14 November 2007

Nancy Jane Newman (1846-1923)

They must have made them sit forever to have their picture taken.

Nancy Jane Newman Rampley (1846-1923) is pictured in this post. The photo appears to have been taken not too long before her death. At the time of the picture, Nancy was living in West Point, Hancock County, Illinois, but it is possible the picture was taken elsewhere. Nancy is known to have occasionally visited her daughters in southern Minnesota.

Nancy was born near Milroy, Rush County, Indiana, in 1846, the daughter of William and Rebecca Tinsley Newman. The Newmans came to Hancock County, Illinois in 1863, initially settling in Walker Township. This is where she met her husband, Riley Rampley whom she married after the war. The Rampleys spent their married life on a farm in Walker Township and Nancy retired to nearby West Point. She and Riley are buried in the Buckeye Cemetery in Walker Township.

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30 October 2007

Picture of Nancy Newman Rampley (1846-1923)


I don't really have a favorite ancestor, but one has to admire Nancy. Her Civil War widow's pension application was rejected at least four times after her husband's death and she kept reapplying--until they sent a special examiner to take special testimony in her case. She eventually got her pension in the early 1900s.
She even wrote her congressman when her raise in her pension was slow in coming after it had been voted in by Congress.
Nancy was born near Milroy, Rush County, Indiana 8 July 1846, the daughter of William and Rebecca (Tinsley) Newman. She married Riley Rampley in 1867 at her parent's home near Breckenridge, Hancock County, Illinois. She died in West Point, Illinois in 1923 and is buried with Riley in the Buckeye Cemetery in Walker Township, Hancock County, Illinois.
Nancy is my great-great-grandmother.

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01 May 2007

Settlement Deed Article posted on Ancestry's Blog

Those who follow my column in Ancestry's blog know that several articles have been posted on pre-1850 census records. This week the followup was posted where the census records are analyzed in light of the settlement deed closing out the estate. That document confirms most of the conclusions from the census and builds upon them.

Those who want to view the article can do so on Ancestry's blog (at no charge).

And descendants of Augusta and Belinda Newman are always free to fire off an email to me---we're related.

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13 March 2007

Federal Land Patents

An article I wrote several years ago about the Bureau of Land Management website is still accurate--thankfully they leave the search interface alone for the most part.


A search for William Newmans in Indiana resulted in one match for my William. The legal description for his property is as shown in the image below.
The legal description is available on the patent image, but the quarter section can be viewed on the BLM site as part of the database entry for William's patent.





Then using the legal land description of William's 40 acres, I searched the BLM database of patents again. This time I searched for patents granted to people for property in the same section of the township.







I was excited when I viewed the names. One last name was the same last name as William's wife, Rebecca Tinsley. Viewing the patent for William Tinsley indicated he was living in the same county William was when William purchased the land in Tipton County. Both men were listed as residents of Rush County, Indiana.
Patents are not only for "early" or pre-statehood settlers. There were federal land sales in many states long after statehood. After all, these sales are in Indiana in 1850.
The article goes into more detail on using these patents. I would view the BLM website's information on patents and the rectangular survey system descriptions before I did extensive searches.

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