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The Lost Stanley ?

August 19th, 2010

Is this the illusive Stanley ? He died, I think, in an insane asylum. Well, I know that he was locked up, how he died, haven´t a clue.


Samuel Carbis, Family Tales

August 16th, 2010

15 Jan., 2010

:: Virginia Carbis photo

Thanks for the comment.  It sounds like we must be cousins
of some kind.  If you have any information on Virginia’s
parents, Samuel Carbis and/or Mary Ann Logan  I would love
to hear from you.  According to family lore, Samuel Carbis
ran away from home in England as a young boy and came to the
US as a cabin boy on a ship.  He later worked on either the
Mississippi or Ohio River as a captain, pilot or master of a
river boat (I’m not sure which, but each is a separate and
distinct position).  So far, I haven’t been able to document
any of this; it’s just based on what stories have been
passed down.  You said you have seen this photo before.
Where was that?  Do you have, or know of, any other photos
of the Carbis family?


Jan. 15, 2010

Hello Mike,

To answer what most likely must be your first question, no, I have no photos of the
Carbis family. In fact, until a few years ago, no one knew that *Carbis* was a family
name, we had only heard stories of a multiple great grandfather working on riverboats/
steamers, out of PA.

I tracked down the photo of Virginia Burd after many a Sunday of trying to find out
anything about the Carbis family. A Google search of Carbis- steamships led me to some
place which carried magazine articles. An article about Virginia Carbis Burd ( who by
then I knew was Maggie’s sister) and her husband, Simeon Burd, appeared in a certain
Civil War journal, an article about the old photos taken.  However, the old photos were
not on line. At that time.

I spent a lot of money on Ebay buying a three foot high stack of Civil War magazines and
finally could see the sister of *my* Maggie Carbis- *your* Virgina Burd.

As I now live in The Netherlands, that was some hefty postage, but it was very much worth
it, to see Virginia Burd, for trying to track down Maggie was very hard indeed and simply
being able to see her sister told me many things.

Right now I am on a hiatus from trying to search for *roots*, too many brick walls, as
they are called, which are complicated by the fact that I live in The Netherlands.

However, I do have a website where I stored what I found: http://robertkerlin.com/wp/ .
Unfortunately, regarding the Carbis family in Pittsburgh,
http://digital.library.pitt.edu/pittsburgh/ has changed all of their links.One can see,
if one really looks through maps and Census reports, that Samuel Carbis and Mary Ann
Logan not only seem to have had a good amount of money, but were also very protective of
their daughters ( I cannot, at this moment, remember if there were three or four), for
they usually had homes right next to each other. One portion of a map is still on my
site, showing the Burds living right next door to the Carbis family.
http://www.robertkerlin.com/images/carbis_map_1872_l.jpg   . Carbis is misspelled as well
as Burd, but they are living right off of 21st St. , on the right.

Mary Ann Logan Carbis also seems to have spent her twilight years living with yet another
daughter, Pauline Carbis Gelstin, in Derry PA ( http://robertkerlin.com/wp/?p=50 ) . I am
rather sure that Samuel Carbis died between 1872 and 1880, but a request to the Mormons
came back  empty and with the query if I was sure that he died in PA.

Ok, it was a logical gamble.

I have been able to track back Maggie Carbis to 1850 (
http://www.robertkerlin.com/wp/Census_1850_carbis.htm ), and at  six years old, one finds
Virginia Carbis.

Believe me, this is the same family. If you follow the names that the sisters gave their
children, there is no doubt. Add to that maiden names,the fact that their father was born
in England, Mother in PA and proximity one reaches bingo rather quickly, although purists
might disagree.

I am descended from Maggie Carbis’ son, Samuel Kerlin. While Mary Ann seems to have done
her best to raise him ( for whatever reason, Sam was raised by Mary Ann and Samuel
Carbis, along with- I assume- the long desired son, Henry, whom I think  was named after
Maggie’s departed husband, Henry Kerlin ). Sam Kerlin doesn’t really strike me as the
brightest penny in the purse, but, then again, I don’t  really know anything about the
financial situation in America when he lost the farm that his Grandmother bought for him
due to back taxes .

I have, however, seen photos of the son of Maggie Carbis : he was rather short, dark
haired, and had the saddest face that I have ever seen. He had handsome sons and
daughters with black hair, sparkling eyes and a sense of adventure, which seemed to
compensate for the fact that they were not very attractive. Then again, the concept of
beauty changes over the years.

One finds in the earlier Census reports that the family was living with a Rachel Logan. I
believe that this was Mary Ann’s mother. Rachel Logan is buried next to what might be a
son named William Logan and his wife. It is very difficult to search out the Logans in
PA, Pittsburgh.. There were quite simply too many of them at that time, and that whole
Indian ancestry bit is very hard to track down.  It usually involves a member of the

I am sorry that I cannot give you more information, but perhaps you can find something

20 Jan. 2010

:: Re: Virginia Carbis photo


Yes, I did get your note.  I should have responded earlier,
but I’ve been very busy.  Give me a few days, and when I get
a chance I was going to type up what little additional
information I have on the Carbis family.  Most of it is from
family stories that are not documented, but you might find
it interesting.  I also have some additional questions for
you, but will save them until my next email after I have had
a chance to sort through my family history files.



27 Jan., 2010


you can certainly use the photo of Virginia Carbis.  I tried opening the
link you gave for the photo of Sam Kerlin, but I got a message saying I didn’t
have permission to view the site.

Here is
what I know about the Carbis and Logan families.  Most of this is from undocumented family stories passed down
from generation to generation, but a few small pieces have been

Carbis was born in England about 1812.
He ran away from home at age 9 and signed on board a sailing ship as a
cabin boy.  It is not certain how
long he spent at sea, or if he made more than one trip, but eventually he
arrived in the United States and began working along the Mississippi River.  (Your history of Indiana County says he
was working on the river since 1836, which would put him at about 24 at that
time.  Family tradition holds that
he was a steamboat captain as does the History of Indiana County, but the
census of 1850 says he was a Mate. Perhaps he moved up over the years, but I
don’t know for sure.)  Sometime in
the late 1830s or 1840s he met and married Mary Ann Logan.  (Family tradition claims that her
father was Chief Logan, a full-blooded Tuscarora Indian.  More on him later.)  I only knew about two children;
Virginia Louise (my ancestor 1843-1913 who married Simeon K. Burd 1843-1908),
and Pauline (who married a man named Gelston).  Your information now tells me there were at least two other
children named Maggie and Annie.
Although Mary Ann Logan was a Catholic, Samuel Carbis refused to be
baptized.  According to family
stories, he claimed that in his position as riverboat captain he had to use
strong language to his “darkies” and his mules, and that he could not reconcile
becoming Catholic while using such obscene and blasphemous language.  Samuel Carbis worked for more than 40
years on the river then retired to Pittsburgh shortly after 1880. (He may not
have shown up on some of the earlier census records if he was on the river at
the time the census worker came calling.)
According to information I found many years ago (I can’t remember where
now), he lived on Hatfield, just north of Fiftieth Street.  On his deathbed he converted to
Catholicism and was baptized.  He
died in 1884 and is buried in Saints Simon and Jude Cemetery, Blairsville,

history provides no information about Samuel Carbis’ wife, Mary Ann Logan,
other than her name.  I did not
know when she was born or died, but I see from your data that she was born
about 1822 and lived until after 1900.

I have
no documentation at all about Chief Logan.  Everything I know is from oral family history.  According to family tradition, the
Chief Logan of our family was a full-blooded Tuscarora Indian and should not be
confused with the famous Mingo Indian chief by the same name.  This Mingo Indian had his entire family
massacred by the white men, and he then became a renegade.  He is not our ancestor.  The following, however, is what has
been passed down through the generations.
The Chief Logan of our family was a drifter and traveled
extensively.  Although it is not
known where or when, he met and married a red-headed Irish Catholic
immigrant.  Her name may have been
Mary Coye (or Coyle), but my mother wasn’t sure if this was the right name when
she told me.  Over the years, the
Logans are supposed to have had 17 children.  Most of these were apparently born in the wilderness.  It is also claimed in family legend
that Chief Logan was a friend of Davy Crockett.  Wherever Davy Crockett would go, Chief Logan would tag along
with apparently little or no regard for his wife and family.  Mary (if that was indeed her name)
would then have to load all the children onto a wagon and follow her
husband.  Just what became of this
remarkable couple is not known.
None of the above is documented.
It is all based on oral family history, but there never has been any
doubt that we had a Tuscarora ancestor named Logan.

records show that the Tuscarora Indians originated in North Carolina, but
sometime about the early 1700s they were forced out of their homelands and
migrated north, first to Maryland, and later to western New York State.  This seems to fit with the birthplace
listed on the census for Rachel Logan.
So, is Rachel Chief Logan’s wife instead of Mary Coye?  It is entirely possible that my mother
misremembered the name of Chief Logan’s wife.  But if Rachel was born in Maryland, what was the basis for
the family story of her being Irish Catholic?  Maybe her parents were Irish, or perhaps the census is wrong
about her birthplace.  Another
possibility is that there might be a generation missing in our oral
history.  Perhaps Rachel married a
son of Chief Logan and Mary Coye?
Since I don’t have any dates for Chief Logan, other than that he was
contemporary with Davy Crockett (1786-1836), it’s possible that Rachel (born
1794) could be his daughter-in-law rather than his wife.  However it may be, I am inclined to
believe, based on your census data, that Rachel is the mother of Mary Ann Logan.
I hope you can make sense out of all this and that it helps you in your research.


Jan . 28, 2010

Thanks for the reply and the information about the other siblings to Maggie and Virginia.  Do you have any information on the birth and death dates for Julia and Pauline/Annie?  And what is it that makes you suspect that Annie and Pauline are one and the same?
As for Henry J. Carbis, you say he was about 2 years younger than Sam Kerlin (b. 1857)  That would put Henry J. Carbis at about 1859 for a birth date.  Is it possible that he is a posthumous son of Henry Kerlin?  If Maggie was pregnant when her husband died in 1858, it is possible, if not likely, that her parents may have adopted the child at birth to take the financial load of raising him off the young widow. Although it is also possible, as you speculate, that he was the son of Sam Carbis and Mary Ann Logan.
In addition, you said that until you found that Mary Ann Logan´s mother was born in Maryland, you had no idea why Henry Kerlin ran off with Maggie Carbis to get married in the brand new Catholic Church in St. Louis.  I am not sure what Rachel’s birth in Maryland has to do with her granddaughter getting married in St. Louis, which is in Missouri.  But since Henry was a pilot on a steamboat between Cincinnati and St.Louis, it seems likely that he met Maggie through her father who was either a Mate or a Captain on a boat – perhaps they both worked on the same boat.  But it does seem that Henry Kerlin must have been quite young for a pilot.  (A captain was the man in overall command of the steamboat.  Often, but not always, he was also the owner or partner of the owner of the boat.  The mate was second in command and reported to the captain and acted as his intermediary with the crew.  The mate was the man with the responsibility for directing the crew on the day to day operations of the boat, including the business of loading and unloading the cargo.  The pilot was the man who was responsible for the safe navigation of the boat on a specific section of the river.  He had the responsibility of being intimately familiar with the river and all its bends and shallows.  He is also the man who steered the boat.)
I tried a couple of times to view your photo of Sam Kerlin, but although the webpage opens, the photo fails to load.  I am glad you found some value in the family stories I have.  I just wish there was some way to document them.  I wish I knew where to go next with the whole Indian connection.


Jan. 28, 2010

Hi Mike,

and thank you. I love family stories, for I have found that while they might be a bit
romanticized and might skip a generation or two, there does tend to be a kernel of truth
in the stories. My grandmother´s tales of her Grandfather – Sam Kerlin – being a river
boat  Captain actually were alluding to Samuel Carbis, her Great Great Grandfather. But
it was only through these stories and Sam Kerlin´s death certificate that I was able to
scrabble out some sort of truth.

The whole Tuscarora Indian business is also interesting, for family tradition has it
that in  every generation, one child will be born with coal black hair and deep, dark,
brown eyes. Considering that the family has married so very many Irish and that coal
black hair is almost as rare as a natural platinum blond, I used to razz my Grandmother
and say that she had Gypsy blood in her – actually, it was Bohemian.

As to my website. As I have mentioned, I just keep it up for my notes, and lately, I have
not done anything with it, as it became too frustrating. In 2006, the whole site was
hacked, and with the help of friends, I was able to get what I had back. I did indeed end
up blocking access to photos, as some creepy place was constantly snitching them or
leaving ….rude…links. I shall set up the photo of Sam Kerlin elsewhere, although I do
believe that it was taken with an very early version of a Brownie camera and by someone
with a tremulous hand. But even through the blur, one can see a resemblance with Virginia

Your family stories about Catholicism were also very interesting, for the Kerlin´s were
amongst the first and staunchest  supporters of the new religion, The Methodists. Until I
found that Mary Ann Logan´s mother was born in Maryland, I had no idea why Henry Kerlin
ran off with Maggie Carbis and married in the brand new Catholic Church in St. Louis.

Samuel Carbis and Mary Ann Logan also had a daughter named Julia. She ended up marrying a
guy named Murphy, a mail carrier, and moved…away. I suspect that Annie is Pauline. Then
also, they finally had a son that lived. His name was Henry J. Carbis. For a number of
years, I thought that he was actually Maggie´s son, as he was about 2 years younger than
Sam Kerlin. But as Sam Kerlin retained the Kerlin name, Harry Carbis was always Harry
Carbis. If you have access to Ancestry .com, you can find the comings and goings of he
and his wife in that same area around Blairsville.

His descendants, as of 1930, lived in Tarrentown, PA. I have spelled that wrong, but
cannot come close enough for Google to help me- but it is not far from Pittsburgh.. In
that rather serendipitous way that life has, my Great Grandmother´s second husband was
from the same place, and as a child, I recall going there and meeting the old family

And Rachel Logan. I found- online- a burial plot in a Catholic Cemetery in Pittsburgh. It
was on my list of places to visit, but time ran out. The dates for Rachel Logan- as
listed in the 1850 census- fit. She is buried next to a William Logan and I believe a
Sara Logan, but I am very unsure of that. Considering proximity , religion and age, this
could be a son of Rachel Logan. But given the family´s penchant for passing on names, I
find William very interesting.

But thank you for the stories. And hopefully, I can get that photo of Sam up where I have
not blocked access-


Jan. 31, 2010

Hello Mike,

for the first time in two years, I have opened my PAF files. I quite
simply forgot about Annie, although once I read her husband’s name, it
did come back.

What I have for the children of Samuel Carbis
( born 1813, England) all dates are guesses from census reports,
other family trees, or the Mormons.

And Mary Anne Logan ( July, 1821, PA)

Children :

Margaret E. Carbis born 1841, maybe in Missouri, but most likely in PA.

Virginia Louise Carbis born Sept. 1843

Anna Josephine Carbis  born 1848

Agnes Pauline Carbis  born April 1851

Julia Carbis  born 1853

Henry J. Carbis born 1862


Margaret Carbis married Henry T. Kerlin in Missouri, 5 Nov. 1856.
Their son, Samuel Kerlin,  was born 3 Sept., 1858. Tradition says that
he was born in Kentucky, most likely Louisville. Given the time and
the place, I cannot find a birth certificate.

In the Census of 1860, Maggie Carbis has remarried, a blacksmith named
John Joyce. They live next to Samuel Corbis , a river mate , in
Rollins Township, PA.
There is also a 6 year old girl named Rachel Logan living with them,
who I cannot track down.

Maggie went on to have 6 more children, the eldest being a daughter named
Mary Joyce, born 1863.

Ok, you know all about Virginia Carbis…

Anna Josephine Carbis married the 5th of Dec. 1864  a certain John A.
Magee, born in 1843, PA, death 31 Dec., 19 1932.

They had a daughter, Mary A. Magee, born 1866.

A son, Samuel G. Magee, born 1869.

A son Carl A. Magee, born 1873.

A son Clarence G. Magee, born 1875.

You also seem to know about Agnes Pauline Carbis, born April, 1851,
possible dies 8 Jan. 1929. She married Clarence Gelston in 1866 (
these girls married young), and had at least 9 children.

Julia Carbis, born 1853, PA, married Thomas J. Murphy- born 1847 in
New Jersey- in 1870. They had 4 children, May, Gertrude, Blanche and

Henry J. Carbis was born in 1862 and that’s all I have on him,
although I spent many a Sunday trying to follow him.

So that’s what I have in the PAF. Although I just glanced through it.
To be honest, I was looking for Maggie Carbis, and her sisters were
tangents I was following, hoping that she too lived next door to one
or another of them.

Let’s see, I have no death dates for Julia ( how can one follow a name
like Murphy ?) or Pauline. I no longer have access to Ancestry .com,
but I thought that Mary Ann lived with Pauline in the 1900 census,
second page.

I have always doubted that Henry Carbis was the son of Samuel and Mary
Ann Logan, however, while Samuel Kerlin seems to have grown up with
the Carbis family, he was listed as a Kerlin and as a Grandson. Harry was
a Carbis and listed as a son. I have no idea. Samuel Carbis´ will might
be interesting. And I myself had a baby at 42.

As to the Catholic business, I was rather shocked -the name Kane is
about as Irish and Catholic as one can get- to discover that I had
ancestors who were not only Protestant, but fervent Methodists. – my
punctuation is giving out right now- have to love Vista- so please be
patient. The Kerlin branch of my family were one of the earliest US
converts to the Methodist Church and all of the Obits that I have
found have praised their piety. And so I was surprised to find Henry
and Maggie running off to St. Louis to be wed in a Catholic Church.
This was not a family affair, for the witnesses seem to be the
equivalent of what one would find in a Las Vegas Chapel. And checking
out the dates and times, the church was less than a year old. I could
only guess that some how the rivers had brought them both together and
to St. Louis. As a last note on Catholicism, I suppose that I still
have that idea in my head that long ago and far away, Maryland was a
haven for Catholics. I have never checked out if there was a Catholic
Church, at that time, in Louisville  or Steubenville.

One of my last finds was that which said that Henry Kerlin had been a
Pilot. Oddly enough, while I have no idea what a Mate is, I do know
what a Pilot is and he strikes me as very young indeed to have been a
Pilot. I can only explain it by considering the times and his family
connections. After the Census of 1850, Henry Kerlin, his Mother,
Father and 2 brothers pretty well vanish from the face of the earth.
In 1852, after the death of their very pious Grandmother, they all
moved from Mount Pleasant , Ohio to Steubenville, Ohio. His father, a
tailor, shared a store with Oscar B. Kerlin,  a cousin.

According to his obituary, Oscar B. Kerlin left the Union Army as a
Major, having run one of the last steamboats into New Orleans before
the port was blockaded. Commissary, he was.

The rest of the family was up in Louisville, some doing quite well
indeed. But they are all on the rivers,. In fact, my Grandmother – who
was very close to her Grandmother, the Irish wife of Sam Kerlin-
always said that Annie O´Neil had been buried facing the rivers in
Pittsburgh. Well, I spent a cootie´s  age tromping through that
cemetery in Pittsburgh. The family grave site does not face the river.
Fortunately, I had one of those V shaped can openers in my pocket-
road trip and all , dontcha know- and when I finally found the last
resting place of Sam Kerlin, his wife, Annie O´Neil, their second son,
Stanely and my Great Grandmother´s third husband – ok. she sparkled- I
scrapped the turf away from the marker. It was white marble, very
soft, as you must well know.

I have no idea why that photo will not show up. I have had friends checking it and they
cannot see it either. And so I have put it up on Flick’r
http://www.flickr.com/photos/32421653@N00/4318775032/sizes/l/ . It is a very poor quality
photo, and Flick’r has downsized it quite a bit. I tend to think that the family
resemblance involves the way that the outer corners of both Sam Kerlin and Virginia
Carbis’ eyes turn down, the oddly skewed eye brows and that aura of sadness in both

Best regards,



August 16th, 2010

This is a view of the Cheat River running north and south.

Route No. 50 runs east and west across the top over the Cheat River.

Route No. 72 runs north and south

Route No. 72 is on the very western edge of “Lead Mine” which is under Route 50 on Route No. 38

Route No. 50 runs straight through to Winchester via Capon Bridge.

The following could be any where along the Cheat River; but I found this interesting because of the  other connections to mining by the HERLINS.

“Augusta and Rockingham Counties Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1761″
Survey Book 0-1
Page 261
Survey: 9 May 1774
Jacob HERLIN; 800 acres; branch of Cheat River

I believe your Robert T HERLIN is in the following family. Jacob above is most likely the son of John and Elizabeth (HILL) HERLIN below.

Name:          John KERLIN Revolutionary War Soldier


Birth:         1721           Berks County, Pennsylvvania

Death:         13 Mar 1812    Will: 11 Jan 1812  Probate: 7 May 1812   Hamburg, Amity Twp., Berks County, Virginia.  Buried:  St. Gabriel’s Chapel, Douglassville, Berks County, Pennsylvania

Education:     Berks County Corner, 1752-53/Assessor, 5 Nov 1776/Elected Commissioner, 14 Oct 1777




1:             Elizabeth HILL

Birth:         1734

Death:         25 Oct 1822    Buried: St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church Cemetery, Douglassville, Berks County, Pennsylvania

Children:      John (1753-1821)

               Thomas (1754-1810)

               Jacob (1755-<1814)

               Catherine (1756-1844)

               Peter (1759-1823)

               Samuel (1762-1834)

               Mary (1766-)

               Elizabeth (1773-1840)

               Hannah (1777-)

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August 16th, 2010

Hi C.,

Jeepers, you ask tough questions !

As far as I know, there are no Smiths in my family. Lots of (Quaker) Browns, but no Smiths

I cannot send the names of Hannah and Robert’s siblings, as everything simply seems to stop there ( both born about the mid to late 1770′s). I canceled my subscription to Ancestry.com last year, as there was nothing new and I don’t quite feel good about how they do things, maybe they do it right, but, I just don’t know.There is a man named JIm Getz who wrote a book about Baltzer Getz. I found the book once on line at the Mormons, but my link has obviously changed, but he mentioned a Robert Kerlin, right time, right place.

I have heard from a man named Matthew Getz, but he as well can tell me nothing.

My info on this is here : http://robertkerlin.com/wp/?p=43 but I may have put up photo blocks as the whole site was trashed a few years ago and now I am getting spammers from China.

But I find your tailor info very interesting, for that strikes me as a trade that one really has to learn from someone else, apprenticeship . Proximity and all. Same street- sortof.

I am not really hung up on one profession, simply trying to eliminate certain things, because I am so very interested in why Robert Kerlin died so very deeply in debt only a few years after he left VA. It seems to me that he had a lot of land in VA.

I read once, somewhere, that Winchester was on the major route for folks heading to the west from the north. II seemed to be quite profitable at the time.

Robert and Hannah Kerlin’s children:

William B. Kerlin ( Brooks), born 1802  died about 1884 ( yes. He made the 1880 census ). An obit says that he was born in Winchester,  a family bible says Cedar Creek. ( More about that 1880 census later)

Wesley B. Kerlin, born around 1805, in Va, died  1876. The only reason that I doubt that he is actually not a son- perhaps a cousin- is that this family named all of their children after relatives. There are a passel of Roberts, Williams and Henrys, but not one Wesley. But he is buried in a family plot and his wife ( from the Giltner family : read fugitive slave act ) lived right next door to H.T.Kerlin, the youngest son of Hannah and Robert Kerlin. With her sister,who married a man with a rather odd name, like Hogg.

1808 Eliza B. Kerlin is born. She is buried in Mount Pleasant, Ohio. She died in 1823.

1812, Robert A. Kerlin is born, in VA. That’s my tailor. I think that he dies in  1877, and was buried  in H.T.’s plot.

1816 Sara Matilda Kerlin is born ( VA). She died March 15th, 1831, a little over 15 years old, in Mount Pleasant , Ohio.

Henry T. Kerlin  born in VA, ca 1816- 1817, died 1888. He and Sara could have been twins, who knows, but old H.T was obviously the brightest penny in the purse. His mother made her youngest child the executor of her will and he did very well in Louisville, going by the maps that I have seen of his property and the utterly lovely plot that he bought when Wesley died ( Cave Hill Cemetery), and the very large and sad monument he placed there when his first wife died.

William B. Kerlin  ( B for Brooks) died in 1884. He made that census and is buried in Steubenville, Ohio ( home of Dean Martin). He lists his father ( whom I believe to be Robert Kerlin) as having been born in PA and his mother ( Hannah X Kerlin) having been born in VA. We simply did not have time to stomp through Steubenville : for , after the chat with the grounds keeper of that old cemetery at Mount Pleasant, ( he was really interesting..) all that I wanted to do was stand at the edge of the river, outside of Martin’s Ferry and see West Virginia. Imagine that, the difference between being free and slave.

But all of my info does confirm that William B. Kerlin, Robert A. Kerlin, H.T. Kerlin and the two girls were siblings. Cemeteries, Wills, Obits,News clippings, Family Bibles – it just all fits together, perfectly.

Mount Pleasant, Ohio isn’t even a two horse town. It is a one donkey town and very difficult to access. I find it hard to believe that it was a major point of the Underground Railroad. It is so very far from the river, if one would have to walk. But it is beautiful and tragically sad, a town lost by time. The homes are lovely, but  many crumbling, historically important homes. We did not go to the Quaker Meeting House,  but to two cemeteries. Yup, if I ever win the lottery, I’ll get that one daughter’s tombstone straightened out and the tombstone of Samuel Carothers ( Robert A. my tailor , married his daughter) has totally lost it’s surface. Fell off, I suppose. Thank goodness for ladies who once cared about these things and transcribed them.

Robert Kerlin died in something 1823. If he had not died so deeply in debt, if it had not been published in the local papers, I do not think that I ever would have found him.

( http://robertkerlin.com/wp/?p=42 ) The Samuel Crothers listed here is the father of my tailor’s wife. It is a really small place, and after a while, one knows who lived there.

I suppose that I can find stamps somewhere, or ask Utah if they accept PayPal!

Your Grandparents sound fascinating.

Next , more attention to the maps-

once more, thank you-


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August 16th, 2010


Do you have SMITHs in your family? If so, send me the names. Also, send me the names of Robert and Hannah’s children. Do you have the names of Robert and Hannah siblings?

I can give you SMITH connects to the KERLIN family. There was a tailor shop around one of the Washington and Amhurst Streets corners that I can send information to you on IF you do not already have it.

There are also SMITHs in the immediate area at that time.

Best advise for you is not to get hung up on just one proffession. As the eras were changing everyone that could, got into business’ that made good money. Most all had farm land of some kind. If they had a trade, they were also involved in that type business; but when the big rush to go west started to peak these same people ran stage routes connected to inns much needed in the west as those past through the lightly populated areas of the time.

My grandparents owned over 500 acres just south of Winchester living and running it as a plantation. My grandfather, still much to be discovered, ran a stage line, inn with tavern in a Licking County, Ohio town that he founded in about 1837. This only lasted a few years as the railroad came right down the center of  town. Not to worry, he owned the whole north side of town aka farming and rentals plus he still had the inn and tavern which railroad passengers used. Not to let a good deal go to waste he left some of his older children there, keeping all his assets and business and moved to Illinois where he set his younger children up in several neighboring counties before returning to die in Ohio.  Just think, without TV and computers to take up your time, you could really get around and take advantages of the opportunties. My grandparents did not leave Virginia until they were in their 40s. I still found my grandfather paying taxes in Warren county Virginia, after he sapposely sold everything and after he had settled in Ohio.

MY POINT is that a successful land holding Mason aka Landowner most likely was a part of some different partnerships which he had an interest in that was not necessarily where he lived. REASON, we can not find them is that those partnership-business did not bear the names of all those that had an interest.

ANOTHER thing I would factor into my thinking. The well known ZANE that founded Zaneville, Ohio was a furnace owner and landowner in the same neighborhood as your Robert KERLIN who bought property on Furnace Hill. This ZANE had many different partnerships, as did others.

Anyway, you probably already know all this; but I mention it also, since you have not found Robert KERLIN’s grave. I don’t have any dates on your people so I can’t make a resonable guess; but he could have moved out of the area or remarried. One of my Uncles in Winchester married in his 70s in the 1850s to his third wife in her 50s. I believe this happened more of a business arrangement where the younger one took care of the older one—-yes, there was a prenep.


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I am simply stunned . It is utterly beautiful ( my eldest daughter was so impressed by the beauty of this area that she still says that she would like to live in Virginia one day) but there is nothing there.

Wait, there is running  water and Furnace Lane and Furnace Run suggest iron or coal, and a quick Google search tells me that there are limestone deposits in the area, very important to a mason.

I never thought that Robert Kerlin was a mason, I rather suspected that he made objects out of iron , was an innkeeper or was on the wrong end of that attempt to raise silkworms in Mount Pleasant, Ohio. But 3 of his 4 sons started out as masons and if one thinks logically, many sons go into their father’s profession ( I am descended from the one son who became a tailor, of all things).

Well, this will keep me busy !

It seems that one has to know far too much, in an attempt to trace ancestors : geology, the roads that led to the West and what states were actually considered a part of Virginia in the 1800′s and who their neighbors were. Proximity really is important.

What do I think happened to Robert Kerlin : I think that he went to Kentucky and died there, leaving a financial mess behind in Ohio. The name of the county has changed so many times, that I cannot  recall what is was then. It is sortof northwest of Louisville. Carroll ? Galliton ?  Very beautiful, hilly country, which one drives through going from Covington to points south.

In the 1790′s, there are Kerlins in that area, and Kerlin is just not that common of a name. And there are Duncans, whom the Kerlin’s knew back in VA. Same ones. The Duncans I am sure of, the Kerlins, I have no idea what the connection is. Maybe none at all.

But three of Robert Kerlin’s sons ended up in Kentucky ( eventually in Louisville, being for the large part masons) and almost all of his grandsons.

Patterns of behavoir, isn’t it ?

Thank you once more !


GOOGLEEARTH_IMAGE.JPG Furnace Hill on a Cedar Creek branch.

August 16th, 2010

The end of Furnace Lane ends at Furnace Run, the dark green strip on the right that seperates the tree line with the grassy area. Going south (down) Furnace Run joins Fall Run that flows from Cedar Creek as branches.

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GOOGLEEARTH_IMAGE.JPG Furnace Hill-Branch of Cedar Creek

August 16th, 2010

This is a potential site for Furnace Hill in land description.

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GOOGLEEARTH_IMAGE.JPG North Braddock Lot No. 5

August 16th, 2010

This is the “other” Lot No. 5 at approximately 52 North Braddock Street.

To your left/west is the parking area that comes through from North Washington Street (St. Martin’s Lane).

The dividing line between these two Lot No. 5s would be the line we previously drew on the first visual that appears to be an alley running from West Amherst Street to West Boscawen, north to south, that divided the original laid out lots.

Your Lot 5s were in the development of Old Winchester, 1758 known as the James WOOD Additon.

These lots were, in my opinion, number stupidly!

There are seperate lots each numbered 1 through 26.

In other words, there are 6 Lot Nos. 1; 6 Lot Nos. 2 and so forth with the exception of Lot Nos. 13 & 14 which have 7 each in number.

So, you have to have the street names not just the Lot Nos. to locate your property.

I hope I have not confused you, yet!

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GOOGLEEARTH_IMAGE.JPG North Washington (St. Martin’s Lane) Lot 5

August 16th, 2010

On your right/east would be the Lot 5 that faced St. Martin’s Lane (now North Washington Street). Pictured from the parking area going (up/north) towards West Amherst Street.

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