Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Joseph Clabaugh and Mary Crouse Clabaugh of Licking and Wyandot County, Ohio

     Information taken from a biography on Henry J. Clabaugh lists Joseph Clabaugh and Mary Crouse Clabaugh as his parents.  Also, that he was born was born on May 15, 1832 on a farm near Newark, Licking County, Ohio.  Tax records from the 1826-1832 show Joseph Clabaugh as owning property in Bowling Green Township, Licking County, Ohio.  That area is southeast of Newark.

    Using the biography shown above as a framework for research, I cropped from the Muskingum County, Ohio marriage record book the record for Mary Crouse and Joseph Clabaugh.  They were joined in marriage on August 7, 1823 by Smith Gooden, M.G.

     Off and running.  There are numerous records for Joseph Clabaugh showing his land ownership in Bowling Green Township, Licking County, Ohio.  The earliest is 1826.  Since I cut and pasted his record, I filled in the areas where there were quotation marks down the page.  If I'm reading the record correctly--he owned 2 horses valued at 80, 2 cattle valued at 16.  He paid his fair share on canal, road, school and county taxes.  

     Again, using the biography, the names of the children born to Joseph and Mary Clabaugh were:
  1. Susannah Clabaugh Swinehart  1828-1891
  2. Rebecca J. Clabaugh Wade 1828-1883
  3. Hannah Clabaugh  1831-
  4. Henry J. Clabaugh 1832-1891
  5. Daniel Clabaugh  1835-1876
  6. Delilah Clabaugh Bushong  1837-1876
     Perhaps there were one or two additional children born to Joseph and Mary who died early and their names forgotten by 1884 when the biography was written.  I find it difficult to believe that there was five years between their marriage in 1823 and the birth of their first child in 1828.  Additionally, all children were deceased by 1884 except Henry and his sister, Susannah.  I have not been able to trace Rebecca, Hannah or Delilah.

     It is important to mention, there is a census record for an Isaac Clabaugh in the same township, Bowling Green, as Joseph Clabaugh dated 1820. Perhaps a brother to Joseph? Isaac's age then was between 16-26 (1794-1804). He was married and had a young son. It is known from Joseph's burial maker that he was born circa 1801. Researching Issac, he stayed in Licking County and removed to Union Township, Hancock County, Ohio circa 1835. He was a prominent member of the Hancock County community and his biography was featured in the 1886 Beers History of Hancock County, Ohio.  

     Checking Find A Grave, Isaac Clabaugh and his father Henry Clabaugh and their wives are all buried Clymer Cemetery, Mount Cory, Hancock County, Ohio. One son to Henry and Rebecca Clabaugh, who is linked on Find A Grave, is Henry Clabaugh.  According to the information for him, he is the same man who has a marriage record in Tymochtee Township, Wyandot County, Ohio in 1823.  It appears the Joseph Clabaugh was following in his father and brother's footsteps from county township to county township.  Perhaps due to his early death in 1837, he did not also remove to Hancock County.

     Going out on a limb here, I think various land, history, marriage and census records lead me to believe that the subject of this blog, Joseph Clabaugh, is the son of Henry and Rebecca Miller Clabaugh.  

Working to fill in the children of Henry Clabaugh and Rebecca Miller Clabaugh.  I'm sure there are others.
  1. Isaac Clabaugh  1788-1885
  2. Joseph Clabaugh  1801-1837
  3. Henry Clabaugh 1815-1859
  4. Delilah Clabaugh Shafer  1819-1909
  5. George W. Clabaugh  1825-1894
1834 Wyandot County, Ohio Tax Record
Tymochtee Township

     The last tax record I was able to locate for Joseph in Licking County as 1832.  There is a record for him in Tymochtee County, Wyandot County, Ohio in 1834.  His probable brother, Henry Clabaugh, who married to Rebecca Hufford in 1835, is also living in Tymochtee Township.  

1835 Tymochtee Township Tax Record

1836 Tymochtee Township Tax Record

1837 Tymochtee Tax Record

     Joseph and Henry Clabaugh are both land owners in Tymochtee Township on 1835, 1836 and 1837 land records. Joseph owned one 80 acre piece of property during those years. Henry owned several pieces of property in 1835; one 80 acres, another 80 acres and one 10 acres. In 1836 he sold one of his 80 acre pieces.  Henry Clabaugh and his family removed to Illinois, where he died in 1859.

     The biography of Henry J. Clabaugh, gives the date of August 20, 1837 as the date his father, Joseph Clabaugh died at age 36.  Joseph is buried at Bibler Cemetery, Tymochtee Township, Wyandot County, Ohio.  The marker lists August 23, 1837 as the date of death.  The Clabaugh children were all under age ten when their father died.

     On July 28, 1839, Mary Clabaugh, Joseph's widow, married William S. Nafus in Crawford County, Ohio.  William was born about 1773 in New York.  She may have been able to hold on to the farm land; however, none of her children were old enough to be of much assistance.  Frankly, for widowed women in the 1800's, marriage was the only option.  

1850 Ohio Federal Census taken on August 10, 1850
Tymochtee Township, Wyandot County

     William S. Nafus, age 77, born in New York and employed as a shoemaker.
     Mary Nafus, age 48, born in Virginia 
     Aaron Nafus, age 10, born in Ohio
     Clarissa Nafus, age 5, born in Ohio  
     Hannah Clabaugh, age 18, born in Ohio
     Henry Clabaugh, age 17, born in Ohio
     Deliah Clabaugh, age 12, born in Ohio

          A blended family shown in the 1850 census.  Three children from Mary's first marriage are still living with her and two from her second marriage to William Nafus.  William was first married to Salmone Carpenter and five children were born to this marriage.   If the family is living in the Clabaugh farm house on Clabaugh land, Henry is probably running the farm.

There were three children born to the marriage of William and Mary Nafus:

1860 Ohio Federal Census taken on June 8, 1860
Tymochtee Township, Wyandot County

     What a difficult read.  I spent time going page by page through the township census.  I was actually looking for Henry J. Clabaugh and family.  Instead found his brother, Daniel Clabaugh.

     Daniel Clabaugh, age 25,  born in Ohio.  A farmer with $7,000 in real estate and $600 in personal estate.  
     Susannah, age 21, born in Ohio and working in the home. 
     Eliza, age 2 and born in Ohio
     Mary, age 55

Although Susannah's mother was also Mary, she died in 1836.  I think this could be Daniel's mother, Mary Crouse Clabaugh Nafus, now a widow for a second time.

     I have no death record or burial place for either William S. Nafus or Mary Crouse Clabaugh Nafus.  From various family biographies, she died in August 1870.  She probably died and is buried in Tymochtee Township.

     This 1840 map shows the movement of Joseph and Mary Clouse Clabaugh.  They were married in Muskingum County in 1823.  The circular mark in Licking County is in Bowling Green Township where Joseph owned property.  Tax records begin in 1826-1832.  Next and final records are in Wyandot County, Tymochtee Township from 1834 onward.  Wyandot was formed partially from Crawford County in 1845, so on this map I have a red circular mark on the village of Tymochte which is in Tymochtee Township, Wyandot County.

*I want to acknowledge and thank a descendant of this family for filling in marriage information for Rebecca Clabaugh and Delilah Clabaugh.
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