The parentage of John Wesley & Austin Heath-Champaign Co. OH

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The parentage of John Wesley & Austin Heath-Champaign Co. OH

Postby Donna Tunison » Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:57 pm

Austin (1820-1903) <John, Jr. [5] < Captain John, Sr. [4] <Andrew, III [3] <Andrew II [2] <Andrew I [1]

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Part of the confusion in identifying the parents of Austin and his siblings was the genealogy written by a descendant of John Wesley Heath, identifying them as descendants of David and Mary Worthington Heath (who turn out to be their great-grand uncle and aunt). After going back and looking at an 1894 letter found in from Austin Heath to John W. Lequear (incorrectly identified as Taoquaer, a native of Hunterdon County, New Jersey, who wrote a series of articles for the Hunterdon Democrat newspaper between 1869 & 1870 about local family traditions), led me to focus on Austin’s uncle, Garret Heath.

According to Austin’s biography in “The History of Shelby County, Ohio” (1883. R. Sutton & Co., Philadelphia), his mother was Mary Burruck (possibly Barrick), born abt. 1784. In “Marriage Records of Hunterdon County, New Jersey, 1795-1875” (publisher: Hiram E. Deats, 1918) John Heath married Polly Banack (Barrack/Barrick) on 31 Jan 1807. There are Barricks living in Hunterdon County in the 1880s, so it is highly probable they related to Mary. Austin's siblings are Sarah Heath Corson, born 1895; John Wesley, born 1813; Nancy “Jane” Heath Dick, born 1814; and Peter Bruce Heath, born 1817; but according to Austin's biography, there were two more children. Sarah remained with her husband and children in Hunterdon County.

Austin writes Lequear about the family’s trip to Ohio in 1839, leaving their brother-in-law’s home in Hunterdon County on 25 September by wagon to Philadelphia to catch a train to New York, by steamboat up the Hudson River to Troy, New York; then 21 days on the Erie Canal by boat, reaching Buffalo; taking a steamboat to Cleveland, another boat on the Scioto Canal, getting off twelve miles from Columbus for their final transport, a wagon to Urbana, arriving November 7. Most people who lived in Urbana were living in log cabins and the land was heavily forested, which had to be clear before farming. Austin’s first job was splitting rails, and in 1834 he started teaching full time until 1854. In 1855, he farmed during the summer and taught school during the winter until 1872. Austin became interested in geology, traveling through most of the states east of the Rockies and Canada, collecting rocks as well as fossils, shells, and coral.

Austin married Eliza Lyons on 08 Aug 1845 in Champaign County, Ohio, and had ten children, with nine living to adulthood, William Henry F.; Mary Elizabeth; Charles Albert M. R.; John Wesley; Sarah Jane Heath-Branson; George Lincoln; Laura Belle Heath-Addis; Edna Alma Heath-Branson; Winona India Heath-Covault; and Anna September (died young). The first three children were born in Champaign County, and possibly Anna. Austin moved his family to Green Township, Shelby County, Ohio in 1855.

In 1884, Austin represented Shelby County at the Ohio Republican Convention in Sidney, Ohio was selected as its Infirmary Director. During the convention, Ohio Senator John T. Sherman* made a perfunctory bid to run for U.S. President. At the 1887 convention, held in Cleveland, Austin served on the Committee of Credentials representing the Fourth District. At the 1889 Ohio Republican Convention, Austin was chosen as one of the Vice Presidents of the convention.

The 1840 census has Mary, Jane, Peter and Austin living in Concord Township, Champaign County, Ohio, and John with his family living near (they are four lines down on the census sheet). The 1850 and 60 census shows Mary Barrack-Heath, living with daughter, Jane Heath-Dick and her family White River Township, Randolph County, Indiana. Mary died sometime after 30 Jun 1860, as the Dicks were living in Piqua, Ohio at the time of the 1870 census.

Peter move to Muscatine County, Iowa in 1855, married, raised a family and died in 1889. John Wesley moved to Iowa County, Iowa with his family and died there in 1877. Jane Heath-Dicks died in Piqua, Ohio in 1883. Sarah Heath-Courson celebrated her eighty-eighth birthday and died the following month in Hunterdon County, New Jersey in 1895, out-living her husband and four children.

*John T. Sherman (1823-1900), Ohio Congressman, 1855-1861; U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 1877-1881; U.S. Secretary of State, 1897-1898; Ohio Senator, 1881-1897; President of the U.S. Senate, 1885-1887, became known for the Sherman Anti-Trust Act, introduced in December 1889 enabling the government to control the power of large businesses, such as John D. Rockefeller and Standard Oil, who were monopolizing segments of the economy. When the U.S. economy collapsed in 1893, Senator Sherman worked with President Grover Cleveland to repeal the 1890 Sherman Silver Purchase Act to stabilize the market. John’s brother was the famous (and some say infamous) Civil War General, William Tecumseh Sherman. Interestingly John and William looked alike.
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