said Thomas Clauson his heirs or Assigns all the tract & parcel of land above mentioned from the claim or claims of every other person or persons whatsoever. In Witness where of the said John Jones 7 Mary his wife have hereunto sett their hands & affixed their Seals the day 7 year above written.
Signed Sealed & Delivered JOHN JONES
In the presence of ---------
At a Court held for Mason County the 22nd day of January 1798 This Indenture of bargain & Sale from John Jones and mary his wife to Tho Clauson was Acknowledged by said John & Mary, She being first privately Examined and thereto consenting and Ordered to be Recorded.
Teste: Thomas Marshall Jun. Clk.
“Jury finds for the Plaintiff in the sum of $180.00”
“Be it remembered that on the trail of this cause the Plaintiff introduced the following evidence to wit. A deed from JOHN JONES to THOMAS CLAWSON dated 23 Dec 1797 and then proved the boundaries in said deed to contain the same land recovered in an ejectment ROBERT JOHNSON vs. JOHN HART and others. The Plaintiff also introduced a complete transcript of the proceedings in said ejectment and then introduced JOHN DAVIS who proved that he was son and administrator of JOHN DAVIS SR dec’d and that he heard his father say that in the aforesaid ejectment that he was evicted from 22 ˝ acres of the land contained in the deed to CLAWSON from CLAWSEN to CAMRER and from CAMRON to him from JOHN JONES to the said JOHN DAVIS SR and that he had been paid for the land from which he was evicted as assigned by HENRY CAMRER the person from whom he purchased the land and who had conveyed it to him. COLO. JEREMIAH STRODE proved the land spoken of by JOHN DAVIS to be the same land recovered in the ejectment assigned. He also introduced JAMES YOUNG who proved that in the lifetime of JOHN JONES, DEC’D he gave his bond to said JONES for 100 acres of land, that the said land is now in the possession of the said heirs and representatives of the said JOHN JONES (the defendants in this suit) but that he never conveyed the said land to the said JOHN JONES in his lifetime or to his heirs since his death, but that he is willing and ready to convey the same and that the said land is worth $500.”
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