News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 16, 2008

GENEALOGY: Early Ohio Tax Records a good place to start Ohio research

By Tamie Dehler

TERRE HAUTE — Early Ohio Tax Records, by Esther Weygandt Powell, was originally published in 1971 by the Ohio Genealogical Society. An all-name index followed in 1973. Now in 2008, these valuable resources for researchers of early Ohio settlers have been combined into one volume and reprinted for the third time by the Genealogical Publishing Co. for distribution through the Clearfield Co.

Only the 1800 and 1810 censuses for one Ohio county – Washington – have survived. So this publication was created to take the place of Ohio’s lost pre-1820 census information. It includes a county-by-county listing of each county’s oldest tax list(s) from 1801 to 1825. Overall, 75 Ohio counties are included with at least one early tax list. This enumerates about 50,000 settler names. Information was not available for 13 of Ohio’s counties: Auglaize, Carroll, Erie, Fulton, Lake, Lucas, Morrow, Noble, Ottawa, Paulding, Summit, Vinton and Wyandot. However, the author does include some information on the early settlers of these missing counties in the form of a brief county history and a list of some of the earliest settlers (taken from county histories).

Also included is the 1801 tax list of the Virginia Military District. The Virginia Military District, also called Virginia Army Lands or Lands of Non-Residents, was approximately 4 million acres of land in southwestern Ohio between the Scioto and Little Miami rivers that was reserved as bounty land payment for the Virginia Revolutionary War veterans.

Through early Ohio taxpayers is a good place to start researching your early Ohio ancestors. The price is $49.95 plus $4 shipping and handling. Order from Clearfield Co., 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260, Baltimore, MD 21211, call them at (410) 837-8271, or visit them at and order on line.


n I am looking for ancestors and descendants of Andrew Jackson Terrell, born April 1, 1824, in Lawrence County, Ind., and died March 23, 1911, in Cleone, Parker Township, Clark County, Ill. He was married to Amanda “Jane” Darnell on June 5, 1849, In Clark County, Ill. Their children were: Lucinda Jane (born before 1840 Illinois, married Andrew Workman); Maria America “Mac” (born 1850, Illinois, married Barney Bishop); John W. (born 1854, Illinois, married to Sarah E. Downey); Isaac “Newton” (born 1859, Illinois, married to Lydia “Lily” Minerva Connelly); and Andrew Jackson “Jasper” Jr. (born 1864, Illinois, married Charlotte “Lottie” E. Rogers). Most of this family lived and died in Clark County, Ill. “Jasper” died in Edgar County, Ill. Their father, Andrew Jackson Terrell’s parents are unknown. He lived with his grandparents, William and Nancy Terrell in Lawrence County, Ind., until he was 12. Then Andrew was taken by his uncle William Terrell to live with Josiah and Elizabeth (Terrell) Connelly in Clark County. Other surnames that connect to my Terrell branch are Connely and Hammond. Also interested in Highfield, Powell, Barr, McFarland, Bowen, McDaniel, Beels, Shick and Black surnames. Please reply to Howard Terrell, 6405 Julie Ann Drive, Hanover, MD 21076-2011, phone (410) 379-1516, e-mail

n I am looking for information on the family of Frank Booth/Boothe, who was born in 1884 in either Clay or Vigo County and later married Goldie Detzel from Brazil in Clay County. They had at least two children, Thelma and George, who have both passed away. Frank and Goldie were living in West Terre Haute, Vigo County, when they died. I am trying to find the location where they lived in West Terre Haute and the cemetery where they were buried. Frank’s mother was Harriet and she also lived in West Terre Haute at that time. Anyone who may have any information on the Booth or Boothe family and could pass along the data I would appreciate a reply. John Detzel, e-mail