Parents of Elijah Henthorn(e)
Can anyone help solve a mystery still unsolved after years of research?
I am searching for the parents of my great grandfather, Elijah Henthorn(e) born 15 April 1803, VA now Wheeling, Ohio Co.,WVA. He moved with his family to Clark County IN in the early 1800s.
He married first, Mathilda Birch 08 Jan 1827, Dearborn Co. IN; In 1850 Clark Co. census, he is listed with 9 children, ages 19 to 3 yrs; no wife.
He married second, Mary Alstott 01 Jan 1852, Clark Co. IN, daughter of Robert Alstott and Sarah Long. Elijah and Mary moved to Iowa sometime after 1851 and before 1853 when their first child, John W. was born 1853. Three more children born in Iowa: Mary b. 1856; Florence Eugena b. 1857; Ella b.1860.
Sometime after 1860 - the family was recorded in the 1860 Iowa census - they moved back to Clark County where four more children were born: William, b. 1863; Rose Caroline b. 1865 (my grandmother); Buena Vista, b. 1867 and Charles E. b. 1870.
Conflicting records by other researchers claim Robert Henthorn b. 1775, son of William b. 1745 is Elijah's father. Other claims Robert's brother John Henthorn b. 1776. No source or documentation noted for either.
Problem: Was Robert Henthorn, Elijah's father? He lived in Clark County until removing to Iowa where he died in 1845. Elijah moved to Iowa a few years after Robert's death. Why? John Henthorn was in Clark County but removed to Ohio. None of Elijah's children was named Robert. His first born by Mary Alstott was named John W. There are a few clues but no proof. Any help will be very much appreciated. This has been a mystery much too long! Please let me hear from you.
Researcher: Florence (Allen) Hunstein, Sun City West, Arizona.
Written: Feb 1999
Revised: 9 Feb 1999
Posted: 26 Sep 2009