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Re: name change from Kyser to Kysor
Posted by: Kathryn Peters (ID *****4772) Date: May 18, 2005 at 20:25:35
In Reply to: Re: name change from Kyser to Kysor by Marion L. Putnam of 328

Check out the 1870 census for the town of South Bethany, in Harrison Twp., Bartholomew Co., IN. It shows
Henry Kysor, 50, M, W, Justice of the Peace, b. Ohio
Amanda, 38, F, W, Keeping House, b. Ohio
Mary E., 18, F, W, b. Indiana
Lucinda F., 15, F, W, b. Indiana
Enoch M., 7, M, W, b. Indiana

Going back in time, in the 1860 census for the town of Columbus, in Harrison Twp., Bartholomew Co., IN, there is the same family:
Henry Kiser, 39, M, Carpenter, b. Ohio
Amanda, 29, F, b. Ohio
Jane, 17, F, Domestic, b. Ohio
Margaret, 12, F, b. Ohio
Mary E., 8, F, b. Indiana
Francis, 5, F, b. Indiana
Sarah A., 2, F, b. Indiana

You can make a good guess that Lucinda F. age 15 in 1870 is the same person as Francis age 5 in the 1860. Looks like Sarah A. must have died between 1860 and 1870, as she is NOT listed in the family at age 12 in the 1870.

I did find a Henry Kiser in Ohio in 1850 who was a farmer in Monroe County, he was 29, and had a daughter who was 7 and a daugher Margaret who was 2. Thus endeth the similarities. The whole record shows that Henry was born in Virginia, had a wife Elizabeth age 30 born in Ohio, had a daughter Amelia age 9, then daughter Amanda age 7 (which isn't the same as Jane, but could be something like "Amanda Jane"), daughter Samantha age 6, daughter Susannah A. age 5, daughter Margaret age 2. There is also a Lucretia Rush, age 35, living with this family.

It wouldn't be too hard to make this fit; census takers were known to just ask the neighbors for the information if no one was at home on census day (and guess how accurate the neighbors are in saying where or when someone was born!). Hypothesize that some kind of illness goes through the area (something like typhoid) and wipes out Henry's first wife and daughters Samantha and Susannah, while oldest daughter Amelia marries before age 19 (her age at the next census), and assume Amanda really IS named Amanda Jane. Henry then decides to move west to get over his losses. I think it could work. But I have no proof.

I offer the idea to you as something you might want to follow up on, whether you prove or disprove the two Henrys to be the same person. I certainly couldn't find another Henry Kiser/Kyser/Kysor/Kisor/Kizer etc. who matched any better than this one.

I'm interested in this family because I suspect that Henry may possibly be a brother of my ggg-grandmother, Martha Jane Kyser Allen, born 1812 in Monroe Co., Ohio. Their mother died and their father remarried when Martha Jane was 16 and Henry would have been around 8. The stepmother's name was Susannah. Martha Jane named a daughter (my gg-grandmother) Susannah, and if this is the right Henry, he also named a daughter Susannah. And in fact, their real mother was supposed to be named either Martha or Margaret; Martha Jane had other daughters with these names, and Henry had one named Margaret... I have tried and tried to find the Monroe County Henry in the 1860 and 1870 census and keep coming back to your Henry Kiser/Kysor as the most likely.

Let me know if you are able to make the connection or disprove it! Good luck. Hope some of this information helps!

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