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Friday, September 5, 2014

Royal Hazleton in Indiana?

I accessed a uncharted resource at www.familysearch.org.  Uncharted, for me anyway.  I usually Google for books but a post on another blog alerted readers to the digital books that can be accessed through FamilySearch.  I previously wrote about Royal's son Alpheus and the conflicting information regarding his birth location.  Some sources listed it as Iowa and others as Indiana. Searching on FamilySearch for Royal Hazelton, I found four books of interest.  One was "A Standard History of White County, Indiana." I later discovered a transcription on the White County, Indiana GenWeb Project Resources page.  The book was published in 1915.  In it is a paragraph that states:
Page 215 ROYAL HAZELTON, FIRST PERMANENT SETTLER
The first settlers in what is now Prairie Township do not appear in
its list of land owners. Royal Hazleton is credited with being the leader
of the procession of permanent residents in that section, and some claim
that Joseph H. Thompson, of Big Creek Township, must yield the honor
to him as the pioneer of the entire county. Mr. Hazelton settled upon
the southeast quarter of section 22, about a mile southeast of the present
site of Brookston, in the early part in 1829, and there erected a round log
shanty, with a roof of clapboards and a floor of puncheons, 16 by 14
feet in dimensions. He was elected a justice of the peace before White
County was organized, the returns for which are still on file at Delphi,
the county seat of Carroll County. Mr. Hazelton's name appears in the
list of voters who cast their ballots at the second election held after
White County was organized, in August, 1835; also as the second schoolteacher
in the township. Which is all that is of record regarding the
first housekeeper and permanent settler in Prairie Township.
It is said that about the time of Hazelton's coming, one John Ault
built a pole cabin in the northern part of the township, lived with his
family therein for about three months, and moved thence to Big Creek
Township.
"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. 

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:
Name: Rgal Hazelton
Event Place: Not Stated, Tippecanoe, Indiana
Page Number: 106
Affiliate Publication Number: M19
Affiliate Film Number: 31
GS Film number: 0007720
Digital Folder Number: 004410756
Image Number: 00214
Citing 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.
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.

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. 
Name: Royal Hazleton
Event Place: Not Stated, Greene, Missouri
Page Number: 285
Affiliate Publication Number: M704
Affiliate Film Number: 223
GS Film number: 0014855
Digital Folder Number: 004409679
Image Number: 01283
Citing 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.
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.  


Friday, August 29, 2014

John Brittain Probate

On my recent trip to the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City, I found an entry in the probate index for John Brittain.
Brittian, John 007135 Dec'd YR1843 00001308 0A14A/A347 *D8 A-11,B/9 112
The year is correct so I was sure this was who I was looking for.  The Probate Case File number is 1308.  I checked the Green County book of microfilm for that number and found it in film number C7894.  I downloaded the images to my flash drive and uploaded them to my laptop when I returned home.

The case is that of the Guardianship of John William Brittain, minor, son of the late Ophelia Brittain.
The date on this document is August 1928!
Not what I expected to find so obviously the index has an error in it.  



 The guardian is James Peck who has moved to Tulsa County, Oklahoma.  The judge is threatening to revoke the guardianship since Mr. Peck is no longer living in Missouri and has not filed an annual settlement.

I did a quick search on FamilySearch and found this family in the 1920 census.  John W. Brittain is 9 years old so this would indicate that Ophelia died shortly after?  The first entry in the probate case file states that John William Brittain is less than 14 years old which would make it 1924.  The guardianship is dated Aug 1928.  And the final settlement is 1929.  I didn't download all of the receipts in this file.
Here is the entry for the 1920 census:
Name: Ophelia Brittain
Titles and Terms: Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1920
Event Place: Springfield Ward 4, Greene, Missouri, United States
District: 35
Gender: Female
Age: 50
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Race (Original): White
Can Read: Yes
Can Write: Yes
Relationship to Head of Household: Wife
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Wife
Own or Rent: Birth Year (Estimated): 1870
Birthplace: Missouri
Immigration Year: Father's Birthplace: Missouri
Mother's Birthplace: Tennessee
Sheet Number and Letter: 5A
Household ID: 121
Line Number: 49
Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number: T625
GS Film number: 1820915
Digital Folder Number: 004312402
Image Number: 00647

Household         Role             Gender Age Birthplace
William J Brittain Head         M 56 Missouri
Ophelia Brittain         Wife                 F 50 Missouri
Hugh F Brittain         Son                 M 19 Missouri
Anna Brittian         Daughter         F 15 Missouri
Bessie Brittian         Daughter         F 12 Missouri
John W Brittian         Son                 M 9 Missouri


Citing this Record:
"United States Census, 1920," index and images, <i>FamilySearch</i> (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M842-6Q5 : accessed 30 Aug 2014), Ophelia Brittain in household of William J Brittain, Springfield Ward 4, Greene, Missouri, United States; citing sheet 5A, family 121, NARA microfilm publication T625, FHL microfilm 1820915.

Neither Ophelia nor William are in the 1930 census. In 1940, John W is using the name William and is married and living in Springfield, Greene County, MO.  He is also listed in the SSDI.


The photo below was posted on FindAGrave in 2005.

Name: John W Brittain
Name (Original): BRITTAIN JOHN W
Event Type: Military Service
Event Date: 28 Apr 1945
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Event Place: Ft Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
Residence Place: Race: White
Citizenship Status: citizen
Birth Year: 1910
Birthplace: MISSOURI
Education Level: 2 years of high school
Civilian Occupation: Skilled painters, construction and maintenance
Marital Status: Married
Military Rank: Private
Army Branch: No branch assignment
Army Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source Reference: Civil Life
Serial Number: 37768644
Affiliate Publication Title: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946
Affiliate ARC Identifier: 1263923
Box Film Number: 12616.27


Citing this Record:
"United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946," index, <i>FamilySearch</i> (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KMFR-D7S : accessed 30 Aug 2014), John W Brittain, enlisted 28 Apr 1945, Ft Leavenworth, Kansas, United States; citing "Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946," database, <i>The National Archives: Access to Archival Databases (AAD)</i> (http://aad.archives.gov : National Archives and Records Administration, 2002).
I am guessing there is a connection between the two John Britains.

I received a copy of a page with the heading "Greene County, Missouri Probate Records: Wills, Minutes, Bonds, Letters of Administration 1833-1871 compiled by Marsha Hoffman Rising." The information on this typed page states it is transcribed from Minute Book A 1843-1848.  John Britain had five sons who were bound out following his death: George W., Lafayette, Thomas J., James M. and Hugh.  Royal Hazelton was appointed administrator of the estate.   All of the sons were bound out until the age of 21.  George W to Royal Hazelton, Lafayette to Thomas Hazelton, Thomas J. and James M. to Henry Small, and Hugh to Isaac Redfearn.  Hugh was ordered to be bound to Thomas Hazelton five months later and in 1846 Thomas J. was released from his bond to Royal Hazelton.

I don't know of a connection between these families other than the men being of good esteem in Greene county.  I need to figure out why a 1928 Guardianship is in an 1843 Probate Case file.

This is one mystery that needs to be solved!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Probating Royal Hazelton

A couple of weeks ago I searched through microfilmed images of the entries for the probate court of Greene County, Missouri Volume D, film #C2543.  I found entries for Royal Hazelton on pages 127, 147, 177, 208-209, 220, 241, 340, 371-372, and 379.

The top of page 127 states "September Term Probate Court Sept. 1, 1851."  The entry for Royal is found at the bottom of the page. "This day exhibited was the bond of Thomas and Royal H. Hazelton Administrators with the will amended of Royal Hazelton dec'd and it is order that the same be appended and recorded. Now at this day comes Royal H. Hazelton one of the administrators of the estate of Royal Hazelton decd and files herein his inventory of said estate which is approved by the court and it is ordered that the administrators of said estate be charged with the sum of nine hundred thirty five dollars and eight and one half cents."
Page 147 - March Term of Probate Court March 4, 1852 second paragraph," $184.37½ Which amount is ordered to plaud to his credit  Ordered that Thos and Royal Hazelton administrators of the estate of Royal Hazelton deceased repare the farm of said deceased and report the cost thereof to this court."
The story is that Royal, along with Thomas, left Missouri in 1849/50 to go to the gold fields in California.  Apparently the farm was in ill repair since no one had taken care of it in his absence. 

Page 177, June Term Probate Court June 12th 1852 is indexed as having an entry, but I couldn't see it on the page.  Can you?

Page 208, December Term of Probate Court Dec 7th 1852, bottom half of the page "Ordered by the court that Thos Hazelton er of the estate of Royal Hazelton deceased sell the remaining personal estate of said deceased wither at public or private sale as may seem best." "Ordered that said exc rent the farm of said Royal Hazelton for the year 1852 for grain rent." "This day comes Thos Hazelton executor of the estate of Royal Hazelton and makes his settlement as follows: 

By Jas Arnolds fees $ 248 - By Tax for 1851 410 - By Newtin Recept 1312½  - By John Woods Do 525 - By William Clibourne Do  1625  - By Wm Victor 250 - By Tax 1852 300."


Page 209, "By Thomas Dodds Allowance $19.25 Amount $96.45" "Ordered that he be credited with the sum of ninety six dollars and 45 cents." "Ordered by the court that Thos Hazelton executor of the estate of Royal Hazelton deceased loan out the money of said estate on a credit of twelve months that may be in his hands with good and sufficient security."

Page 220, "Saturday, December 11th 1852 Probate" "Ordered by the court that the inventory of the personal of Royal Hazelton deceased be approved and filed as the law directs."

Page 241,"March 7th 1853 Term of Probate Court" 
"M L Brittain vs. Estate of Royal Hazelton - Now at this day comes the Plaintiff and files his apt $15 and notice being legally served on the executor Thos Hazelton of said estate and the parties appearing and the testimony being heard and all and singular the premises fully understood it is ordered by the court that the Plaintiff have and receive of and from said estate the sum of Eleven dollars and 75 cents in the 6 class."  From: 
"Biographical Sketch of George W. Britain, Greene County, Missouri, Pond Creek TownshipFrom "History of Greene County, Missouri," St. Louis: Western Historical Company, 1883.     ***************************************************************************    This Gentleman is the son of John (W.) and Catherine (Hensley) Britain, and was born in McMinn County, Tenn., June 20, 1827. His parents were natives of that State, His father was a soldier of the War of 1812, and his grandfather was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. In 1836 his parents moved to Greene County, Mo., where his mother died in 1837, and in 1838 his father moved to Bates County, Mo. In 1840 his father died while on a trip back to this county, so George was left an orphan at the age of thirteen years. The children were brought back to this township, and George was bound out to Royal Hazelton, then of Brookline township. "
I don't know the connection of George W to M L cited in the probate record below. 
In the book "Rhea and Van Natta Families and Their Ancestors," the author wrote that Thomas Hazelton was given guardianship of the three Brittain boys. I need to do more research at the archives and find the court documents on this case.  I don't know what "6 class" means in the probate court entry above. Searches on Google led me to other transcriptions but I could not find a definition.

Page 340 "December Term of Probate Court Dec 12 1853" "Ordered by the court that Thos Hazelton one of the executors of the estate of Royal Hazelton deceased be permitted to sell the rent corn and the estate wither at public  or private sale which ever seems best." "Ordered by the court that Thos Hazelton executor of the estate of Royal Hazelton deceased rent the farm of said estate for the year 1854 at private sale." "Ordered by the court that Thos Hazelton executor of the estate of Royal Hazelton deceased be charged with the amount of one hundred seventy seven dollars and 70 cents the amount of rents for the year 1852. "177.70"


Page 371-372, "March Term of Probate Court March 8th 1854" "Now comes this day Thos Hazelton one of the executors for the estate of Royal Hazelton deceased and shows to the court that he has administered as the law directs that he wood apply at this term of the probate court for a final settlement of his administrator in said estate and it appearing to the court that said estate has been fully administered on therefor it is ordered by the court that said executor be permitted to make his final settlement as follows:
By widows recapt $25 00 - By Peter L Anderson Receipt  2.75 - By John Woods receipt 2.00 - By Peter L. Anderson Do 8.00 - By H. Fulbright Sheriff fee 1.00 - By H. Graves receipt 2.50 - By L. M. Brittain allowance 11.75 - By Jno Dollison court fees 2.40 - By Exrs apt for labor done on farm 21.91 - By Exrs protem 66.92 - By court fees to date $1.15"
"It is ordered that he be credited with the amount of one hundred ninety five dollars and 38 cents and that he pay over to the widow of said deceased one thousand and forty six dollars and 62 cents the amount found due against him on his final settlement."
Page 371
 
Page 372
Page 379, "March Term of Probate Court March 11th 1854" "Ordered by the court that Thos Hazelton executor of the estate of Royal Hazelton deceased be credited with the sum of One Thousand Forty Six dollars and 62 cents." Another sentence at the bottom of the page is illegible. 

Royal's widow, Mahetable Hazelton, moved to Iowa with Thomas and was granted a land patent, #96651 for 40 acres, as Royal's widow on the 1st of June in 1855.  The patent was for Royal's service as a corporal in Captain Meengers Company New York Militia in the War of 1812. I still have many more questions left to be answered.  Check back, I love the hunt! 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Alpheus Hazelton Intestate

I visited the Missouri State Archives twice in the past two weeks looking for a will for Alpheus Hazelton, my paternal 3rd great grandfather.  He was born in Indiana in 1824 and died near Republic, Greene County, Missouri. His father-in-law, William R. Rose, was appointed administrator by the court and Meredith and Richard Rose were appointed as surety on 27 February 1858.  Alpheus married Milbury Rose daughter of William and Elizabeth (Johns) Rose about 1844.  There seems be some confusion as to when Alpheus actually died. His youngest child, Nancy Mehitable Hazelton was born in 1857.  A memorial on Find-a-grave states that Alpheus died in Sept. 1856. A photo request has been submitted and I am still waiting on some kind soul to complete the request. I don't have a complete birthdate for Nancy.  Her tombstone shows only the years 1857-1903.
I don't have a death notice for Alpheus, so this is on my to-do list.  I have the probate case file showing how his estate was settled.

Here is the court entry for appointing the Roses to dispose of Alpheus' estate:

This is the first page of his entry in Will Book A, microfilm # C2555 at the Missouri State Archives.

Will Book A, next page top close up.

Close up of the bottom half of the page
From the probate case file #4086 
The probate case file, #4086, contained a bill dated September 3, 1856 from Dr. P. K. Miller who treated Alpheus and his children. Milbery received $200 from the estate April 6, 1859. Some have speculated that the date on the doctor bill was when Alpheus actually died.
Dr. Miller's bill
Milbury's receipt for $200




A close look at the date on the receipt shows it is 1859 and not 1857 as previously thought.  This is recorded in the book, "Rhea and Van Natta Families and Their Ancestors," by Lois Hupfer as 1857.  Since the probate wasn't filed until 1858, it is not possible for Milbury to have received any money from his estate prior to that year.

The Missouri Historical Society in Columbia, Missouri has the newspapers on microfilm.  A visit to do research is on my list. I need to find a death notice for Alpheus.  I believe he died unexpectedly, either due to illness or injury.

More questions than answers in this probate case!  

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Royal H. Hazelton Probate

I recently visited the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City looking for a will for Royal H. Hazelton.  I found his probate case file #4085.  I downloaded the images to a flash drive and viewed them on my computer this morning.  Fortunately, it gives his will number in the will file, #797(8). The last digit is hard to make out, so I will look for both numbers.  The microfilm of wills is not indexed but they are in numerical order so this should be fairly easy to locate.  I have found that it takes longer to download these images than I plan.  For example, his probate was 36 images and the process of capturing the images is slow.  One great find in the probate is the name of his widow and his children:

Mehitabel Hazelton, widow, Thomas Hazelton, Royal H. Hazelton, Alpheus Hazelton, Teresa Tannyhill, Sally Luce, Amanda Goroat(?) all of Greene County, MO; Nathaniel Hazelton of Texas; Acenth Willis and Sophrona Hearney/Kearny of Indiana; and Polly Rinker of Iowa.

I found a document in the file for Martha A. Hazelton, deceased. Martha's heirs are listed as: Thomas Hazelton, Marion Hazelton, Ida Hendrix (daughter of Jane Hendrix formerly Hazelton), Amanda Gilfrey, Harvey H. Hazelton, John Hazelton, James Hazelton, Christopher C. Hazelton, Abraham L. Hazelton. Reside at last account Lane Co Oregon, and George W. Hazelton (Republic, MO).
I have located this Hazelton family in Lane County, Oregon in the 1860 and 1870 Federal Censuses.  
R H Hazelton is Royal Harvey and I presume is the Harvey listed in the probate.  The name Royal was passed down many times.  Royal Harvey married twice, both wives were named Martha.  The children listed in the probate file are from the first marriage to Martha Ann Reynolds.  According to a memorial posted on Find-A-Grave, they were divorced 11 Nov 1871.  That explains why her heirs are listed in the probate.  I don't know if Harvey came back to Greene County between 1870 and 1880, as he and his second wife, Martha A, and 7 year-old son, Royal Harvey, are in enumerated in the 1880 Federal Census in Lane County, Oregon.  According to the probate he was residing in Greene County at the time the will was probated.

I found a message on the message boards at Ancestry when I was looking for the death/burial information for Royal.  I found two locations listed in different family trees online.  One stated Greene County, Missouri and the other was Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Mehitable is buried in Polk County, Iowa but died in Dallas County, Iowa.  On the Dallas County Message Board I found someone looking for information on Royal. She is descended from Nathaniel and sent me an excerpt from a narrative that was displayed at the Greene County Library in Springfield, Missouri. The narrative states that Royal died aboard ship off the coast of Baton Rouge, LA and his son, Thomas, was on board the ship with him.  I searched on the Louisiana Secretary of State's website and found an index for New Orleans Port Arrivals from Jan - Jul in 1851.  I found one entry, but it was in March of 1851, not June.  I need to find the burial place for Royal. I don't know if he was brought up the Mississippi to Missouri or interred in Baton Rouge.

The best part of genealogy, after discovering new information, is the hunt never ends!


Friday, June 13, 2014

Life Happens

It has been six weeks since my last post.  Why?  We bought a house and moved.  It's always a new adventure to move into a new-to-me home.  This one was built before 1960 so there are no grounded plugins anywhere.  Using three-prong adapter for the time being.


Anyway, I have had a MyFamily website since they created them many years ago.  I liked this way of sharing my research with family members.  Ancestry.com has decided to "retire" this product so I requested a download of all of my photos that were shared over the years.  I sent an email to the members of the site I set up to let them know if they want any of the photos that were shared, to log in and get them download ASAP.  I have downloaded the photos and renamed them since the zipped folder just had numbers, nothing posted was included in the download.  This is disappointing and the iCalendar won't open with Outlook either. I don't know what platform they used to create it. The site goes dark in September. Needless to say, I am disappointed.  


I don't like the idea of a publicly shared family tree.  It's not that I own my ancestors, it's that I want to protect the integrity of my research and don't anyone copying content.  


Now that things are finally settling down, I will be back posting on my blog soon!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

52 Ancestors: #15 Eunice wife of Joel Higley

After posting #14 Joely Higley, I received an email from a distant cousin.  I had never put much thought into filling in Eunice's pedigree, I had done a preliminary search but the results weren't helpful. I really didn't have enough information to work with.  What I had been given stated that she was a Haskins and was born 14 January 1746 in Simsbury, Hartford County, CT.  I am still waiting on another Higley researcher to respond to my most recent email asking for the source of the Haskins information.  This new found cousin quoted from the book:

THE PHELPS FAMILY OF AMERICA, AND THEIR ENGLISH ANCESTORS, WITH COPIES OF WILLS, DEEDS, LETTERS, AND OTHER INTERESTING PAPERS, COATS OF ARMS AND VALUABLE RECORDS.
COMPILED BY JUDGE OLIVER SEYMOUR PHELPS, Of Portland, Oregon, and ANDREW T. SERVIN. Of Lenox, Mass. In Two Volumes.—VOL. II. published by Eagle Publishing Company, of pittsfield, mass. 1899. 

On page 1295 in Volume II it states: 218. IX. Eunice, b. Simsbury, Ct., about 1750, m. Joel
Higley. Settled in Ohio.

This Eunice is the daughter of Jonathan Phelps and Martha Loomis.  

In 2009, I received a 33 page report on the Higley family which states that Eunice Haskins b. 14 January 1746 is the daughter of Alexander Haskins and Thankful Evans.   

On FamilySearch.org I searched for Thankful Evans and received the following result:

Name: Thankfull Evins
Gender: Female
Christening Date:
Christening Place:
Birth Date: 31 Mar 1712
Birthplace: WINDSOR TWP,HARTFORD,CONNETICUT
Death Date:
Name Note:
Race:
Father's Name: Samuel Evins
Father's Birthplace:
Father's Age:
Mother's Name:
Mother's Birthplace:
Mother's Age:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: 7450325
System Origin: Connecticut-ODM
GS Film number: unknown
Reference ID:

"Connecticut, Births and Christenings, 1649-1906," index, FamilySearch
(https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F77N-B85 : accessed 27 Apr 2014), Thankfull Evins, 31 Mar 1712; citing ; FHL microfilm unknown.
In my searches for books on HeritageQuest for Higley or Phelps,  all agree that Higley and Phelps families came from Windsor to Simsbury.  The above would seem to be a possible match for Thankful Evans who married Alexander Haskins.
When I search for Alexander Haskins, I only get results for Alexander Hoskins.  There are two such men, father and son, presumably.  One born in 1705 and one in 1739.  There is a Eunice Hoskins born 14 Sept 1734 in Windsor, CT to Alexander Hoskins and his wife Mindwell.  This Alexander, born in 1739, died in 1773 at age 33.  A search for Mindwell with no surname comes up empty. A possibility would be to search for a will for Alexander in 1773.

The Higley family did move to Ohio in 1803 and both the Higley book and the Phelps book agree on this point.  A theory is that Eunice was really a Phelps and since her mother remarried to Zebulon Hoskins after Jonathan's death in 1757, she either went by the name Hoskins or her descendants incorrectly identified her by the name Hoskins.  Larkin's History of Meigs County, Ohio is the first source I found for information on my Higley line.  Eunice in this book is noted as Haskins.  

Simsbury Historical Society's website states they are creating an archives database that will be linked online. I am eagerly awaiting its debut. Otherwise, I need to visit them in Simsbury, CT to look through their archives.  

Here is the list of records I would like to find:

1. The will of Jonathan Phelps. Page 1294 states: His will, dated 28 Sept., 1737, probated at Hartford, mentions his wife Martha, sons Jonathan and Austin, three daughters, Martha Barber, Eunice and Margaret Phelps.  Another books states the year was 1757 not 1737. From page 1324:  "214. Martha Phelps, b. Westfield, Mass, 29 Aug, 1735, removing soon with her father to Simsbury, Ct., m. 6 July, 1755, Daniel Barber, b. Simsbury, 1732, where he settled, and d. is April, 1779, and where his wife d. 15 Dec, 1821, in her 87th year. He was a farmer."  This would make the 1757 date more probable.

2. The will of Alexander Hoskins who died in 1773.  Perhaps it names his daughter Eunice as an heir. I found a Hoskins genealogy that names an Alexander born 1706  but doesn't give any further information on him. 

3. A marriage record to Joel Higley.  His first child, Rachel, was born about 1762.