I'm "stuck" on too many Harshbarger ancestors, so I purchased the book The Ohio Frontier Crucible of the Old Northwest, 1720-1830 by R. Douglas Hurt, after finding a reference to it somewhere. Even though the book is copyright 1996, it is still available for purchase on line, and I would recommend it to anyone who is "stuck" on an Ohio ancestor. I'm hoping to find clues in the book as to migration patterns, ways of life, cultural hints that could send me to another set of records somewhere that would help break down some brick walls.
In the meantime, I'm learning more than I ever wanted to know (except now I do want to know) about Ohio's early history. I've already learned, in my genealogy journey, that nothing was as simple as it was portrayed to us in high school, and it means going back and unlearning some things and looking at others from many more "angles" than the textbooks allowed. For instance, we were taught little about the native Americans, except for maybe the Battle of Fallen Timbers, where General Wayne and the Americans finally prevailed. The story of what happened before that is utterly fascinating, and deeply disturbing. Who knew there were so many different tribes in the area, and how often their loyalties shifted, toward the French, the British, the Americans, and toward each other?
I'm a little over halfway through the book now and it keeps getting more and more interesting. I'm learning about which ethnic or cultural groups of people settled in which areas, and how they earned their livings. I thought I had a rough understanding of what "farming" meant, but I find I was woefully uneducated regarding the raising and selling of farm animals, for example. I expect to learn more about the people of early Ohio as I go along, and I can't wait to see what directions I can take to explore more about our ancestors.
Here's a list of ancestors from our different lines, believed to be in Ohio before 1830.
George Harshbarger, his wife Mary Kepler, and son Lewis
Conrad Mentzer, his wife Elizabeth Tullepen, and daughter Catherine
George Harter, his wife Elizabeth Geiger, and their son John (born 1830)
Johan George Harter (parents of above) and his wife Mary Miller
George Harter and his wife Mary Kitterman (parents of above)
Anthony Geiger and his wife Mary Kirk (parents of Elizabeth Geiger, above)
Solomon Bennett, his wife Margaret Farmer, and daughter Mary Bennett
Caleb Bennett, father of Solomon Bennett
William Farmer and his wife Jean Wyatt, parents of Margaret Farmer, above
Matthew Farmer, father of William Farmer
William Cook and Elizabeth Brown
Henry Cook and Catherine Whetstone, parents of William Cook
David Brown and his wife Barbara Brothers, parents of Elizabeth Brown
Matthias Brothers and possibly his wife Christina Chestnutwood, parents of Barbara Brothers
Daniel Kemery and Susannah Essig
Hans Jacob Kemmerli, father of Daniel Kemery
George Essig and Catherine Shollenberger, parents of Susannah Essig
Simon Essig and Julia Margaret Schnerr, parents of George Essig
Barbara N. Long (possibly born 1826 Georgetown, Brown County, Ohio?)
John Beeks and Polly Carter
William Beeks and Mary Elizabeth Nimerick
*Jackson Wise and Charity Botkin (parents of Mary Wise, who may not be a Wise so I'm not carrying this line back any further, but there are more generations of Ohio folks in these two lines)
Andrew Wise and Mary Serfass (parents of David Wise)
Johann Jacob Weiss and Charlotte Raub (her death location not certain) parents of Andrew Wise
Timothy Martin and Hannah Tilberry (parents of Matilda Martin who married David Wise)
John Simpson Aldridge Jr and Lucinda Wheeler
John Simpson Aldridge and Mary Lakin, parents of John S Aldridge Jr.
Jason Wheeler and Patience, parents of Lucinda Wheeler
Jacob Dunham and Catherine Goodnight, parents of Samuel G Dunham
Owen T Rees and Margaret Ellen Moon, parents of Eliza Matilda Reese
Solomon Rees and Anna, parents of Owen T.
Thomas Moon, father of Margaret Ellen Moon
Henry Jackson and Elizabeth Stump and possibly son Alexis Jackson
Thomas J Knott and Hannah Bell
Joseph Scull Knott and Mary Adams, parents of Thomas Knott
John Bell and Hannah Finch, parents of Hannah Bell
Robert Bell and Mary Yost, parents of John Bell
Jesse Finch and Hannah, parents of Hannah Finch
John Havens Starr and Clarissa Falley, parents of Harriet Starr
John Starr and Betsy Havens, parents of John Havens Starr
John Starr and Mary Sharp, parents of John Starr
Samuel Falley and Ruth Root, parents of Clarissa Falley
Isaac Hetrick and Elizabeth Black, parents of Mary Alice Hetrick
Abraham Hetrick and Sarah Lemmon, parents of Isaac Hetrick
Alexis Lemmon, father of Sarah Lemmon
Adam Brown and Phoebe Myers
John Adam Brown and Catherine Clapp, parents of Adam Brown
possibly Barbara Clapp Clapp, mother of Catherine Clapp
Christopher Myers and Elizabeth Nation, parents of Phoebe Myers
possibly Jeretta Vickery, mother of Elizabeth Nation
These are confirmed mostly by census records, occasionally by death records, and in the case of "possibly" by trees found on line.
Gee, do you think maybe a research trip to Ohio to learn more about these (and potentially some I didn't list) would be in order?