"Brookston, Indiana Centennial 1853-1953" was another in the list of search results. The authors reiterated what was published in the earlier history of the county.Page 215 ROYAL HAZELTON, FIRST PERMANENT SETTLERThe first settlers in what is now Prairie Township do not appear inits list of land owners. Royal Hazleton is credited with being the leaderof the procession of permanent residents in that section, and some claimthat Joseph H. Thompson, of Big Creek Township, must yield the honorto him as the pioneer of the entire county. Mr. Hazelton settled uponthe southeast quarter of section 22, about a mile southeast of the presentsite of Brookston, in the early part in 1829, and there erected a round logshanty, with a roof of clapboards and a floor of puncheons, 16 by 14feet in dimensions. He was elected a justice of the peace before WhiteCounty was organized, the returns for which are still on file at Delphi,the county seat of
. Mr. Hazelton's name appears in the Carroll Countylist of voters who cast their ballots at the second election held afterWhite County was organized, in August, 1835; also as the second schoolteacherin the township. Which is all that is of record regarding thefirst housekeeper and permanent settler in . Prairie TownshipIt is said that about the time of Hazelton's coming, one John Aultbuilt a pole cabin in the northern part of the township, lived with hisfamily therein for about three months, and moved thence to Big CreekTownship.
The 1820 US Federal Census Index:
Name: Royal Hazeltine
Event Place: Rockingham, Windham, Vermont
Page Number: 286
Affiliate Publication Number: M33
Affiliate Film Number: 128
GS Film number: 0281249
Digital Folder Number: 004433259
Image Number: 00161
Citing this Record:
"United States Census, 1820," index and images, <i>FamilySearch</i> (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XHLP-WQK : accessed 06 Sep 2014), Royal Hazeltine, Rockingham, Windham, Vermont; citing "1820 United States Federal Census," <i>Ancestry.com</i>; p. 286, NARA microfilm publication M33, roll 128, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.; FHL microfilm 0281249.Shows that Royal is still in Vermont. So sometime between 1820 and 1829 they headed west. I would love to find a record of them joining a wagon train. Using Google maps, the modern route would have taken Royal through New York along the Great Lakes skimming the upper NW corner of Pennsylvania and traveling through Ohio. Going to Tippecanoe county would take your through Fort Wayne, IN. That might be a good place to do some research. Nine years and 926 miles allows for a lot of events along the journey.
The 1830 US Federal Census index:
This was prior to the establishment of White County and Tippecanoe county lies on the south side of White county. A transcription of this census shows males: 211101 and females 2011001. He is also transcribed as Regal instead of Royal. I checked the Land Patents and didn't see an entry for Royal in Indiana. His widow filed for a Land Patent in Iowa after his death based on Royal's 1812 war service.Name: Rgal HazeltonEvent Place: Not Stated, Tippecanoe, IndianaPage Number: 106Affiliate Publication Number: M19Affiliate Film Number: 31GS Film number: 0007720Digital Folder Number: 004410756Image Number: 00214Citing this Record:"United States Census, 1830," index and images, <i>FamilySearch</i> (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XHPB-CQ3 : accessed 06 Sep 2014), Rgal Hazelton, Not Stated, Tippecanoe, Indiana; citing "1830 United States Federal Census," <i>Ancestry.com</i>; p. 106, NARA microfilm publication M19, roll 31, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.; FHL microfilm 0007720.
White county was established in 1834 from Carroll county. I didn't find much in the Carroll county GenWeb pages. Royal's daughter, Sally, married John Luce in White County, Indiana in October 1834. This is the only marriage record I could find for any of Royal's children. His son Alpheus was born in 1824 possibly in Tippecanoe county.
By 1840, Royal and sons, Royal Harvey and Thomas, are in Greene County, Missouri.
Alpheus is thought to have married around 1844. I have looked in the marriage books for Greene County, Missouri on microfilm at the Missouri State Archives and did not find an entry for his marriage. It could be they married in a neighboring county. More research will be done in the next few days as I take a day to do research.Name: Royal HazletonEvent Place: Not Stated, Greene, MissouriPage Number: 285Affiliate Publication Number: M704Affiliate Film Number: 223GS Film number: 0014855Digital Folder Number: 004409679Image Number: 01283Citing this Record:"United States Census, 1840," index and images, <i>FamilySearch</i> (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XHTF-X7G : accessed 06 Sep 2014), Royal Hazleton, Not Stated, Greene, Missouri; citing "1840 United States Federal Census," <i>Ancestry.com</i>; p. 285, NARA microfilm publication M704, roll 223, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.; FHL microfilm 0014855.