Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday's Stories, 52 Ancestor Weeks, Week # 29, Richard Lashbrook (Junior)

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This is week 29 of my participation Amy Johnson Crow's, once a week challenge to blog about one ancestor a week, tell their story, biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on that one ancestor. More about the challenge can be found at her Blog, No Story Too Small.

Richard Lashbrook, Jr.  was born about 1822 in Devon England to Richard Lashbrook and his wife, Ann (nee Newcombe) Lashbrook.  Richard Jr. was christened May 19, 1822 at Thornbury, Devon, England

Baptismal record provided by the late George Lashbrook of Somerset England.


Richard traveled with his parents and siblings to Canada (around 1830) and then on to New York state. Richard applied for naturalization while he lived in Clinton County, New York.  He was granted citizenship on October 4, 1842.  He signed the paper work as Richard Lashbrook Jr, with an "X" mark, which tells us he could not write.



Richard married (no proof) one Betsey Ann Mitchell (maybe Mitchell, fairly sure, could use some more solid proof on this one.)  Date and place of marriage unknown, most likely somewhere in New York state around 1840-45.

Richard and Betsey had 11 children that we are aware of, they were:  William M. Lashbrook, Royal Lashbrook, Fannie (Fanny) Lashbrook, Edgar Lashbrook, Emma Jane (Emily) Lashbrook, Francis A. Lashbrook (died at age 1), Nellie Lashbrook, Cora Stella Lashbrook, Lina (Galina) Lashbrook, Galinus "George" Lashbrook and Emergency Lashbrook (and no, I am no way near positive that Emergency was HER correct name, she is a brick wall of sorts in my Lashbrook research.)

On the 20th of December 1848, Richard Lashbrook, Junior, was the grantee of a warrantee deed from Alexander and Harriette Brand for land located in McHenry County Illinois.  He paid $80.00 for the property which contained 80 acres, the land was described as the E 1/2 of the NE 1/4 of Section 13, Township 45.

Richard is enumerated in the 1850 US census for Hartland, McHenry County, Illinois as follows: Richard, age 28, inn keeper, born England; Betsey, age 27, born NY; William, age 7, born NY; Royal, age 5, born NY; Fanny, age 3, born NY; Emily, age 2, born NY; Edgar, age 10 months, born NY.  It is indicated that Richard and Betsey both can read and write.

Richard is listed on the 1851 Town of Marengo Election list.  Said election was held November 4, 1851.  It appears they voted for a Treasurer, Surveyor, School Commissioner and "for and against the general banking law".  Thanks to the McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society for publishing this list in their April 2002 issue of their newsletter.

Richard appears on the 1860 US census for Marengo Village, McHenry County, Illinois as follows: Richard, age 37, day laborer, born England, cannot read or write; Betsey, age 36, born New York; Wm (William), age 17, born New York; Royal, age 15, born New York; Fanny, age 13, born Illinois; Emma, age 12, born Illinois; Edgar, age 10, born Illinois; Emigene, age 9, born Illinois, Eliza age 5, born Illinois, Carrie, age 3, born Illinois; 2 infants (twins), age 1 year, one boy and one girl, born Illinois.  This census enumeration is the last documentation I have found on Richard Jr.

Richard was not named in his father's will (1882).  In the settlement of his mother's estate (1883) he is listed as deceased and that there were 10 living children, although the administrator could only locate 8. The children were not named.   However, when Richard's brother John died in McHenry County (1891) and his estate went through the probate process, all 10 of Richard's living children were named.  One of Richard's daughter's, Emma, signed an affidavit stating her father had died "about the year 1862" and named the children.

Wish list for Richard Lashbrook, Jr.:  Marriage record.  Discover place and date of death and burial.




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