I would love to hear from anyone researching this line!
I actually have gone back and forth between Thomas and Henry as the father of Isham...trying to track down something to prove who his parents were. Another cousin and I have been working on it for over 20 years. Until recently, I had found nothing new. Then--some faint handwriting on a land document was found, and we are on the trail again...
I purchased some new reference books from Lawrence Co., In. and was hoping to find something, anything that might help.
I found enough to get me really wondering about a lot of the data we have, and how it might pull this together. And--some new (to us) names.
As soon as the weather is better I'm going down there and see what I can find at the Lawrence Co. offices. I will post what I find and share everything. This has been a great mystery for so many, many years for a lot of researchers, I hope we get something that will help everyone working on this line.
Below is the new data found in the reference books--
1. Lawrence Co, IN. Will Book-ANo Eads or variants.
2. Lawrence Co, IN. Marriage Book-A 1818-1836
*Just Catherine Eads & Peter Deckard—Isham’s daughter.
3. Lawrence Co, IN. 1820 Census IndexNo Eads or var.
4. (Ordered 1830 Census)
NOTE-- The 1830 Indiana H of H gives these Eads & Var.
Edde, SamuelMonroe Co., Pg-272 (hard to read pg. #)
WilliamJohnson Co., Pg-30
Edes, BurketHenry Co., Pg-146
David (Eads),Franklin Co, Pg-558
Elijah (Eads), Dearborn Co, Pg-368
Henry (Eads),Franklin Co, Pg-558
Howell (Eades), Sullivan Co, Pg-334
James Eades ,Sullivan Co, Pg-334
Jonothan (Eads), Franklin Co, Pg-558
Thomas Eads,Crawford Co, Pg-490
Thomas,EadsFranklin Co, Pg-646
W. Eads,Jefferson Co, Pg-222
William Eads,Jefferson Co, Pg-244
5. Lawrence Co, IN. 1840 Census (County wide, to township designation)
Edes, Isom & Betsy and 9 children. (Richard hasn’t been born, and Wm is below). (Index pg-88)
Edes, Wm and 1 adult female (Melissa?), 1 child, (Nancy J.?) (Index pg-92) (If this is Isham's son)
6. Lawrence Co, IN. 1850 Census (taken Oct. 2, 1850)
Pleasant Run Twp. (Census Bk, pg-420)
Eads, Isom 50 b: VA
Betsy 50 KY
Jane 16 IN
Mary 14 IN
Wade 06 IN
(Richard is now deceased)
7. Lawrence Co, IN. Abstract Records
Marshall Township ONLY
a.) U.S.—to—Joshua Edds
Inst: Cert. Dated: Jan. 12, 1837 Rec: --- Bk-1. Pg-60
Desc: NE1/4 of SE1/4 of Sect. 2, T6N, R1W 40 acres
b.) Eads, Isham & Elizabeth—to—Alphord Blackwell
Inst: WD Dated: Jan. 13, 1865 Rec: Feb. 17, 1865 Bk-X, Pg-229
Desc: SE1/4 of the NE1/4 AND the NE1/4 of the SE1/4 of Sec 2, T 6, R 1W Ack. Bef. Andrew J. Temples, J.P. of Monroe Co. (IN) (NOTE: the land desc. after the “AND” is the land that Joshua Edds owned, that Isham’s adjoined).
c.) U.S., John Tyler, President—to—William Edds
Inst: Patent Dated: May 25, 1841 Rec: Aug. 12, 1858 Bk-T, Pg-148
Cons: Full Pay
Desc: the SW1/4 of the NE1/4 of Sect 3, T 6, R 1W,
containing 43 1/2 acres. (likely Isham’s son, Wm ?)
Land Data we already had---
1. Isham Edds Purchased land, May 23, 1836 Lawrence Co, In.
(SE1/4 of the NE1/4 of Sec 2, T 6, R 1W)
From: Land Grants—Tract Bk-2, Pg-60 (Also see General Index-C, Deeds—Bk-T, Pg-148).
a.) GLO Records on-line gives: Edds, Isham purchased this land desc.---of Joshua’s land, on Sept. 1, 1838. (I’ll check death records for Joshua).
2. The Joshua Edds purchase of land on Jan. 12, 1837 is just 8 mos. after Isham’s 1st land purchase. It also adjoins Isham’s land at the south end.
a.) When Isham’s land was sold—Jan. 12, 1865, it included Joshua’s land!
And---in 1997, when Sonja did the searches for the land records in Lawrence Co, IN., she found there was still 3.75 acres there of what was listed as “lost land”, and still deeded to Joshua Edds.
I’ll check the Deed Record in Tract Bk-2, Pg-60, and Tract 27, in the Plat Book to see what else can be found.
**(I have since learned that this is usually the “custom” when there was a family cemetery, so it could never be sold to an individual. Could Joshua have died and been buried there? How was he related to Isham? Why can’t I find out anything more on him and Thomas?) I will check this out when I can go to Lawrence Co, this spring.
3. Below are the 2 land sales from Thomas I./T. Eades in Lawrence Co, IN.
(Currently looking for the data on the purchases.)
a.) Thomas I. Eades—to—Wm F. Harmed
Date: July 28, 1865 Part (of) 21 in Bedford, IN.
(Bedford is in Shawswick Twp. Currently)
b.) Thomas I. Eades—to—John L. Campbell
Date: Aug. 9, 1866 Part of 90 and all of 91 Bedford, IN.
NOTE: Joshua and Thomas have NOT been found in any census indexes, birth, marriage, death, nor will/probate records at this time. I’m checking Lawrence Co, Monroe Co, Greene Co and Brown Co., In. because their location is so close.
Let me know what you think! Do these new names--Joshua, Thomas--mean anything to anyone???
There has to be a connection to Isham, but can find nothing else on-line about them.
Hope someone can help on this!