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Posted by: Marilyn (ID *****2512) Date: March 22, 2006 at 09:19:47
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Dear Warren-
(And, Dear Kim - I think some of this will answer your query from the KIZER board)

You write that your ancestor Thomas Keyser (b. 1835) can be found living with his Lanning grandparents at the 1850 census but I find him with his own family at that census. Moreover, I find Nathaniel and Hannah Lanning [spelled Lanig and indexed to Lassig in] in Harmony, Warren Co. at that census with a boy named Thomas Lanning, age 15.

You can check this for yourself here:

By the way, Thomas Sr. always used the middle initial "H" - from the 1830 up to the 1870 censuses and not the letter "A" as you've written. If you're researching someone named Thomas A. Keyser, perhaps he's a different person? But, if written indistinctly, an H could look like an A. The middle initial H in my scenario is important, however, since the name Henry appears often and could be a middle name here.

If we are talking about the same person, then the fact that his wife's maiden name was Lanning is new to me. But it certainly makes sense as two of their children are named Hannah and Nathaniel after those grandparents. (Their oldest son is named Henry) And the administration you provide certainly lists the same children for Thomas H. Kizer as I have.

The two Thomases, both age 15, do not necessarily rule the other out. The census was collected on Aug 8 for the Lannings in Harmony and Aug 10 for the Keysers (spelled Kuyser) in Franklin, so a person could be counted twice in two locations on two different days. Also, it was not uncommon to list all the residents under the same surname, whether accurate or not.

The administration for Nathaniel Lanning shows that Elizabeth is already dead and names her children. Obviously, once the estate was settled in late 1859, the entire family (with the exception of Nathaniel Kizer who stayed behind in NJ) moved to Ohio. The second son Christopher/Christian had been living there since at least 1849 and must have provided the lure to that place. Son George was married in Ohio in 1857 and would have preceded the rest of the family west as well.

I do not find evidence of your Thomas Kizer past his 1850 census record (or two records) in NJ. Following your idea that he changed his name to Lanning, I do find Thomas K. Lanning in Hocking Co., Ohio, in the 1870 census with his oldest child age 12 born in Ohio. I do not find him under either name in 1860 but he must have been there somewhere. Do you know?

Do you know when Hannah Lanning died? In trying to figure out what would have caused Thomas Kizer to change his name to Lanning, I was working on different scenarios, such as, he stayed behind with his widowed grandmother. He wasn't given a separate bequest in his grandfather's estate (but, then, he died intestate). There looks as if there was a rupture in the family for Thomas to have changed his surname. That is, the rest of the family settled in three adjacent Ohio counties of Logan, Shelby and Champaign, while Thomas K. Lanning lived some distance away in Hocking County. I did a fair amount of research this past year for this family in Ohio and found there were a number of unrelated families named Kizer/Keiser in that part of Ohio, some of whom were from, I think, Kentucky or Tennessee.

I'm not sure what the legal aspects of changing your name required in those days. I suspect that you were who you said you were, but it might be worth checking with a few courthouses - Hocking, Champaign, Shelby, etc. - to see if there was a document showing a name change (or back in NJ, if you think he was using Lanning that early). He was of the right age to fight in the Civil War. Did he? (And he apparently got married abt 1867 which would support the idea of him being a soldier during the early 1860s.)

Now. I'm sorry to tell you I don't know who Thomas H. Kizer's parents were. I wrote to at least 3 Ohio counties for a death certificate for him, hoping that would provide parent info, but there weren't any records - for those counties, at least. I also searched the appropriate county histories for a profile for one of the sons giving some ancestry information but ...nothing.

The fact that Nathaniel Lanning is found in Oxford, Warren Co. in 1830 and 1840 was a good clue. The Kizer family I believe Thomas H. comes from was located in Oxford from an early time. Let me explain. I am not a Kizer descendant. I am a researcher of the Valentine Metz family, Valentine being one of three immigrant brothers who arrived in 1741. In his 1808 will, he named a daughter Barbara Kyzor, and in his administration there was an amount loaned to Henry Kyzor.

Warren was Sussex Co before 1824. In Sussex County deeds there are these conveyances for Henry Kizor of Oxford and his wife Barbara between 1810 and 1812:
Sussex County Deeds, Grantees Index:
KYSOR, Henry [sold to] Peter AMEY, Vol. W, p. 57, 1810.
7 Sept. 1809. Henry KYSOR and Barbary of Oxford to Peter AMEY of Oxford. $1099.12....122 acres and 20 perches. On the road leading from Adam MERSHONS to Mansfield. Part of a tract belonging to Edward HULL conveyed to Henry KYSOR, 22 May 1801. Witness: H.M. MILLER, James DAVISON. Barbary deposed separately.
After the death of Valentine Metz around 1810, many of his heirs sold their property to Peter Amey (a son-in-law of John Metz) and left New Jersey.

KYSOR, Henry to Lucas VORHEES, Vol. W, p. 115, 1810
20 April 1810. Henry KYSOR and Barbary of Oxford to Lucas VORHEES of Oxford. $149.50. 11-1/2 acres. Part of a tract of land which Edward INGLETON and Barbara conveyed to Abraham VORHEES by their conveyance dated July 15, 1805 Witness: James DAVISON, James BLAIR. 19 May 1810. Barbara deposed separately.

KYSOR, Henry to Lucas VORHEES, vol. Y, p. 225. 1812
18 Mar 1812 Henry KYSER Sen. of Oxford to Lucas VORHEES of Oxford. $16.85. 1-1/8 acre. Witness: Thos. SHERIDAN, Peter RUSH. Deposed to James DAVISON. 5 June 1812

After 1812, these Kizors are no longer found in Warren Co. For the record, a George Keiser born in PA (1802-1896) son of Michael Kizor moved to Oxford around 1825 and lived among some of the other Metz relatives but I find no other relationship to Henry. Michael's father was Frederick from Bucks Co. Michael died young and several documents list his surviving children, of whom Thomas H. is not one:
21 April 1815, Estate of Michael Kiser, Lower Mt. Bethel, died about 16 June 1809, widow Catharine, children; John, Frederick, George, Michael, Jacob, Sarah, wife of Jacob Streiby, Susannah, wife of Frederick Leare, Maria, Margaret, Elizabeth) I tell you this because in the 1830 census for Oxford, only Thomas H. and George (Michael's son) are the Keisers listed. I don't believe there is any relationship on this side of the ocean since Frederick's immigrant story doesn't intersect with anyone in the Henry family at all.

All of the rest of my research on this Henry Kizor is conjectural. There were in early years two Kizer families in Sussex County. One used the names Henry, Nicholas and Jacob and are found in Oxford. The other family was headed by Jasper/Casper and used the names Abraham and Isaac. This family was located further north around Frankford Twp, Sussex. I have a suspicion - but don't know for sure - that the latter group was Holland Dutch.

There was a family in Macungie Twp., Northampton (later Lehigh) Co., PA - literally across the Delaware River about 40 miles away - where the earliest member, an immigrant from Germany, was Nicholas (1705-1775). He had sons named Nicholas and Peter and I think somewhere between this generation, born in the 1720s and 30s and the Oxford family, there is a connection but I haven't been able to make it.

I did a lot of research on many Kizors until I reached a conclusion that a Henry Kizor, Sr., with sons Henry Jr and Nicholas, found in 1820 and 1830 in Dallas Twp., Luzerne Co was a match to the migrants from Sussex Co. I went this spring to Wilkes-Barre where many old records have been destroyed in both a fire AND a flood. However, there were land records showing Henry Sr. bought property in 1816 and, in 1821, deeded property to his SONS Henry, Jr. and Nicholas. To make matters more difficult, the NJ census records for 1790-1820 were also destroyed.

Between 1829 and 1831, Henry Jr. dropped the "Jr" from his name (and, I assume, Henry Sr. died). By 1850, I find him and his family in Tioga Co., PA I find Nicholas in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne, in 1830, with 7 sons and in 1840, with Henry, in Chemung Co., NY. In Chemung in 1840 is also a younger man named William Kizer and I found this county history profile for him (I believe he's one of Nicholas' 7 sons)

WILLIAM KIZER was born in Greenwich, Sussex county, New Jersey, March 7, 1808, and came from Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, to Farmington township, Tioga county, in 1845. Here he cleared and improved a farm, on which he resided until his death, in 1866. His wife was Susannah M. Stocker, a native of Easton, Pennsylvania, whom he married in Wilkes-Barre, February 7, 1836.

The approximate birthdates for Henry Jr, from the 1850 census, is 1782. I estimate Nicholas' birth to be about 1784.

My theory is that, if related to this family at all, Thomas H. is a younger brother. In 1812 when Henry Sr presumably left NJ, Thomas would have only been 14. There were several relatives of the extended Metz family living in Oxford - Vanatta, Davison, Miller - with whom he could have stayed. Also, there would be a gap between 1784 and 1798 where some sisters might have been born and with whom Thomas could have lived.

There was a Jacob Kizer, possibly a brother of Henry Sr., who sold his property and left Oxford before 1804. As there is an orphans' court record for several of his children and the family moved to Northumberland Co., PA, I don't consider your Thomas to be a child of this family.

There was a Nicholas Kizer, b. abt 1746 in Bucks (but Northampton/Lehigh was Bucks in that year so he could be a part of the Macungie family) and also a brother to Jacob and/or Henry. He filed for a Revolutionary pension in 1836 but listed no spouse and no children. His wife was Catherine Crose/Crouse/Cross and his known children were 4 daughters and two sons (Jacob and Henry) born between the years 1772 and 1800. There is a spot in there for Thomas H. but, if so, that would not be documented anywhere. Even though Nicholas is filing applications throughout the 1830s, I can't find him in any census for that year.
Revolutionary War Pension Files:
Kiser, Nicholas R5902 NJ
Appl 25 Aug 1836 Warren Co. NJ
b. 14 Oct 1746 Bucks Co., PA & when very young moved to
Oxford Twp., Sussex, NJ, and lived there at enl.

His application gives several names as references and includes Christopher Lommason and Christopher Cole. Lommason/Lamberson is his son-in-law, husband of Mary, and this couple moved to Michigan before 1850. Christopher Cole could be the same person who is living in the household of Thomas H. Kizer in 1850, listed as 70 and Rachel Cole, 80. But, just now, when I looked at the 1830 census for Oxford, I found 3 Christopher Coles, so perhaps we can't draw any solid conclusions from this.

I'm afraid this is about all I can give you. It will be your problem to link Thomas Lanning to this family and then to link him back to the correct Keiser/Kizer group. I have a feeling that perhaps Lehigh County or Bucks County may have more on them in the early years but I haven't gotten to researching them there yet.

Hope this helps. If I can help you further, write back.

Re: Thomas A. & Elizabeth Keyser B abt 1795 - 1810 Warren Co. NJ
Posted by: Warren Lanning (ID *****1948) Date: March 20, 2006 at 14:18:01
In Reply to: Re: Thomas A. & Elizabeth Keyser B abt 1795 - 1810 Warren Co. NJ by Marilyn of 854

Elizabeth Keyser (nee Lanning) was one of the daughters of Nathaniel Lanning (B1775 D1859) and his wife Hannah. Elizabeth and Thomas A. Keyser had ten children one of which was named Thomas. I believe that this son Thomas (probably B 2/8/1835) was living in New Jersey with his grandparents Nathaniel and Hannah Lanning at the time of the 1850 census. I also believe that this son Thomas subsequently moved to Logan, Ohio and adopted the name Thomas K. Lanning (B 2/8/1835 D 2/29/1906) and became the founder of my branch of the Lanning family.
I am looking for more background information on Elizabeth and Thomas A. Keyser to see if I can firm up this family connection. We do not have solid information on Thomas K. Lanning’s ancestry prior to his move to Ohio. I do know:
“Nathaniel Lanning, b. in 1775; d. intestate, Warren Co., N.J., and the administration upon his estate was granted 17 Dec 1839 to Jacob Shank. (I believe that this was a typo, and should have been 17 Dec 1859 (PMB)) The Orphans Court of 17 Apr 1860 ordered sale of a 3-acre lot in Harmony Twp., in which Nathaniel Lanning and wife held a life interest by a conveyance from Thomas A. Keyser and wife, dated 23 Mar 1837, and one-fifth of the proceeds to each of
their five heirs, viz. Delilah Metler*, Abigail wife of John Bender, David Lanning, Joseph Lanning, and the ten children of a
deceased daughter Elizabeth Keyser, viz. Henry, Christian, Anna Maria wife of Augustus Curtis, Joseph, George,
Thomas, John, William B., Edward, and Nathaniel Keyser, the last three being under age. Warren Co. Orphans Court
Bk.5: 254.

*MELTON, Orason; LANNING, Delilah; Aug 16, 1826, Kinney, J.P.

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