William Davis & Almy Greene Rathbun

William and Almy Davis were the parents of Eunice Amanda Davis. In 1850, William and Almy lived in Elbridge, Onondaga County, NY as did Samuel H Cutler and his wife Eunice Amanda (nee Davis).

They all moved to Cleveland, Ohio about 1853.

William and Almy sold to the railroad company Lot 35 in Elbridge on 4 JUN 1851.

Here is the deed:


Funny thing is, they got a mortgage for the same lot, Lot 35, in the town of Elbridge in 1852 and again in 1853.

In 1852, they sell lot 36 (or a part of it) in Elbridge and again in 1853, same lot (or the other part of it).

I looked up the deed to see if it says the town that they came from, but it says Elbridge. I do not know where they came from in New York prior to this appearance in Elbridge. Samuel H Cutler also appears suddenly in 1850. He was 28 at the time.

Darius Townsend’s Land Purchase in Cayuga County, NY

I finally found the deed for Darius Townsend’s land purchase in section 4 of Cayuga County (formerly the township of Brutus). This purchase I was unable to find on any grantee index so I had to go through each book of deeds. Each book of deeds on Familysearch.org does have its own Index, usually in the front of the volume. Master indexes were created from the book indexes, so always look for an index in land record volumes before searching through pages of deeds. Unfortunately, the scan of this volume was not adequate to see the entire page number Darius’s deed was located on, so I did end up searching through the 300’s.

Darius bought 60 13/100 acres on 4 FEB 1832 for $502.00 from the Dexter family (Katherine, Franklin, and Samuel W.) who had an attorney out of Pittsfield, Berkshire, MA acting upon their behalf.

This is the land Darius sold months later, by splitting it and selling it to his sons William and Christopher. In July 1834 William bought Christopher’s portion of this land. Better maybe to not be such close neighbors. Christopher remained in Cayuga County until he moved with his family by 1860 to Jackson County Michigan, passing away in Hanover in 1862.

Darius did not own land in Cauyga County until this purchase, so he was farming someone else’s land.

Darius Townsend Land Purchase
Darius Townsend Land Purchase


Darius & Abigail Townsend of Conquest, NY

I am convinced now, but without concrete proof, that Darius & Abigail Townsend were the parents of Nathaniel P. Townsend.

Nathaniel was the biological father of my third great-grandmother Mary Alice Cutler Ellison.

Abigail Townsend’s parents were Nathaniel Paddock and Mary Crane. I believe my Nathaniel’s name was Nathaniel Paddock Townsend.

Nathaniel’s first-born son was Darius Townsend.

Below is a copy through familysearch.org of the deed in which Darius sells some of his land to his son William on Christmas Day in 1832. The land was in Conquest, but formerly called Brutus. He sold him the land for 200$. I think he bought 21 acres but it is difficult to read. I am not sure if William paid full real estate value of the time. The area was booming because of the Erie Canal (completed in 1825) and Darius had moved to Cayuga County to work on the canal.

What I cannot find are any records for when Darius purchased all of this land.

Darius & Abigail sell some land to their son William.
Darius & Abigail sell some land to their son William.


Nathaniel P. Townsend Questions to Answer

Nathaniel P. Townsend Questions to Answer

Nathaniel was born circa 1814 in New York. I have as of yet, determined who his parents were, but am strongly leaning toward Darius and Abigail Townsend from Bolton, MA removed to Conquest, Cayuga County, New York. Darius died in 1834 in Conquest, but there are no probate records on his death.

Who were N.P. Townsend’s parents?

On 10 Feb 1839, N.P. married Betsey A Welch, the daughter of John Welch and Maria ‘Polly’ Court. They were married in Jordan, Onondaga County, New York by the Reverend William Eddy.

What church was William Eddy associated with?

In 1840, N.P. lived in Conquest, Cayuga County, New York with another male aged between 70 and 79 and two females: one is obviously his wife Betsey and one is under the age of five.

Who was the elderly male and the young girl?


In 1841, Betsey and N.P.’s only son, Darius, was born.

On 28 March 1848, Elizabeth E. Townsend was born to N.P. and Betsey.

Elizabeth’s Birth: http://www.newhorizonsgenealogicalservices.com/ny-birth-cayuga-cato.htm

On 11 April 1848, Betsey dies in Cato, Cayuga County, New York.

Betsey’s Death:  http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~springport/pictures107/47d.htm

On 31 July 1849, N.P. had a child with Mary Eliza Perkins. We can safely assume they were married by then. They didn’t name this child.

Unnamed Birth: http://www.newhorizonsgenealogicalservices.com/ny-birth-cayuga-cato.htm

What happened to this child? A child of the age to correspond with this birth date never appears again on any records.

Mary Eliza Perkins was the widow of Cyrus James Gleason of Cicero, Onondaga County, New York.

Mary had three known children with Gleason:

Sarah Elizabeth born in 1839.

Lodowiski Lovilla born in 1842.

Edson H. born in 1844.

In 1840, the Gleason family was comprised of two males, one between 10 and 14 and two females, one under age 5 (Sarah Elizabeth).


Who was the young male in this household and what happened to him?

In 1850, N.P. and Mary were living in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. N.P. was a cooper by trade. Living with them were:

Sarah Elizabeth





N.P. had given his infant daughter Elizabeth up to a couple named Samuel H and Amanda (Davis) Cutler, who were living in Elbridge, Onondaga County, New York on the 1850 Census with a young child, now named Mary Alice Cutler. There are no probate guardianship records to reflect this, as control remained with the father. He did not need to go to court to give his child away.

Mary Alice Cutler became Mary Alice Ellison, wife of Benjamin Walker Ellison.

There are lots of questions that come up with this story, aren’t there? Especially, when N.P. remarried so quickly and had more children.

Charles Nathaniel Townsend was born in 1851 to N.P. and Mary. Charles married Minerva Freelove Barden and they resided for some time in the state of Washington. Charles was living in Lamoni, Decatur, Iowa in 1925.

Where/when did Charles die?

Adonirum Elnathan Townsend was born 2 April 1854 to N.P. and Mary. Adonirum married Josephine Hannah Shafer in Iowa. They moved to Washtenaw County, Michigan and Adonirum died in Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1904.

In 1855 N.P. was on the Wisconsin State Census in Wauwatosa Township, Milwaukee County.

On 2 April 1857 N.P. buys 80 acres of land in Waupaca County, Wisconsin.


Eliza Jennie Townsend was born June 1860 to N.P. and Mary. She first married Charles Marsh then Riley Isaac Glazier in Ashton, Osceola County, Iowa in 1889. She died in 1926 in Sibley, Osceola County, Iowa.

On the 1860 US Census, N.P. was living in Farmington, Waupaca County, WI with:


Darius, 19

Charles, 9

Adonirum, 5

Edson, 17

Lodawiski, 19

Eliza J., one month


On 10 June 1861, Darius joined Company B, 5th Wisconsin Infantry.

In the summer of 1862, Darius disappeared. Military records conflict. He was listed as discharged due to disability after being left in Williamsburg, VA after the Battle of Williamsburg in May 1862 then listed as being a deserter in August of 1862.

N.P. told the Federal Government on a pension application that Darius was reported to him as having been killed at the Battle of Antietam in September of 1862.

Darius disappears entirely from historical/genealogical records in 1862.

With the help of Archivists, I am working on this mystery.

Can you shed any light?

On 6 August 1861, Edson joined Company A, 8th Wisconsin Infantry. He also served in the 1st Wisconsin Heavy Artillery. Edson survived the war.

On the 1870 US Census, N.P. lived in Farmington still with:


Adonirum, 15

Eliza J., 9


In 1875, N.P. was listed in Appleton, Outagamie County, on the Wisconsin State Census. He was living with one other male and two females.


On the 1880 US Census, NP was 66 years old and living in Grand Chute, Outagamie, Wisconsin as a farmer. Only Mary lived with him at this time.


On 4 Jan 1888, Mary Eliza died in Ashton, Osceola County, Iowa.

What happened to N.P.?

I searched the microfilm death records of Osceola County, Iowa between the years 1880 and 1941. Only the record for Mary can be located.

I don’t think N.P. died in Osceola County, Iowa.

Any help anyone can offer me in answering the above questions would be greatly appreciated!

John Ralston Jr and Joseph Elrod

John Ralston Jr and Joseph Elrod were written about in Ruby Ralston’s book The Search for Our Ralston Ancestors.

According to Ralston, John Ralston Jr. was a captain in the PA militia and knew Elrod from there. John also purchased land from Elrod and the land records were transcribed.

You can read theseRalston1 Ralston2 Ralston3 Ralston4 Ralston5 Ralston6 Ralston7 RalstonCoverPage pages by clicking on them.

Thank you to the Butler Area Public Library for sending these to me.

Samuel H Cutler Cleveland, Ohio Land Deeds

My mysterious ancestor, Samuel H. Cutler, born somewhere in New York around 1819 and showing up suddenly on the 1850 US Census in Elbridge, Onondaga Co, NY with a wife, Amanda (nee Davis) and a two-year-old daughter, Mary Alice. Mary is purported to be adopted.

In June of 1853, Samuel enters into a land contract for a lot in Cleveland, Ohio and in the end of November, sells his interest in that lot.

On 26 APR 1861, he buys a lot in Cleveland from William Fiske and wife for 250.00$. Below is the original deed from FHL microfilm:



On 31 DEC 1862, Benjamin Walker Ellison (21 years old) and Mary Alice Cutler (Mary is only 14 years old) get married by a reverend for the Western Seaman’s Society.

The next day, New Year’s Day, Samuel goes into the courthouse and records that he sold his lot for $250.00 to his wife Amanda Cutler.



Mary and Benjamin move to Oakfield Township, Kent County, Michigan sometime in 1863. Samuel H Cutler registers for the Union draft out of Oakfield Township in July of 1863.

Then he disappears.

1883 Boyne Valley Township, Charlevoix County, MI Tax Assessment

1883 Boyne Valley Township, Charlevoix County, MI Tax Assessement

As transcribed from FHL Film # 2364735 from RG 80-62 Charlevoix County Treasurer Vol 82: Boyne Valley Dates: 1883

© 2011 by Jennifer Ralston Porter

Note: Section Number is listed only one time, even when taxed for same section more than once. Names are transcribed as written on documents scanned to film. Please ask permission to re-print this material.

Page 1
John McKirnan	2
Jerry Taylor	2
August Tromley	2
Andrew A Nowlland	4
George Ford	4
Lonie Barry	4
Patrick B?itt	4
Mrs. L. Hammer	4
Enoch K. Robinson	6
Herman Seiler	6
Anthony Jeppeson	6, 15
Page 2
Geo C Leddiff	6
Emma L LeCleor	6
Hiram Wright	6, 15
Michael Nebel	7
Hulda Lischnevsky	7
Hiram A Rothenberger	7
Peter Fred Catten	7
Otto J Kruse	7
Jacob Dietz	7
Frederick Reinhardt	7
Patrick Doyle	8
Eugene Kyes	8
Hiram Wolford	8, 16
Page 3
Simon S Baringer	8
Hearry F Manning	9
Chas & Wm Steele	9
George Schanglin	9, 17
George Van Buren	9
John Kirschenmann	9
Mr Farmer	10
Wm Rusnell	11
F F Strong 	11
Page 4
Benj W Ellison	12
Mary A Ellison	12
Marshall Magee	12
Sanf H Ward	12, 32, 15
Lyman S Howe	13
Frederick Kritsch	13
John Cramer	14
Jacob Dietz Jr	14
George Kyes	14
John Carmody	14, 15
Wm Howe	14
Page 5
Wilson Phelps	15
John Paskiewicz	15
Lyman R Hastings	15
Mrs Olive J Gager	15, 14
Frank Gruboski	15
Lucretia H Powers	15, 16
Page 6
Lucretia H Powers	15
Harry H Powers	15
Jos H Powers	15
Edna L Powers	15
Page 7
A D Carpenter or Owner Unknown	32
Oscar H Marsh	15
J W Barnes	15
Chas W Dutcher	15
L G A Hurd	15
Henry H Eaton	15
John Redpath	15, 10
Sarah Redpath	15, 27, 34
Elizabeth Galster	15
Fred J Galster	15, 17
Page 8
Charles H Horn	21, 16
Christian Knudsen	15
Anna C Holfback	15
Peter Peterson	15
Mears & Austin	15
Wm A Nelson	15, 8
Page 9
Harrison Branch	15, 14
Clarence E Branch	15
Geo H Branch	15
Sidney M Jones	15
Julius A Lane	15
Israel Dawdy	15
Edward McLaughlin	15
James D Mitchell	15
Billia Smith	15
Willis Hurd	15
Page 10
William Nelson	16, 22, 15, 12
John J Galster	17
Wm Galster	17
Wm Kinkel	17
John Hunts & Sons	18
Page 11
Thompson Green & Co	18
Frank P Myers	18, 15
John A Snetman	18
Page 12
John Hansler	20
John Collins	20
Cromwell Magee	20
Henry Collins	20
George Bennett	21
Daniel Paine	22
John Scalley	22
George R LeClear	22
John Hopkins	22
Thomas J Baughman	22
Page 13
Robert Findley	26
Emerald Magee	28
Semantha P Jones	30
Jacob Stoesser	30
Geo W Jones	30
Blood & Meaher	35, 36
Royal Magee	Year 1882 Section 8
	Year 1883 Section 8
Wm Ellis	Year 1882 Section 15
	Year 1883 Section 15
Ends Resident Lands
Non-Resident Lands
Page 1
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	1
Dodge & Phelps	2
Cutman & Rothschilds	2
SF & WC Page	2
D G Peck	2
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	3
Dodge & Phelps	3
Cutman & Rothschilds	3
Geo F Beardsley	3
SF & WC Page	3
Page 2
Wm Hazzard	4
Pierce Kinsella	4
Cutman & Rothschilds	4
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	5
Wm T Addis	5
Geo F Beardsley	5, 6
C V Monroe	6
Eliza A Robinson	6
Catharine S Coan	6
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	7
Geo F Beardsley	8
George Weller	8
John Weller	8
Page 3
Eliza Baxter	8
Geo F Beardsley	9
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	9
John W Baldie	9
Owner Unknown	9
Wm T Addis	10
Cutman & Rothschilds	10
Dodge & Phelps	10
J L Wood	10
Hiram O Rose	10
Page 4
Oscar W Kibbie	11
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	11
Thomas Grafton	11
J M White	12
James S Cypher	13
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	13
Dodge & Phelps	13
H B Childs	13
Frank Huntington	14
Dodge & Phelps	14
John Kressell	14
Jacob Smits	15
Page 5
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	15
Edward H Green	15
Lemuel D Bartholomew	16
Amos Fox	16
Max Spangenburg	17
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	17
Michael Heagney	15
Hastey	15
Pierce Kinsella	15
Page 6
Owner Unknown	19
Feedler & Wuerth	19
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	19
John Rock	19
Sarah A Linsley	20
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	21
H P Christy & Gottanger	21
Dodge & Phelps	21
Geo F Beardsley	21
Page 7
Michael Heagney	22
Ernest W Anson	22
Byron Mason	22
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	23
Cutman & Rothschilds	24
Thomas H Sanborn	24
Wm Sturgeon	24
W J Kilpatrick	24
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	25
W J Kilpatrick	26
Dodge & Phelps	26
Bank of Sheboygan Wis	26
Page 8
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	27
H P Christy & Gottanger	27
Henry Morgan	27
Geo F Beardsley	27
Charles F Freman	27
H P Christy & Gottanger	28
Geo F Beardsley	28
Dodge & Phelps	28
Charles L Ortman	28
Cutman & Rothschilds	28
SF & WC Page	28
Page 9
SF & WC Page	29
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	29
Dodge & Phelps	29
Cutman & Rothschilds	29
H P Christy & Gottanger	29
Owner Unknown	29
H P Christy & Gottanger	30
Owner Unknown	30
H P Christy & Gottanger	31
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	31
Page 10
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	31
Henry Korthase	31
SF & WC Page	32
Dodge & Phelps	32
Wm J Chase	32
Abraham Sanborn	32
Robert Abbot	32
Owner Unknown	32
William Cook	32
Owner Unknown	32
Grand Rapids & Indiana RailRoad	33
Owner Unknown	33
Page 11
Geo F Beardsley	34
Dodge & Phelps	34
W J Kilpatrick	34
H P Christy & Gottanger	34
Walter & Smith	34
Wm Sturgeon	34
Dodge & Phelps	35
Geo F Beardsley	35
Bank of Sheboygan Wis	35
C F Searles	36
H J Kilpatrick	36
End of Tax List
Signed by Enoch K Robinson, Supervisor

1877 Boyne Valley Township, Charlevoix County, Michigan Tax Assessment Roll

Copyright 2011 by Jennifer Ralston Porter

Please ask permission to reprint this material.

Notes: Names are transcribed as read on microfilm # 2364734 from the Family History Library. Section numbers are only listed one time, even if business/individual was taxed multiple times in same section. The actual tax list gives information as to description of property, value, tax, and whether or not property was a homestead. If you find your ancestor listed, I recommend renting the film and reading the original, especially as many deeds were burned in the courthouse fire in Charlevoix County in 1887.

Grand Rapids & Indiana Rail Road   1

Dodge & Phelps          2

Ortman and Rothschilds         2

SF and WC Page        2,3

Ortman and Rothschilds         3

Dodge & Phelps          3

George F. Beardsley   3

G.R. & I. R. R.           3

Ortman and Rothschilds         4

G.R. & I. R. R.           5

George F. Beardsley   5,6

James Scipio    6

End of Page One

G.R. & I. R. R.           7

George F. Beardsley   8

George Weller 8

John Weller     8

Eliza Baxter    8

George F. Beardsley   9

G.R. & I. R. R.           9

John W. Baldie           9

Hiram O. Rose            10

J. L. Wood      10

Olive J. Gager 10

Dodge & Phelps          10

Ortman and Rothschilds         10

Henry Morgan 10

End of Page Two

G.R. & I. R. R.           11

Thomas T. Bates         12

G.R. & I. R. R.           13

Dodge & Phelps          13

Byron W. House         13

Dodge & Phelps          14

Olive J. Gager 14

John Cressell   14

G.R. & I. R. R.           15

Jacob Smits     15

Amos Fox       16

Lemuel D. Bartholomew        16

Edward H. Green       16

G.R. & I. R. R.           17

End of Page Three

Hugh Lawton  18

J. B. Walters et al        19

G.R. & I. R. R.           19

G.R. & I. R. R.           21

George F. Beardsley   21

H.P. Christy & Gottenger       21

Henry Morgan 21

Dodge & Phelps          21

Daniel D. May            22

G.R. & I. R. R.           23

G.R. & I. R. R.           24

P.D. Skilbeck  24

End of Page Four

H. J. Owens    24

G.R. & I. R. R.           25

M. Fellows      26

Francis Owens            26

Dodge & Phelps          26

Henry Morgan 26

P.D. Skilbeck  26

H.P. Christy & Gottenger       27

G.R. & I. R. R.           27

Henry Morgan 27

George F. Beardsley   27

Dodge & Phelps          28

Ortman and Rothschilds         28

H.P. Christy & Gottenger       28

End of Page Five

George F. Beardsley   28

Charles L. Ortman      28

SF and WC Page        28

G.R. & I. R. R.           29

Dodge & Phelps          29

Ortman and Rothschilds         29

H.P. Christy & Gottenger       29

SF and WC Page        29

H.P. Christy & Gottenger       30,31

G.R. & I. R. R.           31

Dodge & Phelps          32

SF and WC Page        32

G.R. & I. R. R.           33

End of Page Six

G.R. & I. R. R.           33

George F. Beardsley   34

Dodge & Phelps          34

W. R. Owens  34

H.P. Christy & Gottenger       34

P.D. Skilbeck  34

Dodge & Phelps          35

Henry Morgan 35

George F. Beardsley   35

G.R. & I. R. R.           35

J. A. Owens    36

P.D. Skilbeck  36

End of Page Seven

Anson, Ernest W.        22

Anderson, Jepper        4

Barry, Leonie  4

Britt, Patrick   4

Brown, Thomas           13

Baines, Judge W.        15

Bennett, George          14

John Carmoday           22

Chase, Wm J   32

Coan, Catharine S       6

Collins, Henry 20

End of Page Eight

Collins, John   20

Carpenter, Archibald D          15

Boyle, Patrick 8

Elmer, Elliott   32

Ellison, Benj W           12

Fick, Hermann L         20

Elbert, Geo L  14

Gager, Wm W 14

Howe, Seymour          13

Heagney, Michael       22

Hopkins, John 22

Hammer, L      4

End of Page Nine

Jones, Geo W  30

Jubenville, Ira  32

Kljes, George  14

Kyes, Eugene  8

Kinsella, Pierce           2

Little, Nathaniel L      14

Magee, Hershell          8,6

May, David B 22

May, Josiah F  20

Magee, Cromwell        20

Myers, Franl P             18,16

End of Page Ten

Nelson, William          16,12

Nelson, William A      22,15

Nowland, Andrew A  4,15

Powers, Joseph            15

End of Page Eleven

Powers, Joseph            15,16

Powers, Henry H        16

Roe, Alex        15

Robinson, Enoch K     6

Scalley, John   22

Sudman, John A         18

Sudman, John A Jr      20

Taylor, Jerry    2

End of Page Twelve

Ward, Samuel H.        15

Wright, Hiram 6

End of Tax List