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12 Family Lines 12 Months~The Batson Family continues


My challenge for this month was to review the Batson Family Line.
Last week I outlined the process I plan to use as I continue this year’s challenge to review one Family Line each month. At the start of each month I will pull off the shelf the next surname binder. So even though I might not have completed reviewing the files for the Batson Family on the first of the month I’m moving on.
The goal is to get my files in order and to outline what tasks are yet needed on each line.
Carrie or Caroline Batson is where the Batson Family begins, Carrie had three sisters and six brothers. Emma, the eldest, was born about 1846 and Edgar E., the youngest, was born in 1894. Alfred the oldest boy was born about 1847 which means he was of age to have served during the Civil War.  There are several possibilities for him in the civil war, but none are obviously him. I do not have Alfred in the 1870 US Federal Census. But I have found a county marriage record for him and other US Federal Census records. In 1880 Alfred is married and living in Clark Co., Illinois, and working as a potter. I am certain this is John R.’s son and Carrie’s brother. John R. Batson was a lifelong potter and William L., Alfred’s bother, is shown also working as a potter in the 1870 census, while still living at home. In the 1900 US Census Alfred was then living in Sullivan Co. Indiana, but is now listed as a coal miner. Curious as to  what happened. I have discovered that in the 1890 a huge influx of immigrants into this country were coming from areas renown for their pottery, and it wasn’t until around 1910 that the tariff on imported pottery was lifted causing an impact on this country’s pottery industry.

Trying to put some facts and substance to the other siblings  will take more research. I’ve only been able to find the deaths of 8 of the 10 children of John R. and Sarah J. (Dick) Batson.

I have been able to document John Batson fairly extensively. Now his parents are noted as William Batson and Catherine Aldrage. William born about 1799 is also shown as a potter in the 1850 US Census. We have only 4 children born to William.  John, our 2x great grandfather born about 1823 in Virginia (later noted as W. Virginia), William born about 1827 in Va, also listed as a potter in the 1850 US Census, Charles born about 1833 in Ohio and Mary born about 1835 in Ohio. I have found a marriage record in Ohio of William Batson to Catherine Aldrage on 29 August 1840, Therefore Catherine is more than likely not John nor Williams mother also probably not Charles or Mary’s either. Another task, who is John’s mother?


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In the 1850 Census we see William and Catherine with a Charles 17 also a potter and Mary 16.

1850 US Federal Census Muskingum County, Ohio

1850 US Federal Census Muskingum County, Ohio

William and Catherine leave Ohio and move out to Leavenworth County, Kansas where the are enumerated in the 1860 US Federal Census in Easton.

1860 US Federal Census pg.1 William Batson

1860 US Federal Census
pg.1 William Batson

1860 US Federal Census pg. 2 William Batson

1860 US Federal Census
pg. 2 William Batson










As you can see Catherine is mislabeled as Elizabeth (possibly a middle name) and there is an Elizabeth Aldridge. Questions to be answered: Is Aldridge, Catherine’s maiden name or from an earlier marriage? What relationship is there to Elizabeth Aldridge?

Elizabeth is 30 in this census making her birth about 1830, That was prior to when Catherine married William Batson. So if she is a daughter of Catherine why isn’t she in the 1850 census.

1870 US Federal census SpringDale Leavenworth County, Kansas

1870 US Federal census SpringDale Leavenworth County, Kansas

In the 1870 US Federal Census Elizabeth Aldridge is now listed as either 25 or 35 not aging as the rest of us. She and Catherine are both shown as unable to write. I did find in the Bethel Cemetery, Springdale, Leavenworth County, Kansas, William Batson and Catherine Batson are buried there, also there is an Elizabeth Aldridge, it gives her date of birth on the stone as 10 Feb. 1823 and her death date as 20 Feb. 1893.

According to the photos on find a grave, William Batson death is listed as 7 April 1872  and Catherine death was 5 months earlier on 16 October 1871.

We need to find the death record in Kansas for William to find who his birth parents were. Also the Death certificate for Catherine may solve the question is Aldrage or Aldridge her maiden name. Of course if you have any information on this family line I would love to hear from you.

Next weeks it is the Booth Family line.

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12 Family Lines-12 Months~#1 The Batson Family


So last week I asked for suggestions on a new challenge for this blog this year. Thanks to those who responded with suggestions. I did look  into the alphabet challenge and several others that are out there. This is what I came up with. 12 family lines in 12 months. Each month I will take one family line and look at my research on that line. I will strategize, collate, update files and basically clean up my files on that line and find what I need to further research. During that month I will write about my progress on that family line. At the end of the month I will put that family line aside and move on to the next line. So by the end of the year I should have reviewed all the information I have on 12 lines in my genealogy. This is something I could potentially continue for over two years. Currently I have 26 lines identified.

Right now I have two boxes of genealogy “stuff” under my desk that needs to be sorted and filed. I’m debating on where to start. Do I start with my surname and work backwards or do I go alphabetically? When I did 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks I did not have an order. Now when I want to see who I have covered I have to look at my list. I have my binders in order on the shelf. So if I take them in alphabetical order maybe I won’t become confused.

All that to get to #1 – The Batson Line


Well this is a Paternal line. If you recall my sister, Madeleine, is working on and has done the herculean effort on our father’s side of the family,  but that does’t mean I have no records or can not delve into the unanswered questions. I hope she will chime in if she sees something gone astray or has more information to share on those lines.

Caroline or Carrie Batson is where we pickup this line. She was my paternal great grandmother. Her parents were John R. Batson and Sarah Dick. John’s parents were William Batson and Catherine Aldrage.

Caroline Batson 1888

Caroline Batson 1888

Caroline Batson b. 17 January 1866 in Mt Sterling, Muskingum Co., Ohio¹

m. 30 March 1888, to Gilmore Francis, in Zanesville, Muskingum Co,. Ohio²

1870 US Census Hopewell, Muskingum, Ohio

1880 US Census Hopewell, Muskingum, Ohio

Daughter, Etta Jane, born to Carrie and Gilmore 26 June 1889

Daughter, Grace, born to Carrie and Gilmore 05 April 1891

1900 US Census Tulare Co., California

1910 US Census Orasi Township, Tulare Co., California

1920 US Census Visalia, Tulare Co., California

1934 California Voter Registration, Rt. R Box 356, Visalia, Tulare Co.

d. 12 August 1937¹

My next post will continue the Batson Line.

¹ Source: State of California, Department of Public health, Vital Statistics, Standard Certificate of Death N0, 294, Local Registered No. 48, Certified copy from Tulare County.
² Source: Certified Copy of Marriage Record, The State of Ohio Muskingum County Court of Common Pleas, Probate Division, copy from record No. 10-401 Filed and Recorded March 30 1888.

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