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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.  


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